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Q&A: Meet Casey Cox, state representative running for re-election

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This story is a part of a question and answer series covering the Indiana primary. All candidates in this race have been invited to interview. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS — The House District 85 incumbent, Rep. Casey Cox, is running for re-election. Cox, […]

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Lawsuit to challenge Indiana’s new abortion law

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s new law, banning abortions based on disability, gender or ethnicity, will be challenged in court. The American Civil Liberty Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky regarding the controversial law. “We find this law abysmal. It is intrusive. It […]

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Several pro-life women vote against abortion legislation

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a dozen House Republicans joined Democrats in a vote against a ban on abortions based on disability or gender, but it wasn’t enough to stop the stipulations from advancing. After about an hour of discussion, primarily by the female legislators, the House voted 60-40 to concur Wednesday on […]

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Students to gain a better idea of student loan debt

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Colleges and universities now have new tools to help them meet the requirements of the “truth in borrowing” legislation signed into law. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has provided guidance and templates designed to give Hoosier students a clearer picture of where they will stand financially upon graduation. The […]

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Decapitation bill heads to governor

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would add decapitation to the list of aggravating circumstances that make a murderer eligible for execution passed the House nearly unanimously on Monday. Senate Bill 8 now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill was […]

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Student loan bill moves to Gov. Pence’s desk for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation passed the Senate on Tuesday that would give students accumulating education debt a clearer picture of exactly what they will owe. The bill now moves to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. House Bill 1042, authored by Rep. Casey Cox, R- Fort Wayne, would require postsecondary educational institutions to […]

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Governor signs fast-tracked bill to shorten ISTEP exam

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Monday to reduce the time students will spend taking the ISTEP test that begins this week – just hours after the House and Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “Hoosier students, teachers and parents can breathe easier now that this year’s ISTEP […]

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House approves bill to let private firms seize tax refunds for debts

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill Monday that would the state take or reduce an individual’s tax return check to settle private debt. Private firms would pay a fee for the service. “This bill will increase revenue to the state or at least offset costs to the Department of Revenue,” […]

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State could nab taxpayer refund checks for private debt under bill

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state could take a taxpayer’s refund check to settle private debt under legislation the House Judiciary Committee debated Monday. House Bill 1358 would apply only when a creditor – which could be a bank, a credit card company, a service provider or other firm – obtains a court […]