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Ricker’s issue could lead to overhaul of state’s alcohol laws

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A dispute over who can sell cold beer could push lawmakers to rewrite the state’s alcohol laws. Ricker’s convenience stores began selling cold carry-out beer after obtaining a restaurant license for two of their locations by selling made-to-order Tex-Mex style food. That’s left lawmakers questioning how the Alcohol and […]

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Giving state police the ability to dispose of firearms

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State police could soon have procedure for returning or disposing of firearms confiscated for criminal reasons without further court order. Senate Bill 191 passed the House on Wednesday, with a vote of 94-2. State police would be required to hold onto the gun for 180 days and the agency […]

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Abortion ‘reversal’ bill passes out of committee again

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial bill regarding a possible reversal of a chemical abortion passed out of committee for the second time on Tuesday. House Bill 1128 would require the Department of Health to develop a form that provides women information about a possible reversal of an abortion-inducing drug.  However, the reversal […]

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Amendment would create study of carrying without a license

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow domestic violence victims a temporary carry permit passed out of committee with a controversial amendment Tuesday. House Bill 1071 would allow a domestic violence victim to carry a gun without a permit for 60 days, but Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, proposed an amendment for […]

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Video: Civility Awards

Script: FIVE LAWMAKERS ARE WALKING AROUND WITH A NEW TITLE… {VO} THE FIRST-EVER CIVILITY AWARDS WERE HANDED OUT MONDAY IN THE SUPREME COURT CHAMBERS. A 9-MEMBER COMMITTEE CHOOSES ONE MEMBER FROM EACH CAUCUS IN BOTH CHAMBERS EVERY OTHER YEAR. THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES TIM BROWN AND CHARLIE BROWN, AND SENATORS EARLINE ROGERS AND IT […]

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First biannual Civility in Government Awards presented

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The first winners of the biannual Civility in Government Awards are said to embody politeness, good communication and emotional control. Association of Retired Members of the Indiana General Assembly created the award to showcase the civility of senators and representatives of both parties during their tenure. “ARMIGA is a […]

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Identification cards for Hoosiers with behavioral disorders proposed

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Drew Dietrick, diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome at 11 years old, testified for a bill that would allow Hoosiers with an autism spectrum disorder to get an identification card from the Indiana State Department of Health. “House Bill 1012 provides a clear path to understanding me and those I might […]

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House approves abortion remains bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Women who have chosen to have an abortion could have the authority to decide what happens to the fetus’ remains under a bill approved by the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 329 would give women the option to have a burial or cremate the remains after having an abortion. The […]

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Locals get to keep casino revenue under changes approved by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has stripped language out of a controversial gambling bill that would have cut millions of dollars in funding that goes to communities where casinos are located. House Bill 1540 would send the questions about money to a study committee for review after the General Assembly adjourns in […]

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Video & story: Black lawmakers call for Medicaid expansion as Pence plans health care announcement

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Black lawmakers said Monday the state should expand Medicaid as called for by the federal Affordable Care Act rather than trying to develop its own insurance program for poor Hoosiers. Gov. Mike Pence is waiting for word about his proposed Healthy […]

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