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Bill requiring DNA collection with a felony arrest on final step

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all felony arrestees to submit a DNA sample is headed to the governor’s desk for his final decision. Senate Bill 322 requires the sample to be taken by a cheek swab along with fingerprints, photographs during the arrest. The DNA will go to through […]

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Cold-beer bills see varied results in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The two versions of legislation regarding cold-beer sales saw mixed results in the House and Senate Thursday. Both the Senate and the House were scheduled to heard bills originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. Those bills […]

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Superintendent bill overcomes major overhaul, Senate rules

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would remove the state’s education chief position from Indiana ballots passed through one more major hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, originally called for the elected-position of superintendent of public instruction to be replaced by a governor-appointed secretary of education […]

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Senate budget slashes cigarette tax, pre-K

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate leaders unveiled their version of the state’s budget Thursday without a cigarette tax hike, but including the possibility for toll roads and less funding than the House for the On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The Senate’s version totals $32.1 billion over two years, leaving $1.8 billion in […]

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Abortion ‘reversal’ bill stalls in committee

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial bill that would have required doctors to tell those who receive an abortion-inducing drug that the procedure may be reversed is likely dead for this legislative session. The legislation passed the House 54-41, but Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, confirmed Thursday that the bill […]

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Superintendent bill needs major changes to survive in the Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House bill which would make the state school chief position appointed needs “substantial changes” before the Senate will hear it, according to Sen. Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne. The bill authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the superintendent’s position and replace it with a […]

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Senate superintendent bill voted down, House bill passes but in jeopardy

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Two versions of legislation eliminating the election of the state’s superintendent of public instruction saw mixed results Monday. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, would have allowed the governor to appoint a superintendent, beginning in the year 2021. The bill failed to pass out of the […]

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Vaping bill under review after court ruling

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are putting a bill on hold after courts ruled part of current vaping law unconstitutional. The latest version of Senate Bill 1 would remove the strict security restrictions that essentially created a monopoly. Only one security firm, Lafayette-based Mulhaupt’s, could met the requirements. SB 1 also would […]

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GOP, Democratic leaders find common ground in Holcomb’s address

By Shelby Mullis and Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Both Democratic and Republican leaders found optimism in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, thought the governor did well in his address Tuesday night. “He really hit on a […]

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ISTEP may stick around longer than hoped

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Road funding and education, including extending the life of ISTEP, are some of the priorities the Senate Republicans’ listed Tuesday. They expect ISTEP, which was originally slated to be replaced next school year, to stick around for a year or two. They’re concerned rushing a new version of the […]

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