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Long endorses Messer in 2018 Senate race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate President Pro Tem David Long endorsed U.S. Rep. Luke Messer’s run for Indiana’s 2018 Senate seat. Long picked Messer the day after U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita officially announced his campaign. In a statement, Long said he has known Messer for many years and was impressed by the work that […]

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Former Sen. Gard to chair alcohol revision commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Former Sen. Beverly Gard will chair the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, which has been tasked with updating the state’s alcohol laws, many of which have not been changed since the end of Prohibition.  “Bev Gard is a nationally respected former state legislator who brings a wealth of experience in public […]

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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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