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Lawmakers list goals for upcoming session

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — After House Speaker Brian Bosma’s mother died last week, her funeral memory page was filled with harsh words — from comparing Bosma to Nazis to saying he’s un-Christian — causing him to kick off the 2018 legislative session calling for civility from lawmakers on their social media pages.  […]

Delph heading to Puerto Rico to serve with Army

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Delph heading to Puerto Rico to serve with Army

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, will be sent to Puerto Rico Dec. 8 to assist with the recovery of the island from Hurricane Maria. Delph, a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, will be gone for a minimum of 31 days, so he is likely to miss the start of […]

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Indiana job growth strong in 2017

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Government officials, including Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, applauded Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda, which they said delivered job growth to the state. “I applaud the governor for bringing an aggressive and well-thought-out agenda to the table. The Senate continues […]

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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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