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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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Senate back in session, Democrats lay out agenda

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As is the tradition, the first Senate session of the new year kicked off Tuesday with prospective bills being introduced by a clerk in a rapid, almost an auctioneer, style. “For our new senators who don’t understand what just happened there, that’s the initial introduction of a bill,” President […]

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Significant turnover brings wave of new lawmakers

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Organization Day has arrived at the Statehouse and newly-elected lawmakers are settling into their new roles. “A lot of new faces. A lot of new energy. Diverse group from all parts of the state,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said. “We’re lucky to have a talented […]

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Pence joins the Trump ticket as vice presidential candidate

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — He’s hired. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump announced Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate via Twitter, after weeks of speculation and recruiting. “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.,” Trump […]

Commentary: Lecturing women on how to be women

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Commentary: Lecturing women on how to be women

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It didn’t take the men who brought Indiana’s punitive and ill-thought-out abortion law to respond to a federal judge’s decision to issue an injunction that will keep it from taking effect. The law, which was conceived late in the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly and researched and […]

Commentary: Strange tales from the campaign trail

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Commentary: Strange tales from the campaign trail

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps former Indiana Senate leader Robert Garton said it best. This election is a strange one, the man who served as the Senate’s president pro tempore for 26 years told me over the air. “It’s going to be studied for a long time,” he said. That’s because the […]

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The search for ISTEP’s replacement

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Now that lawmakers have ditched ISTEP, education leaders are searching for an alternative. “This is the beginning of a new day in testing in our schools,” Gov. Mike Pence said when he signed the bill eliminating ISTEP into law on March 22. The end of exam came after 2015 […]

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Road funding plan encourages local solutions

By Max Bomber 
and Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new road funding plan puts more power in the hands of local government to raise taxes to pay for improvements. About $1 billion will be used to fund road improvements over the next two years, with roughly a third of the money going to state […]

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House passes funding for roads, regional cities

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation for road improvements that would also fund a key piece of Gov. Mike Pence’s agenda passed the House Wednesday, but not by a large margin. An amended version of Senate Bill 333 passed the House 57-35 Thursday. The bill includes the House’s road funding plan, which would raise […]

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Argument breaks out over odd amendment

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate crushed an amendment about a state historic site Thursday. House Bill 1246 deals with various natural resources matters and the debate intensified when Sen. Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood, proposed an amendment to establish a First State Capital Commission that would employ five people at the Corydon Capitol State […]