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Tax-free accounts help Hoosiers with disabilities save

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers with disabilities now can save money without risking the loss of their state and federal benefits. The INvestABLE Indiana savings plan offers seven investment plans that will allow disabled individuals and their family members to contribute funds to a tax-free ABLE account. “Although special needs trusts were already […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. John Ruckelshaus, ready to work across the aisle

By Quinn Fitzgerald and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, is a familiar face to the Statehouse. He served as a state representative from 1990 […]

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Indiana progressing slowly in providing opportunities for disabled population

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For more than 25 years, Indiana has made advances in helping provide a better life for people with disabilities. But in terms of providing opportunities, some wonder, could the state could be falling behind? The Background Gregory Fehribach, an attorney in Indianapolis practicing law for 30 years, was a […]

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Indiana bans abortions based on disabilities

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —  Gov. Mike Pence signed a ban on abortions based on race, disability or gender into law Thursday. “By enacting this legislation, we take an important step in protecting the unborn, while still providing an exception for the life of the mother,” Pence said in a statement. “I sign this legislation […]

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Several pro-life women vote against abortion legislation

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a dozen House Republicans joined Democrats in a vote against a ban on abortions based on disability or gender, but it wasn’t enough to stop the stipulations from advancing. After about an hour of discussion, primarily by the female legislators, the House voted 60-40 to concur Wednesday on […]

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Arc training hotel to be named after Carl Erskine, Steve Green

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A hospitality training institute for people with disabilities will open next January in Muncie with a new name. The Erskine Green Training Institute will provide vocational training for jobs in the hotel, food service and healthcare industries. The Arc of Indiana Foundation, a group that advocates for people with development […]

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House gets bill that bans abortion based on gender, disabilities

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill passed the Senate on Tuesday that would ban a doctor from performing an abortion if the physician knows the mother is basing her decision on gender selection or fetal disabilities. Senate Bill 334 – authored by Travis Holdman, R-Markle – now moves to the House for […]

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30 Laws: Law clinics will help vets with disabilities

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana veterans could have more access to legal help when a state law takes effect July 1. The legislation – passed earlier this year by the General Assembly – allows the state’s law schools to create clinics that will allow students to guide veterans through the disability claims process. […]

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Commentary: Taxing questions about our ‘fair share’ and two Americas

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com While Washington is focused this week on immigration and guns, I’ve been thinking a lot about taxes. Sometime before Monday, I’m going to do my duty as an American and drop a check in the mail to the Internal Revenue Service. That check will not be an insubstantial sum, and I’ll […]

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Indy Vision Expo takes place Saturday at state library

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Midwest’s largest trade show connecting people with vision loss to vendors that provide assistive technology and other low-vision services will take place Saturday at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. The Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library hosts the Indiana Vision Expo, which is expected to draw more than […]

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