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Bill protecting prayer in schools moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that makes sure school corporations don’t discriminate against students for their religious expression and allows students to pray during school hours advanced Tuesday. House Bill 1024 passed the Education Committee 10-2 a little more than an hour before the deadline for bills to advance out of committee. […]

Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

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Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History has a sense of irony. Given enough time, members of both major political parties will embrace positions and roles that would have been anathema to their predecessors. Republicans and Democrats find it easy – so easy – to switch places without ever switching jerseys. These days, most Americans […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Eddie Melton, focused on education and unemployment

By: Sarah Ramon 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. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, spends a lot of his time working in non-profit executive leadership when he’s not at […]

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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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Groups push House committee for more education, public transit money

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from organizations wanting a bigger slice of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan Thursday. Holcomb unveiled the budget, which provides a small increase in education spending, to the state budget committee earlier in the week. But Gail Zeheralis, […]

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Youth suicide training bill moves forward after change to frequency

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill requiring teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed committee unanimously Tuesday. Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, who authored House Bill 1430, met with the Department of Education after education committee members voiced their concerns […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Jack Jordan, focusing on education and economic development

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Jack Jordan, R-Bremen, plans to partner with his colleagues to work on a balanced budget, infrastructure needs and education during […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Earl Harris Jr., continuing the family tradition

By Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Continuing on the Harris political legacy, Sen. Earl Harris Jr., D-East Chicago, plans to spark economic development and education, not only in his hometown, […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Karen Engleman, focused on teachers

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, has always been interested in government and plans to focus on the education of our future leaders. […]

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