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Redistricting study committee passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will establish a study committee to consider how to handle redistricting and evaluate the benefits and problems with changing the state’s mapping methods passed the Senate on Wednesday. Redistricting is the act of redrawing the lines that define legislative and congressional districts. Lawmakers redraw those lines […]

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Analysis: Coats’ decision makes 2016 election more fun

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Republican Sen. Dan Coats announced this week that he won’t seek reelection, the 2016 campaign season in Indiana became much more interesting. Almost immediately, a number of current and former public officials acknowledged they were thinking about jumping into the race. And then one candidate – who has […]

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Former Sen. Landske remembered as ‘true public servant’

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former state Sen. Sue Landske, 77, has died following a battle with cancer. The Republican from Cedar Lake chose not to seek reelection last year, saying at the time that she had to do what was “best for my health and best for the Hoosiers that I serve in Northwest […]

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Analysis: Number of women in Indiana legislature lags much of nation

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One in five lawmakers at the Indiana General Assembly are women, even though just more than half of Hoosiers are female. It’s a number that ranks the state only 35th in the nation in the proportion of women in the legislature. But does that matter? Yes, says Rep. Christina […]

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Video & story: Students worry bill could impact voting in their college towns

IU student voices concerns about Indiana election legislation By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator has agreed to rethink legislation that critics say could make it harder for college students to vote in the communities in which they attend school. Students from Indiana, Southern Indiana and Ball State universities came to the Statehouse […]

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Bosma wants legislative ethics office as part of reform agenda

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans are seeking to create a new Office of Legislative Ethics to give lawmakers a place to turn for advice about conflicts of interest and other issues. The proposal announced by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, is part of a larger ethics agenda that has been driven in […]

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Bill would move project referendums to general election only

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers raised questions and community leaders testified against a bill that would require that referendums for school and government construction projects occur only during general elections every other year. House Bill 1027, authored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, would prevent referendums during primaries when fewer voters go to the […]

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Pence calls bill to let him run for prez, governor a ‘distraction’

By Adam Lee TheStatehousFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that a bill meant to allow him to run for both president and governor in the 2016 election is a “well-intentioned distraction.” Senate Bill 200, authored by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, would eliminate a ban on candidates running simultaneously for a state and federal […]

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Amanda Banks jumps back into politics, takes her husband’s Senate seat – temporarily

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Amanda Banks is not your typical stay-at-home mother. Before Amanda and her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, had children, she loved working on public policy for various organizations. But, since her first daughter’s birth in 2009, her days have been less political. Until now. With her […]

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Analysis: Pence builds resume even as he discounts presidential talk

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions this week from conservative media mogul Steve Forbes about running for president but the conversation that emerged sounded very much like a resume for national office. Pence bragged on the state’s AAA credit rating, plugged recent tax cuts and predicted its private school voucher […]

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