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Bills become law after Senate, House override Pence vetoes

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two bills are now law after the Senate joined the House in voting to override former Gov. Mike Pence’s vetoes on the bills Tuesday. In Indiana, a governor’s veto can be overridden if a constitutional majority of both chambers—51 representatives, 26 senators—vote to do so. Both bills passed in […]

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Indiana Chamber submits list of repeal requests to Pence

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With a Hoosier connection to the White House, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is leveraging their Indiana ties. The chamber submitted a list of regulations they want repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration, because they argue they are “detrimental” to Hoosier businesses. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar […]

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State encourages citizens to find alternative ways to dispose of leaves

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says when it comes to leaves the key words are crush them or pack them, but don’t burn them. “Many local communities have yard waste collection,” Carol Comer, IDEM commissioner, said in a statement. “This allows homeowners to have their leaves and brush composted […]

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More than 1,500 acres to be preserved and restored by NIPSCO

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is planning to preserve and restore land for public education and enjoyment. The nearly 1,630 acres of land will also be a focus for improving the biodiversity and habitats for many of the region’s plant and animal life. NIPSCO provided nearly $2 million […]

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Supreme Court: EPA goes too far with clear air regulations

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overruled a federal agency’s plan to control emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power-company smokestacks – siding with states who argued the EPA had gone too far. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called the ruling a “victory for Indiana.” The state was one […]

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New law: State bans microbeads out of concerns about fish, Great Lakes

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is following in the footsteps of several other states including New York and Illinois concerning synthetic plastic microbeads. Manufacturers will no longer be able to produce personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads beginning on Dec. 31, 2017. One year later, retailers will not be able to sell […]

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Energy efficient bill headed to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would change the energy efficiency landscape in the state. Senate Bill 412, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana program, which the General Assembly canceled last year over the objections of environmental groups. […]

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Bill to ban microbeads headed to governor’s office

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com House Bill 1185, which would prevent the sale of any products containing microbeads, is headed to the governor’s office for final approval. HB 1185 defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object that is five millimeters or less in diameter and not biodegradable. The beads are common in beauty products […]

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Bill to ban micro-beads used in beauty products close to becoming law

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tiny pieces of plastic used to exfoliate skin are creating big problems for the environment and so legislation to ban the beauty product ingredient is moving through the General Assembly. House Bill 1185, authored by Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object […]

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Controversial energy conservation bill moves to full Senate

Lawmaker talk energy conservation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed legislation along party lines Wednesday that could mean higher utility bills for customers in an effort to promote conservation. Senate Bill 412, authored by the committee’s chairman, Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana […]

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