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Video & story: Pence signs regional cities legislation

Pence signs Regional Cities bill into law from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Wednesday that he said would have a “transformational effect” on the state by establishing the Regional City Initiative. The Republican governor, who made the effort part of his agenda, said […]

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Balanced budget amendment passed by House; awaits action in 2017 or 2018

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The proposed balance budget amendment that passed the House on Wednesday now must wait until 2017 for the General Assembly to approve it a second time. “By voting in favor of the balanced budget amendment, Indiana House members took an important step toward ensuring that the fiscal responsibility of […]

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Bill to require civics test for high school students passes committee

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students could be required to pass a national civics test in order to graduate high school if a bill that passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday becomes law. Senate Bill 269, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, requires students to take the same test administrated to immigrants […]

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Bill to give employers, employees more leeway over paycheck deductions passes House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Certain work-related fees, including cost of uniforms and required education costs, could be taken out of employees’ paychecks if a bill that passed the Indiana House on Monday becomes law. Instead of requiring employees to pay out of pocket, House Bill 1469, authored by Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, allows […]

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House approves bill to let private firms seize tax refunds for debts

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill Monday that would the state take or reduce an individual’s tax return check to settle private debt. Private firms would pay a fee for the service. “This bill will increase revenue to the state or at least offset costs to the Department of Revenue,” […]

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House passes bill to oust Ritz as state ed board chair

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education could be working under a new chair as soon as this summer under a bill that passed the Indiana House largely along party lines Monday. House Bill 1609, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would remove the elected superintendent of public instruction – now […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Chris Judy, focused on veteran’s issues and funding education

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Meet Rep. Christopher Judy Age: 36 Hometown: Whitley County Party: Republican Occupation: General Motors, Automobile Industry INDIANAPOLIS – For Rep. Christopher Judy and his wife, being separated for an extended period of time […]

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Legislation meant to help children who are runaways

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth runaway every year in the United States. Often, their parents don’t always know where to turn. But a proposed bill could help push parents in the right direction. If passed into law, House Bill 1216 would require the Indiana State Police to distribute […]

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Teachers could get tax break for teacher supplies under bill headed to House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators could receive an unexpected tax credit next year to reimburse, at least partially, the personal money they used to purchase classroom supplies. House Bill 1005, authored by Rep Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed the House Education Committee unanimously and is now headed to the full House for consideration. It could […]

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Bill would let companies withhold money from paychecks for uniforms, other expenses

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that lets companies pull money out of employee paychecks for uninforms, education and other expenses could receive a vote next week in the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 1469, authored by Rep. David Ober, R- Albion, also says that employers who fail too pay their staff on […]

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