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Video & story: First lady makes bees a focus of governor’s garden

Creating a buzz in Indianapolis from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an attempt to raise awareness about the decline in bee populations, first lady Karen Pence unveiled a new hive Tuesday that has been installed in the governor’s residence garden. “A little more than 83 percent of our state’s land […]

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30 Laws: State needs federal approval to move forward with industrial hemp

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com This is the first in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The state could be waiting several months to implement a new law that allows the research and production of industrial hemp, even though Gov. Mike Pence signed […]

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Corn planting behind this spring, still time to catch up

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s recent cold and wet weather conditions should not be a concern for the state’s corn production, even though it’s put planting a week or two behind the normal schedule, experts say. Indiana’s temperatures this planting season have ranged from 2 degrees below to 8 degrees above normal, according to […]

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Hemp bill passes House, waits for approval by Senate

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Indiana passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation Thursday. Senate Bill 357 would require farmers growing industrial hemp to obtain a license and be subject to inspections and audits to […]

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Constitutional hunting and fishing measure passes House; waits for action in 2015 or 2016

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed amendment meant to protect the rights of Hoosiers to hunt and fish has passed the General Assembly this year but still has a long road before it’s put into the Indiana Constitution. The resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, said the proposal is meant to “protect well-funded anti-hunting […]

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House sends industrial hemp bill back to Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House approved a bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow hemp – a non-hallucinogenic cousin of marijuana – if the federal government lifts restrictions on the crop. Senate Bill 357 passed 93-4 and moves back to the Senate where it has already passed. The Senate can now […]

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Hemp legalization bill moves to full House

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The legalization of the production of industrial hemp is a step closer to reality after the House Agricultural Committee passed an amended bill Tuesday. Industrial hemp can be used in a variety of ways, including the production of fuel. This is becoming a major issue in light of the […]

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Senate approves tax breaks for historic barns

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation intended to protect historical barns across the state passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday. The bill, authored by Sen. John Waterman, R- Shelburn, would allow the owners of heritage barns to receive a 100 percent deduction from property taxes. In order to receive the deduction, the barns must […]

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Senate sends hemp production bill to House for debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation that would legalize the farming and production of industrial hemp in Indiana. Senate Bill 357 – authored by Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown – now moves to the House for consideration. The bill does not affect the state’s marijuana laws. Instead, it […]

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Trespassing on agricultural property a crime under Senate bill

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate passed a bill Thursday that would make it illegal to trespass on agricultural property. Senate Bill 101, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, originally created a crime called “agricultural mischief.” But after fierce opposition, it was amended to reduce the crime to property damage and criminal trespassing […]

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