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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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Committee strips funding from Indiana Grown bill

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An amendment to strip a $5 million appropriation establishing the Indiana Grown Initiative passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday. House Bill 1039, authored by Rep. Matthew Lehman, R- Berne, had previously passed the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee before it went to Ways and Mean for […]

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Video & story: Senate committee moves constitutional hunting and fishing amendment – without farming provisions

Indiana lawmakers consider constitutional right to hunt and fish By Halie Solea TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday that would protect Hoosiers’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife – but without language to protect farming that was included three years ago. That means the constitutional amendment process must […]

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Hemp bill moves to full Senate for debate

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Industrial hemp grown in Indiana could provide another option for Hoosiers farmers under legislation that a Senate committee passed Friday. Senate Bill 357 – authored by Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown – would allow farmers to apply for a license to grow and produce industrial hemp. “Industrial hemp has over […]

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