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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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Commentary: Time for Indiana to pass a tougher hate-crime law

By Rep. Greg Porter and David Sklar Special to TheStatehouseFile.com It has been a bittersweet year. Even as we extended civil rights and equality to millions of Americans and thousands of Hoosiers, we also witnessed the tragic shootings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, of the newscaster and cameraman in Moneta, Virginia, and most […]

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Crawford memorial service to include Statehouse viewing

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Hoosiers and lawmakers will start to say their goodbyes to former state Rep. Bill Crawford, D-Indianapolis, Thursday. Crawford’s former colleagues in the Indiana General Assembly will receive Crawford’s casket at the north doors of the Statehouse at 9:30 a.m. His body then will lie in state the Statehouse rotunda from […]

Guest column: Republicans aren’t fixing what ails schools

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Guest column: Republicans aren’t fixing what ails schools

By Rep Greg Porter State representative The ink had barely dried on the biennial state budget approved by the Indiana House Republican supermajority when it was discovered that the school funding formula that the budget supposedly had “fixed” hadn’t been fixed at all. It turns out that flawed data involving the free and reduced lunch […]

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$32.4 billion budget bill moves to Senate on party-line vote

    By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a $31.5 billion, two-year budget Tuesday that boosts funding for K-12 education and spends more on domestic violence programs, community corrections, tourism and mass transit. The bill passed 68-29 largely on party lines, with minority Democrats complaining that the plan cuts funding to urban […]

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Democrats try but fail to boost money for all school districts

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans voted down Democratic amendments Monday that would have changed the way their two-year budget plan spends money on K-12 schools. That clears House Bill 1001 for a vote by the full House on Tuesday. An amendment authored by Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, would have fully funded a free […]

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Democrats chide Pence’s budget priorities

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats called into question Tuesday the way Gov. Mike Pence wants to distribute education funding in the two-year budget he’s given to the House Ways & Means Committee. Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis, took issue with the amount of money the governor is seeking to allocate to charter schools and […]

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Lawmakers cautiously optimistic about projections for more tax money

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers could have an additional $842 million in new money to spend on the next two-year budget. On Thursday, the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee presented its projections for Fiscal Years 2016 – beginning July 1 – and 2017 to the State Budget Committee. The estimates are used as an […]

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Number of students using vouchers jumps dramatically

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The number of students using state-funded vouchers to attend private schools has jumped by more than 47 percent this school year, according to preliminary numbers confirmed by state education officials. In all, 29,146 elementary, middle and high school students – about 3 percent of the overall student population – […]

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State will lose $63 million in tobacco payments next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state is set to lose $63 million in tobacco settlement payments next year after an arbitration panel determined it had not worked hard enough to collect funds from cigarette companies that aren’t part of the deal. Learn more: Click here to see the distribution of tobacco settlement dollars […]

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