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Pence to Obama: Repeal medical device tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to work with Congress to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that is helping to pay for the federal health care law. Pence said the law – which took effect Jan. 1, […]

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Turner denies wrong doing; ethics committee could meet next month

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, released a statement Wednesday denying that he broke House rules following allegations that he lobbied behind closed doors against a bill that would have hurt his family’s business. The issue will be considered at a House Ethics Committee meeting next month. “I am extremely confident […]

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Speaker sends Turner issue to ethics committee

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fate of a potential investigation into Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, and his handling of nursing home legislation is now in the hands of the House Ethics Committee. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, sent the issue to the committee after Democratic Party Chairman John Zody asked the leader to […]

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Democrats call for investigation of Turner

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party is calling for an investigation of Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, for allegedly using his position as a lawmaker to benefit his family and a business run by his son. Democratic Party Chair John Zody sent a letter to House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, requesting an […]

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Bill requires study of babies born addicted

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to study the problems associated with babies born from addicted mothers passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Wednesday. Senate Bill 408 defines Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as the negative effects illegal or prescription drugs have on newborns who were exposed to the drugs before they were born. […]

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Abortion insurance bill on its way to Pence

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to ban insurance automatic coverage for most abortions is on its way to the governor’s office. House Bill 1123 would force customers who want the coverage to pay for it separately as an add-on through a rider or endorsement. The ban would not apply to cases of rape, […]

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Webcast episode 9: TheStatehouseFile weekly roundup

Anchors Paige Clark and Allie Nash host the 9th legislative recap with stories about a ban on teens 16 and under using tanning beds, State Fair alcohol, expansions to the Lifeline Law, and much more. TheStatehouseFile’s weekly webcast from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. Reporters Antonio Cordero, Deron Molen, and Jess Wilson have stories in this episode. […]

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Video & story: Ban on teen tanning heads to governor

Indiana General Assembly votes to ban teens under 16 from tanning from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – New restrictions on teen tanning are one step from becoming law after legislation passed the Indiana Senate and moved to the governor on Thursday. Senate Bill 50, authored by Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, bans […]

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Drug testing required for some welfare recipients under Senate bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require drug testing for Hoosiers receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and who have been convicted of a crime passed the Senate Tuesday. House Bill 1351 would not take away TANF benefits right away if recipients tested positive as long as they tested negative […]

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Insurance coverage for abortions banned under Senate bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to ban insurance coverage for abortions is on its way back to the House after it passed the Senate Tuesday. Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, the bill sponsor, said House Bill 1123 aligned Indiana with one of the provisions under the Affordable Healthcare Act otherwise known as ObamaCare. […]

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