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Senate passes school bus bill through committee unanimously

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana General Assembly is fast tracking a bill that will make public school transportation services available to Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. House Bill 1507 amends a current law and has passed the committee on Family and Children Services unanimously Monday. The Porter County Special Olympics program previously used […]

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Easier access to driver’s licenses could improve lives of foster teens

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Breann Delaney is passionate about bettering the lives of teenage foster children, especially those who are seeking employment or have a desire to better their education. “Foster children who went through traumatic experiences at no fault of their own deserve normalcy,” Delaney said. The passion for a normal life […]

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Financial help expanded for Hoosier women battling breast and cervical cancer

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –More Hoosier women are now eligible for financial assistance to help diagnose breast and cervical cancer, state health officials say. The Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program – BCCP – released new guidelines last week that expand funding options for women who fall below the 200 percent federal poverty line […]

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INDOT warns motorists to watch for deer

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning drivers this fall to be on high alert for deer on the roadways. Franklin resident Mike Rivera struck a deer earlier this fall when he was driving on a dark suburban road. Rivera says he didn’t see the animal before his car clipped […]

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HIP 2.0 ads to blanket TV, radio and web

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new Healthy Indiana Plan, otherwise known as HIP 2.0, will begin a statewide advertisement campaign on Monday. The campaign is designed to bring an awareness of the program to the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who qualify for the plan. On Monday, the state will begin running TV, […]

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Video & story: Torr withdraws bill that could have changed liability in traffic accidents

Torr scraps seat belt bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state lawmaker killed a bill Monday that would have let juries know if victims in a car accident were wearing seat belts. Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, said he didn’t have the votes to pass House Bill 1011 and so […]

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Pence seeks meeting with Obama about health care

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence plans to talk with Barack Obama about the state’s low-income health care plan while the president is in Indiana on Friday for a speech about the economy. Pence sent a request for a private meeting to the White House on Thursday morning, just a day […]

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Coalition announces legislative agenda aimed at public fraud

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group of officials representing local, state and federal governments will push a series of legislative proposals meant to protect public funds and speed the recovery of taxpayers dollars lost to fraud. The Public Integrity Coalition announced a 2015 agenda on Friday that includes additional whistleblower protections for public […]

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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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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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