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Indiana Democrats question Trump’s decision to fire Comey

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With President Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, Indiana Democrats are questioning the president’s motives. “There are serious questions about the president’s decision to dismiss Director Comey while he was at the center of one of the most important FBI investigations in recent memory,” U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly […]


Q&A: Meet Sen. Andy Zay, father and small-business owner

By Adrianna Pitrelli and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington may be a freshman to the General Assembly, but is embracing the life of a legislator. His life revolves around three things. “At the […]

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Seat open after state senator wins congressional race

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, has resigned from his seat in the Indiana General Assembly after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Banks, who will represent the 3rd District, submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday to allow his replacement to be selected before the start of the 2017 […]

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Decision to limit how cities can pay for snow removal reversed

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate reversed a committee decision to limit cities on how they can pay for snow and ice removal. The Senate Monday changed House Bill 1001 to allow local municipalities to use money from the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund to pay for winter weather clean-up. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, […]

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Efforts to ensure all veterans receive a proper burial

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators are working on a bill that would ensure Indiana veterans receive a proper military burial. Senate Bill 145, authored by Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, establishes a process for non-profit organizations that specialize in locating, identifying, and providing a proper military burial for unclaimed veterans remains in a […]

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Jim Banks announces bid for 3rd Congressional seat

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, announced Tuesday he is running for the 3rd District seat in Congress. Banks will seek the Republican nomination in the battle for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is also a Republican. Stutzman announced last week that he’ll run for […]

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Jim Banks returns to Senate for visit, will be back for good soon

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, made his first visit Wednesday to the Senate chamber since returning from Afghanistan where he’d been deployed for the past six months. Banks gave up his seat temporarily – and Democratic officials assigned it to his wife – to go to the Middle East. […]

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Amanda Banks takes over Senate seat – for now

Indiana Sen. Amanda Banks sworn into office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Amanda Banks officially stepped into her husband’s Senate seat Tuesday, taking the oath from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush as her husband serves in Afghanistan. Jim Banks, who was reelected in November, will miss the 2015 session due […]

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Amanda Banks jumps back into politics, takes her husband’s Senate seat – temporarily

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Amanda Banks is not your typical stay-at-home mother. Before Amanda and her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, had children, she loved working on public policy for various organizations. But, since her first daughter’s birth in 2009, her days have been less political. Until now. With her […]

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Video & story: Banks sworn in via Skype, then temporarily steps down

Sen. Banks sworn in from Afghanistan from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Indiana Constitution – just as his legislative colleagues did Tuesday as they officially took office and launched their 2015 session. But Banks, R-Columbia City, wasn’t standing at […]

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