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School prayer bill heading to governor’s desk

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — A bill extending religious expression rights in schools is headed to the governor’s desk, despite concerns of the legislation stepping on or merely repeating First Amendment rights. Although House Bill 1024 has several components, in essence, it allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing […]

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Public forums portion of school prayer bill removed

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aiming to protect students’ religious freedom in schools continues to move forward without one of its major components. House Bill 1024 allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers or administrators. The bill’s author, Rep. John […]

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Veterans, legislators join forces for special day

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For three years, retired U.S. Army Col. James Leonard has worked with Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis, to fill the Statehouse with Hoosier veterans for one day during the legislative session. “We’ve got about 48,000 veterans that reside in Indiana, and we’re about the fourth largest in terms of deployment […]

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Definition of “cosmetology” debated

By Jay Siskin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill changing the definition of “cosmetology” set off a debate Tuesday about employment and job security for barbers and beauticians. House Bill 1172, authored by Rep. Donna Schaibley, R-Carmel, requires the State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners to adopt rules in regards to the minimum amount of […]

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Veterans, military day to take place Tuesday at Statehouse

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Current and former service members will gather Tuesday at the Statehouse for the first ever Military and Veteran Legislative Day. The event will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Rep. John Bartlett, D–Indianapolis, helped organize the event and is interested in making it happen annually during the legislative session. “In […]