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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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Airbnb-styled rentals bill moves to the Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would limit how much control local municipalities would have in restricting Airbnb-style rentals passed through the House Tuesday in a 53-40 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate. The proposed legislation has raised questions as to who should exercise control over new rental platforms – […]

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Proposal to increase age of consent to 18

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Since last summer, Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, has been working on a bill to change the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old. The proposed bill also introduces a new offense called indiscretion, which would punish licensed teachers for having any kind of sexual contact with students […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Working to get veterans the benefits they’ve earned

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For Vern Kahl, a five-year Navy veteran, the way the state government handles veterans care and benefits has been very frustrating. When Kahl, 64, came […]

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Carrier employees line the streets in protest

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Carrier employees lined the streets outside the company’s facility—shouting, holding up signs and waving American flags. “USA! USA!” the protestors chanted as cars drove by honking their horns. In February, Carrier Corporation and United Technologies announced plans to relocate more than 1,400 jobs to Mexico. The companies […]

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What didn’t happen in the 2016 legislative session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Not every bill can make it to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the bills that didn’t make it through the 2016 General Assembly. Hate Crime Senate Bill 220, authored by Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, would have allowed a judge to increase the length of a […]

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Several pro-life women vote against abortion legislation

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a dozen House Republicans joined Democrats in a vote against a ban on abortions based on disability or gender, but it wasn’t enough to stop the stipulations from advancing. After about an hour of discussion, primarily by the female legislators, the House voted 60-40 to concur Wednesday on […]

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Financial penalties proposed for companies that move out of Indiana

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehousefile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment would create a new financial penalty for companies that leave Indiana to move to foreign countries. “Today’s vote represents a chance for the members of the Indiana General Assembly to tell companies that they do not have the right to take full advantage of taxpayer-funded assistance to locate […]

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Veterans bills push for more benefits & services

By Shelby Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A new bill aims to help homeless veterans receive state aid, if they do not qualify for federal benefits. House Bill 1057 focuses on improving the lives of homeless Indiana National Guard veterans who do not current qualify for federal benefits. These veterans were placed on active duty service, […]

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Vets could get a leg up for jobs under bill headed to governor

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow employers to give veterans preference when hiring for jobs passed the House and Senate on Monday. The bill underwent minor changes that gave the preference to more veterans including former members of the Indiana National Guard and Air National Guard. “Our hardworking Hoosier veterans […]

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