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State encourages citizens to find alternative ways to dispose of leaves

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says when it comes to leaves the key words are crush them or pack them, but don’t burn them. “Many local communities have yard waste collection,” Carol Comer, IDEM commissioner, said in a statement. “This allows homeowners to have their leaves and brush composted […]

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Planned Parenthood facilities of Indiana and Kentucky found to be in compliance with state laws and regulations

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — On Thursday, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced that on July 28 it received official notice from the Indiana State Department of Health that the health centers at the center of a recent investigation are compliant with state regulations. “We are pleased this unfounded complaint is resolved,” Betty […]

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New law: Rules and restrictions to regulate e-liquid industry

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Some changes are coming to a relatively new, but growing industry. Beginning July 1, a new law goes into effect that regulates the state’s production, purchasing and sales of the e-liquid used in vapor pens and e-cigarettes. House Bill 1432 “defines ‘e-liquid’ as a substance that is intended to be to […]

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Letter to the editor: Repeal of common construction wage law unnecessary

March 31, 2015 To the Editor: The legislation to repeal our state’s common construction wage law (House Bill 1019) is unnecessary and shortsighted. If one were planning to build a house, the prudent course of due diligence would be to research possible home builders, while the primary decision factors would be quality of workmanship and […]

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Legislative leaders say no to prison expansions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leaders of the Indiana House and Senate said Thursday they are skeptical of Pence administration claims that the state needs more prison space to accommodate a projected increase in inmates. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he doesn’t believe that sentencing changes the General Assembly […]

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Gov. Pence encourages parents to protect children by vaccinating

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After nearly 100 children were sickened in California from a measles outbreak, Gov. Mike Pence urged Hoosier parents on Tuesday to protect their children. “Indiana law requires all children be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases like the measles by getting vaccinated,” Pence said in a statement. The California Department of […]