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Amendment would create study of carrying without a license

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow domestic violence victims a temporary carry permit passed out of committee with a controversial amendment Tuesday. House Bill 1071 would allow a domestic violence victim to carry a gun without a permit for 60 days, but Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, proposed an amendment for […]

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Bill would make hair braiding without a license legal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A House bill would change requirements for professional hair braiding by allowing individuals to braid hair and get paid for it without a license. “This is predominantly an issue in the African American community of those who have learned this craft from someone who they have inherited, from basically […]

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Bill would eliminate state licensing requirement for school superintendents

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – School boards could hire superintendents without administrative licenses or experience in the classroom under legislation a House committee approved along party lines Tuesday. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration. Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, said he proposed House Bill 1357 because he wants to give local […]

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Education board OKs teacher licensing rules over Ritz objections

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education amended and passed controversial changes to teacher licensing rules Wednesday over the objections of incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and a number of teachers who urged the group to slow down. Ritz – just weeks from taking office after defeating incumbent Republican […]


Author kills cosmetology bill, ends debate over deregulating barbers and stylists

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Dave Wolkins killed a bill Wednesday that would have eliminated licenses for cosmetologists and a handful of other professions. Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, said the stylists, aestheticians and others who came to testify on the bill last week were so persuasive that their industry should be licensed […]


Hairstylists battle de-licensing bill

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of hairstylists came to the Statehouse Friday to fight a bill that would deregulate their profession.  Lawmakers said later there voices were heard. The cosmetologists oppose House Bill 1006, authored by Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake. The legislation will eliminate their professional licensing boards as well as […]

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Cosmetologists raise questions about bill to eliminate their licenses

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Cosmetologists frustrated by a bill that would deregulate their profession plan to testify Friday at the Statehouse when a House committee will take public testimony on the legislation. House Bill 1006 eliminates the professional licensing boards for cosmetologists and barbers, dieticians, hearing aid dealers, private investigator firms and […]