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Bill strengthening parental rights in child’s abortion advances

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would change the process of a minor getting an abortion passed out of the House on Tuesday.   “I think at the end of the day, this is solid. It’s good public policy. And keep in mind, we are talking about 13, 14 and 15-year-old girls,” […]

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The Statehouse goes to the dogs — and cats

By Nicole Hernandez, Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After a long day of making tough decisions, researching legislation and working with constituents, there’s always one creature happy to see a lawmaker — their pet. From the new first dog to a chinchilla, get to know some of the Statehouse pets. Gov. Eric Holcomb The governor’s Schnauzer, […]

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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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Pet rescue bill passes Indiana House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation that would allow good Samaritans to rescue pets locked in hot cars passed through the House Monday with an 80-14 vote. Author of House Bill 1085, Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, said that the bill could prevent many needless injuries and deaths of domestic pets by giving rescuers […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars could become legal

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers would be allowed to smash a car window in order to rescue dog from a hot car if a proposed bill becomes law. Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, and Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, are working on a bill to provide immunity to people who save pets from locked hot […]

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Female legislators push for drop in cervical cancer deaths

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation aims to compel the state Department of Health to develop a strategy to reduce the number of women who die from cervical cancer in Indiana. Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, joined by co-author, Rep. Holli Sullivan, R-Evansville, said the proposal would require the health department to develop a […]

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Bill to regulate ride-sharing services heads to full House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For-profit ride-sharing services and traditional taxi cab companies would be required to do background checks on all drivers under legislation approved Tuesday by a House committee. House Bill 1090 means companies like Uber – which offers an app to connect riders with largely part-time drivers who use their own […]

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More than 100 dogs headed northeast for adoption

Indiana Humane Society sends more than a hundred cats and dogs to New England from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 dogs facing almost certain death due to overcrowded shelters could finally find loving homes – just not in Indiana. The pups will travel all the way to New […]

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House Democrats pick Scott Pelath of Michigan City to take caucus in new direction

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats in the Indiana House – who in this week’s election lost nine seats and the ability to prevent a quorum in the chamber – said Thursday they’re moving forward with a new leader, a new attitude and new energy. The caucus picked Rep. Scott Pelath of Michigan City […]

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Analysis: House Democrats have new leader but still face tough challenges

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats who’ve been frustrated for some time by a leader they believed did not include them in decisions or represent them well have successfully mounted a coup that ousted him from power. The problem for those Democrats now is that little else about their situation […]

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