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Amendments offered to state budget see little success

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several amendments were offered on Thursday to the state’s two-year budget, but only one saw positive results. The successful amendment, offered by Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, would allow state conservation officers to be under the same pay raise system as other state police officers. “Initially their raises were going […]

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Bill requiring helmets for kids riding ATVs advances

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require those 18 and younger to wear a helmet while riding an ATV is one step closer to becoming a law. House Bill 1200 passed out of Roads and Transportation committee Wednesday with a 12-1 vote. The author of the bill, Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, […]

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Child’s deadly ATV accident inspires helmet legislation

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Kate Bruggenschmidt was not wearing a helmet in July 2015 when the ATV she was driving flipped and trapped her underneath. She died of a head injury. The 11-year-old’s story motivated Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, to introduce a bill that would require children under 18 to wear a helmet […]

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House sends fenced hunting bill to Senate

By Aubrey Helms & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a controversial bill Tuesday that will legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting preserves, despite concern among opponents that hunting captive animals is unethical. House Bill 1453 now moves to the Senate. The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, called the proposal “common […]