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Celebration for legislation that will help people with disabilities get jobs

Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— Lyrics from the song “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang were heard at the Statehouse on Thursday, heralding legislation that will help people with disabilities obtain jobs. The Indiana Chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First celebrated the legislation law that creates more jobs for people with disabilities by […]

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Senate changes the combination of taxes in road funding plan

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A road funding plan that would cost drivers more money at the pump and could add tolls to Indiana roadways moves forward in the Senate with a new combination of tax increases. The House Republican plan included a 10-cent increase on both diesel and gas taxes. However, the Senate […]

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Public forums portion of school prayer bill removed

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aiming to protect students’ religious freedom in schools continues to move forward without one of its major components. House Bill 1024 allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers or administrators. The bill’s author, Rep. John […]

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Proposal to expand school employee background checks raises concerns about pay

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill requiring more extensive background checks on school employees has some questioning whether those employees should pay for the checks themselves. Testimony was heard for Senate Bill 34, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, during the Education and Career Development committee hearing on Wednesday. This bill, if implemented, […]

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Committee combines abortion measures

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee changed legislation regarding the handling of fetal remains to add stipulations on when a woman can have an abortion. House Bill 1337 is already a hotly contested piece of legislation, as it would require a miscarried or aborted fetus to be interred or cremated. “What if […]

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Senate unanimously advances Pence’s road plan

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­­­­ ‑ Gov. Mike Pence’s road funding plan unanimously passed the Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 333 would transfer funds from the state reserve fund to the state highway fund, if the reserves are more than 11.5 percent at the end of the state fiscal year. “I think this is a win […]

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Controversial bill would restrict women’s reasons to have an abortion

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would limit a woman’s reasons for seeking an abortion sparked heavy debate during the Health and Provider Services Committee meeting Wednesday. Senate Bill 313 would prohibit a doctor from performing an abortion if the pregnant woman’s decision is solely based on the fetus’ race, color, national […]

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Regulating fenced deer hunting advances to the House

By Jay Siskin, Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are one step closer to regulating fenced deer hunting preserves. Senate Bill 109 passed the Senate 29-19 Thursday. “The question of the making deer preserves legal or not has been already answered on the courts,” Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, the bill’s author said earlier this […]

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ISTEP bill protecting school accountability grades moves to the House

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- After 2015’s expected low ISTEP scores, the Senate passed a bill Tuesday to prevent the scores from hurting schools’ A-F accountability grades with a 49-1 vote. Senate Bill 200 received bipartisan support. Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, spoke in favor of the bill Tuesday, stating the bill did more than just […]

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Senate passes bill meant to deter human trafficking

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com Members of the Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that is designed to give law enforcement the right to seize property of anyone with suspected ties to human trafficking. Author Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, spoke before the vote and said Senate Bill 375 “gets our state law in line with our […]