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House approves Airbnb bill

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The bill to stop local municipalities from banning Airbnb-style rentals passed the House of Representatives in a 74-19 vote Monday. House Bill 1035 would prevent locals from regulating short-term rentals. Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, emphasized that homeowners should be able to do what they wish with their property. Lehman […]

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Airbnb bill advances in House committee

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One lawmaker is making a second attempt to stop local municipalities from banning short-term Airbnb-style rentals. The House Government and Regulatory Reform committee unanimously passed House Bill 1035 Tuesday by a 12-0 vote. Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, said he authored the bill with the hope of keeping money in […]

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Ricker’s issue could lead to overhaul of state’s alcohol laws

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A dispute over who can sell cold beer could push lawmakers to rewrite the state’s alcohol laws. Ricker’s convenience stores began selling cold carry-out beer after obtaining a restaurant license for two of their locations by selling made-to-order Tex-Mex style food. That’s left lawmakers questioning how the Alcohol and […]

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Airbnb-style rentals bill could face more changes

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A short-term rentals bill faces potential changes after members of both the House and Senate tried to come to a compromise on the legislation Wednesday. House Bill 1133, which has passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly, would keep municipalities from banning or over-regulating Airbnb-style rentals in their […]

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Committee amends overhaul to vaping regulations

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are hoping Wednesday’s revisions to the overhaul of the state’s e-liquid rules will be enough to pass it through the House.  The Senate made the e-liquid bill a priority at the beginning of this legislative session, and its importance only increased after a ruling from the 7th Circuit […]

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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 […]