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Video & story: Pence won’t say where he stands on gambling bill

Pence silent on stance about gambling bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is refusing to say publicly whether he will sign a controversial gambling bill if it hits his desk this session. Talking to reporters Thursday morning, Pence said he has made his views clear to lawmakers […]

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Bill aimed at increasing HPV vaccines defeated by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled House has killed a controversial measure that aimed to boost HPV vaccination rates in order to reduce the prevalence of cervical and other cancers in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere on failed HPV vaccine bill Supporters say the bill – which did not require anyone to actually get […]

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Senate approves balanced budget amendment

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers would be required to pass balanced budgets – something they generally do now – under a proposed constitutional amendment the Senate moved on Tuesday. Senate Joint Resolution 19 – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – would prohibit state budget appropriations from exceeding state revenues. However, the restriction […]

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Locals get to keep casino revenue under changes approved by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has stripped language out of a controversial gambling bill that would have cut millions of dollars in funding that goes to communities where casinos are located. House Bill 1540 would send the questions about money to a study committee for review after the General Assembly adjourns in […]

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Governor signs fast-tracked bill to shorten ISTEP exam

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Monday to reduce the time students will spend taking the ISTEP test that begins this week – just hours after the House and Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “Hoosier students, teachers and parents can breathe easier now that this year’s ISTEP […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Mike Pence goes to Washington, the House budget is out & more

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener discuss the week’s news, including what’s in the House GOP budget, how the Ways & Means Committee changed the gambling bill and where Gov. Mike Pence is headed soon. You may also like Video & story: Pence won’t say where he… Video & story: House passes gambling bill; Se… […]

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Webcast: The House GOP releases a budget, fenced hunting moves on and more

Webcast February 20, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Video & story: Pence won’t say where he… Free financial literacy class launched by Ivy Tech… Video & story: House passes gambling bill; Se… Bill aimed at increasing HPV vaccines defeated by …

Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

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Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, the Indiana Department of Education was a great place to go to take a good long nap. For 16 years, Republican Suellen Reed served as the state’s superintendent of public instruction. She got along with people. She worked with Democratic governors. She worked with Republican […]

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Ritz would lose post as board chair under bill passed by Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday that removes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as the chair of the State Board of Education and give its members the ability to elect their own leader. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana […]

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Republican budget spends more on schools, changes how dollars are distributed

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House Republicans released their first draft of the state’s next two-year budget Monday, which included more than $16 billion in K-12 education funding – a 4.7 percent increase from the previous biennium and significantly more than suggested by Gov. Mike Pence. K-12 education comprises 52 percent of […]

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