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30 Laws in 30 Days: Simplyfing the business application process for veterans

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.  INDIANAPOLIS­­ — Veterans who want to start a business in Indiana could open their doors faster when a new law goes into effect next month. “Essentially, I wanted to […]

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Trump wants to make Indiana great again

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosiers rallied—many for and some against—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he made his first stop in Indiana, only 14 days before the state’s primary. Although his original visit to Indiana was scheduled for two weeks later, Trump said it was time for him to come now. “You know, […]

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Congress passes National Defense Authorization Act

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The National Defense Authorization Act, authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama. Congress passed the bill, which would provide improved mental health care for military personnel and their families, Wednesday. “At a time when our nation faces significant challenges with […]

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Pences set to travel to Virginia for son’s Marine Corp graduation

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence are traveling to Virginia for their son Michael’s graduation Wednesday. Michael Pence graduates from The Basic School for United States Marine Corps officers. “Karen and I couldn’t be more proud of our son Michael as he completes his training as an officer […]

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Donnelly’s military mental health legislation moves forward

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s proposal to provide more mental health options for active military servicemen is on its way to the full Senate. The Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package – also referred to as “Care Package” – is a component of the National Defense Authorization Act […]

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Firm can give hiring preferences to vets under bill Pence signed into law

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill into law that lets companies give preference to veterans in hiring or promoting workers. “Our Hoosier heroes deserve our utmost respect, and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid,” Pence said in a statement. “The legislation I sign […]

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Jim Banks returns to Senate for visit, will be back for good soon

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, made his first visit Wednesday to the Senate chamber since returning from Afghanistan where he’d been deployed for the past six months. Banks gave up his seat temporarily – and Democratic officials assigned it to his wife – to go to the Middle East. […]

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Vets could get a leg up for jobs under bill headed to governor

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow employers to give veterans preference when hiring for jobs passed the House and Senate on Monday. The bill underwent minor changes that gave the preference to more veterans including former members of the Indiana National Guard and Air National Guard. “Our hardworking Hoosier veterans […]

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Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans. There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress. And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college. “All of […]

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Military members could cancel services during deployment

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill on Tuesday that would give active duty National Guard members more protections at home during their term. The Service Member Civil Release Act is a state extension of a federal statute that protects military members across the country. The state version would […]

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