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Lawmakers honored for public safety work

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has recognized state Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, and Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, for their work in getting a felony DNA law enacted. Bauer and Houchin received the Legislative Excellence Awards for their work on the bill in the 2017 legislative session which requires […]

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Study committee takes up issue of DNA sampling for arrestees

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers on the Correction and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee discussed Rep. Pat Bauer’s, D-South Bend, proposal to collect DNA samples from those arrested for felony charges. Currently, DNA is only kept in a database for those convicted of a felony. Bauer, D-South Bend, authored House Bill 1551 for […]

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New law: State bans microbeads out of concerns about fish, Great Lakes

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is following in the footsteps of several other states including New York and Illinois concerning synthetic plastic microbeads. Manufacturers will no longer be able to produce personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads beginning on Dec. 31, 2017. One year later, retailers will not be able to sell […]

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Bill to ban microbeads headed to governor’s office

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com House Bill 1185, which would prevent the sale of any products containing microbeads, is headed to the governor’s office for final approval. HB 1185 defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object that is five millimeters or less in diameter and not biodegradable. The beads are common in beauty products […]

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Bill to ban micro-beads used in beauty products close to becoming law

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tiny pieces of plastic used to exfoliate skin are creating big problems for the environment and so legislation to ban the beauty product ingredient is moving through the General Assembly. House Bill 1185, authored by Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object […]

Commentary: Public-private partnerships, profit and public service

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Commentary: Public-private partnerships, profit and public service

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Cotterill, former chief of staff for Mayor Greg Ballard, says outsourcing made it possible for Indianapolis to upgrade the technology and improve the service of the city’s parking meters. He says it was the only way to get it done because all government budgets are tight and options […]

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Budget includes 5 percent income tax cut, more spending on schools and roads

By Samm Quinn and Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers will vote Friday on a two-year, $30 billion budget that phases in a 5 percent cut in the individual income tax rate, eliminates the inheritance tax and boosts money for roads and schools. House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, said the tax cuts will “impact […]

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Commentary: Pelath strikes new, better tone for Democrats

By Cam Savage Special to TheStatehouseFile.com  I’m extremely disappointed with Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath. I predicted Pelath would be a total disaster of a minority leader.  Let’s be fair – as a Republican, I hoped he would be. So far, he’s been anything but. Pelath became leader of the House Democrats after the […]

Former leader Pat Bauer assumes role as just another lawmaker

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Former leader Pat Bauer assumes role as just another lawmaker

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, strolled into the Indiana House chamber on Tuesday just minutes before the opening prayer, which typically signals lawmakers are getting down to business. A staffer led him to a spot in the second row on the Democratic side. “This is your seat,” she said, […]

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Analysis: House Democrats have new leader but still face tough challenges

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats who’ve been frustrated for some time by a leader they believed did not include them in decisions or represent them well have successfully mounted a coup that ousted him from power. The problem for those Democrats now is that little else about their situation […]

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