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Sunday alcohol sales gains support

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —The Alcohol Code Revision Commission agreed Tuesday that Indiana lawmakers should allow alcohol sales on Sunday, but will wait until next month to work out the details in proposed legislation. “Sixty-eight percent of people in Indiana want cold beer to be sold in convenient stores and grocery stores,” Sen. Phil […]

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Cold-beer bills see varied results in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The two versions of legislation regarding cold-beer sales saw mixed results in the House and Senate Thursday. Both the Senate and the House were scheduled to heard bills originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. Those bills […]

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Legislators, state employees donate blood

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The regional chapter of the American Red Cross set up operations at the Statehouse Wednesday to collect blood donations from Indiana lawmakers, state employees and other volunteers. The blood drive drew a steady stream of donors, including Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville. When asked how many times he has donated, […]

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New standards for school safety await the governor’s approval

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Schools could soon have more guidance on how to respond to emergency situations. “I am pleased that this important legislation has passed the General Assembly and is one step closer to becoming law,” Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville said in a statement. “With the recent increase in school threats and […]

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Plan to establish school safety requirements moves forward

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Schools could beef up security measures if a bill, which passed out of committee unanimously Tuesday, becomes law. “Our schools need to be safe and we have the technology. We have the means to be able to do that, and so we must do that,” said Superintendent for Southwestern […]

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School safety standards and funding proposed

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After violent attacks in the nation in recent years, committee members met Tuesday morning to discuss potential new safety measures for teachers and students. Senate Bill 147, authored by Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish minimum standards and best practices for a […]

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Bill restricts local governments from creating alternative employer schedules

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill introduced into legislation could prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances surrounding employer schedules for private businesses. “I just want to make certain there’s not multiple codes out there,” author Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, stated. “That if we do anything, we do it at state level and so everybody […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Phil Boots on child seduction laws

Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, is pushing legislation to broaden the state’s child seduction law so that more adults can be charged with a crime for having sex with 16- and 17-year-olds. Boots talked to Natavia Howell at TheStatehouseFile.com about the legislation.