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30 Laws in 30 Days: Working to get veterans the benefits they’ve earned

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For Vern Kahl, a five-year Navy veteran, the way the state government handles veterans care and benefits has been very frustrating. When Kahl, 64, came […]

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Ellspermann resigns from her position as lieutenant governor

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sue Ellspermann struck the gavel one final time in the Senate Wednesday. Her resignation as the lieutenant governor took effect at 5 p.m. Both the Senate and the House honored Ellspermann, who is stepping down to pursue the chance to become the president of Ivy Tech Community College. “Yes, […]

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Veterans bills push for more benefits & services

By Shelby Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A new bill aims to help homeless veterans receive state aid, if they do not qualify for federal benefits. House Bill 1057 focuses on improving the lives of homeless Indiana National Guard veterans who do not current qualify for federal benefits. These veterans were placed on active duty service, […]

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New law: Fire academies to provide uniform training

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Firefighters often risk their lives to save others but a new law expands the opportunity for more unified training, with the intent of creating safer situations for both the victims and the rescuers. The General Assembly knew the law as House Bill 1182. The bill authored by Rep. Randy […]

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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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Lawmakers raise money for cancer research with Suits & Sneakers Day

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans and Democrats finally found an issue they could agree on – raising money for charity. Politicians teamed up with the American Cancer Society on Thursday for the organization’s annual Suits and Sneakers Day at the Statehouse. To raise money, individuals gathered in the House chamber to participate […]