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Rally to encourage lawmakers to improve access to healthy food

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ — Advocates held a rally Tuesday to push lawmakers to consider legislation that would improve access to healthy food. The Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition supports Senate Bill 277, which would provide grants for businesses that want to offer fresh foods in the areas that desperately need them. Retailers could […]

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Senate vaping bill moves full steam ahead to the House

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that strives to fix Indiana’s current vaping law, part of which was ruled unconstitutional, passed the Senate Tuesday. Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, said she voted and spoke against Indiana’s current law regarding the vaping industry last year with the fear it would give undue control to […]

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Vaping bill revamped after ruling

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate’s overhaul of the state’s vaping regulations has undergone a complete transformation.    “At the very end of January, the Federal District Court issued an opinion which had caused us to start over entirely and then recraft this bill,” Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said. From the beginning of […]

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Lawmakers to study invoking parental privilege in court

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are taking a closer look at a bill that would allow parents to invoke parental privilege in court. If enacted, Senate Bill 99 would allow parents to not testify against their child in court. Monica Kelsey, a medic and firefighter from Woodburn, said she was on duty when […]

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Push to increase access to healthy food with business incentive

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Days after Double 8 Foods closed on the north side of Indianapolis in July 2015, Maxine Thomas wanted to help her neighbors access the food they needed. “It was devastating because this was a store you thought would always be there, first and foremost” Thomas said. “For them to […]

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Bill to raise state officer salaries heads to summer study committee

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —A bill that would have raised the governor’s and other statewide office holders’ annual salary by nearly $30,000 by 2021 is on its way to a summer study committee. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said he originally filed Senate Bill 60 without Gov. Eric Holcomb’s knowledge because it was not intended […]

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Vaping liquid manufacturer: Law drove me out of Indiana

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed changes to a controversial vaping law may bring business back to Indiana.  Sandy Brown and her husband opened their first Cool Breeze Vapor shop in May 2013 and her business was growing. After the current e-liquids law went into effect last year with new certification requirements, Brown was […]

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Governor, statewide officeholders could be in for a raise

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Circuit court judges in Marion County make nearly $30,000 more a year than the governor of Indiana. Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, wants to change that and give the governor and some other state officials a raise. “I think the salaries are so low that we drive away talent from […]

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Improving fresh food availability by stimulating business

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Forty-two ounce Styrofoam cups line the counter. As a child shakes a bag, candy dances in its bright red package. He is begging his mother for what “is only a dollar.” Chip bags of every color fill the white, rusty racks, selling for just over one dollar. But nowhere […]

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Lack of fresh food alarms legislator

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, is worried about the lack of availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in parts of Indiana. “People who live here and work here should be buying food from Indiana,” he said. “We want to make more fresh food available to people who don’t have the […]

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