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30 Laws in 30 Days: War memorials in disrepair to be impacted by new law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The Cass County Memorial Center is a shell of what it once was. The building, built in the early 1860s as a mansion and turned into […]

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Vaping law overhaul sent to the governor

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s vaping regulation overhaul is on its way to the governor’s desk after passing out of both chambers. “All in all we got a product here that will open up competition in the state of Indiana, bring in jobs add value and undue bad and overburdens of regulations,” […]

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Cannabidiol treatment in final steps to legalization

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow people who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, passed the Senate on Thursday. House Bill 1148, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would make the use of CBD oil legal for the treatment of specific forms of epilepsy […]

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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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