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Bill would make hair braiding without a license legal

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A House bill would change requirements for professional hair braiding by allowing individuals to braid hair and get paid for it without a license. “This is predominantly an issue in the African American community of those who have learned this craft from someone who they have inherited, from basically […]

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DraftKings, FanDuel regulations await the governor’s approval

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that labels paid fantasy sports as a game of skill is now waiting to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence. If signed into law, Senate Enrolled Act 339 would create a new division of the Indiana Gaming Commission in charge of regulating paid fantasy sports games. Some basic consumer […]

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DraftKings, FanDuel regulations move forward

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Daily fantasy sports, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, are one step closer to becoming a legitimate business in Indiana. The House Thursday approved regulations on the industry 82-12. “Daily fantasy sports have grown exponentially since their start in the early 2000s, and we want to ensure that the nearly 1 […]

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Financial changes for DraftKings, FanDuel regulations

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Changes to the daily fantasy sports legislation could help operators save some money. Senate Bill 339 would provide regulations, basic consumer protection and transparency to Hoosiers who take part in fantasy sports games, such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday on an amendment […]

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Controversial vaping bill headed to Pence for consideration

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The makers and sellers of e-liquids used for vaping and electronic cigarettes would face licensing and new regulations under legislation moving to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration. House Bill 1432 bans the sale of e-liquids to minors and requires manufacturers to get a permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against EPA proposed air regulations

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana joined 11 other states Friday in a lawsuit challenging carbon dioxide regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed. The lawsuit says the agency does not have the legal authority to regulate existing sources of air pollution and asks the court to prohibit the agency from finalizing its […]


Sen. Coats offers bill to curb federal regulations

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Cost vs. benefit. Small businesses all across Indiana live and die by that creed, but excessive federal regulations tend to tip the scale too far toward cost, critics say. So Republican Sen. Dan Coats held a press conference Tuesday at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to talk about his […]

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States move on e-cigarette as Washington delays

By Jake Grovum Stateline.org Money grab, health concerns, or both? Absent guidance from Washington, states are pressing ahead with their own agendas on electronic cigarettes. In Indiana…  A state law that took effect July 1 bans stores from selling e-cigarettes to minors. Indiana’s statewide smoking ban doesn’t specifically prohibit e-cigarettes. However, some local bans – including […]

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Pence strips authority from state superintendent, requires ‘family impact’ statements

By Sarah Seward TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Only hours after taking the oath of office, Gov. Mike Pence signed executive orders that stripped Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz of duties, put a moratorium on new government regulations and required family impact statements for some proposed rules. Advice for Mike Pence from former governors Former […]