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Senate OKs Sunday alcohol sales, House bill pending

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday alcohol sales may soon be in Indiana’s future after the Senate Public Policy committee Wednesday passed a bill 9-0 to permit sales at select stores across the state. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, would permit packaged liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores to sell […]

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Sunday alcohol sales, opioid crisis among Senate GOP’s top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers may be one step closer to purchasing alcohol on Sundays if Senate Republicans can convince the General Assembly to pass a bill permitting carryout sales this session. Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, introduced Senate Bill 1 Monday as one of five major items on the Senate Republicans’ agenda. The […]

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Legislature to hear kids’ request for the firefly to become the state insect

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — This session lawmakers are showing children in Indiana that their voices are heard. In January, students traveled from Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette to the Statehouse to share with lawmakers their presentation about why the Say’s Firefly should be the state insect. The firefly is named after Thomas […]

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Protections for athletic officials fails this year, could return next

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Coaches and other athletic officials won’t be getting extra protections written into state law this session. “Sports officials are acting in a judging capacity,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette. “They should be protected while in the decision making in this role.” Senate Bill 97 would have […]

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Powdered alcohol bill ban moves to full House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that bans powdered alcohol use and distribution in the state. Less than an hour after the committee met last time to discuss the bill, the federal government approved the distribution of the first powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol. Senate […]

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Lawmakers honor Umbarger for 45 years of Indiana National Guard service

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers recognized Adjutant General Martin Umbarger for his 45 years of service to the Indiana National Guard, describing him as a devoted and caring leader. Umbarger, who is retiring this spring, began his career as an enlisted soldier in the Indiana Army National Guard in 1969 and moved up […]

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Powdered alcohol prompts senator to respond with legislation

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new alcohol product is raising concerns among legislators about safety. Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, has proposed a bill that would make powdered or crystalline alcohol – including a product soon to be marketed under the name Palcohol – illegal for consumers in Indiana. Alting said constituents from “around the state, […]

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Presidential talk may bring new audience for Pence address on Tuesday

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The content and structure of Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State address on Tuesday is likely to be similar to years’ past. The audience may not be. With a cloud of speculation surrounding Pence and the “will-he-or-won’t-he” debate on a possible presidential run, the Republican needs to be […]