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Democrats attempt to restart the LGBT rights debate

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As promised, Democrats are trying to restart the discussion about LGBT rights. During Thursday’s House Education Committee, Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, attempted to propose an amendment providing protections to LGBT school employees and students. “What it simply says – that in charter schools that there is no discrimination based […]

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House Democrats still fighting for LGBT rights this session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, hasn’t given up on up on adding LGBT rights to Indiana legislation this year. “You do not want to be caught up on the wrong side of this debate in the coming years,” said Pelath Monday during House session. “You will regret […]

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Minority Leader Pelath: Civil rights discussions are not over

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— House Democratic Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is ready to bring the LGBT civil rights debate back to the Statehouse this year. “This issue is not over, just because they decide not to bring a bill down on a calendar in one house doesn’t mean that we stop talking about […]

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Pharmacists could be allowed to deny sales of cold medicine

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill that would allow a pharmacist to deny the sale of certain types of cold medicine used in making meth passed the House of Representatives Monday. A pharmacist would be allowed to use his or her professional judgment to prevent the sales ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The bill also provides […]

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House Republicans expect changes to their road funding plan

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican road plan has passed the House, but leaders expect changes to be made in the Senate. “This is a part of the process,” said Pelath. “This is the beginning and this is an opportunity for us to lay out some of the differences.” The GOP plan would […]

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Democrat plan to fund road improvements dies in committee

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Democrats are upset after their plan to fix roads and bridges did not receive a hearing. Minority leader Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, asked Thursday why the Ways and Means Committee did not hear his party’s plan. “We didn’t even get a vote in Ways and Means,” said […]

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GOP House agenda: Roads, education & drug prevention

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Although this year’s session is just 10 weeks long, the House Republicans are determined to accomplish their top four priorities. “You won’t see too much that will shock you because we have been talking about these things since October,” House Speaker Brian Bosma said. “Our top priorities are roads […]

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Alternative civil rights bill doesn’t include transgender protections

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An alternative civil rights bill defines sexual orientation as “actual or perceived bisexuality, heterosexuality, or homosexuality” but does not extend rights to transgender individuals. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said Senate Bill 344 has not been created to replace a separate civil rights bill, Senate Bill 100. He said the […]

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Pence and 17 companies announce 600 new jobs for Hoosier state

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence along with 17 companies across the state announced Thursday that more than 600 jobs will be coming to Indiana. “These 17 different companies all represent investment in communities in Indiana that will create jobs that in some cases twice the state average,” Pence said. “We have a […]

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Pence supports bill providing funding for local roads

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If you’re a worn out strip of pavement in the state of Indiana, you’re probably having a good week. Gov. Mike Pence announced his support Thursday for legislation filed by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, to immediately provide $418 million to local governments to go toward local transportation infrastructure projects. […]