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Amanda Banks takes over Senate seat – for now

Indiana Sen. Amanda Banks sworn into office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Amanda Banks officially stepped into her husband’s Senate seat Tuesday, taking the oath from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush as her husband serves in Afghanistan. Jim Banks, who was reelected in November, will miss the 2015 session due […]

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Amanda Banks jumps back into politics, takes her husband’s Senate seat – temporarily

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Amanda Banks is not your typical stay-at-home mother. Before Amanda and her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, had children, she loved working on public policy for various organizations. But, since her first daughter’s birth in 2009, her days have been less political. Until now. With her […]

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Video & story: Banks sworn in via Skype, then temporarily steps down

Sen. Banks sworn in from Afghanistan from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Indiana Constitution – just as his legislative colleagues did Tuesday as they officially took office and launched their 2015 session. But Banks, R-Columbia City, wasn’t standing at […]

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Republicans add to supermajorities in Indiana House and Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener and Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans maintained their supermajorities in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday, assuring they can continue to their priorities essentially at will. The results of a few races remained up in the air late Tuesday but President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, predicted […]

Video & Story: Senate keeps HJR 3 off ballot until at least 2016

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Video & Story: Senate keeps HJR 3 off ballot until at least 2016

HJR-3 Senate Second Reading from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers won’t be seeing the same-sex marriage amendment on this year’s ballot. After the Indiana House of Representatives voted to eliminate the controversial second sentence last month, it was up to the Senate to decide whether to re-add the sentence or […]

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Lawmakers – or most of them – return to start 2014 session

By Lesley Weidenbener and Chris Bavender TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Snow-covered roads and frigid temperatures nearly kept the House and Senate from getting the quorum each chamber needed to launch the 2014 legislative session. The House gaveled in with just 67 members present – the minimum two-thirds needed to conduct business. In the Senate, meanwhile, leaders […]

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Sen. Nugent won’t seek reelection

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Johnny Nugent, R-Lawrenceburg, announced Monday that he would not pursue re-election after completing his current term. “Volunteering to retire from the Senate has been one of my more difficult decisions,” Nugent said in a statement. “However, after a great amount of thoughtful prayer and quiet personal reflection, I […]

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Sen. Tom Wyss – known for driving safety laws – will retire after current term

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, announced Thursday he will not seek reelection in 2014, which will end a 36-year career of service as an elected official. Wyss, known best for his efforts on drunk driving and homeland security issues, will keep his seat through the end of the current […]

Analysis: Senate’s reform ‘fatigue’ may complicate end-of-session negotiations

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Analysis: Senate’s reform ‘fatigue’ may complicate end-of-session negotiations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With Republicans fully in charge of the General Assembly and the governor’s office, it would be easy to assume that lawmakers won’t even need these last two weeks of the session to finish up their work on key bills that cover state spending, utility regulation and school choice. But […]

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Behning says no hearing – at least for now – to bill to pausing Common Core

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The chairman of the House Education Committee said Tuesday he has no plans now to hear a bill passed by the Senate that would pause Indiana’s implementation of the Common Core curriculum. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said that slowing down Common Core – a set of standards created by […]

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