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Analysis: Coats’ decision makes 2016 election more fun

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Republican Sen. Dan Coats announced this week that he won’t seek reelection, the 2016 campaign season in Indiana became much more interesting. Almost immediately, a number of current and former public officials acknowledged they were thinking about jumping into the race. And then one candidate – who has […]

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Coats: Time has come to pass ‘demanding’ job to someone else

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not seek reelection in 2016 – a move that sparked immediate interest among several top Republicans and Democrats and could start a chain reaction of political moves in Indiana. Coats said the decision not to run was difficult but he’s “concluded that the time […]

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Video & story: The e-liquid regulations bill moves on

E-liquids bill heads to Senate after four committee hearings from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Despite the requests of some who testified Wednesday, the Senate Public Policy Committee voted to move a bill to the Senate that would add more regulations to the e-liquid industry. The liquids, often referred to as “e-liquids,” […]

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Redistricting issue headed to a study committee

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers don’t seem ready to trust their redistricting work to an independent commission – but they appear poised to at least think about it. Redistricting is the act of redrawing the lines that define legislative and congressional districts. Lawmakers remake those maps every 10 years after the U.S. Census. […]

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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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