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Q&A: Meet Rep. Joe Taylor, union president turned lawmaker

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. INDIANAPOLIS — While Rep. Joe Taylor, D-South Bend, is a freshman in the House, he’s a veteran auto worker, celebrating 21 years in the business. The third-generation auto worker is currently serving his […]

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No vote on bill to eliminate asset test for food help

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee debated a bill Monday that has the potential to provide food assistance to more than 1,000 additional Hoosier families. The Children and Family Services Committee did not vote on Senate Bill 549, which would eliminate a requirement that the state consider a family’s assets in determining […]

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Bill to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Welfare recipients would be subject to random drug testing under a bill passed Tuesday in the Indiana House. House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. […]

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House acts to expand nutrition requirements to all food stamp recipients

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require SNAP food stamp recipients buy only products deemed nutritious was expanded Monday to include all Hoosiers who participate in the program. As approved by a committee last week, House Bill 1351 – authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville – would have created a pilot program to […]

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Food aid help will be shifted to new schedule starting next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1 million food aid recipients in Indiana will have their benefit payments shifted to new days next year in a change sought by the state’s grocers. Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps – will still receive the same amount of money for food […]