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The Statehouse goes to the dogs — and cats

By Nicole Hernandez, Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After a long day of making tough decisions, researching legislation and working with constituents, there’s always one creature happy to see a lawmaker — their pet. From the new first dog to a chinchilla, get to know some of the Statehouse pets. Gov. Eric Holcomb The governor’s Schnauzer, […]

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Bill protecting prayer in schools moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that makes sure school corporations don’t discriminate against students for their religious expression and allows students to pray during school hours advanced Tuesday. House Bill 1024 passed the Education Committee 10-2 a little more than an hour before the deadline for bills to advance out of committee. […]

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While fenced hunting regulations advance, debate continues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A decade of discussion about high fenced deer hunting preserves is advancing as a House committee passed new regulations. “If we don’t pass this bill, then I will tell you that once again we are going to go through another calendar year where we don’t have any regulation at […]

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Back to school for Indiana dual credit teachers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Wendy McNamara is working to find a way for high school teachers who currently teach dual-credit courses to meet new accreditation requirements created by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent organization that accredits colleges and universities. In February 2015, the commission created a policy that requires all adjunct […]

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Bill aimed at increasing HPV vaccines defeated by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled House has killed a controversial measure that aimed to boost HPV vaccination rates in order to reduce the prevalence of cervical and other cancers in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere on failed HPV vaccine bill Supporters say the bill – which did not require anyone to actually get […]

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Bill would treat massage therapists as health care workers

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that would hold massage therapists to a higher standard of care. House Bill 1360, authored by Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, applies the standards of practice of health professions to certified massage therapists. Current law governs and certifies massage therapists through the professional […]

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House gets bill to treat massage therapists as health care providers

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would impose stricter regulations on massage therapists passed the House Public Health Committee on Monday. House Bill 1360 would require professional massage therapists to be held to the same standards as other health care professionals, according to the bill’s author, Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie. “Professional massage therapists […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Sue Errington, returning to the Statehouse to focus on schools

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Meet Rep. Sue Errington Age: 70 Hometown: Muncie Party: Democratic Occupation: Former Spanish teacher, public policy director for Planned Parenthood INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, wants Indiana to reinvest in schools. Errington, a […]