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New initiative aims to prepare, propel Democratic women into public service

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers, mayors and business leaders are joining forces to train Indiana’s next generation of Democratic female leaders. Hoosier Women Forward, a group comprised of more than 20 statewide leaders, aims to prepare Democratic women for a future leadership position in office, the community or business. The group announced its […]

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Sunday alcohol sales approved 12-1 in House committee

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana House committee said yes to Sunday alcohol sales, making it likely the popular measure will become law in the current legislative session. House Bill 1051 passed the House Public Policy Committee Wednesday by a 12-1 vote. A week earlier, a similar piece of legislation, Senate Bill 1, […]

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Vaping law overhaul sent to the governor

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s vaping regulation overhaul is on its way to the governor’s desk after passing out of both chambers. “All in all we got a product here that will open up competition in the state of Indiana, bring in jobs add value and undue bad and overburdens of regulations,” […]

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Abortion ‘reversal’ bill advances with amendments

By Taylor Brown TheStatehousefile.com INDIANPOLIS—Doctors are one step closer to being required to tell those who receive an abortion-inducing drug that the procedure may be reversed. House Bill 1128 would require the Department of Health to develop a form that provides women information about an abortion reversal procedure. There was controversy in a previous committee […]

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Indiana delegates call for stricter security following DNC leaks

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com PHILADELPHIA — For several years, U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, has stressed the importance of cybersecurity on a national level. Now, Carson is pushing more than ever for stricter security after more than 19,000 Democratic National Committee emails were published on Wikileaks Friday. After leaked emails appeared to reveal Democratic party officials’ […]

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DraftKings, FanDuel regulations move forward

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Daily fantasy sports, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, are one step closer to becoming a legitimate business in Indiana. The House Thursday approved regulations on the industry 82-12. “Daily fantasy sports have grown exponentially since their start in the early 2000s, and we want to ensure that the nearly 1 […]

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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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Lawmakers still looking for deal on gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An always-evolving gambling bill at the Indiana Statehouse could undergo more changes after a conference committee met Wednesday and then recessed to come up with a deal behind closed doors. Lawmakers are still trying to decide whether to authorize live dealers at the state’s two horse track casinos – […]

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Live dealers would be postponed under proposed change to gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Racetrack casinos would have to wait until 2021 to get live dealers at table games under a proposed Senate amendment to a gambling bill that has already passed the House. The Senate Appropriations Committee considered but didn’t vote on the proposal Thursday. If amended, the bill would still let […]

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Powdered alcohol bill ban moves to full House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that bans powdered alcohol use and distribution in the state. Less than an hour after the committee met last time to discuss the bill, the federal government approved the distribution of the first powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol. Senate […]

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