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‘Smoker’s bill of rights’ repeal clears the House

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would repeal the “Smoker’s Bill of Rights” passed the House Monday and now moves onto the Senate. The Smoker’s Bill of Rights prevents companies from screening potential hires for tobacco use, which has been linked to illness and decreased productivity. The bill of rights also prevents […]

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Plan to replace ISTEP advances with some reservations

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan to get rid of ISTEP is moving forward. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said under House Bill 1395, the 2016-2017 school year would be the final to administer the test. “It repeals ISTEP as we know it, creates a commission of a broad base of stakeholders, educators, administrators, […]

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House GOP road plan now includes an income tax cut

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– An amendment to the Republican GOP road-funding bill that would lower the income tax resulted in lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voicing concerns. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee said the amendment would lower the personal income tax by 5 […]

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Harsher punishments for drug dealers moves to the Senate

By Jay Siskin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill creating stricter punishments on convicted drug dealers passed the house on Tuesday. “[House Bill] 1235 is part of the never ending battle on drugs in our state,” said author of the bill Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon. “It would allow the law to treat the worst defenders differently. […]

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Bill would prevent sales of ivory

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill aims to stop the killing of elephants, rhinoceros and walrus for their ivory tusks. House Bill 1052 would ban all ivory sales within Indiana with a few exceptions. The bill was created in response to the growing ivory trade in Africa and Asia Minor that is […]

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GOP ensures ISTEP accountability bill advances unchanged

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Republicans defeated amendments to a bill that would prevent 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively influencing Indiana schools’ A-F accountability grades. If a school’s 2015 ISTEP scores are lower than their 2014 scores, Senate Bill 200 would grant a school the higher accountability grade of the two for 2015. […]

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New bill would combine local income tax provisions

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A follow-up bill would update several laws to update them to match local income tax legislation passed last year. “This bill is to simplify the categories instead of having a whole hand of a large amount of alphabet soup of local taxes,” said Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. […]