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Commentary: Who speaks for the children?

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Commentary: Who speaks for the children?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No one says it isn’t true. I’m talking over the air with state lawmakers, a juvenile court judge and the leader of a children and family services not-for-profit about the letter of resignation Mary Beth Bonaventura, director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, sent Gov. Eric Holcomb at […]

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GOP and Democrats respond to the State of the State

By Emily Ketterer and Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­—As Gov. Eric Holcomb presented his second State of the State address, Republicans applauded his words while Democrats criticized him for not recognizing the issues affecting Hoosiers. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Holcomb “nailed” the theme of expressing the needs of Hoosiers while House […]

Commentary: Why discipline matters

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Commentary: Why discipline matters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans have plans. And Indiana Democrats have concerns. That was the big takeaway from interviews I did with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (a Republican), Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and House Democratic […]

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Workforce development, opioid crisis among lawmakers’ top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Without one overarching goal for the 2018 legislative session, which starts Wednesday, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers are setting their own agendas. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives discussed their goals for the 2018 session of the […]

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Lawmakers list goals for upcoming session

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — After House Speaker Brian Bosma’s mother died last week, her funeral memory page was filled with harsh words — from comparing Bosma to Nazis to saying he’s un-Christian — causing him to kick off the 2018 legislative session calling for civility from lawmakers on their social media pages.  […]

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Senate Democrats push redistricting reform, raising minimum wage in 2018

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Creating redistricting reform, passing hate crime legislation and raising the minimum wage are the Senate Democrats top priorities for the 2018 legislative session. “We’ve accomplished some things in the General Assembly, but we’ve dropped the ball on several important issues,” said Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson.” Lanane and […]

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Governor gets money he wants for pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is getting the additional funding he wanted to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The state’s two-year budget allots $22 million, $12 million more than currently given to the state’s publicly funded pre-K programs. Nearly all of that money will go into On My Way Pre-K classrooms, […]

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Superintendent bill overcomes major overhaul, Senate rules

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would remove the state’s education chief position from Indiana ballots passed through one more major hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, originally called for the elected-position of superintendent of public instruction to be replaced by a governor-appointed secretary of education […]

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‘Sanctuary campus’ bill passes Senate after debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges could soon see changes to what they are required to disclose with the government through one Republican lawmaker’s bill. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011, that prohibits sanctuary cities — cities that said they will not […]

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Superintendent of public instruction may become appointed position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The elected position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction could soon be off Indiana ballots. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, looks to make the job a governor-appointed position. “Senate Bill 179 is not a new subject, it’s been around that I’m aware of for about […]

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