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Student press freedom bill fails in close House vote

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill that would have extended First Amendment press freedoms to Indiana middle and high school students died in the House Monday. The vote was 47-45 in favor of House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, but failed because it didn’t get the required 51 votes […]

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Ryan White’s school remembers his legacy on 30th anniversary

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ARCADIA, Ind. — With security and the press surrounding him, Ryan White walked through the halls of Hamilton Heights High School for his first day of school there 30 years ago, feeling loved, welcomed and a sense of normality for the first time in years. “I’m just one of the kids, […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Making advanced courses more available to rural, urban schools

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 28th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana students will soon have more access to advanced courses not offered at their school, but at a price. Under House Enrolled Act 1007, the Indiana […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars approved by the Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who have the urge to save pets from hot cars are on the way to getting that privilege. The Senate voted 39-9 Thursday to approve giving immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person who breaks into a vehicle to rescue a hot pet. However, for the […]

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Statewide emergency contact database proposed

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation moving through the General Assembly would create a statewide emergency contact database that would enable Hoosiers to be more quickly notified of a family member’s death or serious injury in the case of a road accident. House Bill 1084 would let anyone with a BMV-issued card submit two […]

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Pet rescue bill passes Indiana House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation that would allow good Samaritans to rescue pets locked in hot cars passed through the House Monday with an 80-14 vote. Author of House Bill 1085, Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, said that the bill could prevent many needless injuries and deaths of domestic pets by giving rescuers […]

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Lawmakers debate rescuing pets from hot cars

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Legislators considering a bill that would give immunity to good Samaritans who rescue pets locked in hot cars could be walking a fine line. Pet owner Arial Burrus thinks rescuing pets is a good idea, but is worried about how a Hoosier would know it was a dangerous situation […]

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Rescuing pets from hot cars could become legal

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers would be allowed to smash a car window in order to rescue dog from a hot car if a proposed bill becomes law. Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, and Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, are working on a bill to provide immunity to people who save pets from locked hot […]

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Proposed program would provide additional pay to experienced educators

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed program could provide additional pay to educators who demonstrate effective instruction in the classroom and take on a leadership role. The Career Pathways and Mentorship Program, proposed under House Bill 1005, would provide experienced educators with extra pay in exchange for mentoring new teachers. The goal is […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Tony Cook, focused on representing his district

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Meet Rep. Tony Cook Age: 63 Hometown: Cicero Party: Republican Occupation: Retired School Superintendent INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, had an unusual path to his seat in the Indiana House. Eric Turner, […]