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Baby box bill heads to the House

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Hoosiers across the state may soon see more baby boxes at local fire departments after one lawmaker’s repeated attempt to pass legislation. Senate Bill 123, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, passed the Senate unanimously 47-0. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, […]

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Committee passes bill to exempt Internet software from sales tax

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For CEOs like Mike Langellier of Indianapolis’ TechPoint, removing Indiana’s sales tax on service-based software is a step in the right direction for the state’s growing technology industry. “The majority of the companies in our tech ecosystem here are smaller companies, younger companies that are in the process of growing right […]

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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Push for more baby boxes moves forward

By Tanner Nicholson The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One lawmaker is advocating for more “baby boxes” that would allow an individual to anonymously surrender a newborn. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, introduced Senate Bill 123 Monday. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, across the state. Only two departments […]

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Senate bill would expand use of baby boxes

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, wants to expand the availability of “baby boxes” that would allow an individual to anonymously surrender an infant. Senate Bill 123 would expand availability of newborn safety incubators, commonly referred to as baby boxes. There are currently two in Indiana and the proposed legislation would […]

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Long reshuffles state Senate committee posts

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has reshuffled leadership posts in the aftermath of the retirement of Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek. Hershman, who served as the Senate majority floor leader under Long, announced a week ago that he is leaving the legislature effective at the beginning of the […]

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‘Baby box’ bill sent to the governor’s desk

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation designed to protect distressed mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns is taking the final steps toward becoming law in Indiana. Under the Safe Haven law, a mother is allowed to give up her baby at a police station, fire station or a hospital emergency room […]

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Lawmakers hope ‘baby boxes’ will aid distressed mothers

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Distressed mothers soon could have the option of anonymously dropping off their newborns in box designed to shelter the child until help can arrive. “Often times the little children are in a basket wrapped in blankets on steps of a church or a local fire station. The mothers care […]

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Lawmakers push for the use of baby boxes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly is looking to provide more protections for mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns. Senate Bill 246 would extend immunity to mothers who leave their child in a newborn safety device or a baby box. It also provides civil immunity to hospitals who […]

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Statehouse Chambers don’t agree on pre-K funding

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for less pre-kindergarten spending than the plans proposed by both the Indiana House and Gov. Eric Holcomb. The committee Thursday altered Senate Bill 276 to include a $3 million increase to the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends low-income children to […]

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