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2019 Legislative Session

Indiana lawmakers will convene on the Statehouse in January for the 2019 legislative session, where they'll determine the state budget for the next two years.

Lawmakers are also expected to consider bills about enhanced penalties for hate crimes, medical marijuana, sports wagering, workforce development, school safety, teacher pay, and much more. 

The session began January 3 and will end by April 29. Coverage from WFIU/WTIU and Indiana Public Broadcasting will be posted here throughout the session. 

Keep track of bills on the General Assembly website. Follow discussions about the session on Twitter by following our reporters and the hashtag #INLegis.

Key Stories

Feb 18, 2019

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Hate Crimes Bill Clears First Legislative Hurdle

Indiana is one of just five states without such a law and Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has said the state is "long overdue" to adopt a hate crimes law.

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Feb 19, 2019

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Senate GOP Again Rejects Independent Redistricting Commission

A two-year study committee recommended the creation of an independent commission a few years ago. But the Senate GOP caucus has long spurned the idea.

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Feb 18, 2019

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Schools Could Charge For Public Records Searches Under Bill

Under current law, state agencies can charge for copies of a record – but not for the time and effort of doing a search.

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All 2019 Session Coverage

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February 19, 2019

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Water Infrastructure Funding Bill Passes House

A bill to fund water infrastructure improvements passed unanimously in the state House on Monday.

February 19, 2019

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State Representatives Advance Bill To Fund Firearm Training For Teachers

A bill to fund optional firearm training for teachers passed the Indiana House of Representatives Monday night, with a vote of 72-25.

February 19, 2019

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House Republicans Unveil Proposed Budget

The House Republican budget gives schools an additional $461 million over the next two years, a little more than the current inflation rate in increases per year.

February 18, 2019

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Indiana Senate Backs Tougher Laws On Passing Stopped School Buses

State senators voted 49-0 Monday in favor of the bill that would suspend the driver's license for 90 days the first time someone was convicted of recklessly passing a stopped bus.

February 18, 2019

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Teachers Lobby Lawmakers For Increased School Funding, Teacher Pay

Raising teacher pay was a top priority for lawmakers this session but calls to gather more data have slowed the effort.

February 18, 2019

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Proposal Could Let Pregnant Teens Direct Health Care

In Indiana, teens cannot legally consent to prenatal, labor and postpartum care, including testing and epidurals.

February 15, 2019

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Abortion Regulation, Clearer Voice For Foster Parents

A Senate committee advanced legislation to empower foster parents. Anti-abortion bills are on the move. And the House passes a vaping tax. Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

February 15, 2019

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Indy Eleven Stadium Supporters Make Their Case To Lawmakers

Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir argues attendance continues to grow and a new facility could help the team become a part of Major League Soccer.

February 15, 2019

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Senate Bill Would Make CO2 Storage Easier

A bill working its way through the state Senate would make it easier for companies to store carbon dioxide underground.

February 15, 2019

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Short-Term Insurance Plans Would Be Limited By Proposed Bill

A state insurance committee this week advanced a bill that would limit short-term health plans to under a year.

February 15, 2019

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Bill Would Include Krabbe Disease For Newborn Screenings

A proposal to include newborn screenings for a genetic disease called Krabbe is headed to the Indiana Senate.

February 15, 2019

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Senate Leader Says Hate Crimes Bill Unaffected By House GOP Views

Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) says his chamber won’t be influenced by what the House will support when it comes to hate crimes legislation.

February 14, 2019

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Impeachment Investigation Sought Of Indiana Attorney General

An Indiana legislator is seeking an investigation into the possible impeachment of state Attorney General Curtis Hill over allegations that he groped a female lawmaker and three female legislative staffers at a bar.

February 14, 2019

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Mishler Bill Throws Wrinkle Into Gaming Debate

A Senate gaming bill would allow Gary to move its existing casino off the waterfront to a more desirable location in the city. And it would allow an unused license in the city to go to Terre Haute, for a new casino there.

February 14, 2019

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Advocates Urge Update To Statewide Alzheimer's Plan

A proposal to address Alzheimer’s disease in Indiana may be considered by Indiana lawmakers. The last time the state outlined a strategy for action was in 2012.

February 14, 2019

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Bill Regulating CFOs Voted Down In Committee

There are more than 1,800 CFOs in Indiana — the larger of which are called CAFOs or confined animal feeding operations.

February 14, 2019

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Committee Considers Bill To Ban Second Trimester Abortion Procedure

A House committee took hours of testimony Wednesday on the Indiana legislature’s latest attempt to curtail abortion rights.

February 13, 2019

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Should Schools Be Held Accountable For A Student's Life After High School?

School accountability in Indiana could focus, in part, on what students do after high school under a plan in the House, as lawmakers seek to align the state’s school accountability system with new graduation pathways.

February 13, 2019

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Pharmacists Could Deny Abortion Drugs Under Senate Bill

Pharmacists could deny women access to abortion-inducing drugs if they have a moral or ethical objection under a bill approved by a Senate committee Wednesday.

February 13, 2019

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Indiana House Approves New Tax On Vaping

The tax would be 4 cents for every milliliter of vaping products that contain nicotine. 

February 13, 2019

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Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) speaks at the podium in the Statehouse.

Sex Offenders Can't Provide Child Care Under Senate Bill

Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) says state law doesn’t currently stop sex offenders from being child care providers, or living with someone who is.

February 12, 2019

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No Action Coming On Indiana Attorney General Removal Bill

No action is going to be taken on a proposal filed by an Indiana legislator who says she was groped at a bar by state Attorney General Curtis Hill that aims to make it easier to remove some state officeholders from their positions.

February 12, 2019

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Governor Eric Holcomb at a podium in a blue suit and blue tie.

Governor Announces Teacher Pay Commission Members

A new state task force will study how Indiana can make teacher pay competitive with surrounding states. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced members for the commission Tuesday.

February 12, 2019

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Jancy Thompson at a podium with several microphones in the Statehouse atrium.

Window Would Open For Child Sex Abuse Victims To Sue With Proposed Bill

The Indiana Senate will consider a bill giving victims of child sex abuse a limited window to file civil lawsuits against their abuser – even if the statute of limitations has expired.

February 12, 2019

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Taxes On Short-Term Rentals OK'd By Senate Panel

Short-term rental owners would have to pay sales and innkeeper taxes under legislation approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

February 12, 2019

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Indiana House Votes To Expand Stand Your Ground Law

House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday to expand Indiana’s “Stand Your Ground” law to cover civil lawsuits.

February 12, 2019

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Bill Supports State Funding Towards Teacher Firearm Training

A bill to create specialized firearm training for teachers and school staff, and allow state funds to pay for it, was approved Monday morning by an education committee at the Statehouse.

February 12, 2019

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Psychotropic Drug Bill Aims To Prevent Overprescription For Foster Youth

A bill to better regulate psychotropic medicine for youth in Indiana’s foster system passed out of committee. The proposal aims to prevent overprescribing medication to young people for depression, anxiety or ADHD.

February 11, 2019

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Overcrowded Jails Bill Easily Clears Indiana House

The Indiana House approved legislation Monday whose author says will, as he puts it, “ease the pressure” on overcrowded jails.

February 11, 2019

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Lawmakers Back Off Proposal To Share Referenda With Charter Schools

Lawmakers backed off a proposal Monday that would have forced school districts to share referendum dollars with nearby charter schools.

February 11, 2019

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Senate Panel Advances Bill To Help Indiana Foster Parents

The proposal would give foster parents more of a voice as a case involving a child they care for makes its way through the system.

February 11, 2019

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House Committee Changes Stand Your Ground Expansion Bill

The “Stand Your Ground” law allows someone to use force to defend themselves, their property and others.

February 8, 2019

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Gaming Bill, Sweeping Alcohol Law Changes

One of the biggest gaming bills in state history takes its first steps. House lawmakers grapple with sweeping alcohol law changes. And a Senate committee votes to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products.

February 7, 2019

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House Committee Contemplates Many Changes To Alcohol Laws

A House committee this week heard more than an hour of testimony from stakeholders on a bill that makes dozens of changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws.

February 7, 2019

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HIV Modernization Legislation Considered By Lawmakers

Lawmakers are considering a bill to modernize Indiana laws related to HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus. The proposal would update laws to reflect current science and medicine.

February 7, 2019

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Senate Committee Approves Major Gaming Bill

Senate lawmakers began Wednesday what one person called the first act of a three-act drama – debate on major changes to Indiana’s gambling industry.

February 6, 2019

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House Committee Changes, Approves Gun Bill

A panel of House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would allow guns in churches on school grounds.

February 6, 2019

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Bill To Raise Minimum Age For Tobacco Includes Exceptions For Military, Veterans

Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill to increase the age for people to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. The proposal comes with exceptions for service members and veterans.

February 6, 2019

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On My Way Pre-K: Coming To A County Near You?

Indiana’s preschool program could grow to serve nearly every county this year.

February 6, 2019

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Lawmakers Consider Increased Penalties For Passing School Buses

Lawmakers are pushing to increase penalties against people who drive past stopped school buses, months after three children were killed in northern Indiana while crossing the street to get on their bus.

February 5, 2019

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Incarcerated Parents Could Gain More Flexibility, Involvement In Child's Life

The bill would allow parents to appear in court to discuss the case involving their child. It would also give judges more flexibility to determine if termination of parental rights is warranted or not.

February 5, 2019

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Moms Demand Action Lobbies Statehouse For Gun Safety Bills

More than 200 red shirt-clad volunteers flooded statehouse hallways to support of gun safety legislation Tuesday.

February 5, 2019

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Controversial Bill Limiting Inspection Power Of Outside Agencies Stalls In Committee

The bill would have prohibited anyone besides the Indiana State Board of Animal Health from inspecting properties.

February 5, 2019

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Bill To Bring Back Net Metering Unlikely To Get A Hearing

A bipartisan bill in the state Senate would bring back higher rates for net metering in Indiana.

February 4, 2019

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Senate Panel OKs Redistricting Standards Bill As Advocates Call For More

A Senate panel approved a bill Monday that once again tries to impose some standards on lawmakers when they redraw the state’s legislative district boundaries.

February 4, 2019

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House OK Allowing Wine, Mixed Drink Sales From Golf Carts

Indiana law technically allows only sales of malt beverages, or beer, from golf carts.

February 4, 2019

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Indiana Debate Over Teacher Pay Boost Remains Unsettled

Initial requests from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb seek about $210 million more in education funding for next school year, although a new report from education advocacy groups says $658 million is needed.

February 4, 2019

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Bill Would Create Yearly Infant Mortality Review Process

Indiana consistently ranks near the bottom for infant mortality rates. Several bills being considered by Indiana lawmakers this session address the issue.

February 1, 2019

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Lawmakers Move Reluctantly To Scale Back Some Vaping Regulations

Indiana lawmakers are moving – reluctantly – to scale back labeling requirements for manufacturers of substances used in vaping, called e-liquids.

February 1, 2019

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Electric Scooters, Renewed Gun Debate

This week, lawmakers renew a gun debate. A House panel advances electric scooter regulations. And Republicans block an expansion of absentee voting.

February 1, 2019

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Lawmakers Hesitant On Healthy Food Financing Bill

The bill would provide grants or loans to projects like food markets, farms or distribution initiatives to address healthy food access in under-served communities.

January 31, 2019

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Lawmakers Weigh Bill To Split School Referendum Funds With Local Charter Schools

Traditional public schools might have to split their voter-approved referenda funding with nearby charter schools under a bill in the House.

January 31, 2019

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Legislators Seek Clarity For $100 Million In Rural Broadband Development

Some Indiana legislators and policy experts hope a bill moving forward from the Senate Utilities Committee will help expand rural parts of the state's access to broadband internet.

January 31, 2019

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House Republicans Block No-Excuse Absentee Voting

Republicans on the House Elections Committee blocked an attempt Thursday to ease Indiana’s absentee voting rules.

January 31, 2019

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Gun Bill Generates Hours Of Testimony At House Panel

Legislation that failed in 2018 is back again in 2019, once more trying to allow guns in churches on school property and make changes to Indiana’s gun licenses.

January 30, 2019

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Report: 10 Hate Incidents In Bloomington In 2018

The Bloomington Human Rights Commission says there were ten hate incidents reported in the city last year. That’s up slightly from eight incidents in 2017.

January 30, 2019

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House Panel Approves Electric Scooter Regulations

A House panel approved legislation Wednesday to regulate electric scooters, which have proliferated across the state during the last year.

January 30, 2019

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Indiana Senator Backs Off Repealing State Child Labor Laws

An Indiana legislator is backing off his attempt to repeal the state's child labor laws after conflict of interest concerns were raised because hundreds of minors work at his family's ski resort.

January 30, 2019

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Indiana Is Considering A Property Tax Amnesty Period

The bill approved 48-0 by the Indiana Senate on Monday would allow counties to waive penalties and interest if overdue taxes are paid by May 2020.

January 29, 2019

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Owner Of Perfect North Slopes Advocates For Elimination Of Child Labor Laws

Republican Senator Chip Perfect's efforts to eliminate the state's child labor laws have raised conflict of interest concerns because he employs hundreds of minors at his ski resort, Perfect North Slopes.

January 29, 2019

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Indiana Teachers Can't Strike, Considering Other Action To Get Pay Increase

Striking is illegal for all public employees in Indiana, including teachers. But the president of Indiana’s largest teacher’s union says that doesn’t mean teachers won’t take action if needed.

January 29, 2019

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Volunteer Firefighter Allowance Increase Gaining Statehouse Momentum

Indiana volunteer firefighters may get some funding relief in the form of increased clothing allowances, which would double if a proposed bill passes through the state legislature.

January 28, 2019

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Payday Lending Bill Would Shrink Lenders Interest Rate Cap

A bill lowering payday loan interest rates is again up for consideration in the Indiana Senate.

January 28, 2019

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School Safety Funding Bill Easily Passes House

The bill is largely focused on school safety grant funding. The bill also makes it easier for smaller districts to have access to the grant funding and requires a school safety drill within the first 90 days of school.

January 28, 2019

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Indiana Senate Backs Law Change After School Shooting

The shooting at a suburban Indianapolis middle school last year has legislators looking to change state law so that children as young as 12 could face attempted murder charges in adult court.

January 28, 2019

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Lawmakers Debate Expansion Of Stand Your Ground Law

Indiana law says someone is not criminally liable if they use justifiable force protecting their person, their property, or someone else from harm. But it’s less clear whether the criminal in that case can sue and win in civil court.

January 28, 2019

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Proposal Could Cover Doulas Through Medicaid

A bill that would provide Medicaid reimbursement for doulas in Indiana was advanced by state lawmakers.

January 28, 2019

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Lawmakers Push For Criminal Coach, Athletic Officials Database

Athletics coaches with criminal histories or incidents of misconduct aren’t always flagged by schools – especially if they aren’t teachers – but lawmakers are proposing some new requirements to change that.

January 25, 2019

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Merritt Bill Would Undo Much Of Criminal Code Reform

The bill to change sentencing guidelines would cost the state at least $50 million a year.

January 25, 2019

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Weekly Statehouse Update: DCS Changes Advance, House Sets Sexual Harassment Rules

A Department of Child Services bill easily clears the House. A Senate panel alters with a fertility fraud bill. And House lawmakers will heed a sexual harassment policy for the first time.

January 25, 2019

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Senate Hemp Bill Passes Committee

Hemp legislation will be sent to the Senate after being passed out of the Commerce and Technology Committee Thursday.

January 24, 2019

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Indiana House Adopts Sexual Harassment Policy

2018 legislation mandated the creation of sexual harassment policies for both chambers in the midst of the #MeToo movement.

January 24, 2019

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Bill Would Partner Seniors, Students to Improve School Safety

The House Education Committee approved a bill Wednesday to create a program that would partner volunteers 55 years or older with students.

January 24, 2019

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Nurse Practioner Practice Bill Could Help Address Provider Shortages

A bill to address health care provider shortages would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses or APRNs to enter independent medical practice.

January 24, 2019

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Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill To Qualify More Children For On My Way Pre-K

More children would qualify for state-funded preschool under a proposal lawmakers on the Senate education committee approved Wednesday.

January 23, 2019

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Lawmakers Remove Criminal Penalty From Fertility Fraud Bill

The bill came out of the case of an Indianapolis doctor who fathered at least 50 children without his patients’ knowledge or consent.

January 22, 2019

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Department Of Child Services Bill Sails Through House

The bill makes it easier for the agency to meet legally-mandated caseload standards. It also helps DCS caseworkers with initial assessments when they get a report of a child in danger.

January 22, 2019

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Legislation Would Expand Child Fatality Data To Include Foster Care History

The Department of Child Services details child fatalities in an annual report. New legislation would require the department to include the child's foster care status.

January 21, 2019

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Proposed Bill Aims To Ease Pressure On Overcrowded County Jails

State lawmakers want to help solve Indiana’s jail overcrowding problem by moving some inmates to Department of Correction facilities.

January 21, 2019

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Indiana Cigarette Tax Hike, Legal Marijuana Bids Stalling

Anti-smoking groups and business leaders are pushing to triple the state's cigarette tax to nearly $3 a pack. Bills are pending to allow medical or recreational marijuana use in Indiana.

January 18, 2019

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Holcomb's Teacher Pay Plan, DCS Changes

Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled a teacher pay proposal in his State of the State. A Department of Child Services bill cleared committee. And House Republicans then rebuffed an effort to strengthen that bill.

January 18, 2019

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Strapped For New Recruits, Fire Departments Put Faith In Legislators

The byproducts of a strong economy and low unemployment are forcing Indiana police and fire departments to look harder for qualified applicants.

January 17, 2019

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Virtual Schools Bill Requires Onboarding, Statewide Authorizers

Lawmakers proposed new rules for Indiana’s poorly-rated virtual schools after years of failing letter grades. A measure heard in a House committee would help, but many say it’s just a start.

January 17, 2019

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House GOP Blocks Dem Effort To Strengthen DCS Bill

Indiana House Republicans denied an effort Thursday to compel the Department of Child Services to meet legally-defined caseload standards.

January 17, 2019

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Lawmakers Against Discrimination In Voucher Schools Holding Out For A Hearing

Some lawmakers want to keep state money out of schools with openly discriminatory policies, in response to controversy over Roncalli High School putting an employee on leave because of her marriage to a woman.

January 17, 2019

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Verbal Screen Aims To Address Infant Mortality

New legislation would require providers administer a verbal screen for drug, alcohol and tobacco use to pregnant women.

January 17, 2019

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Panel Backs Moving Up Appointment Of Indiana Schools Chief

The House Education Committee voted 10-1 Wednesday to endorse changing the superintendent position to one appointed by the governor effective in 2021.

January 16, 2019

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Township Transparency Gaining Momentum At Statehouse

A series of amendments including one that loosens spending restrictions are expected to be added to the bill before it reaches the full house.

January 16, 2019

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Panel Backs Moving Up Appointment Of Indiana Schools Chief

Indiana voters wouldn't decide anymore who serves as the state schools superintendent under a proposal being pushed by legislative Republicans.

January 16, 2019

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Lawmaker Seeks Tighter Management Of Veterans Fund

Republican Rep. Randy Frye, of Greensburg, submitted a bill that would make Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs employees ineligible for grants from the Military Family Relief Fund and would firmly cap the lifetime amount a person could receive at $2,500.

January 16, 2019

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Holcomb Unveils Teacher Pay Plan, Calls For Hate Crimes Law In State Of The State

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to free up $140 million for schools over the next two years as a way to potentially boost teacher pay.

January 15, 2019

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After Noblesville Shooting Lawmakers Consider Changes To Attempted Murder Law

Current state statute does not allow 12- and 13-year-olds charged with attempted murder to be sent to adult court. Indiana lawmakers introduced a bill that would change that.

January 15, 2019

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House Committee Approves Bill Making Changes At DCS

House lawmakers easily advanced a bill out of committee Tuesday that would make changes at the Indiana Department of Child Services.

January 15, 2019

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Legislation Would Tighten Veterans Aid Fund's Management

An Indiana lawmaker has filed legislation that would tighten up management of a state grant program intended for struggling veterans following revelations that a state agency awarded some of the grants to its own employees.

January 15, 2019

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Indiana Lawmakers Look At Charity Gaming Regulations

Proposed changes to Indiana's charitable gambling regulations seek to expand the industry and streamline licensing, but don't mention the possibility of allowing payment to the people who organize and work the events.

January 14, 2019

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All The School Safety Bills Proposed At The Statehouse This Year

After shootings in two Indiana schools in 2018, lawmakers across the state are proposing legislation aimed at making Hoosier students safer. Here are the measures they'll debate and vote on this session.

January 14, 2019

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Democrats Look To Municipal Elections To Build Up For Statewide Races

Prospective Democratic candidates for municipal races across the state gathered in Indianapolis Saturday for a candidate bootcamp aimed at building Indiana’s bench of Democrats.

January 11, 2019

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Weekly Statehouse Update: Holcomb's Budget Unveiled, Teacher Pay Met With Concern

The work of the 2019 legislative session began in earnest this week as the governor unveiled his budget, lawmakers debated a revenge porn bill, and hate crimes bill advocates launched a new coalition.

January 11, 2019

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Bill Would Let Schools Spend State Dollars On Gun Training

School districts can only use the state's secured school grant funds for certain safety improvements. The bill would expand how districts could use the dollars.

January 11, 2019

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Indiana Attorney General Accuser Seeks Easier Removal Path

A Democratic state lawmaker has filed a series of bills aimed at Attorney General Curtis Hill, who’s accused of inappropriately groping her and three other women.

January 11, 2019

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House Committee Continues Debate Over Sexual Harassment Policy

A top policy expert says the proposed Indiana House rules to govern sexual harassment by lawmakers are comprehensive.

January 11, 2019

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Holcomb's Budget Proposal Could Derail Hoosier State Line

In the governor's proposed budget, the Amtrak-operated train would no longer receive $3 million in annual financial support after June 30, 2019.

January 10, 2019

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Holcomb Proposes Ending Teacher Grants To Boost Pay

The governor’s recently released budget proposal aims to move around funding – and add some dollars – in the education mix, but some say it doesn’t do anything to help teachers.

January 10, 2019

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New State Budget Has More New Money Than Previously Announced

The new budget will have more than $1 billion in new money available. That’s up from the roughly $800 million that was reported last month at a state revenue forecast presentation.

January 10, 2019

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Noon Edition: School Bus Safety

Join us this week on Noon Edition as we discuss efforts to ensure the safety of young Hoosiers on their way to school.

January 10, 2019

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Holcomb Administration Releasing Budget Proposal Today

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's administration is releasing its recommendations for the new state budget, including how much more money could go toward public schools.

January 9, 2019

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Teachers, Advocates Wary Of Limiting School Money For Teacher Pay Increase

Teachers and other school advocacy groups say the Republicans' approach to increase teacher pay could limit local control, and, doesn’t do much to ensure more money for educators.

January 9, 2019

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Lawmakers Push Bill To Allow Revenge Porn Victims To Sue

There’s nothing currently in Indiana law that deals with the distribution of pornographic images or videos without someone’s consent, commonly referred to as “revenge porn.”

January 9, 2019

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Kruse Proposes New Civics Test Graduation Requirement

The test would be based on material from the U.S. citizenship test. Kruse says it’s not enough for educators to say they teach the material.

January 9, 2019

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Medical Cannabis Rallies More Supporters

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) has introduced cannabis legislation for the past nine years. She says every year the rally for supporters gets larger.

January 8, 2019

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Family Of Slain Students Joins Lawmakers To Call For Better Bus Safety

Family members of three students who were struck and killed on their way to a bus stop in October joined legislators Tuesday to call for better school bus safety across the state.

January 8, 2019

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Hate Crimes Bill Advocates Launch Broad Coalition

A coalition of more than 700 advocates who want the legislature to pass a hate crimes bill say Indiana can’t wait any longer.

January 7, 2019

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Senate Ethics Committee Approves New Sexual Harassment Policy

Senate rules before now didn’t define sexual harassment. The changes outline what’s considered sexual harassment and how complaints will be investigated.

January 7, 2019

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House Republicans, Black Caucus Unveil Their 2019 Legislative Agendas

House Republicans will prioritize driving more dollars to the classroom to help boost teacher pay this session. The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus says the state needs to take a more active role in helping increase teacher salaries.

January 7, 2019

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Republicans Pushing Target For Indiana Schools Spending

Legislative leaders want school districts to spend at least 85 percent of state money on teachers and other classroom costs.

January 7, 2019

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Ethics Committees Begin To Craft Sexual Harassment Policy

Members of legislative ethics committees are working to, as they described it, “get up to speed” on the development of a sexual harassment policy for the General Assembly.

January 4, 2019

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Alliance Pushes Economic Benefits Of Cigarette Tax Hike

The advocacy group Alliance for a Healthier Indiana says it’s made higher cigarette taxes a focus this year, and lawmakers are being pushed to consider the issue.

January 3, 2019

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Indiana Lawmakers Partner With Salvation Army To Increase Child Hunger Awareness

The Indiana House of Representatives will partner with the Salvation Army on a donation campaign during the new legislative session, which began Thursday.

January 3, 2019

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Lawmakers Kick Off 2019 Session Preaching Bipartisanship

Legislative leaders of both parties kicked off the new session Thursday with messages of bipartisanship. But it’s also clear where some of 2019’s dividing lines will be.

January 1, 2019

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State Creates Foster Parent Bill Of Rights

The foster parent bill of rights has five so-called articles: communication, safety and privacy, support, collaboration, and respect.

December 31, 2018

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Minimum Wages Rising In 20 States, But Not Indiana

Millions of American workers will see pay raises in the new year due to minimum wage increases in 20 states and 21 cities. The minimum wage in Indiana hasn't increased in nearly 10 years.

December 31, 2018

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Indiana Governor Remains Opposed To Legalizing Marijuana

Several Indiana legislators support marijuana legalization bills that could be considered during the upcoming General Assembly session that starts in early January.

December 31, 2018

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Rep. Todd Huston Gets New Role In Budget Process

With Tim Brown still on the mend, Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) asked Todd Huston to step up. Huston will be the Ways and Means co-chair in 2019.

December 28, 2018

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Medical Marijuana Debate Looms In 2019 Session

Legislative leaders say the medical marijuana will be debated in the 2019 session.

December 28, 2018

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Foster Advocates Call For Per Diem Increase

Indiana foster parent advocates say the state needs to increase its per diem – the amount parents get each day from the state to help care for the kids in their care.

December 26, 2018

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Lawmakers Say Money Shouldn't Factor In Sports Wagering Debate

Some lawmakers are cautioning their colleagues against making a decision on sports wagering based on revenue it might generate for the state.

December 19, 2018

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Public Defender Commission Wants Money For Social Worker Pilot

The Indiana Public Defender Commission wants money for a pilot project that could help change the way parents are defended in court in Department of Child Services cases.

December 18, 2018

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Indiana Corporate Tax Revenue Growth Expected To Stall In Next Budget

Growth in corporate tax collections is expected to stall in the second year of Indiana’s next budget. It’s partly why lawmakers face a tight budget - and some say ongoing tax cuts are to blame.

December 17, 2018

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Lawmakers Face Tight Budget After New Revenue Forecast

The good news: Indiana will have more than $800 million in new money for the next state budget. The bad news: that’s not enough to pay for what state officials want.

December 14, 2018

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Industry Leaders Call For Safety Improvements In Road Construction Work Zones

Advocates want to see more complete road closures when possible and camera enforcement, which has been drafted into a bill for the upcoming legislative session.

December 12, 2018

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State Board Recommends New Virtual Charter School Regulations

The State Board of Education is recommending crucial changes for virtual charter school regulations in Indiana, after members debated a key piece of the proposal at its December meeting.

December 12, 2018

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DCS Funding Request Likely A Guarantee In Next State Budget

The Department of Child Services delivered its funding request earlier this week – asking for $286 million more a year, for the next two years.

December 12, 2018

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Holcomb Says He Was 'Mischaracterized' On Teacher Pay Hike

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants to raise teacher salaries in the long and the short term. Last week, Holcomb drew criticism after saying he may delay the issue until 2021.

December 10, 2018

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ISTA Puts Teacher Pay, School Safety Among Top Legislative Priorities

The Indiana State Teacher Association announced teacher compensation is one of its top legislative priorities. Gov. Eric Holcomb says increased teacher pay might have to wait until 2021.

December 7, 2018

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Holcomb On Teacher Raises: Framework First, Funding Second

Teacher pay is a key part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda for 2019, but he says significant raises might not happen for another two years.

December 7, 2018

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Holcomb Outlines Public Health Priorities

Gov. Eric Holcomb says his public health priorities for 2019 will focus on children and families. A plan to improve the state's the child welfare system is at the top of the list.

December 6, 2018

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Governor Holcomb Unveils 2019 Agenda

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2019 legislative agenda plans a lot of small steps forward on priorities he’s focused on since taking office.

December 3, 2018

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Indiana AG Hill Asks For $5 Million Budget Increase

Embattled Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill wants lawmakers to increase his budget by about $5 million. The State Budget Committee is gathering input before lawmakers write a new two-year budget.

November 30, 2018

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2019 Legislative Session Preview: DCS, Hate Crimes, Teacher Pay

Lawmakers are just about a month away from voting on bills as part of the 2019 legislative session. Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith joins us to talk about what we can expect.

November 29, 2018

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Bosma Announces House Committee Leadership Assignments

Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced leadership assignments Thursday for House committees in the 2019 legislative session.

November 26, 2018

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Bosma Pledges Cooperation With Any Ethics Committee Investigation

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’ll cooperate fully with any ethics investigation into accusations about his use of campaign funds to allegedly intimidate a former intern who says they had a sexual encounter.

November 26, 2018

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Lawmaker Plans New Effort To Reform Township Governments

Last session’s bill – House Bill 1005 – would have eliminated about 300 townships across the state. It cleared a House committee but died quietly before coming up on the floor for a vote.

November 21, 2018

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Teacher Pay A Top Issue For State Lawmakers

Lawmakers are gearing up for the upcoming legislative session. The general assembly will craft the state’s two year budget, and that includes school funding support.

November 21, 2018

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Bosma Still Not Sold On Total Abortion Ban

House Speaker Brian Bosma still isn’t sold on advancing an abortion ban, even as some advocates see new hope for such legislation following recent changes at the U.S. Supreme Court.

November 20, 2018

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Legislative Leaders Say Indiana Faces Difficult Budget In 2019

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says lawmakers face a difficult budget scenario in the upcoming session. Bosma and other legislative leaders cast their vision Tuesday for the 2019 legislative term.

November 20, 2018

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Legislative Leaders Approve Framework For Sexual Harassment Policy

The framework says the Ethics Committees of both chambers will investigate sexual harassment claims made against lawmakers. It also protects those who report harassment from retaliation.

November 20, 2018

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AG Hill Calls For Crime Prevention, Others Call For His Resignation

Attorney General Curtis Hill says he wants to help people feel safe and comfortable in their communities. Some women say they don't feel safe and comfortable with him in office.

November 19, 2018

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Indiana Chamber Prioritizes STEM, Workforce Development For Legislative Session

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is prioritizing workforce development and STEM education as part of its 2019 legislative agenda, and supports a key change to the state’s governance structure.

November 16, 2018

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Senate Democrats Outline Their 2019 Legislative Goals

Ahead of the legislative session, Senate Democrats say their initial priorities are teacher pay, medical marijuana, pre-existing condition coverage and hate crimes.

October 19, 2018

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Study Committee Recommends, With Caution, Lawmakers Consider Legal Sports Gambling

A legislative study committee Friday voted to recommend lawmakers consider making sports gambling legal in Indiana.

October 10, 2018

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Study Committee On Hate Crimes Fails To Issue Any Recommendation

A decades-long debate over whether Indiana should have an explicit hate crimes law is no closer to a resolution. A committee assigned to study the issue did not deliver a recommendation.

September 14, 2018

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Alcohol Law Commission Recommendations Likely To Focus On Permits

The Indiana commission tasked with a reform of the state’s alcohol laws will finalize its recommendations for the General Assembly at the end of the month.

August 31, 2018

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Alcohol Law Revision Commission Debates Permit Quotas

The commission responsible for a potential rewrite of Indiana’s alcohol laws debated whether to change the state's alcohol permit quota system, which limits how many permits are allowed in a community.

August 24, 2018

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Debate Continues Over Legislation To Reduce Indiana Smoking Rates

Indiana lawmakers continue a years-long debate over anti-smoking measures that include an increase in the smoking age and higher cigarette taxes.

August 20, 2018

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22 Indiana College Presidents Call For Hate Crime Law

The presidents of 22 private Indiana colleges and universities have signed a public letter calling on the General Assembly to pass a hate crimes law.

August 20, 2018

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Lawmaker Plans To Propose School Safety Referendum Option

Schools could have another option to fund safety measures if a state lawmaker gets his way, by creating a new avenue for schools to seek support from their local taxpayers.

August 15, 2018

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Lawmaker Wants To Block Money From Voucher Schools With Anti-LGBT Policies

A private religious school that planned to terminate a guidance counselor’s job for her marriage to a woman received more than $1.5 million through school vouchers last year.

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