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Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says he has doubts about a measure to eliminate background checks at all gun purchases for some Indiana gun license holders.

His comments come amid renewed debate over gun regulations in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Lawmakers in the House made a few small changes to a controversial sex education bill Thursday, but debate in the chamber also took an unexpected turn.

The stroke of a pen is all that separates Indiana from legal Sunday alcohol retail sales.

The state Senate voted one last time Thursday to send to the governor a measure eliminating a Sunday sales ban that’s stood since Prohibition.

State leaders have joined a network in hopes of solving a projected employment gap.

The Markle Foundation’s Skillful State Network links Indiana with 19 other states. The network shares best practices among participating states to write a playbook for how to successfully fill 21st Century jobs.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the Hoosier State needs to recruit high quality talent to fill an anticipated 1 million open jobs by 2025.

Bill Aims To Improve DCS Communication With Schools

Feb 22, 2018

A bill passed through committee this week that aims to improve communications between schools, courts and the Department of Child Services.

The first part of the bill would require DCS to outline efforts to coordinate with a foster child’s school system. Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) authored the bill and says a case from his county highlights the problem.

“This child was 7-years-old and weighed 20 pounds and the only communication they had with the school was, here is the child,” says Zay.

Genomics Advances Identifies Unexpected Cancer 'Cure'

Feb 22, 2018

Genomic sequencing maps your DNA and doctors and scientists can use this information to find the best treatment for a specific person. Some potential treatments are not as invasive as traditional chemotherapy – in fact, one may already be in your medicine cabinet.

Indiana scientists are reporting encouraging success with this precision medicine. Dr. Milan Radovich is genomics scientist and co-director of the Indiana University Precision Genomics Group in Indianapolis.

Lawmakers are giving mixed input on a bill about teacher licensing waivers, and members of a House committee shared concerns about the proposal during a meeting Thursday.

Senate Committee Approves Resolution On Autism

Feb 21, 2018

Students with autism in public schools could become the focus of a state study committee.

A senate panel adopted a resolution Wednesday urging lawmakers to study how prepared schools are to work with students on the autism spectrum. RJL Solutions director of advocacy and client affairs, Jenn Kersey, testified in support of the resolution.

Redistricting Standards Bill Unlikely To Advance

Feb 21, 2018

Legislation to create redistricting standards in Indiana law looks unlikely to pass this session.

House Elections Committee Chair Milo Smith said Wednesday he won’t give the bill a hearing.

The bill creates parameters lawmakers would have to follow when drawing Indiana’s district lines. For instance, the measure says map makers should ignore where incumbent lawmakers live and avoid dividing neighborhoods.

A House panel made changes Wednesday to legislation regarding guns in houses of worship on school grounds.

Current law allows guns in churches but largely bans them on school property. That means licensed gun owners are barred from carrying into church if it shares property with a school.

The legislation would change that, legalizing guns in churches on school property during worship services if the house of worship allows it.

House Committee Rejects Some Changes To Abortion Bill

Feb 21, 2018

A House committee rejected attempts Wednesday to scale back some new reporting requirements created by an anti-abortion bill.

Former state lawmaker Mike Braun and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) traded barbs while Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) tried to stay above the fray in the first debate of the 2018 Republican primary for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat.

Rokita set the tone early, using his opening statement to jab his opponents with oft-repeated claims: that Braun is new to the Republican Party and Messer doesn’t live in Indiana.

House Committee Makes Big Changes To Sex Ed Bill

Feb 20, 2018

The House Education Committee approved a controversial sex education bill Tuesday, and some members say a few key changes could make them more receptive to the legislation.

A group of U.S. representatives billing themselves as the “Make It In America Tour” visited Indianapolis Tuesday. The tour aims to connect Democratic leaders with community and business leaders to discuss national infrastructure needs.

The discussion suggested recent state efforts to increase funding are not being felt at the local level.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.) joined Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) in his district to discuss transportation with community and business leaders.

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Some property owners in Northern Indiana are preparing to face eminent domain battles as plans for South Shore Rail Line improvements move forward this year.

 

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