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High School Focus In Workforce Development Efforts

Apr 5, 2018
2018 workforce development legislation focused in part on improving career counseling in high school. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

State leaders are focused on ensuring Indiana has a workforce capable of meeting the state’s job needs for the next few decades. And that conversation increasingly turns to the state’s public schools, tying high school education to workforce development.

When asked whether it’s too much to ask a 14-year-old to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life, Gov. Eric Holcomb is direct.

Indiana Republican Party National Committeewoman Anne Hathaway says a recent report giving Indiana a failing grade for policies aimed at helping women isn’t fair. (Indiana Republican Party)
Brandon Smith

An Indiana Republican leader says a recent report giving Indiana a failing grade for policies aimed at helping women isn’t fair.

A new Indiana law requires school coaches to undergo training for heat-related medical issues. (U.S. Air Force)
Brandon Smith

A new Indiana law requires school coaches to undergo training for heat-related medical issues. The measure’s author says it’s the “last piece of the puzzle” to help coaches protect student athletes’ health.

Sales Tax On Food In Vending Machines Eliminated

Mar 29, 2018
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Lawmakers this session eliminated what they saw as a quirk of state law – sales tax on food sold in vending machines.

Most food bought at the grocery store is exempt from the state sales tax, says Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).

“But some of those same items, if they’re purchased through a vending machine, are charged the seven percent tax,” Ober says.

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making.

It deals with situations where the patient can’t make decisions for themselves – and hasn’t designated a representative.

WFIU/WTIU News

Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senator wants to expand national efforts to address infectious diseases caused by substance abuse disorders.

The Scott County HIV outbreak helped spark the idea for the legislation.

The “Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act” would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand education, monitoring and treatment efforts for infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

Holcomb Signs Controversial Abortion Reporting Bill

Mar 25, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says the abortion reporting requirements bill does not restrict access to abortion. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the remaining legislation from the 2018 session Sunday. That includes a measure that creates new abortion reporting requirements for all Indiana doctors and hospitals.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Governor Eric Holcomb officially anointed the Say’s firefly the state insect of Indiana today at a bill signing at West Lafayette’s Cumberland Elementary School. 

Cumberland students dressed in bright colors and flashed glowing lights in the darkened gymnasium, emulating the newly-minted state insect. Parents, teachers, and even entomologists gathered to watch the bill take flight.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law a bill to impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation signed into law this week will impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs.

Proponents argue it sends a tough message to drug dealers in the state. But some lawmakers question its unintended consequences.

New Law Exempts Certain Software From State Sales Tax

Mar 23, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says a bill he signed to exempt sales tax for software delivered as a service sends a message that Indiana wants to be a leader in the tech sector. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb says a bill he signed Friday to exempt sales tax for software delivered as a service sends a message that Indiana wants to be a leader in the tech sector.

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