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House and Senate lawmakers waited until the final day of the session’s halfway point to advance their top priority for 2018: workforce development measures.

Indiana is one of just three states in the country without an official state insect. Legislation passed in the Senate Tuesday would change that.

The unanimously approved bill is the initiative of West Lafayette elementary school students. Their push to name the Say’s Firefly as Indiana’s state insect began three years ago.

Senate lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday to allow Hoosier gun owners to carry their firearms in churches that are on school property.

Current law bars most Hoosiers from carrying guns onto school property. And that applies to churches on school grounds. Senate-approved legislation would lift that restriction for everyone during worship services and for employees and volunteers at the church at any time – unless the church bans firearms.

Township Reform Bill Dies Without Vote In House

Feb 5, 2018

Legislation to force about 300 of Indiana’s townships to consolidate quietly died in the House Monday. The bill didn’t get called for a vote on the House’s deadline day after its author says she couldn’t find enough support in her caucus.

Senate Votes To Legalize Cannabidiol

Feb 5, 2018

The Indiana Senate approved legislation Monday to allow anyone in the state to buy or sell cannabidiol, or CBD.

The Senate’s bill is similar to language approved last week by the House – meaning CBD legalization appears to have a clear path forward this session.

The House approved legislation Monday to eliminate the fee for Indiana’s lifetime handgun carry license.

Cash from gun carry permits typically goes to local law enforcement agency budgets. And some expressed concerns eliminating the fee would cut into police funding.

Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola), the bill’s author, says the fee elimination doesn’t take effect until July 2019.

House lawmakers rejected an effort Thursday to allow voters in small townships to have their own say on consolidation.

The underlying bill would force townships of 1,200 people or less to consolidate with an adjacent unit by 2023.

An independent consultant’s evaluation of the Department of Child Services has taken small steps in its first month on the ground. The consultant delivered its first progress report on the assessment Thursday – an update that’s yielded more questions than answers.

The evaluation of DCS began Jan. 2 and consultant Sue Steib says it’s expected to end in June. Steib says her group has already identified an agency issue: an ineffective data system.

State officials Friday announced a new program that connects veterans with job opportunities and housing. It’s also an effort from the state to fill tens of thousands of unfilled jobs.

The program is called Next Level Veterans – a source for career training and a homebuyer program tailor made for veterans. The state launched a website to act as its hub.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants veterans to consider making Indiana home, as they transition back to civilian life.

Holcomb Extends CBD Enforcement Moratorium

Jan 26, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday he’s extending a moratorium on enforcement of Indiana’s law banning sales of cannabidiol, or CBD.

Holcomb says he wants to give lawmakers more time to develop legislation that’s expected to change that law.

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