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Bill limiting environmental rules heads to Indiana Senate

January 30, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana regulators would be barred from adopting environmental rules tougher than federal standards under a bill that's advancing in the General Assembly that has drawn criticism that it would hamper efforts to protect the state's environment and public health.
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Preservation tax credit gets makeover in House bill

January 29, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that would shift the state’s historical preservation tax cut program into one that relies on grants instead.
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Indiana House gatekeeper open to soccer stadium

January 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown said lawmakers will consider a plan by the IndyEleven soccer team to finance an $87 million stadium. The proposal is likely to be attached to an existing Senate bill.
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Statehouse update: Distance treatment, biological drugs, charter schools, and more

January 29, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday weighed in on legislation involving state fair school-skipping, charity gambling prizes, out-of-office medical treatment, charity gambling, help for military bases, meth home disclosures, bus inspections, and more. Here's a rundown.
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Plan to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

January 28, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. The bill passed 71-22.
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House passes bill to end hiring discrimination for veterans

January 28, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
House Bill 1242 would make it illegal to refuse a person employment based on military veteran status.
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Senate amends corporate tax bill, rejects Democrats' efforts to strip key provisions

January 28, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
Financial institutions would have to wait an additional three years to fully feel the effects of a statewide tax cut under changes made Tuesday to Indiana Senate Bill 1.
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Bill to let wineries sell to stores moves to full House

January 28, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1387 will amend the previous law and allow wineries to distribute up to 5,000 gallons of wine to grocery stores, restaurants, bars and other establishments.
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Indiana House passes revised gay-marriage ban

January 28, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed amendment, which cleared the chamber on 57-40 vote, now heads to the Indiana Senate, where members of the Senate Judiciary Committee could amend the measure back to its original form.
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Proposal would cut sales tax for propane users

January 28, 2014
Amanda Creech, The Statehouse File
Republicans say they will offer an amendment to Senate Bill 1 to eliminate the sales tax on any propane that costs more than $2.50 per gallon.
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Mass-transit bill clears Senate committee, with changes

January 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mass-transit bill for metro Indianapolis cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday morning, but left open many questions about how such a system would be funded. An amendment to the bill nixed the use of light rail.
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State unemployment rate shrinks to 6.9 percent

January 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The improvement came despite a small decline in private-sector employment of 4,800 jobs during the month.
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Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage

January 28, 2014
Associated Press
Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.
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Proposed hunting, fishing amendment to start over

January 28, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday that would protect Hoosiers’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife – but without language to protect farming that was included three years ago.
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Statehouse update: Deer hunting, miscarriages, veteran education, Indiana-grown, and more

January 28, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Monday weighed in on legislation involving canned deer hunting, college credit for veterans, parental options after miscarriages, out-of-state seedling sales, and more. Here's a rundown.
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Panel delays vote on bill to require prescription for cold meds

January 27, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
A committee heard two hours of testimony Monday on a bill that would make medicine containing pseudoephedrine a schedule III drug. The committee did not vote.
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Voucher students who never tried public school on the rise

January 27, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Four in 10 students using vouchers never attended an Indiana public school, even though the original 2011 law that authorized the program required it.
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House expands nutrition requisite to all food-stamp recipients

January 27, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Legislation to require Indiana food-stamp recipients buy only products deemed nutritious was expanded Monday to include all Hoosiers who participate in the program.
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Indiana House votes to amend gay-marriage amendment

January 27, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The 52-43 vote to remove the controversial second sentence likely ensures that the proposed constitutional amendment will not reach the public for a vote until at least 2016 – if at all.
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Cold prompts shutdown of local government Tuesday

January 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said City-County government will be closed Tuesday due to the forecast of "dangerously cold temperatures." He also imposed a two-hour delay for local government on Wednesday.
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Bar Association stands against gay-marriage amendment

January 27, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Backed by nearly three-fourths of its members, the Indianapolis Bar has taken the unusual step of announcing its opposition to the state constitutional amendment under debate at the Statehouse.
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View of health rollout improves, but only slightly

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
Negative perceptions of the health care rollout have eased, a new poll finds. But overall, two-thirds of Americans say things still aren't going well.
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Indiana bill would limit use of drone surveillance

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
The bill introduced by Republican Rep. Eric Koch of Bedford would strictly regulate police use of unmanned aircraft and prohibit their use to conduct surveillance without a court warrant.
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Minimum wage bills pushed in at least 30 states

January 26, 2014
Associated Press
A pitch last week from Indiana Democrats was a nonstarter. But a Quinnipiac University poll this month found 71 percent of Americans in favor of raising the minimum wage—including more than half of Republicans polled.
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Indiana missing out on IPO fever

January 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
A new law might encourage more companies to go public.
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  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

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