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Bosma’s collaborative style put to huge testRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The House speaker has done his utmost to downplay the importance of the proposed same-sex marriage amendment within the context of the Republican agenda this year.
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Ballard, Curry split on gun-violence billRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry opposes a measure that would create a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. Mayor Greg Ballard and his public safety director support it.
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Senator drops bill to create Statehouse souvenir shop

January 24, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, has withdrawn a bill that would have allowed the construction of a souvenir shop in the Indiana Statehouse over concerns about the cost.
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Bill would keep state's annuity system in-house

January 24, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that will prevent the state from privatizing one part of public employee and teacher retirement funds.
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Lawmakers advance bill allowing industrial hemp crops

January 24, 2014
Associated Press
Hemp plants could start appearing in Indiana fields if a state Senate bill to allow growing the crop gains support from lawmakers.
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Soccer team seeks state help for $87M downtown stadium

January 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir hopes state lawmakers will help him finance construction of a multi-use soccer stadium with 18,500 seats in downtown Indianapolis.
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Judges could carry firearms under proposed law

January 24, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 3 would allow judges to carry firearms when they are on duty. The bill passed 47-1 in the Senate.
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Nursing home construction measure passes Senate

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 173 would prohibit the State Department of Health from approving the development of new nursing homes.
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Teachers could get help with expenses under House bill

January 23, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1349 would establish a Classroom Expense Fund, from which money would be advanced to educators across the state.
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Senate passes bill to protect agricultural rights

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 186 provides that it is the responsibility of the state to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture. The goal is to guide the courts to interpret state laws to be sympathetic toward farmers.
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Personal property tax cut heads to full House

January 23, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
House Bill 1001, authored by Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, would allow county income tax councils to exempt businesses from paying the business personal property tax on any new equipment they purchased.
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Legislation aims to expand high school internships

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
The bill would add an intern-hiring incentive to the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program, commonly known as EDGE.
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Biological drug bill advances to full Senate

January 23, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate is set to consider legislation that could give patients access to more options for drug treatments that derive from biological organisms.
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Indiana business tax changes still worry some mayors

January 23, 2014
Associated Press
Some local-government officials around the state remain concerned about changes Indiana lawmakers are considering to the state's property tax on business equipment.
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Same-sex marriage amendment advances in House

January 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Republican majority in the Indiana House has signed off on a maneuver advancing the proposed state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
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Pence gives $9.7 million in grants for STEM programs

January 23, 2014
Ben Vandivier, The Statehouse File
The grants went to 10 organizations working to help support teacher recruitment and training in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
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Tougher penalties sought for drug ‘look-a-likes’

January 23, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
The intent of Senate Bill 305 is to deter retailers and dealers from selling “look-a-like” drugs that are potentially more dangerous than the drugs they mimic.
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Wine wholesalers could be bypassed under proposed bill

January 22, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
Indiana-based farm wineries could sell their products directly to retailers and dealers instead of going through a third party under a bill debated Wednesday in the House Public Policy Committee.
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Proposal to allow alcohol sales at fair still on tap

January 22, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
People on both sides of the issue, including those on the State Fair Commission, Indiana alcohol producers, and those opposed to the change, discussed a tentative plan Wednesday for how the state fair could sell its first alcoholic beverages since the 1940s.
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Same-sex marriage amendment moves to House for vote

January 22, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana easily passed a House committee Wednesday, setting up the floor debate that Speaker Brian Bosma had promised.
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State panel backs bill for welfare drug testing

January 22, 2014
Associated Press
The bill would require Indiana residents to be screened through a questionnaire and drug tested if they show a likelihood of addiction.
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City, state to scrutinize charter curriculum that questions evolution

January 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
A Texas-based education organization with approval to open two Indianapolis charter schools teaches creationism and Christian-based character virtues, according to an article by Slate.com. It has prompted an expedited review of the group's curriculum by Indianapolis and state education officials.
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Teachers could receive money to pay loans under proposed bill

January 21, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A bipartisan group in the Indiana House is working to give some public elementary or high school teachers $9,000 towards their student loans after three consecutive years of teaching.
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Commitee passes bill to protect veterans in hiring

January 21, 2014
Indiana House Bill 1242 says employers could be charged with unlawful employment practices if they refuse to hire applicants because of their military service.
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Bill would create one-stop website for business owners

January 21, 2014
The bill specifies that the secretary of state’s office, and the departments of workforce development and revenue work together to develop and maintain the website.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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