Legislation

Panel advances tougher synthetic drugs bill

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are advancing a bill that would make it illegal to possess or deal "lookalike" synthetic drugs similar to those known as "bath salts" and other nicknames.
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Indiana lawmakers back tighter cold meds limits

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House will consider stricter limits on purchases of cold and allergy pills that can be used to make methamphetamine after a committee endorsed them Wednesday, but they rejected even tougher measures sought by several mayors.
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Indiana Senate approves new specialty plate limits

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators have approved a proposal overhauling the state's specialty auto license plate system that requires all the groups with plates to sell 500 a year and undergo a financial review once a decade.
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Bill would add rules for Indiana financial aid

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
A bill making its way through Indiana's General Assembly would change the laws governing need-based state financial aid to add more requirements for students.
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Indiana House backs bill allowing younger sports referees

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 92-4 on Monday in favor of the bill adding youth sports officials to the list of jobs for which children younger than 14 can be hired.
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Land bank bill likely heading for study committee

March 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said his bill on land banks may have tried to tackle too many issues involving abandoned housing, including Indiana’s tax-sale process.
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Lawmakers struggle with bill to stop synthetic drug sales

March 7, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Lawmakers are finding it difficult to write a law that effectively cracks down on the sale of synthetic drugs while remaining fair to businesses that might not know they’re on their shelves.
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Indiana mayors want law for cold-med prescriptions

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
Local officials from around Indiana are making a push for the Legislature to require that people obtain a doctor's prescription to buy cold medications often used to make methamphetamine.
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Indiana House panel OKs child labor-referee measure

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana House panel on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure pushed by a 13-year-old boy that would allow sports leagues to hire youngsters like him as referees.
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Senate advances telemedicine payments

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Senate voted unanimously last week to require the Indiana Medicaid program to pay home health agencies, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers for doing medical consultations, diagnoses and monitoring using videoconferencing, telephones or computers.
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Charter schools bill would strip Indy council's authorityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
A bill moving through the state legislature would remove the City-County Council's ability to veto mayor-sponsored charter schools.
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Let the sequester begin: Senate fails to block spending cuts

February 28, 2013
Associated Press
The $85 billion in across-the-board federal cuts are set to kick off on Friday, but will fall into place gradually over several months. The Obama administration has pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms.
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Pence signs bill delaying new farmland taxes

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a one-year delay on new calculations for property taxes on farmland. The bill was the first one Pence has signed into law since becoming governor last month.
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Senate OKs bill to stop undercover video at farms, plants

February 27, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to take unauthorized pictures or video of operations at a manufacturing or farming business.
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Indiana Senate OKs business agency disclosure bill

February 26, 2013
Associated Press
Senators voted 49-1 Tuesday in favor of requiring the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to prepare an annual public report on tax incentives provided to businesses and the number of jobs created by their projects.
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Bill aimed at boosting Indiana casinos clears Senate

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
A major overhaul of Indiana casino regulations and taxes has cleared the state Senate amid arguments from its supporters that the casinos need help against growing competition from surrounding states.
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House advances central Indiana transit measure

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has signed off on a measure that would let local residents vote for higher taxes to pay for a $1.3 billion expansion of the public transportation system.
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Indiana House approves $30 billion GOP budget plan

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a $30 billion budget that includes an additional $700 million for roads and schools than was originally sought by the governor.
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Senator pulls bills scrapping Indiana school grades

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
A bill that would have eliminated Indiana's A-F grading scale for individual schools has been withdrawn by its sponsor in the Indiana Senate.
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Indiana House backs drug tests of welfare recipients

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
Some welfare recipients would face drug testing under a proposal that's been approved by the Indiana House.
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GOP House blocks Dems' push for Pence tax-cut vote

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Republicans blocked a vote Thursday on Gov. Mike Pence's proposed tax cut, fending off — at least for now — an attempt by Democrats to force them into the awkward position of rejecting one of the new GOP governor's top legislative priorities.
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Indiana House backs school voucher expansion

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
Kindergartners and some other students in Indiana would be immediately eligible for the state's private school voucher program under an expansion plan the House approved Thursday.
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Senate panel waters down coal-gas measure

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
A Senate committee is leaving a contentious battle over a proposed $3 billion coal-gasification plant in the Indiana Supreme Court's hands for now.
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House, Pence split on state's Medicaid expansion

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence is battling with House lawmakers over expanding health care coverage for roughly 400,000 Indiana residents, amid concerns that the state's health care program for the poor won't be able to handle the flood of new enrollees.
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Cash-for-gold retail bill passes Indiana House

February 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House on Thursday approved a bill regulating cash-for-gold stores, which have proliferated since gold prices shot up in 2008.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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