Legislation

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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Bill to toughen state 'bath salts' laws advances

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
The bill would require the state to suspend the business license for a year of any retailer caught selling synthetic drugs or lookalikes.
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Bill to ban Indiana teacher union deductions advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans sparked protests from teachers and union officials Tuesday by pushing legislation through a House committee that would bar Indiana schools from automatically deducting union dues from teacher paychecks, an issue that critics thought was off the table this year.
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Senate OKs Indianapolis Motor Speedway funding plan

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
A plan providing up to $100 million in state funding toward improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has won approval from the Indiana Senate.
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Major Indiana casino overhaul faces doubts in Statehouse

February 15, 2013
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House is hesitant about the chances of an overhaul of state casino taxes and regulations aimed at helping them against growing competition from surrounding states.
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Senate bill would stop paying gambling counties

February 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The change would save the state $24 million in 2015 and another $48 million each year thereafter—all money that's now being collected from gambling taxes and sent to cities, towns and counties.
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Speedway businesses eye gains from IMS upgrade

February 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nearby businesses hope upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a proposed state taxing district would pave the way for additional offerings at the venue, including night racing.
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Senators look to sunset city's ticket, excise tax hikesRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Legislator says the recent tax increases aren't being used for the purpose intended when such increases were authorized in 2009.
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Lawmakers sideline same-sex marriage ballot until 2014

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House and Senate leaders said Thursday they will wait a year before they take up an effort to write a same-sex marriage ban into the state's constitution.
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Craft brewers stay neutral on Sunday alcohol sales

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's craft breweries account for only a tiny percentage of annual statewide beer sales, but they've enjoyed a sweet spot on Sundays for the past two-plus years.
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Indiana Senate backs cursive writing requirement

February 5, 2013
Associated Press
Senators voted 36-13 Tuesday in favor of the proposal despite arguments from some senators that it represents an unwarranted mandate from the state on local school districts.
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Bill would crack down on sales to secondhand shops

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would crack down on sales of stolen goods to the state's secondhand stores.
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Digital billboards gaining local supportRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns most of the billboards within city limits, has lined up two city-county councilors to sponsor a bill that would loosen a decade-old ban on digital billboards.
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Marriage vote unlikely as lawmakers await rulings

January 31, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's legislative leaders are casting doubt on the prospects of taking up a same-sex marriage ban this year.
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Panel reviews limits on specialty license plates

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House Transportation Committee is considering new limits on specialty license plates for drivers one year after the effort was derailed by controversy over plates for a gay youth group.
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Senator: Voucher expansion must get House OK first

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana Senate Education Committee says any proposals to expand the state's private school voucher system will have to be first approved by the Indiana House.
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Bill advances to loosen Indiana superintendent rules

January 29, 2013
Associated Press
Local school superintendents would no longer have to hold an Indiana superintendent's or teacher's license under a bill endorsed by an Indiana House committee.
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Cold medicines could face tighter limits in Indiana

January 29, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has backed tougher limits on quantities consumers may buy of cold medications that can be used to make methamphetamine.
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Indiana lawmakers advance music therapist bill

January 28, 2013
Associated Press
A bill that would certify Indiana therapists who specialize in using music to treat people with autism, Alzheimer's and other conditions is advancing in the General Assembly.
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Senate overhauling $10M school safety proposal

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Senate Republicans are in the middle of overhauling a safety measure aimed at better protecting schools after a shooting last month in Connecticut left 20 first-graders dead.
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GOP leaders say gay marriage ban not priority

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Republican leaders of Indiana's General Assembly said Thursday they have not decided whether to take up a constitutional ban on gay marriage, one day after a pair of House lawmakers filed separate proposals to place the ban before voters in 2014.
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Indiana senator seeks gas plant contract review

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
A top Indiana senator is calling for a review of Indiana's plans to subsidize a proposed coal-gasification plant.
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Bill aimed at boosting Indiana casinos advances

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 9-0 in support of a bill that would overhaul the state's casino taxes, along with allowing Indiana's 10 riverboat casinos to move inland to adjacent property and permit live table games at the two horse track casinos.
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Bill to make IEDC more transparent moves to full senate

January 23, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee unanimously passed legislation Tuesday meant to makes the state’s job-creation efforts more open to the general public.
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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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