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Indiana House panel backs sentencing-laws overhaul

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
A sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing laws cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday with the support of law-enforcement groups that had scuttled similar efforts the past two years.
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Senator's bill would ease penalty for pot possession

January 16, 2013
Scott Olson
Sen. Karen Tallian's proposal would reduce the penalty for possession of less than 2 ounces of pot to an infraction punishable by a fine. But the amount has caught the attention of at least one antidrug advocate.
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Bill could be hurdle for proposed $2.8B synthetic gas plant

January 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Under the legislation, state utility regulators could order Indiana Gasification LLC to make refunds to gas customers every three years if the price of synthetic gas it produces from coal is greater than the market price of natural gas over the period.
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Lawmaker seeks limit on Indiana specialty plates

January 10, 2013
Associated Press
A Republican state lawmaker is reviving the debate over specialty license plates one year after the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles suspended a gay youth group's plates.
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Lawmakers plans to renew bill against same-sex marriage

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution may be on hold as Republican leaders ponder its fate this year, but the House and Senate sponsors are charging ahead anyway.
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Michigan's right-to-work law could change Indiana's economic development pitchRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Dan Human
As the controversial provision spreads to other states in the region, Indiana is likely to give more weight to its other selling points.
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Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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Indiana senator seeks 'truth in education' law

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse said he would not introduce a creationism measure again this year, choosing a lighter tack instead. His new proposal, he said, would encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom.
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Lawmaker seeks funding to tackle abandoned housingRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Rep. Ed Clere plans to introduce a bill that would give municipalities explicit powers to create land banks, which can sell surplus property for redevelopment. He also wants to include a revenue source to support land-bank operations and eliminate tax-foreclosure sales as a form of investor speculation.
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State Chamber outlines priorities for legislative session

November 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Economic development typically tops the chamber's agenda, and for the upcoming session the pro-business organization is backing Gov.-elect Mike Pence's idea for a new state-sponsored research institute.
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Indiana taking closer look at loosening pot laws

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
Key Indiana legislators from both parties are looking at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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Mass-transit advocates make headway in new Legislature

November 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $1.3 billion transit plan for Hamilton and Marion counties is one of a few lingering issues — along with Sunday alcohol sales and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — likely to appear before lawmakers in 2013.
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Judge: Anderson can lay off firefighters

October 24, 2012
Associated Press
Circuit Judge Dennis Carroll said in a 27-page ruling Tuesday said that Indiana law gives municipalities the right to lay off employees because of economic conditions.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: GOP pillar reflects on party, mentors and Legislature

October 23, 2012
Mason King
LQ
                           Murray Clark Watch VideoHow deep are the roots in J. Murray Clark's political family tree? What still stings from the former state GOP chairman's tenure? How does he view the party today? What about fundraising tips? Clark has answers.
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Indiana House GOP makes no guarantees on tax cuts

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tax cuts being pushed by gubernatorial candidates are hardly guaranteed a rubber stamp from lawmakers, and a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage could win quick approval next year, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday.
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GOP senator plans bill decriminalizing pot possession

September 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said he'll introduce legislation in the 2013 legislative session that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana an infraction, rather than a criminal offense.
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Lawmaker wants review of specialty plate proceeds

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
More oversight of Indiana's specialty license plates is needed to ensure that the groups who benefit spend the money appropriately, according to the chairman of a legislative panel reviewing the plates.
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Indiana legislators want to defend immigration law

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Three state senators say Indiana's attorney general effectively nullified their votes when he opted not to defend sections of a state immigration law he said were rendered invalid when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar sections of an Arizona law.
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Pence wants moratorium on new business regulations

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence said that if elected governor, he'll issue an executive order against new regulations and ask his budget office to review existing rules to ensure they use the least-costly approach and aren't burdensome to job-creation efforts.
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House swipes at health law with repeal of medical device tax

June 8, 2012
Republicans in the U.S. House joined with 37 Democrats to pass a bill repealing a medical-device tax, chipping away at the 2010 health-care law in a victory for companies including Indiana-based Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp.
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Colleges could be banned from using tax funds for marketing

April 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
For-profit U.S. colleges, including Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc., would be barred from spending federal taxpayer money on advertising, marketing and recruiting under a Senate bill targeting the education-based businesses.
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Union says right-to-work law violates free speech

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Union attorneys are using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums of cash on campaign ads as part of a legal effort to overturn Indiana's new right-to-work law.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Councilors to introduce new smoking-ban proposal

March 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two City-County Councilors are prepared to take another stab at enacting a stronger public smoking ban in Indianapolis. And this time they think Mayor Greg Ballard will approve.
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Governor signs bill regarding residents resisting police

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill laying out when Indiana residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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