Legislation

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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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

March 19, 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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Daniels signs public access, nepotism bills

March 19, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is toughening penalties for public access violations and cracking down on nepotism in local government.
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Carmel councilors want final say on city's debt

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel City Councilor Eric Seidensticker on Thursday morning proposed an ordinance that would require the council to sign off on any additional debt. The ordinance is backed by at least five of the seven councilors.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Indiana legislators approve smoking restrictions

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has narrowly approved a statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it to the governor for his expected signature into law. The ban exempts Indiana's bars, casinos and private clubs such as veterans and fraternal organizations.
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Indiana House approves statewide smoking-ban bill

March 8, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted Thursday night to approve a statewide smoking ban bill, setting up a vote Friday in the state Senate on whether the restrictions will be on their way to becoming law.
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Still no decisions on Indiana smoking, police-entry bills

March 7, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators finished work Wednesday without an agreement yet on just how comprehensive a statewide smoking ban they might adopt and without the support of a major police group for a proposal laying out when residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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Talks continue on Indiana tax, spending plans

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are working toward final agreement on several tax and spending issues in the last days of this year's legislative session.
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Talks start on Indiana smoking-ban compromise

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators began negotiations Monday toward a compromise on proposed statewide smoking restrictions, with a leading supporter of a comprehensive ban saying the bill shouldn't prevent cities and counties from adopting tougher ordinances.
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Ohio River bridge plan calls for tolls on 3 spans

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The governors of Indiana and Kentucky on Monday agreed to use tolls to pay for two new Ohio River bridges and a revamped Interstate 65 bridge over the river, all in the Louisville metropolitan area.
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Indiana retailers face penalties over 'bath salts'

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House has given final legislative approval to a proposal toughening state laws that prohibit businesses from selling synthetic stimulants nicknamed "bath salts" or other drugs that mimic marijuana.
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Bill for alcohol amnesty law goes to governor

March 2, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators have approved changing Indiana law to shield people from arrest on alcohol charges if they seek out medical help for someone who is intoxicated.
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Fight over tuition for immigrants derails bill

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators fearing a backlash from conservatives scuttled an expansive education proposal this week after it was amended to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants already enrolled in state schools.
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Bill requiring stage inspections heads to governor

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 41-5 Thursday in favor of the bill giving the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission the power to regulate stages and other temporary structures.
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Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
For all the bluster a statewide smoking ban sparked at the beginning of the 2012 legislative session, the version Indiana lawmakers may end up approving seems little more than a wisp of smoke.
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Indiana senators approve state fair, education money

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
State senators allocated more state money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and full-day kindergarten as part of a broad spending plan approved Wednesday.
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Senate considers changes to state smoking-ban bill

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments.
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Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Indiana funding jump would end kindergarten fees

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
Parents across Indiana weary of paying sometimes-hefty fees for their children to attend full-day kindergarten classes could soon catch a break.
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Union suing to block Indiana right-to-work law

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 says a suit being filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond claims the right-to-work law violates the federal and state constitutions.
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Lawmakers back penalties over farm lawsuits

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would give judges discretion on whether to order the person filing a frivolous lawsuit to pay the farm's court costs and attorney fees.
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Lawmakers eye early finish after contentious start

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told House members Thursday that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long were planning to wrap things up by March 9. The 2012 session is formally scheduled to end by March 14.
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Bill seeks school superintendent contract disclosure

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would require Indiana's school boards to disclose all financial details of proposed superintendent contracts before voting on them drew only positive comments during a public hearing before a legislative panel.
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Legislators advance ban on school bus fees

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would prohibit Indiana's public school districts from charging fees for school bus service.
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