Legislation

Indiana basketball tourney format to get second look

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
A state Senate committee rejected an effort Wednesday to resurrect Indiana's single-class high school basketball tournament, but the head of the statewide high school athletics governing body agreed to review the current format.
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Democrats plan legal challenge to Indiana House fines

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats say they'll go to court to challenge the $1,000-a-day fines they face for their legislative boycott over the right-to-work bill.
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Indiana Republicans approve fines on House boycotters

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Republicans have approved $1,000-a-day fines against Democratic legislators who are boycotting over a right-to-work bill.
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Indiana House panel backs fines on access violators

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would allow fines of up to $500 against government officials found to have blatantly violated the state's open meetings or open record laws has been endorsed 11-0 by an Indiana House committee.
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State sentencing overhaul to take another year

January 14, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators stung last year by county prosecutors who opposed a sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing scheme won't push the issue this year. Sheriffs now are worried that an attempt to reduce crowding in state prisons could aggravate overpopulation in their jails.
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Indiana county leaders worried over 911 funding

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
County officials across Indiana scrambling to find money to pay for 911 emergency services say they aren't confident of getting help from state legislators, who might be leery of boosting cellphone fees during an election year.
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Indiana senator wants automatic tax refund revised

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate's lead budget writer says the state needs to save more money before it begins sending taxpayers automatic refund checks.
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Indiana Senate backs tougher sex-trafficking law

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to toughen penalties for sex trafficking, and supporters hope it will become law before football fans converge on Indianapolis for the Super Bowl in less than a month.
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Bill would make eminent domain tougher for state colleges

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would make it more expensive for state-supported universities to acquire land by eminent domain.
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Bill seeks elected utility consumer counselor

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A legislator is proposing that Indiana’s utility consumer counselor be elected rather than appointed by the governor.
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Unions air TV and radio ads targeting right-to-work lawsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ads encouraging Hoosiers to ask lawmakers to oppose the controversial legislation are paid for by Indiana's AFL-CIO.
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New push set for broad Indiana smoking limits

January 5, 2012
Associated Press
The bill announced Thursday by Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana House Speaker plans fast start for labor bill

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House leader said Tuesday that lawmakers will almost immediately take up right-to-work legislation that's likely to dominate much of the state's 2012 session.
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Daniels outlines agenda for General Assembly

January 3, 2012
 The Statehouse File
In a wide-ranging interview, Gov. Mitch Daniels discusses his goals for the General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday. Among them: Implement a statewide smoking ban, make Indiana a right-to-work state, and end what he calls "credit creep" for college students.
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Battle over right-to-work bill derails legislative session

December 24, 2011
Advancement of right-to-work legislation during this year’s legislative session caused Indiana House Democrats to flee to Urbana, Ill., where they remained for 36 days in what became the longest walkout in Indiana history.
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FEIGENBAUM: Indiana General Assembly will be known for trading paint

December 17, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Expect scores of Democratic amendments, particularly if right-to-work hits the House floor.
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Democrats outline legislative plans for General Assembly

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Senate Democrats, who hold just 13 of the chamber's 50 seats, released their 2012 legislative agenda, which will push for work-share legislation as well as consumer and job protections when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
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Indiana lawmakers want cursive mandatory in schools

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute Sen. Tim Skinner and Oldenburg Sen. Jean Leising said they plan to submit bills when lawmakers return to Indianapolis in 2012 that would require the writing style be taught.
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Daniels eyes right-to-work legislation in final session

November 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has long flirted with right-to-work legislation, but is letting the General Assembly take the lead.
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Lawmakers looking for solutions to online sales tax issue

November 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
At least one Indiana lawmaker plans to file a bill requiring the state to collect sales taxes from online retailers like Amazon.com. Other state lawmakers are working on a federal solution.
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Lawmakers might consider revamp of jobless benefits

October 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers could take up a proposal next year that would make unemployment benefits more flexible and give companies additional options for cutting back on employee hours through work-share programs.
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Election spending to exceed $6B thanks to Indiana lawyer

October 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana attorney James Bopp Jr. has spent 30 years fighting limits on campaign spending, and next year’s political landscape could be transformed by his labor.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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'Buy local' law could make projects costlierRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new state law that alters the public bidding process could add complication and possibly millions of dollars to a soon-to-be-bid segment of a massive Indianapolis sewer project.
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Most Indiana lawmakers vote against raising debt ceiling

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
A majority of Indiana's congressional delegation bucked the trend and voted against emergency legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, drawing praise from a tea party official.
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