Legislation

Bill legalizing hemp advances after changes

March 6, 2014
Antonio Cordero, The Statehouse File
A Senate agricultural committee has reached a compromise on a bill geared toward legalizing the production of industrial hemp in Indiana.
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Senate leader says pre-K pilot program still possible

March 6, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The pilot program would come in addition to a comprehensive study of preschool programs that was part of the bill as it left the Senate.
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Soccer team owner concedes battle for stadium funds this year

March 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the Indy Eleven soccer franchise has conceded that his push for state financing help for a proposed 18,500-seat, $87 million stadium in Indianapolis will have to wait on the bench for another legislative session.
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It's make-or-break time for several bills at Statehouse

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have moved some bills to the governor, but more contentious bills scheduled for a vote Wednesday were pushed off for approval later in the session, which ends next week.
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Digital privacy legislation awaits action by Pence

March 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House has sent the governor legislation that’s meant to protect the privacy of Hoosiers even as digital surveillance becomes easier and more sophisticated.
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Bill to excuse students for state fair heads to governor

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 114 would let students have up to five excused absences from school to participate in the Indiana State Fair.
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Mass-transit supporters hopeful for compromise

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Supporters of competing plans to expand mass transit in central Indiana say they’ve got differences to work out before the General Assembly wraps up March 14 but they’re confident they can find resolution.
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Insurers’ Obamacare losses may reach $5.5 billion, U.S. says

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Health insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Louisville-based Humana Inc. stand to receive $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the law’s opponents label a bailout.
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Statehouse roundup: Drug testing, metro areas, abortion insurance, more

March 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Tuesday advanced legislation on drug-testing for welfare recipients, metro-area promotion, abortion insurance, hearing aids, teacher preparation and cardiac care precautions.
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Same-sex marriage tax benefits nixed by Senate

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers voted to change a tax bill Monday, a move allowing the state to keep its current policy, which does not recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes.
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Kittle: Gay marriage talks misstated by Bosma

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
A former chairman of the Indiana Republican Party said Tuesday that he never promised "unlimited" campaign funds to make the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage go away.
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Business tax cuts enter House, Senate negotiations

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
The Senate voted 33-15 Tuesday to advance the package, sending it to a conference committee of House and Senate members.
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Bill adds oversight to redevelopment commissions

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House approved a Senate bill that adds transparency to redevelopment commissions and forces decades-old tax-increment financing districts to expire.
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Mass transit bill headed to conference committee

March 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House passed legislation to authorize new taxes for an expanded bus system but the bill is headed to a conference committee where lawmakers will try to find a compromise on the issue.
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Legislation would allow ads on public school buses

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The bill, approved by the Indiana Senate 49-0, would allow advertising on school buses in two Indianapolis neighborhoods and a school district just north of the city.
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Campaign money offer exposed in Indiana gay marriage fight

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
A former state Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out at the Statehouse.
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Indiana one of many states aiming to limit tanning

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers' efforts to crack down on the use of Indiana tanning beds this year are part of a national push to limit young people's exposure to risks that include skin cancer.
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Bill to help some teachers repay loans advances

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
Certain students who go on to teach science, math or special education in Indiana could get up to $9,000 to pay off loans if a legislative proposal becomes law.
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State lawmakers advance roads, education measures

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers advanced a wide range of measures Thursday as they headed into the final two weeks of their 2014 session, setting up last-minute negotiations on everything from road funding to education.
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Indiana House backs tossing national school standards

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 67-26 Thursday to nix the Common Core school standards currently in place.
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Modified hemp legalization bill moves to full House

February 26, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The legalization of the production of industrial hemp is a step closer to reality in Indiana after the House Agricultural Committee passed an amended bill Tuesday.
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Bill allowing state fair alcohol sales heads to governor

February 25, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The bill, authored by Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, seeks to end a nearly 70-year old ban on beer and alcohol sales at the state fair.
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Indiana lawmakers draw close on business tax deal

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy advanced two separate measures Tuesday that would cut the state's corporate income tax and the state's business equipment tax in certain cases.
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Indiana House amends bill to end efficiency program

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
TThe House voted 66-30 to amend the bill with language that prohibits the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from extending or entering into contracts for Energizing Indiana's statewide energy efficiency program after Dec. 31
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Indiana Senate amends pre-K education bill

February 24, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate shot down two proposed amendments to the pre-K education bill Monday, before finally accepting an amendment to add another member to the study commission.
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