Legislation

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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Bill to allow booze sales at Indiana State Fair in home stretch

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate passed a bill to lift the ban 33-13 last month, and the state House now has the measure. It cleared the second of its required three readings in the House on Monday.
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UPDATE: Bill to limit Indiana environmental rules dies

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
A state senator has killed legislation that would bar Indiana environmental regulators from creating standards harsher than federal rules.
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House committee mulls corporate contribution to mass transit

February 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote Monday on a mass-transit bill and is considering an amendment that would require 10 percent of revenue to come from non-traditional sources.
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House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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Gay-marriage ban off ballot at least until 2016

February 13, 2014
Associated Press
Opponents of an effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution won a surprising victory Thursday as the Senate effectively pushed off a statewide vote on the issue for at least two years, and possibly longer.
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Pence open to replacing any revenue lost in tax bill

February 11, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s open to proposals to “fully replace” the revenue that local governments might lose under a Senate plan to cut the personal property tax for thousands of businesses across Indiana.
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Plan to cut business-equipment tax draws debate

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House lawmakers took up a Senate proposal to cut business taxes on Monday, as fiscal leaders continued working behind the scenes to craft a compromise package of cuts this legislative session.
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Senate panel approves altered same-sex marriage ban

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Senate Rules Committee voted 8-4 Monday afternoon along party lines to advance the measure following three hours of emotional testimony from supporters and opponents.
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Welfare drug screening bill divides lawmakers

February 9, 2014
Associated Press
Welfare abuse is driving an Indiana effort to require recipients to be screened for the likelihood of addiction and limit food stamps to the purchase of only "nutritional foods."
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Pence: Session ‘productive’ so far, agenda largely intact

February 6, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he’s pleased with the way his agenda is faring at the halfway point of the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
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Legislators advancing tighter Indiana scooter rules

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, said he expects to take up the bill the House approved this week that would require scooters to have license plates and their drivers pass a road-sign test.
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Industry providing cash advances for lawsuit payoffs fights bill

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The director of a group of financing companies warned Wednesday that lawmakers "would eliminate this industry from Indiana" should they approve a measure targeting companies that provide cash advances to people awaiting payoffs in personal injury lawsuits.
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Senator steers clear of beer wholesaler legal battle

February 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sen. Ron Alting stripped language from a bill that could have derailed a federal court case brought by Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co.
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Statehouse update: Fenced hunting, phone privacy, barn preservation, more

February 4, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly voted on several pieces of legislation Tuesday at the Statehouse, including bills involving teacher preparation, gun penalties and veteran brain injuries. Here's a rundown.
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Indiana Senate sends bill to kill Common Core to House

February 4, 2014
The state would move away from controversial Common Core education standards and replace them with curriculum guides written by Indiana officials under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.
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U.S. Senate sends massive farm bill to Obama

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
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Statehouse update: Teacher evaluations, Christmas, meth disclosure, more

February 4, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Indiana lawmakers made decisions on a number of bills Monday at the Statehouse, including legislation involving hunting and fishing, home health care, cardiac arrest and more.
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Bill to free $400M for highways passed by House

February 3, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1002 transfers the balance of the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund to the state highway fund before July 1, 2015. The legislation received support from both parties and passed 91-2.
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House sends Indiana winery bill to Senate

February 3, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
HB 1387 would allow wineries to sell 5,000 gallons per year to retailers located within the same county as the winery or in neighboring counties.
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Senate sends hemp-production bill to House for debate

February 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation that would legalize the farming and production of industrial hemp in Indiana.
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House lawmakers advance pair of Pence measures

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
The House voted in favor of measures increasing personal income tax exemptions and establishing an adoption tax credit. Both measures won broad bipartisan support.
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Privacy protection bill passed in Indiana House

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law-enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted mobile phone searches has cleared the Indiana House.
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Privacy protection bill up for Indiana House vote

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted cellphone searches is up for a vote before Indiana lawmakers.
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