Legislation

Bill limiting environmental rules heads to Indiana Senate

January 30, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana regulators would be barred from adopting environmental rules tougher than federal standards under a bill that's advancing in the General Assembly that has drawn criticism that it would hamper efforts to protect the state's environment and public health.
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Preservation tax credit gets makeover in House bill

January 29, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that would shift the state’s historical preservation tax cut program into one that relies on grants instead.
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Indiana House gatekeeper open to soccer stadium

January 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown said lawmakers will consider a plan by the IndyEleven soccer team to finance an $87 million stadium. The proposal is likely to be attached to an existing Senate bill.
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Plan to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

January 28, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. The bill passed 71-22.
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House passes bill to end hiring discrimination for veterans

January 28, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
House Bill 1242 would make it illegal to refuse a person employment based on military veteran status.
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Senate amends corporate tax bill, rejects Democrats' efforts to strip key provisions

January 28, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
Financial institutions would have to wait an additional three years to fully feel the effects of a statewide tax cut under changes made Tuesday to Indiana Senate Bill 1.
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Bill to let wineries sell to stores moves to full House

January 28, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1387 will amend the previous law and allow wineries to distribute up to 5,000 gallons of wine to grocery stores, restaurants, bars and other establishments.
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Indiana House passes revised gay-marriage ban

January 28, 2014
Associated Press
The proposed amendment, which cleared the chamber on 57-40 vote, now heads to the Indiana Senate, where members of the Senate Judiciary Committee could amend the measure back to its original form.
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Proposal would cut sales tax for propane users

January 28, 2014
Amanda Creech, The Statehouse File
Republicans say they will offer an amendment to Senate Bill 1 to eliminate the sales tax on any propane that costs more than $2.50 per gallon.
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Mass-transit bill clears Senate committee, with changes

January 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mass-transit bill for metro Indianapolis cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday morning, but left open many questions about how such a system would be funded. An amendment to the bill nixed the use of light rail.
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Proposed hunting, fishing amendment to start over

January 28, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday that would protect Hoosiers’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife – but without language to protect farming that was included three years ago.
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Statehouse update: Deer hunting, miscarriages, veteran education, Indiana-grown, and more

January 28, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Monday weighed in on legislation involving canned deer hunting, college credit for veterans, parental options after miscarriages, out-of-state seedling sales, and more. Here's a rundown.
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Panel delays vote on bill to require prescription for cold meds

January 27, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
A committee heard two hours of testimony Monday on a bill that would make medicine containing pseudoephedrine a schedule III drug. The committee did not vote.
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Voucher students who never tried public school on the rise

January 27, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Four in 10 students using vouchers never attended an Indiana public school, even though the original 2011 law that authorized the program required it.
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House expands nutrition requisite to all food-stamp recipients

January 27, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Legislation to require Indiana food-stamp recipients buy only products deemed nutritious was expanded Monday to include all Hoosiers who participate in the program.
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Indiana bill would limit use of drone surveillance

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
The bill introduced by Republican Rep. Eric Koch of Bedford would strictly regulate police use of unmanned aircraft and prohibit their use to conduct surveillance without a court warrant.
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Senator drops bill to create Statehouse souvenir shop

January 24, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, has withdrawn a bill that would have allowed the construction of a souvenir shop in the Indiana Statehouse over concerns about the cost.
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Bill would keep state's annuity system in-house

January 24, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that will prevent the state from privatizing one part of public employee and teacher retirement funds.
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Lawmakers advance bill allowing industrial hemp crops

January 24, 2014
Associated Press
Hemp plants could start appearing in Indiana fields if a state Senate bill to allow growing the crop gains support from lawmakers.
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Judges could carry firearms under proposed law

January 24, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 3 would allow judges to carry firearms when they are on duty. The bill passed 47-1 in the Senate.
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Nursing home construction measure passes Senate

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 173 would prohibit the State Department of Health from approving the development of new nursing homes.
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Senate OKs ban on tanning for those under 16

January 23, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would ban young people from using beds at tanning salons passed 30-17 Thursday in the state Senate.
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Teachers could get help with expenses under House bill

January 23, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1349 would establish a Classroom Expense Fund, from which money would be advanced to educators across the state.
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Senate passes bill to protect agricultural rights

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 186 provides that it is the responsibility of the state to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture. The goal is to guide the courts to interpret state laws to be sympathetic toward farmers.
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Personal property tax cut heads to full House

January 23, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
House Bill 1001, authored by Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, would allow county income tax councils to exempt businesses from paying the business personal property tax on any new equipment they purchased.
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