Legislation

House, Senate OK corporate tax plans despite protests

January 30, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
The House and Senate easily approved separate bills Thursday to reduce the business property taxes just hours after local government officials from across the state joined to protest the legislation.
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Senate passes bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

January 30, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 168 would allow Indiana breweries and wineries to sell their beverages in a designated area. Those under 21 would not be allowed into the barred off section.
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Committee pushes gambling discussion to summer

January 30, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
A Senate bill that would give the state's riverboat casinos tax breaks and authorize table gambling in racinos was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday.
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Statehouse update: School safety, Common Core, teacher incentives, abortion and more

January 30, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Wednesday weighed in on legislation involving mobile-phone snooping, education issues, abortion restrictions, sex trafficking, guns, abandoned houses, veteran injuries and several more topics. Here's a rundown.
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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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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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