Legislation

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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Legislation aims to expand high school internships

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
The bill would add an intern-hiring incentive to the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program, commonly known as EDGE.
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Biological drug bill advances to full Senate

January 23, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate is set to consider legislation that could give patients access to more options for drug treatments that derive from biological organisms.
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Tougher penalties sought for drug ‘look-a-likes’

January 23, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
The intent of Senate Bill 305 is to deter retailers and dealers from selling “look-a-like” drugs that are potentially more dangerous than the drugs they mimic.
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Wine wholesalers could be bypassed under proposed bill

January 22, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
Indiana-based farm wineries could sell their products directly to retailers and dealers instead of going through a third party under a bill debated Wednesday in the House Public Policy Committee.
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Same-sex marriage amendment moves to House for vote

January 22, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana easily passed a House committee Wednesday, setting up the floor debate that Speaker Brian Bosma had promised.
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State panel backs bill for welfare drug testing

January 22, 2014
Associated Press
The bill would require Indiana residents to be screened through a questionnaire and drug tested if they show a likelihood of addiction.
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Commitee passes bill to protect veterans in hiring

January 21, 2014
Indiana House Bill 1242 says employers could be charged with unlawful employment practices if they refuse to hire applicants because of their military service.
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Bill would create one-stop website for business owners

January 21, 2014
The bill specifies that the secretary of state’s office, and the departments of workforce development and revenue work together to develop and maintain the website.
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Committee strips down, passes ag-gag bill

January 21, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
A Senate committee watered down a bill Tuesday that was meant to stop secret videography and photography of farming operations.
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Bill seeks bigger tax breaks for individuals, families

January 21, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The bill, backed by Gov. Mike Pence and authored by Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, would tie individual and family tax deductions to increases in inflation.
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House sends redistricting bill to Senate after changes

January 21, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The bill passed 77-20 after amendments meant to make the process as independent as possible and require a unanimous vote of the commission to pass the maps. Democrats offered both amendments.
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Business tax cuts take next step at Statehouse

January 21, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
A Senate committee voted Tuesday to eliminate Indiana's property tax on equipment for small businesses and further cut the state's corporate income tax.
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Bosma moves marriage bill to elections committee

January 21, 2014
 The Statehouse File
House Speaker Brian Bosma said he heard over the weekend from a majority of the members of the Republican caucus who said they wanted a chance to vote on the amendment, which would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
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Bill calls for concussion training for high school coaches

January 19, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Indiana could soon become the first state to require high school football coaches to take part in a player safety and concussion-training course.
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Prescription could be required to buy cold medicine

January 17, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Over-the-counter medications for common colds and allergies could become more regulated under a Indiana House bill introduced last week.
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Proposal would expand public-private partnerships

January 16, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Under Senate Bill 225, authored by Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, private firms may be able to build, abolish, or repair state facilities – and also operate them.
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GOP bill would spend $400M on highway projects

January 16, 2014
The bill would give the State Budget Committee the authority to transfer $400 million from the Major Moves Trust Fund to the state’s main highway fund.
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Bosma ‘exploring options’ for marriage amendment

January 16, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s considering ways to move a constitutional same-sex marriage amendment out of committee and onto the House floor. He said an internal poll found 80 percent of voters want to cast a ballot on the issue.
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Bill would bolster Hoosier homegrown products

January 16, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1039 – approved unanimously Thursday by the Agriculture and Rural Development committee – is meant to bolster a program that brands Indiana-grown produce and meat.
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Senate committee passes cursive writing requirement, again

January 15, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
For the third straight year, Sen. Jean Leising has convinced the Indiana Senate Education Committee to advance a bill that requires schools to teach cursive writing.
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Bill would expand charters to more adults in Indiana

January 15, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 159, authored by Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, would allow the creation of new adult high schools and create an appropriation for the charter schools so they don’t pull their funding from K-12 funds.
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House panel approves proposed adoption tax credit

January 15, 2014
Associated Press
An effort to increase adoptions and make the process more affordable advanced in a House committee Wednesday, a day after Gov. Mike Pence called for making Indiana the nation's "most pro-adoption state."
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