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First salvo fired in possible TV ad war on gay marriage

January 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Conservative-leaning Advance America has spent $20,600 for spots on WISH-TV and WTHR-TV, according to station records. Otherwise, supporters and opponents are keeping their powder dry for a possible November referendum.
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Proposal calls for alcohol sales during Indiana State Fair

January 14, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
The Indiana State Fair is only one of two state fairs that prohibit the sale of alcohol. Senate Bill 168, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would change that.
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Changes to farm-trespassing bill delay vote

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate Criminal Law Committee delayed a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday amid a flurry of proposed amendments.
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Governor backs alternative business tax cut

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence threw his support behind House Republicans' watered-down business tax proposal Tuesday amid outcry from local leaders over the potential to damage their already cash-strapped budgets.
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Pence emphasizes 2014 agenda in State of the State speech

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held close to a carefully scripted message for 2014 during his second State of the State address, prodding lawmakers for a business tax cut and education items while asking them to take action on the same-sex marriage amendment.
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Committee considers but doesn’t vote on new VC tax credit

January 13, 2014
Senate Bill 165, authored by Republican Sen. Randy Head of Logansport, would distribute up to $10 million in tax credits to venture capital firms investing in Indiana businesses.
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Steele removes farming from proposed hunting, fishing amendment

January 13, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
Sen. Brent Steele's proposed amendment passed its first round in 2011, but needed approval this year to go on the ballot for ratification by voters. Now, with new language, the process will start over.
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Bill meant to protect credit scores considered by committee

January 13, 2014
Brandon Mullens, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 175 would restrict the use of credit checks in reducing credit scores.
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Indiana gold dealers operate under new rules

January 13, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana "cash for gold" dealers now must register with the secretary of state and local police as part of a new state law designed to help authorities track stolen jewelry.
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Indiana considers amendment that could shield industrial farms

January 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
The bill’s sponsors say it's a way to keep non-farmers, including national animal rights groups, from meddling in the state’s rural interests.
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Senate rolls out central Indiana mass-transit bill

January 10, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
dvocates for expanded mass transit in central Indiana will focus on a Senate bill that gives counties a way to generate more tax dollars to pay for better buses and more routes.
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Republicans introduce bill to 'clarify' marriage amendment

January 9, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana House Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage Thursday, along with a supplementary bill meant to address concerns that have led some lawmakers to reassess their votes for the proposal.
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Bill to drug-test welfare recipients will be back

January 9, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
A proposed law that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing is likely to pass the Indiana House again this year, a key lawmaker said Thursday.
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House to take up bill to create redistricting commission

January 9, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Republican-controlled Indiana House is set to take up legislation that would give a bipartisan commission the duty of drawing district maps.
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Senate bill seeks to cut corporate income and property taxes

January 9, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
The proposal from Republican leaders would make small companies exempt from tax on business equipment, and cleave the state's corporate income tax to the second-lowest in the nation.
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Committee passes ban on tanning for young teens

January 8, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Commercial tanning beds may soon be off limits to Hoosiers younger than 16 under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee.
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Microbrews would be available at farmers' markets under bill

January 8, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Indiana microbrewers are one step closer to selling their craft beer at local farmers’ markets after a bill passed a Senate committee Wednesday.
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House Republicans to push tax cut, preschool

January 8, 2014
 The Statehouse File
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, presented an agenda focusing on workforce development – which also included a new focus on college internships, increased funding for roads and highways and the repeal of “burdensome regulations.”
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Lawmakers consider state-assisted retirement plan

January 8, 2014
Amanda Creech, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 66 creates a state-assisted savings plan for retirement. The bill is opposed by the Association of Indiana Life Insurance Companies.
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Over 50-plus years, lawyer helped shape modern Indianapolis

December 26, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
George Rubin, one of the principal architects of Unigov, will retire at the end of the year at age 81. As a legislator, he also created the Indiana Uniform Consumer Credit Code.
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Analysis: Timing a question for Pence 2nd-year agenda

December 15, 2013
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mike Pence and his team are likely to run into time and space constraints if they push a broad agenda during a short session of the General Assembly.
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Appeals court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

November 26, 2013
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The court's decision denied an injunction request from several bar owners who claimed the 2012 law would have a negative impact on their businesses.
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IU Health latest to voice opposition to marriage amendment

November 26, 2013
IU Health, the state’s fourth-largest employer, said it was opposing a proposed amendment against same-sex marriage for health-related reasons.
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Economic concerns top lawmakers' next session

November 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will be dealing with two broad categories of issues when they reconvene next year: Battles they would gladly take on and those they would rather avoid.
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Court sides with state on auto-dial law but orders review

November 23, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A federal appeals court has ruled that an Indiana law banning most political calls that use automated dialers and recorded messages doesn’t violate federal consumer-protection rules.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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