Legislation

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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Legislative panel passes mass-transit funding plan

November 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The proposal, which would allow counties to impose taxes on corporations and residents to pay for expanded transit, will be fleshed out before the 2014 legislative session, then introduced as a bill.
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Same-sex marriage battle could focus on language

November 20, 2013
Associated Press
The success of a sparsely-worded constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage could hinge on whether lawmakers remove a key sentence expanding its reach, House and Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday.
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Marriage, education fights may crowd 2014 session

November 18, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long detailed their 2014 legislative priorities Monday along with House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane.
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Emmis, others choose sides in gay-marriage fight

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based media giant Emmis Communications Corp. has joined Freedom Indiana, a group opposed to a proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, a Northern Indiana tea party group took a different stance.
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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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Gay marriage debate draws in higher education

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
DePauw University and Wabash College have joined Freedom Indiana, a newly formed organization opposed to Indiana's proposed same-sex marriage amendment.
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Donnelly bill seeks employer role in worker training

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that his Skills Gap Strategy Act seeks to ensure the Department of Labor has a concerted strategy to address skills-gap issues.
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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.
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Sides speak out in hearing over so-called ag-gag bill

September 26, 2013
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
The debate before the Economic Development Study Committee comes five months after House Speaker Brian Bosma killed a bill that would have made it a crime to secretly shoot photos or video on private property with the goal of harming a business.
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Indiana lawmaker to sponsor concussion training bill

September 13, 2013
Associated Press
The measure would require all football coaches using taxpayer-funded facilities to be certified to recognize the signs of concussions in players and get them treatment.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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Legislators mull allowing farm wineries to sell direct

August 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana wineries complain that current rules about selling to retailers and dealers are onerous and can mean splitting up a family business.
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Indiana senator to push for municipal bankruptcy law

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana lawmaker says he will push a measure next year that would change state law to allow local governments to file for bankruptcy like Detroit did in July.
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House GOP seeks delay in health care provisions

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Obama's signature health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.
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New Indiana law praised by physical therapists

July 5, 2013
Associated Press
The measure, which took effect Monday, allows people to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist for 24 calendar days without a doctor's referral.
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Court upholds Indiana legislative boycott fines

June 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld fines levied by House Republicans against Democrats for their 2011 legislative walkout over right-to-work legislation.
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New law helps protect seniors from unscrupulous relatives

June 12, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The law is meant to help seniors fight back against more subtle manipulation that happens when a caregiver, friend or loved one uses intimidation—but not force—to gain access to money, credit cards or other resources.
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Aromatherapy stores challenge Indiana's 'lookalike' law

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Four store owners say Indiana's efforts to curb "lookalike" drugs have gone too far.
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Indiana lawmakers to review ISTEP test troubles

May 23, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers said Thursday they will spend the coming months reviewing computer troubles with a statewide standardized test, the use of land banks to sell vacant property and other problems uncovered around the state.
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Indiana lawmakers gave approval to 12 percent of 2013 bills

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
Measures filed in the Indiana General Assembly this year faced about 1-in-8 odds of making their way to the governor's desk.
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Pence signs $100 million Speedway funding bill

May 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that will provide a $100 million state loan to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for planned improvements.
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Pence signs sentencing, IEDC-transparency bills

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed three bills into law Tuesday, one involving government transparency in economic development deals, one related to school safety and another overhauling criminal sentencing.
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