Legislature

Manufacturer's group gives high grades to legislative session

April 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.
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Election map aids Indiana GOP grip on House seats

March 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Democrats don't expect their election prospects to improve soon after Republicans drew election maps that led to the GOP picking up two U.S. congressional seats in 2012.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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Pence signs Indiana preschool, road-money bills

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Thursday touting two of his top priorities—new money for preschools and roads—at ceremonial bill signings across the state.
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Pence lets bill ending Energize Indiana become law

March 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will let a bill that eliminates an energy-conservation program become law without his signature, prompting harsh words from environmental leaders who opposed the bill.
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Governor picks up pace on bill signings

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence continued signing into law measures dealing with everything from adoption to control of feral cat populations as the clock wound down on taking action on bills from the 2014 session.
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Governor signs tax-cut, economic development bills

March 25, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday morning signed into law a package of state business tax cuts approved by lawmakers earlier this month as well as several other business-related bills.
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Legislative recap: 'Short' session a busy one after allRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Jeff Newman
The latest Indiana General Assembly, which wrapped up a “short” session March 14, tackled a rather lengthy list of bills. We look at how some notable proposals fared.
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Bosma asks House Ethics Committee to review Turner

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma wrote a letter to Ethics Chairman Greg Steuerwald on Thursday requesting an investigation into whether Republican Rep. Eric Turner violated any ethics rules.
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Pence signs measures, but big items await decisions

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
As of Wednesday, Gov. Mike Pence had approved more than 30 bills, but he has left the bigger items — including his top priorities — for later.
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Bill opens door to crowdfunding investments for businesses

March 19, 2014
Dan Human
Privately owned businesses in Indiana will be able to raise investments online as part of a bill on the way to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.
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Democrats seek ethics investigation of Turner

March 18, 2014
Associated Press
Democratic Party Chairman John Zody asked Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma on Tuesday to investigate whether Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero violated House ethics rules in fighting a nursing home ban this session.
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Lawmaker Turner worked to nix nursing home ban

March 17, 2014
Associated Press
A powerful House Republican secretly lobbied colleagues in the final hours of the 2014 session last week to kill a measure that would have been disastrous for his family's nursing home business.
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Pence signs bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The law ends a 67-year ban on selling alcoholic beverages at the Indiana State Fair, positioning Indiana to join 48 other states that allow the practice.
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Statehouse victories tempered by Senate, budget concerns

March 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Gov. Mike Pence and House Republicans entered the 2014 legislative session with big plans for education, taxes and roads, but they often found themselves running into Senate roadblocks.
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Lawmakers create an exit plan for takeover schoolsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
A bill passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year could help bring takeover schools out of their status as islands and reconnect them to larger school systems.
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Last-minute lobbying kills nursing home moratorium

March 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A leading proponent of a moratorium on nursing-home construction said last-minute lobbying and big promises about jobs and investment killed the bill.
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Compromise bill allows state to spend $200M on interstates

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The House passed the compromise bill 95-4, even as a number of lawmakers – including Democrats – complained that the legislation doesn’t include any money for local roads.
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Statehouse update: Abandoned houses, hemp, daycare, addicted moms and more

March 13, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Numerous bills advanced Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse, including several that were sent to the governor for approval. Here's a rundown:
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Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote

March 12, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The compromise language does not include a provision to establish a light-rail system or an increase in corporate taxes. However, the legislation would still allow for an increase in individual income taxes pending voter approval.
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Indiana road-funding measure nears final vote

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate lawmakers are still deciding whether to release $200 million for road expansion projects.
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Gay couples in Indiana could pay more for tax filings

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Conflicting state and federal policies will likely cost Indiana same-sex couples more in time, paperwork and money when they file their tax returns this year, experts say.
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Legislative studies often precede tough action

March 9, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana lawmakers have only a few more days this week before they wrap up the 2014 legislative session. But that doesn't mean they're totally done for the year.
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FEIGENBAUM: Region has much at stake as session closesRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Local governments have loudly fretted about the potential loss of tax dollars from a reduction or elimination of the business personal property tax, and raised concerns about forcing intrastate competitions for business relocations.
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It's make-or-break time for several bills at Statehouse

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have moved some bills to the governor, but more contentious bills scheduled for a vote Wednesday were pushed off for approval later in the session, which ends next week.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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