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Bill to drug test Indiana welfare recipients advances

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative committee is backing a proposal to require drug testing for some Indiana welfare recipients despite complaints that it's unfair to the state's neediest residents.
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Bill would add rules for Indiana financial aid

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
A bill making its way through Indiana's General Assembly would change the laws governing need-based state financial aid to add more requirements for students.
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Indiana House backs bill allowing younger sports referees

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 92-4 on Monday in favor of the bill adding youth sports officials to the list of jobs for which children younger than 14 can be hired.
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Senate budget leader: Schools, roads need boost

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have been aggressive in cutting taxes in recent years, the state Senate's top budget writer said Thursday as his committee started reviewing a spending plan that leaves out Republican Gov. Mike Pence's proposed 10-percent income tax cut.
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Lawmakers struggle with bill to stop synthetic drug sales

March 7, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Lawmakers are finding it difficult to write a law that effectively cracks down on the sale of synthetic drugs while remaining fair to businesses that might not know they’re on their shelves.
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Indiana mayors want law for cold-med prescriptions

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
Local officials from around Indiana are making a push for the Legislature to require that people obtain a doctor's prescription to buy cold medications often used to make methamphetamine.
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Indiana House panel OKs child labor-referee measure

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana House panel on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure pushed by a 13-year-old boy that would allow sports leagues to hire youngsters like him as referees.
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Lawmakers see atmosphere shift inside Indiana Statehouse

March 3, 2013
Associated Press
The first half of this year's General Assembly session has been much quieter, at least partly because of election victories in November that gave Republicans a larger House majority, preventing new Democratic walkouts from stopping legislative action.
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Transit bill to face tough road in SenateRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A bill to create a rapid-transit system in central Indiana is headed for the crucible of the Senate, where skeptics stand ready to tear apart the proposal’s $1.3 billion financing plan.
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Charter schools bill would strip Indy council's authorityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
A bill moving through the state legislature would remove the City-County Council's ability to veto mayor-sponsored charter schools.
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Pence moves outside Indy to find tax cut support

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is taking his pitch for a 10-percent cut in the personal income tax around the state after failing to lock down support for his signature legislative priority inside the Statehouse.
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Pence signs bill delaying new farmland taxes

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a one-year delay on new calculations for property taxes on farmland. The bill was the first one Pence has signed into law since becoming governor last month.
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Indiana Senate OKs business agency disclosure bill

February 26, 2013
Associated Press
Senators voted 49-1 Tuesday in favor of requiring the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to prepare an annual public report on tax incentives provided to businesses and the number of jobs created by their projects.
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Bill aimed at boosting Indiana casinos clears Senate

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
A major overhaul of Indiana casino regulations and taxes has cleared the state Senate amid arguments from its supporters that the casinos need help against growing competition from surrounding states.
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House advances central Indiana transit measure

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has signed off on a measure that would let local residents vote for higher taxes to pay for a $1.3 billion expansion of the public transportation system.
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Indiana House approves $30 billion GOP budget plan

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a $30 billion budget that includes an additional $700 million for roads and schools than was originally sought by the governor.
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Indiana House backs drug tests of welfare recipients

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
Some welfare recipients would face drug testing under a proposal that's been approved by the Indiana House.
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Legislators struggle to nail down cost of health care expansion

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The cost of health care for an additional 400,000 low income residents is something nobody in the Indiana Statehouse seems to be able to agree upon this year, even as the crucial decision about whether to expand Medicaid bears down on lawmakers midway through their annual session.
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Cost concerns linger for state sentencing overhaul

February 23, 2013
Associated Press
A plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing laws is moving through the Legislature with broad bipartisan support, although some county officials are worried it will shift costs to the local level.
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Pence still angling to use Healthy Indiana Plan to expand MedicaidRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Decisions by other Republican governors to support Medicaid expansion is increasing pressure on Indiana's governor to do the same.
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GOP House blocks Dems' push for Pence tax-cut vote

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Republicans blocked a vote Thursday on Gov. Mike Pence's proposed tax cut, fending off — at least for now — an attempt by Democrats to force them into the awkward position of rejecting one of the new GOP governor's top legislative priorities.
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Indiana House backs school voucher expansion

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
Kindergartners and some other students in Indiana would be immediately eligible for the state's private school voucher program under an expansion plan the House approved Thursday.
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Senate panel waters down coal-gas measure

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
A Senate committee is leaving a contentious battle over a proposed $3 billion coal-gasification plant in the Indiana Supreme Court's hands for now.
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House, Pence split on state's Medicaid expansion

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence is battling with House lawmakers over expanding health care coverage for roughly 400,000 Indiana residents, amid concerns that the state's health care program for the poor won't be able to handle the flood of new enrollees.
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Mass-transit bill amended, ready for House vote

February 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A bill to let voters authorize higher taxes in central Indiana to pay for an expanded mass-transit system is ready for a full vote in the House after an amendment restricted who would be affected by it.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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