Legislature

Kenley drops out as sponsor of mass-transit bill

March 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Already skeptical of a mass-transit plan for the Indianapolis metro area, influential Sen. Luke Kenley said he decided it was inappropriate to be listed as a sponsor without giving the bill his unqualified support.
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Looser Indiana school voucher rules face questions

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program by making kindergartners and some other students immediately eligible could come down to something that no one seems to know — how much it will cost.
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Indiana House rejects governor-college chief wait

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
Legislative Republicans have defeated a Democratic proposal aimed at preventing a repeat of Purdue University's hiring of Mitch Daniels as its new president while he was still governor.
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Indiana Senate budget panel looks at college funding

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate Appropriations Committee is examining the state of higher education funding as it continues Indiana's budget deliberations.
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Indiana lawmakers back tighter cold meds limits

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House will consider stricter limits on purchases of cold and allergy pills that can be used to make methamphetamine after a committee endorsed them Wednesday, but they rejected even tougher measures sought by several mayors.
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Indiana Senate panel weighs preschool pilot program

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
Public and private school advocates displayed rare unity Wednesday in support of preschool for Indiana children but split over an effort to give children school vouchers once they complete preschool.
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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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