Legislature

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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Bill to toughen state 'bath salts' laws advances

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
The bill would require the state to suspend the business license for a year of any retailer caught selling synthetic drugs or lookalikes.
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Bill that would shift Indiana voucher oversight advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's new Democratic state schools superintendent would no longer oversee the private school voucher program that she has opposed under a proposal approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled legislative committee.
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Bill to ban Indiana teacher union deductions advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans sparked protests from teachers and union officials Tuesday by pushing legislation through a House committee that would bar Indiana schools from automatically deducting union dues from teacher paychecks, an issue that critics thought was off the table this year.
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Legislature backs delay for Indiana farmland tax hike

February 18, 2013
Associated Press
New calculations for property taxes on Indiana farmland would be delayed for a year under a proposal approved by the state Legislature.
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Indiana coal industry scrambling to save its futureRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Options include increasing exports as opposition to coal-fired electricity generation heats up at both national and local levels.
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Tax break would barely put dent in Speedway's to-do listRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will need far more money than it will get from a proposed state tax subsidy if it hopes to be in the top tier of U.S. racing venues, sports business experts said.
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Indiana tries to close loophole that helped Durham commit fraud in OhioRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
The legislature is considering a bill that would require intrastate securities offerings to file audited financials, a safeguard that caused trouble for Fair Finance investors.
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Major Indiana casino overhaul faces doubts in Statehouse

February 15, 2013
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House is hesitant about the chances of an overhaul of state casino taxes and regulations aimed at helping them against growing competition from surrounding states.
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Senate bill would stop paying gambling counties

February 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The change would save the state $24 million in 2015 and another $48 million each year thereafter—all money that's now being collected from gambling taxes and sent to cities, towns and counties.
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Bill to support Speedway with state taxes passes committee

February 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday morning unanimously passed a bill that would capture state tax money generated at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and give it back to the track to improve the facility.
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Measure advances to delay state farmland tax hike

February 12, 2013
Associated Press
The bill would stop Indiana from using updated soil productivity figures in setting new property tax rates this year. The Legislature would consider a revised approach next year.
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Speedway businesses eye gains from IMS upgrade

February 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nearby businesses hope upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a proposed state taxing district would pave the way for additional offerings at the venue, including night racing.
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IMS seeks state help for $70M in upgrades

February 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A state senator plans to introduce a bill creating an Indiana Motorsports Investment District that would capture state sales, income and corporate taxes for future investment in the Speedway.
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Senators look to sunset city's ticket, excise tax hikesRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Legislator says the recent tax increases aren't being used for the purpose intended when such increases were authorized in 2009.
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Lawmakers sideline same-sex marriage ballot until 2014

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House and Senate leaders said Thursday they will wait a year before they take up an effort to write a same-sex marriage ban into the state's constitution.
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Craft brewers stay neutral on Sunday alcohol sales

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's craft breweries account for only a tiny percentage of annual statewide beer sales, but they've enjoyed a sweet spot on Sundays for the past two-plus years.
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Indiana Senate backs cursive writing requirement

February 5, 2013
Associated Press
Senators voted 36-13 Tuesday in favor of the proposal despite arguments from some senators that it represents an unwarranted mandate from the state on local school districts.
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Bill would crack down on sales to secondhand shops

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would crack down on sales of stolen goods to the state's secondhand stores.
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Health care startups hungry for fundsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
Frustrated by up-and-down state funding for startup life sciences companies, industry leaders are talking up a plan to create a dedicated funding stream that could total $30 million a year.
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Marriage vote unlikely as lawmakers await rulings

January 31, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's legislative leaders are casting doubt on the prospects of taking up a same-sex marriage ban this year.
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Panel reviews limits on specialty license plates

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House Transportation Committee is considering new limits on specialty license plates for drivers one year after the effort was derailed by controversy over plates for a gay youth group.
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Senator: Voucher expansion must get House OK first

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana Senate Education Committee says any proposals to expand the state's private school voucher system will have to be first approved by the Indiana House.
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Indiana lawmakers push for Sunday alcohol sales

January 29, 2013
Associated Press
Lawmakers in the last state in the nation to bar retail alcohol sales on Sundays are making a push to lift the restriction, but strong opposition from liquor stores could hinder the effort.
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Bill advances to loosen Indiana superintendent rules

January 29, 2013
Associated Press
Local school superintendents would no longer have to hold an Indiana superintendent's or teacher's license under a bill endorsed by an Indiana House committee.
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