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Indiana lawmakers advance music therapist bill

January 28, 2013
Associated Press
A bill that would certify Indiana therapists who specialize in using music to treat people with autism, Alzheimer's and other conditions is advancing in the General Assembly.
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Education spending debate a matter of priorities

January 27, 2013
Associated Press
Top Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly agree that more money is needed to improve Indiana's education system in the next two years, but how that money will be spent is a point of debate.
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Bill eases path for utilities to boost ratesRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An 11-page utility bill in the Indiana Senate that a consumer group likens to “a money grab” would hasten and expand a utility’s ability to recover additional costs from customers.
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Senate overhauling $10M school safety proposal

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Senate Republicans are in the middle of overhauling a safety measure aimed at better protecting schools after a shooting last month in Connecticut left 20 first-graders dead.
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GOP leaders say gay marriage ban not priority

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Republican leaders of Indiana's General Assembly said Thursday they have not decided whether to take up a constitutional ban on gay marriage, one day after a pair of House lawmakers filed separate proposals to place the ban before voters in 2014.
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Lawmakers press Pence aide on school dollars

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
The Pence budget calls for roughly $6.4 billion in education spending in each of the next two years, with another $64 million for high-performing schools beginning the summer of 2014, at the start of the 2015 budget year.
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Bill to make IEDC more transparent moves to full senate

January 23, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee unanimously passed legislation Tuesday meant to makes the state’s job-creation efforts more open to the general public.
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Pence address set to expand on 1st-year priorities

January 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence might be shying from specifics ahead of his first State of the State address, but the details of a first-year agenda that will focus on jobs training, expanded spending on private schools and an across-the-board tax cut are largely known at this point.
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Indiana lawmakers aim to shore up riverboat casinos

January 21, 2013
Associated Press
Lawmakers have introduced legislation to help Indiana's riverboat casinos hold onto business in the face of growing competition from casinos in neighboring states.
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Bill would give green light to live table games at racinosRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A wide-ranging gambling bill designed to protect Indiana casinos from border-state competition would allow live table games at two central Indiana racinos.
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FEIGENBAUM: Range of non-fiscal issues may take center stageRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
While taxes and spending (and related work-force and economic development matters) will consume the bulk of legislative attention in coming months, several other major issues will dot—or blot—the agenda, and should bear your attention.
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State lawmakers unlikely to toughen smoking ban

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
It appears health advocates have little chance of seeing Indiana's smoking ban extended to include bars.
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Judge dismisses Indiana right-to-work law challenge

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.
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Bill seeks earlier date for online retailers to collect taxes

January 17, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Hoosiers may be required to pay a 7-percent sales tax on top of their Amazon purchases starting July 1 if a proposed House bill is adopted.
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House speaker seeks jobs panel, preschool funding

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma plans to spearhead efforts to create a new statewide jobs council and give families scholarships so children can attend preschool as part of an agenda focused on fighting Indiana's stubborn unemployment rate by closing the state's "skills gap."
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Indiana House panel backs sentencing-laws overhaul

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
A sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing laws cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday with the support of law-enforcement groups that had scuttled similar efforts the past two years.
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Senator's bill would ease penalty for pot possession

January 16, 2013
Scott Olson
Sen. Karen Tallian's proposal would reduce the penalty for possession of less than 2 ounces of pot to an infraction punishable by a fine. But the amount has caught the attention of at least one antidrug advocate.
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Pence sworn in as Indiana's 50th governor

January 14, 2013
Associated Press
Mike Pence, the former six-term Republican congressman from Columbus, used his inaugural address from a Statehouse balcony in front of a crowd of supporters and state officials to call upon all residents to help better the state.
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Lawmakers plans to renew bill against same-sex marriage

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution may be on hold as Republican leaders ponder its fate this year, but the House and Senate sponsors are charging ahead anyway.
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Indiana bill would require teaching cursive writing

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
The state Senate's education committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would require all public school districts and all accredited private elementary schools to teach cursive writing.
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Lawmakers eye workforce development in new session

January 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's General Assembly jumped to a quick start Monday with promises from Republican leaders to focus on workforce development and a request from Democrats to place a moratorium on divisive social issues for the next two years.
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FEIGENBAUM: Unusual circumstances could stir Indiana General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
When lawmakers reconvene Jan. 7 for the 2013 legislative session, they will do so under a unique structure: a new Republican governor and Republican super-majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.
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Indiana Republicans already clashing over budgetRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
What the 2013 legislative session lacks in spectacle, it’s sure to make up for in surprises.
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Kenley pitching license plate tax to fund highway projectsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A license plate tax of $20 to $50 per car will be one of a raft of proposals considered by the Legislature next year as a way to fix a hole in funding for road maintenance, and to keep expanding Indiana’s system of highways.
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IEDC seeks $30M fund to stoke life sciences firmsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is looking to renew its commitment to life sciences by creating a $30 million venture fund. The amount dedicated to one sector would be equal to the state’s allocation for all high-tech startups over the past two years.
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  1. The deductible is entirely paid by the POWER account. No one ever has to contribute more than $25/month into the POWER account and it is often less. The only cost not paid out of the POWER account is the ER copay ($8-25) for non-emergent use of the ER. And under HIP 2.0, if a member calls the toll-free, 24 hour nurse line, and the nurse tells them to go to the ER, the copay is waived. It's also waived if the member is admitted to the hospital. Honestly, although it is certainly not "free" - I think Indiana has created a decent plan for the currently uninsured. Also consider that if a member obtains preventive care, she can lower her monthly contribution for the next year. Non-profits may pay up to 75% of the contribution on behalf of the member, and the member's employer may pay up to 50% of the contribution.

  2. I wonder if the governor could multi-task and talk to CMS about helping Indiana get our state based exchange going so Hoosiers don't lose subsidy if the court decision holds. One option I've seen is for states to contract with healthcare.gov. Or maybe Indiana isn't really interested in healthcare insurance coverage for Hoosiers.

  3. So, how much did either of YOU contribute? HGH Thank you Mr. Ozdemir for your investments in this city and your contribution to the arts.

  4. So heres brilliant planning for you...build a $30 M sports complex with tax dollars, yet send all the hotel tax revenue to Carmel and Fishers. Westfield will unlikely never see a payback but the hotel "centers" of Carmel and Fishers will get rich. Lousy strategy Andy Cook!

  5. AlanB, this is how it works...A corporate welfare queen makes a tiny contribution to the arts and gets tons of positive media from outlets like the IBJ. In turn, they are more easily to get their 10s of millions of dollars of corporate welfare (ironically from the same people who are against welfare for humans).

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