Legislature

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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Bill would crack down on convenience store safetyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Stores with crime problems that wanted to remain open overnight would have to do one of the following: have two employees working, install a bulletproof enclosure, have a security guard or conduct business through a pass-through trough.
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Lawmakers may tighten grip on gold-buying businessRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State lawmakers and Indianapolis officials are looking to regulate the gold-buying business, which police say provides an easy outlet for stolen goods. Cash-for-gold stores have multiplied as prices more than doubled since 2007.
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Indiana senator seeks 'truth in education' law

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse said he would not introduce a creationism measure again this year, choosing a lighter tack instead. His new proposal, he said, would encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom.
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Budget-writing Indiana lawmakers hear from agencies

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's budget picture is slowly taking shape, but the big questions about tax collections, tax cuts and how much will be spent on education remain to be seen.
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Bosma: Indiana Legislature needs another 'odd couple'

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma used the ceremonial opening of Indiana's legislative session Tuesday to call for bipartisanship, even though Republicans now enjoy a supermajority that largely allows them to circumvent Democrats to push through their plans.
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Lawmakers brace for health law, potential costs

November 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers can add confusion over the federal health insurance law to their already overflowing plate when they return for their 2013 legislative session in January.
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Transit, runoff bills on environmental group's legislative wish listRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
But with a legislature that could be unreceptive to environmental policy, HEC is also guarding against an unwinding of existing laws.
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Freshman wave shifts dynamics of Indiana HouseRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Election Day brought 24 new members to the House of Representatives. That huge freshman wave, plus the return of 18 reps who were newly elected in 2010, means 42 percent of the House will begin the 2013 session with two years of experience or less.
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Hoosier Environmental Council's job no easier with Pence administrationRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Group plans full-time presence at Statehouse to guard against governor, Republican legislature rolling back environmental protections.
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Republicans keep supermajority in Indiana Senate

November 7, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Republicans held on to their supermajority in the Indiana Senate, maintaining a 37-13 edge after Tuesday's election.
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Republicans retain control of Indiana Legislature

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Republicans will keep control of both houses in the Indiana General Assembly although it wasn't certain late Tuesday whether they'll win the supermajority needed to thwart boycott threats from House Democrats.
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Long lines, delays greet voters on election day

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters stood in line for up to three hours in some cases Tuesday to cast their ballots in a series of races for the White House on down that Republicans hoped to dominate.
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Low enrollment clouds Healthy Indiana PlanRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Many Indiana Republicans want to use the Healthy Indiana Plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Indiana to more low-income adults. But the program—which offers health insurance based on health savings accounts to uninsured adults—has managed to attract just one-third of the Hoosiers it was designed for and has cost about twice as much per enrollee as predicted.
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Container makers want to restore fizz to state's recycling fundRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The money, long ago diverted by Gov. Daniels to the state's general fund, would help reduce landfill waste and lower manufacturing costs.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: GOP pillar reflects on party, mentors and Legislature

October 23, 2012
Mason King
LQ
                           Murray Clark Watch VideoHow deep are the roots in J. Murray Clark's political family tree? What still stings from the former state GOP chairman's tenure? How does he view the party today? What about fundraising tips? Clark has answers.
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State Senate leader warns city about raiding CIB funds

October 11, 2012
Scott Olson
Council Democrats want to take funds from the Capital Improvement Board's $67 million cash reserve to help shore up the city's budget. But State Sen. Luke Kenley lobbed a threat that might make them think twice about pursuing the proposal.
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Indiana House GOP makes no guarantees on tax cuts

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tax cuts being pushed by gubernatorial candidates are hardly guaranteed a rubber stamp from lawmakers, and a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage could win quick approval next year, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday.
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Lawmakers seek stage-safety rules that small events can handle

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers pondering new rules governing the type of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in the 2011 State Fair stage collapse say they want to make sure the state doesn't overwhelm smaller events like county fairs with regulations.
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Lawmaker wants review of specialty plate proceeds

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
More oversight of Indiana's specialty license plates is needed to ensure that the groups who benefit spend the money appropriately, according to the chairman of a legislative panel reviewing the plates.
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Daniels still waiting on lobbying decision

August 4, 2012
Associated Press
Questions remain whether Indiana's governor will be covered by the state's "revolving door" law when he becomes president of Purdue University. State ethics rules require a one year cool-down period for public officials after leaving office, preventing them from working as lobbyists.
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