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Indiana House Dems boot Bauer, install Lawson as leader

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Members of the state's Democratic caucus voted to replace longtime leader Rep. Patrick Bauer on Thursday amid criticism over how he's handled campaign fundraising and spending heading into the November elections. Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond was chosen as his replacement.
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Daniels unsure of lobbying role as Purdue president

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
The governor said Friday he was checking whether he could press members of the General Assembly on the university's behalf after he becomes Purdue's president in January, because of state ethics rules that require a one-year "cool down" for public officials after leaving office.
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Racing simulator lands real tax break for two-seatersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Legislature agreed to extend to Indy Racing Experience the same sales-tax exemption enjoyed by race teams.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Education reform on legislators' hot seatRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Key parts of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s education reforms will be put under a miscroscope this summer by a special commission of state legislators.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Daniels signs public access, nepotism bills

March 19, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is toughening penalties for public access violations and cracking down on nepotism in local government.
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Legislative assistants keep wheels of state government turningRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
State lawmakers finished their work in Indianapolis this month, but the end of the 2012 General Assembly signaled the beginning of crunch time for a full-time staff charged with sorting out what happened during the contentious short session.
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Next Purdue chief must cut costs but boost researchRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
The successor to France Cordova, who is stepping down this summer when her contract expires, will have to tip-toe between two almost contradictory demands: Cut costs for students yet spend more to ramp up Purdue’s research enterprise.
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Mass transit backers regroup for next yearRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Despite years of intensive public and politician outreach, a transit bill died in the House Ways and Means Committee in late January by an 11-10 vote. Supporters plan education push, one-on-one meetings.
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How key bills fared during 2012 Indiana legislative sessionRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Right-to-work, smoking ban were only two of a long list of actions taken.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Indiana legislators approve smoking restrictions

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has narrowly approved a statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it to the governor for his expected signature into law. The ban exempts Indiana's bars, casinos and private clubs such as veterans and fraternal organizations.
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Indiana House approves statewide smoking-ban bill

March 8, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted Thursday night to approve a statewide smoking ban bill, setting up a vote Friday in the state Senate on whether the restrictions will be on their way to becoming law.
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Still no decisions on Indiana smoking, police-entry bills

March 7, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators finished work Wednesday without an agreement yet on just how comprehensive a statewide smoking ban they might adopt and without the support of a major police group for a proposal laying out when residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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Fixes to historic preservation tax credits may have to wait

March 6, 2012
Cory Schouten
Fixes to the state's historic preservation tax credit program pushed by Indiana Landmarks may have to wait another year after the Indiana Senate put the brakes on a bill that garnered unanimous support from the Indiana House.
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Talks continue on Indiana tax, spending plans

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are working toward final agreement on several tax and spending issues in the last days of this year's legislative session.
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Indiana retailers face penalties over 'bath salts'

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House has given final legislative approval to a proposal toughening state laws that prohibit businesses from selling synthetic stimulants nicknamed "bath salts" or other drugs that mimic marijuana.
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Bill for alcohol amnesty law goes to governor

March 2, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators have approved changing Indiana law to shield people from arrest on alcohol charges if they seek out medical help for someone who is intoxicated.
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Fight over tuition for immigrants derails bill

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators fearing a backlash from conservatives scuttled an expansive education proposal this week after it was amended to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants already enrolled in state schools.
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Bill requiring stage inspections heads to governor

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 41-5 Thursday in favor of the bill giving the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission the power to regulate stages and other temporary structures.
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Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
For all the bluster a statewide smoking ban sparked at the beginning of the 2012 legislative session, the version Indiana lawmakers may end up approving seems little more than a wisp of smoke.
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Indiana senators approve state fair, education money

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
State senators allocated more state money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and full-day kindergarten as part of a broad spending plan approved Wednesday.
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UPDATE: Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a severely weakened smoking ban with exemptions for bars, casinos, tobacco stores and many other businesses.
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Indiana House votes to phase out inheritance tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a 10-year phase-out of the state's inheritance tax that now brings in about $160 million a year.
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