Legislature

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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Senate considers changes to state smoking-ban bill

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments.
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Indiana legislators OK lifting Sunday cycle sales ban

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their bikes on Sundays under a change in state law that legislators have approved.
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Indiana funding jump would end kindergarten fees

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
Parents across Indiana weary of paying sometimes-hefty fees for their children to attend full-day kindergarten classes could soon catch a break.
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Lawmakers back penalties over farm lawsuits

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would give judges discretion on whether to order the person filing a frivolous lawsuit to pay the farm's court costs and attorney fees.
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Indiana fair victim testifies on state plan for found money

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A high school tennis player who was crippled in last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair testified Thursday as legislators considered whether to double the amount the state is paying for victims.
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Lawmakers eye early finish after contentious start

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told House members Thursday that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long were planning to wrap things up by March 9. The 2012 session is formally scheduled to end by March 14.
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Bill seeks school superintendent contract disclosure

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would require Indiana's school boards to disclose all financial details of proposed superintendent contracts before voting on them drew only positive comments during a public hearing before a legislative panel.
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Daniels wants few exemptions to Indiana smoking ban

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he hopes legislators will send him a statewide smoking ban bill with a short list of exemptions.
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Indiana legislators back bill for alcohol amnesty law

February 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana legislators are nearing agreement on a bill that would shield people from arrest on alcohol charges if they report that someone is intoxicated and needing medical help.
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Telecommunications companies push bill to defend turf from state networkRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
The new law would prevent the I-Light data network from straying beyond its stated mission of serving the state’s colleges and universities.
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Many Indiana House Democrats calling it quits

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
More than quarter of the Democratic members of the Indiana House aren't trying for re-election this year, further boosting the chances of Republicans strengthening their hold on the chamber.
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Top Indiana House budget writer won't seek new term

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
Rep. Jeff Espich of Uniondale, the leader of the Indiana House's budget-writing committee, announced Friday that he won't seek re-election this fall and will end 40-year legislative career.
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Advocates want no weakening of Indiana smoking ban

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Anti-smoking advocates aren't happy about an 18-month exemption for bars that's included in a bill for a statewide smoking ban, and are aiming to prevent the proposal from being watered down.
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Indiana lawmaker says school bus fees increase danger

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public school districts wouldn't be able to end school bus service for their students under a proposal advancing in the General Assembly after protests from parents in a suburban Indianapolis district who now face annual bills of more than $400 a child for rides to and from school.
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Right-to-work boycott fines put on hold by Indiana high court

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court placed on hold Wednesday all legislative fines against Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House during the right-to-work battle until it rules on whether it's legal for those fines to be deducted from their paychecks.
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Marion County judge blocks right-to-work fines

February 6, 2012
Associated Press
A Marion County judge ordered Indiana House Republicans to return fines levied against House Democrats in the right-to-work battle last year and blocked $1,000-a-day fines levied this year.
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Senate passes comprehensive charity gambling billRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Not-for-profits with multiple affiliates in the state would need only one gambling license to run fundraisers.
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Indiana Senate sends right-to-work bill to Daniels

February 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana's Senate passed right-to-work legislation Wednesday morning by a vote of 28-22, placing the state on the verge of becoming the Rust Belt's first to enact the contentious labor law.
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State Senate deadlocks over school start date bill

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
The state Senate has deadlocked over whether to support a bill that would largely prohibit Indiana's public schools from starting their school years until late August. The Senate also voted 45-5 in favor of a bill requiring schools to teach cursive writing.
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Indiana House dilutes drug tests for lawmakers

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The lawmaker-testing proposal is part of a bill that would mandate Indiana's welfare recipients take drug tests before receiving any assistance.
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Indiana battles legislative 'creep' in short session

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators have introduced 415 bills so far and House members have filed another 400, including so-called vehicle bills, which act as sort of blank slates for lawmakers to amend ideas onto.
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Should Indiana phase out inheritance tax?Restricted Content

January 28, 2012
Supporters of new legislation say the wealthy shouldn't have to leave the state to avoid the tax.
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Bill could put squeeze on recycling programs statewideRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Waste management districts would need county OK to levy property taxes to fund their programs.
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Indiana legislators OK tougher sex-trafficking law

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
A bill to toughen Indiana's penalties for sex trafficking is on its way to Gov. Mitch Daniels for him to sign into law ahead of next weekend's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
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