Legislature

Indiana House panel backs smoking-ban bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The House health committee voted 9-3 in favor of the bill Wednesday after adding an exemption for retail tobacco shops. The bill would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana chief justice says court can help economy

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard used his final speech to the Legislature on Wednesday to chart how far the state's judicial system has come during his 25 years heading the state's highest court.
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Daniels gives more modest agenda to Indiana lawmakers

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels asked Indiana lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a statewide smoking ban and dedicate more money toward victims from last summer's state fair stage collapse during his final State of the State speech.
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Indiana Senate backs tougher sex-trafficking law

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to toughen penalties for sex trafficking, and supporters hope it will become law before football fans converge on Indianapolis for the Super Bowl in less than a month.
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work just one of big stories brewing in '12Restricted Content

January 7, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
Hoosiers may never have started a January with the likely litany of top 10 stories of the year lined up quite as transparently as they seem for 2012.
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Unions air TV and radio ads targeting right-to-work lawsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ads encouraging Hoosiers to ask lawmakers to oppose the controversial legislation are paid for by Indiana's AFL-CIO.
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Fight over labor legislation heats up at Statehouse

January 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House Democrats could be facing major financial pain as they begin a third day blocking a bill that would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right-to-work legislation.
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New push set for broad Indiana smoking limits

January 5, 2012
Associated Press
The bill announced Thursday by Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana House Dem leader hints at another walkout

January 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Patrick Bauer, the leader of Indiana's House Democrats, hinted Wednesday that party lawmakers may walk out for the second year in a row to oppose the same Republican-led right-to-work bill thwarted last year by their five-week boycott.
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Daniels rescinds crowd limits at Indiana Statehouse

January 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has rescinded new Statehouse security rules that put a 3,000-person limit on the number of people allowed in the building at any one time.
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Indiana House Speaker plans fast start for labor bill

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House leader said Tuesday that lawmakers will almost immediately take up right-to-work legislation that's likely to dominate much of the state's 2012 session.
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EDITORIAL: Legislators have lengthy to-do list for short sessionRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Lawmakers should be able to find common ground with Daniels as the governor looks to put his final signature on eight years in office.
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Indiana Statehouse capacity limit angers Dems

December 30, 2011
Associated Press
A plan by Indiana officials to limit the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at any given time has angered Indiana Democrats and union officials.
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Daniels: Lawmakers will decide on more state fair money

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels will push for more money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, but lawmakers will have to decide how much.
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Battle over right-to-work bill derails legislative session

December 24, 2011
Advancement of right-to-work legislation during this year’s legislative session caused Indiana House Democrats to flee to Urbana, Ill., where they remained for 36 days in what became the longest walkout in Indiana history.
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Indiana may be ground zero for right-to-work fightRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana’s anticipated battle next month over a right-to-work law is expected to rival last year’s epic Wisconsin union fight that drew 180,000 protestors to Madison rallies and became the focus of national media attention.
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Lawmaker: Lift ban on paying people to run charity gamblingRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Ron Alting, chairman of the Public Policy Committee, wants to let charities pay people to run their bingo, poker and other games, a practice that has led to disciplinary action for some organizations.
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FEIGENBAUM: Indiana General Assembly will be known for trading paint

December 17, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Expect scores of Democratic amendments, particularly if right-to-work hits the House floor.
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SHELLA: Indiana Legislature likely to deliver the unexpected

December 17, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
If you want to know what really matters in the upcoming legislative session it’s likely impossible to find out now.
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana brings on new lobbyistsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new hires could be important following last year’s legislative session, in which state lawmakers passed a law to cut off Medicaid funding to groups that offer abortions.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Democrats outline legislative plans for General Assembly

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Senate Democrats, who hold just 13 of the chamber's 50 seats, released their 2012 legislative agenda, which will push for work-share legislation as well as consumer and job protections when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
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Environmental group to focus legislative efforts on energy savings, transitRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Led by Jesse Kharbanda, the Hoosier Environmental Council is keeping its agenda lean to boost chances for success in short session.
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GOP brass opts not to battle townshipsRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican leaders in the General Assembly who have backed local government reform will trade ambitious proposals they’ve pursued in years past for more moderate—and widely accepted—ideas in the next legislative session.
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Judge removes Bosma from case over legislative walkout fines

December 6, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
A Marion Superior judge has ruled that state courts don’t have the ability to interfere with the Indiana General Assembly’s constitutional authority to pass laws or its own internal rules, including how it compels attendance or imposes fines.
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