Legislature

'Clean energy financing districts' face tough sell at Statehouse

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Districts would finance solar panels and other clean-energy projects through special tax levies on participating properties.
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Nuclear power bill at statehouse conjures up ghosts

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A controversial bill in the Indiana Senate would make it easier for utilities to quickly bill ratepayers for proposed nuclear and other clean-energy projects.
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Indiana teachers rally against GOP education plan

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
More than 1,000 Indiana teachers swarmed the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for a rowdy rally denouncing the sweeping education proposals moving through the Republican-dominated state House and Senate.
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House passes bill to expand charter schools

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
The House approved the proposal Tuesday on a 59-37 mostly party-line vote following hours of debate. Republicans say the bill would mean more options for families, while Democrats contend that it will erode funding for traditional schools.
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Lawmakers eye cutting corporate taxes

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators are moving ahead with a plan to cut Indiana's corporate income tax by about 40 percent while holding off on phasing out the state inheritance tax.
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Lawmakers pass bill to expand vote centers

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly has passed its first bill of the 2011 legislative session: a proposal to allow any Indiana county to use centralized vote centers instead of neighborhood polling precincts.
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Indiana House budget leader expects plan next week

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee began taking public testimony Monday about the two-year state budget plan after four weeks of hearings with state agencies and universities.
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Indiana's promised scholarships caught in budget bind

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
The growing popularity of the 21st Century Scholars program and the state's recession-driven budget bind has state officials looking to tighten up both the academic and financial requirements.
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Indiana lawmaker pushes Sunday sales of alcohol, cars

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana shoppers would be able to buy a six-pack of beer or a new car on Sundays if state Sen. Phil Boots is successful in rolling back two of the few remaining blue laws still in effect in Indiana.
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Bill would expand powers of campus police officers

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Police officers at Indiana colleges and universities could have the same authority as city and county officers under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.
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Tax credit would benefit public school foundationsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ellettsville Democrat Vi Simpson wants to create an income-tax credit for gifts to public-school foundations, which could compete with one that’s already available for private-school scholarships.
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Tighter rules for scholarship program advance

February 3, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's popular 21st Century Scholars program that provides full college scholarships to needy students who stay out of trouble would have stiffer requirements under a proposal approved Thursday by a legislative committee.
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Indiana colleges want $700 million for new buildings

February 2, 2011
Associated Press
Commission for Higher Education officials say Indiana's universities should get no money for capital projects during the next two-year state budget.
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Indiana Legislature called off again because of storm

February 2, 2011
Associated Press
Leaders of the House and Senate both postponed committee meetings that were scheduled at the Statehouse for Wednesday after doing the same on Tuesday.
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House passes measure fixing unemployment fund

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved a bill Monday to help fix the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund by reducing jobless benefits for some people and softening tax increases on businesses.
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Indiana House OKs smoking ban with bars exempted

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-led House voted 68-31 Monday to approve the bill, which now moves to the GOP-controlled Senate for consideration.
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English-language bill advancing despite questions

January 30, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana proposal to require that state documents be issued only in English is raising philosophical and practical questions from lawmakers trying to navigate the tricky territory of immigration politics.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers wrestle with when and how to regulate

January 29, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
What may be appropriate regulatory reform to one person or industry may be anathema to another.
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Measure would allow photo radar cameras in school and construction zonesRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Legislature considering use of same technology used to nab those who disregard traffic signals.
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Bill would force owners of electric cars to pay feeRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Special charge would help offset lost gas-tax revenue.
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Senate to consider ban of texting while driving

January 27, 2011
Associated Press
Previous attempts to ban texting while driving have cleared the House but met resistance from conservative leaders in the Senate. It will get a hearing this year, Sen. David Long said.
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Scholarship bill raises questions about minors on campus

January 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
As Indiana lawmakers ponder a bill that would give high school students an incentive to graduate early, state university leaders are bracing for the possible impact—an influx of minors onto their campuses.
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State senator: Should Indiana legalize marijuana?

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Committee explores ways to reduce government

January 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charging not-for-profits for government services, eliminating certain paper records and trimming how much counties pay to mental-health institutions are among the ways local officials say the cost of government could be reduced.
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