Legislature

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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State lawmakers to take on unemployment insurance

January 24, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses with a history of laying off employees would pay more in unemployment insurance costs, and workers in industries where layoffs occur regularly would receive lower benefits under a bill Indiana lawmakers are preparing to take up.
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Some big bills on back burner in Indiana Legislature

January 23, 2011
Associated Press
Three weeks into Indiana's legislative session, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is touting the hard work being done on major issues. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer contends the session is off to a slow start.
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Legislation seeks RFP option for selling state landRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
The bill would allow the Indiana Department of Administration to sell real estate using a request for proposals, in addition to existing options for competitive bids or an auction.
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Indiana House panel backs texting ban for all drivers

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Drivers wouldn't be allowed to send or read text messages on cell phones under a bill approved by an Indiana House committee.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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Daniels' budget proposal wouldn't cut hearing aids

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
State budget director Adam Horst said he misspoke when he told the State Budget Committee last week that Daniels&' proposal would eliminate Medicaid coverage for hearing aids.
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Indiana House panel head expects few budget changes

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee says he expects the panel to make at most modest changes to Gov. Mitch Daniels' state budget proposal
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Indiana senator set to propose lower corporate tax

January 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette, who chairs the Senate Tax Committee, says Indiana's corporate income tax is seen as a hindrance to job creation.
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Reports say Indiana townships inefficient

January 16, 2011
Associated Press
New investigations reported in Indiana newspapers say there are widespread patterns of inefficiency in the government of the state's 1,008 townships.
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work debate could create sparks in Legislature

January 15, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
The bulk of legislative Democrats, allied with organized labor, are vehemently opposed to having Indiana join almost two dozen other states with right-to-work laws, labeling them as discriminatory against minorities and women, and contending that such laws will do little more than reduce wages and lower the living standards of many Hoosiers.
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Advocates say most Hoosiers want school changes

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
Advocates met at the Statehouse Monday to push education proposals that have renewed life during this legislative session because of support from Gov. Mitch Daniels and leaders in the GOP-controlled House and Senate.
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Bill would let Indiana pharmacies collect old meds

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill authored by Republican Rep. Kevin Mahan of Hartford City would revise state law so that pharmacies could accept unused prescription drugs from customers and dispose of them securely and safely.
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Lawmaker wants homeowners to pay for pond safety

January 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker worried about the dangers posed by retention ponds wants nearby homeowners to foot the bill of erecting safety barriers such as guardrails.
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Daniels shifts aim to education reform

January 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reform is taking on greater priority after governor incomes misses an ambitious goal of raising Hoosier incomes.
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Indiana lawmakers to face more tough budget decisions

January 1, 2011
Associated Press
When lawmakers open their new session Wednesday, they won't have some of the advantages they had during the last budget-writing debate in 2009. This time around, there will be no $1 billion in federal stimulus money to keep the budget afloat.
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GIGERICH: Here's what we need from 2011 session

January 1, 2011
Larry Gigerich
The 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly will have a profound impact on the future of our state and our ability to retain our ranking as one of the top 10 states in which to do business.
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Governor wants revamped teacher evaluations

December 31, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and state schools superintendent Tony Bennett say Indiana needs a more honest look at the job teachers and principals are doing.
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State GOP leaders weigh banning required union dues

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Bills filed in the Indiana House would ban workers from being required to pay union dues.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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Governor seeking leeway on road dealsRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ legislative priorities for next year include putting guidelines into law that would allow the state to more broadly use the private sector to design, finance or operate public infrastructure.
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Indiana lawmakers plan to float corporate tax cuts

December 15, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers plan to propose reducing Indiana’s corporate income tax rate next year in a move they say will make the state a more appealing place for businesses to locate.
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