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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains aliveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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Pence: Session ‘productive’ so far, agenda largely intact

February 6, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he’s pleased with the way his agenda is faring at the halfway point of the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
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Industry providing cash advances for lawsuit payoffs fights bill

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The director of a group of financing companies warned Wednesday that lawmakers "would eliminate this industry from Indiana" should they approve a measure targeting companies that provide cash advances to people awaiting payoffs in personal injury lawsuits.
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Senator steers clear of beer wholesaler legal battle

February 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sen. Ron Alting stripped language from a bill that could have derailed a federal court case brought by Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co.
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Statehouse update: Fenced hunting, phone privacy, barn preservation, more

February 4, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly voted on several pieces of legislation Tuesday at the Statehouse, including bills involving teacher preparation, gun penalties and veteran brain injuries. Here's a rundown.
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Indiana Senate sends bill to kill Common Core to House

February 4, 2014
The state would move away from controversial Common Core education standards and replace them with curriculum guides written by Indiana officials under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.
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Mass-transit bill slips through Senate with changes

February 4, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Senate passed a mass transit bill 28-20 on Tuesday that’s meant to give central Indiana residents authority to impose new taxes to pay for an expanded bus system for the region.
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Indiana Senate OKs bill targeting efficiency program

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The measure would allow industries that are Indiana's biggest energy users to pull out of the Energizing Indiana program, which provides energy-efficiency assessments and tips for saving energy and lowering utility bills.
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Statehouse update: Teacher evaluations, Christmas, meth disclosure, more

February 4, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Indiana lawmakers made decisions on a number of bills Monday at the Statehouse, including legislation involving hunting and fishing, home health care, cardiac arrest and more.
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Bill to free $400M for highways passed by House

February 3, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1002 transfers the balance of the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund to the state highway fund before July 1, 2015. The legislation received support from both parties and passed 91-2.
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House sends Indiana winery bill to Senate

February 3, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
HB 1387 would allow wineries to sell 5,000 gallons per year to retailers located within the same county as the winery or in neighboring counties.
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Senate sends hemp-production bill to House for debate

February 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation that would legalize the farming and production of industrial hemp in Indiana.
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House lawmakers advance pair of Pence measures

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
The House voted in favor of measures increasing personal income tax exemptions and establishing an adoption tax credit. Both measures won broad bipartisan support.
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Privacy protection bill passed in Indiana House

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law-enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted mobile phone searches has cleared the Indiana House.
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Privacy protection bill up for Indiana House vote

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted cellphone searches is up for a vote before Indiana lawmakers.
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IPS boss supports cooperating with charter schoolsRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
A pending bill could usher in unprecedented cooperation between Indianapolis Public Schools and the city’s charter schools, resulting in significant financial benefits for both.
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Lawmakers begin to shift focus beyond HJR 3Restricted Content

February 1, 2014
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Locals to get $25M from highway bill, under House changes

January 31, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Indiana communities could get a sliver of the $400 million proposed for state highway projects, under an amendment from the Indiana House on Thursday.
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House, Senate OK corporate tax plans despite protests

January 30, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
The House and Senate easily approved separate bills Thursday to reduce the business property taxes just hours after local government officials from across the state joined to protest the legislation.
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Committee pushes gambling discussion to summer

January 30, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
A Senate bill that would give the state's riverboat casinos tax breaks and authorize table gambling in racinos was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday.
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Statehouse update: School safety, Common Core, teacher incentives, abortion and more

January 30, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Wednesday weighed in on legislation involving mobile-phone snooping, education issues, abortion restrictions, sex trafficking, guns, abandoned houses, veteran injuries and several more topics. Here's a rundown.
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Bill limiting environmental rules heads to Indiana Senate

January 30, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana regulators would be barred from adopting environmental rules tougher than federal standards under a bill that's advancing in the General Assembly that has drawn criticism that it would hamper efforts to protect the state's environment and public health.
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Preservation tax credit gets makeover in House bill

January 29, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that would shift the state’s historical preservation tax cut program into one that relies on grants instead.
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Indiana House gatekeeper open to soccer stadium

January 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown said lawmakers will consider a plan by the IndyEleven soccer team to finance an $87 million stadium. The proposal is likely to be attached to an existing Senate bill.
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Statehouse update: Distance treatment, biological drugs, charter schools, and more

January 29, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday weighed in on legislation involving state fair school-skipping, charity gambling prizes, out-of-office medical treatment, charity gambling, help for military bases, meth home disclosures, bus inspections, and more. Here's a rundown.
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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