Legislature

Bill to let wineries sell to stores moves to full House

January 28, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1387 will amend the previous law and allow wineries to distribute up to 5,000 gallons of wine to grocery stores, restaurants, bars and other establishments.
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Statehouse update: Deer hunting, miscarriages, veteran education, Indiana-grown, and more

January 28, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Monday weighed in on legislation involving canned deer hunting, college credit for veterans, parental options after miscarriages, out-of-state seedling sales, and more. Here's a rundown.
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Indiana House votes to amend gay-marriage amendment

January 27, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The 52-43 vote to remove the controversial second sentence likely ensures that the proposed constitutional amendment will not reach the public for a vote until at least 2016 – if at all.
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Bar Association stands against gay-marriage amendment

January 27, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Backed by nearly three-fourths of its members, the Indianapolis Bar has taken the unusual step of announcing its opposition to the state constitutional amendment under debate at the Statehouse.
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Bosma’s collaborative style put to huge testRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The House speaker has done his utmost to downplay the importance of the proposed same-sex marriage amendment within the context of the Republican agenda this year.
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Ballard, Curry split on gun-violence billRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry opposes a measure that would create a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. Mayor Greg Ballard and his public safety director support it.
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Bill would keep state's annuity system in-house

January 24, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that will prevent the state from privatizing one part of public employee and teacher retirement funds.
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Senate passes bill to protect agricultural rights

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 186 provides that it is the responsibility of the state to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture. The goal is to guide the courts to interpret state laws to be sympathetic toward farmers.
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Biological drug bill advances to full Senate

January 23, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate is set to consider legislation that could give patients access to more options for drug treatments that derive from biological organisms.
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Proposal to allow alcohol sales at fair still on tap

January 22, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
People on both sides of the issue, including those on the State Fair Commission, Indiana alcohol producers, and those opposed to the change, discussed a tentative plan Wednesday for how the state fair could sell its first alcoholic beverages since the 1940s.
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Same-sex marriage amendment moves to House for vote

January 22, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana easily passed a House committee Wednesday, setting up the floor debate that Speaker Brian Bosma had promised.
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State panel backs bill for welfare drug testing

January 22, 2014
Associated Press
The bill would require Indiana residents to be screened through a questionnaire and drug tested if they show a likelihood of addiction.
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Bill would create one-stop website for business owners

January 21, 2014
The bill specifies that the secretary of state’s office, and the departments of workforce development and revenue work together to develop and maintain the website.
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House sends redistricting bill to Senate after changes

January 21, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The bill passed 77-20 after amendments meant to make the process as independent as possible and require a unanimous vote of the commission to pass the maps. Democrats offered both amendments.
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Business tax cuts take next step at Statehouse

January 21, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
A Senate committee voted Tuesday to eliminate Indiana's property tax on equipment for small businesses and further cut the state's corporate income tax.
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Bill calls for concussion training for high school coaches

January 19, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Indiana could soon become the first state to require high school football coaches to take part in a player safety and concussion-training course.
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State revamps its revenue forecasting after big miss

January 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Growing ranks of dropout workers have nagged the economy throughout its recovery, and now Indiana’s budget forecasters feel they can’t ignore the trend. They recently revised their outlook on state revenue downward, partly because so many Hoosiers stopped looking for jobs.
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Carmel upstart fights nursing home moratorium

January 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Nursing home companies went on a building spree in Indiana, and now most of them want the Legislature’s help reining in high operating costs brought by over-capacity.
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New state law might idle school bus fleets

January 18, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A state law intended to make sure cash-strapped public school districts pay their debt could have an unintended consequence: permanently parking the yellow buses that deliver students to class.
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First salvo fired in possible TV ad war on gay marriage

January 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Conservative-leaning Advance America has spent $20,600 for spots on WISH-TV and WTHR-TV, according to station records. Otherwise, supporters and opponents are keeping their powder dry for a possible November referendum.
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Indiana charter school backers fret about losing movement's edge

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
State lawmakers inadvertently made it too easy for poor-performing schools to stay open, some advocates say.
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Senate rolls out central Indiana mass-transit bill

January 10, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
dvocates for expanded mass transit in central Indiana will focus on a Senate bill that gives counties a way to generate more tax dollars to pay for better buses and more routes.
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Republicans introduce bill to 'clarify' marriage amendment

January 9, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana House Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage Thursday, along with a supplementary bill meant to address concerns that have led some lawmakers to reassess their votes for the proposal.
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Senate bill seeks to cut corporate income and property taxes

January 9, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
The proposal from Republican leaders would make small companies exempt from tax on business equipment, and cleave the state's corporate income tax to the second-lowest in the nation.
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Senator hopes to revive state incentive for filmmakers

January 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democratic Sen. Lonnie Randolph's bill would provide as much as a 40-percent tax credit on productions. With legislators cool to the idea last year, Randolph and supporters are gearing up for a long fight.
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  1. How is the private developer going to repay the bonds. Is this going to be a toll road?

  2. As well as a Portillio'S!!!!!!

  3. A Lou Malnati's would be awesome!!!!!!!!

  4. We aren't broke. We just aren't willing to raise revenues for this that we should be raising them.

  5. OK. now that the state is taking illegal immigrants, willing or not. There is a major concern that needs to be addressed. First: School starts here in 3 weeks in most parts of the country and probably in Indiana. So is the state going to vaccinate these kids before they intermingle with our kids in school? The problem we are going to have here in the US and possibly in Indiana is that some of these kids could be carrying health issues or diseases that are pretty much eradicated in the US. This could cause a major health issue in the US. Second: Who is going to pay for this building disaster? We are flat out broke….. Down here in Texas, we have 14 counties that have been so swamped with kids, (numerous thousands of them), they are on the verge of financial collapse. Now this is happening in counties in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The system is massively overloaded. Swine flu has started back up in San Antonio since they have nearly 2500 kids that have been placed there and lice is rampant. Not to be insensitive, but we need to stop this madness. I find it amazing that we cannot take care of our veterans and yet give carte blanche to illegals entering the country. Recently an article mentioned that these kids and teenagers can get on planes without TSA screening? What? What the Hell???? Keep in mind this about protecting our national sovereignty as a nation and also living under the rule of law. Not only the terrorist threat that can come over the border. This is a deliberate and irresponsible and illegal act from administration ignoring the constitutional duty of protecting the borders and also upholding the supreme law of the land. This is a classic Cloward and Piven strategy to overload the system until it collapses.

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