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Committee passes ban on tanning for young teens

January 8, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Commercial tanning beds may soon be off limits to Hoosiers younger than 16 under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee.
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Microbrews would be available at farmers' markets under bill

January 8, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Indiana microbrewers are one step closer to selling their craft beer at local farmers’ markets after a bill passed a Senate committee Wednesday.
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House Republicans to push tax cut, preschool

January 8, 2014
 The Statehouse File
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, presented an agenda focusing on workforce development – which also included a new focus on college internships, increased funding for roads and highways and the repeal of “burdensome regulations.”
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Lawmakers consider state-assisted retirement plan

January 8, 2014
Amanda Creech, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 66 creates a state-assisted savings plan for retirement. The bill is opposed by the Association of Indiana Life Insurance Companies.
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Lawmakers – or most of them – return to start 2014 session

January 7, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Snow-covered roads and frigid temperatures nearly kept the state's House and Senate from getting the quorum each chamber needed to launch the 2014 Indiana General Assembly on Tuesday.
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Farmers push revised ag-gag bill; critics say problems remain

January 7, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 101 would create a crime known as “agricultural mischief” and it’s aimed primarily at stopping secret videography and photography of farming operations.
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Movie shot in Indiana headed for theaters

January 7, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Indiana isn't exactly one of Hollywood's top locations for filming, but the state landed an upcoming film despite its lack of filmmaker incentives or exotic scenery.
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FEIGENBAUM: Pence's 'road map' puts Legislature in driver's seat

January 4, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Each Hoosier governor brings his own style to his legislative agenda and relationship with the Indiana General Assembly.
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Over 50-plus years, lawyer helped shape modern Indianapolis

December 26, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
George Rubin, one of the principal architects of Unigov, will retire at the end of the year at age 81. As a legislator, he also created the Indiana Uniform Consumer Credit Code.
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Report: Ditching business property tax shifts burden to others

December 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Gov. Mike Pence's plan to eliminate the tax on business equipment would mean significantly higher taxes for other property owners if the state took no specific action to protect them, according to a new analysis.
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Declining tax collections eat away at state's fiscal footing

December 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's fiscal picture is looking good with about $2 billion in cash reserves and a strong credit rating, but the next few years could leave the state in a fiscal pinch.
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Analysis: Timing a question for Pence 2nd-year agenda

December 15, 2013
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mike Pence and his team are likely to run into time and space constraints if they push a broad agenda during a short session of the General Assembly.
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Dermody might be General Assembly wild card

December 14, 2013
Adam Van Osdol / Special to IBJ
New chairman of the House Committee on Public Policy could raise eyebrows in dealing with 'vice' issues.
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Some worry about eliminating Indiana business tax

December 9, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to phase out Indiana's property tax on business equipment and machinery has many local government leaders concerned about another big revenue hit.
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Indiana lawmakers unlikely to consider casino aid

December 6, 2013
Associated Press
A key state legislator doesn't expect the General Assembly will be taking any action on changing Indiana's casino laws during its upcoming session.
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State GOP leaders to drop Common Core standards

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne plan to direct the Republican-controlled Legislature to require the state to create its own set of reading and math standards.
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New law paves way for micro-distilleries to open across state

November 23, 2013
Sam Stall
A new state law allows Indiana distillers to obtain a permit to produce and sell spirits by the glass, bottle or case. Previously, they could sell only to distributors, never to the public.
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Pence plans more charters, road money for 2014

November 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence plans to spend his second meeting with the General Assembly advancing a legislative agenda centered on expanding the number of charter schools, finding ways to pay for road projects and seeking new tax cuts.
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Bosma names Dermody new public policy chairman

November 20, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Dermody, a Republican from LaPorte, will replace Jim Davis, who left the Indiana Legislature to become the director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
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Marriage, education fights may crowd 2014 session

November 18, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long detailed their 2014 legislative priorities Monday along with House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane.
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Council urges rejection of marriage amendment

November 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 22-6 on Monday night to pass a resolution urging the Indiana General Assembly to vote against the proposed same-sex marriage amendment.
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Ritz proposes veterans-to-teacher scholarship program

November 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Veterans could receive scholarships and college credits for their military experience if they pursue K-12 teaching in Indiana under a bipartisan proposal.
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Environmentalists targeting ag lawsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
The Hoosier Environmental Council has targeted food safety, animal rights and the environmental impact the corporate livestock industry has in Indiana.
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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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Momentum builds for state water plan; some fear conflicts over shortagesRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana is generally water-rich, but advocates of resource planning say the state runs the risk of supply crises that would hamper economic development.
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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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