Legislature

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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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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