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State will lose $63M in tobacco payments in 2014

October 17, 2013
 The Statehouse File
An arbitration panel found that the state hadn't worked hard enough to collect funds from cigarette companies. The money is used to fund health programs in Indiana.
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State's longest-serving female representative dies

September 23, 2013
Associated Press
Phyllis Pond of New Haven was a retired kindergarten teacher first elected to her Fort Wayne-area district in 1978. The 82-year-old's legislative work included pushing measures that reduced class sizes throughout the state and helped minority students attend law school.
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Pilots heap praise on state lawmakersRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana aviators are still celebrating two tax breaks created in the 2013 legislative session, one eliminating a sales tax on parts and repairs and a restructuring of the fuel tax that translates to hundreds in savings per fill-up.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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State leaders vow transparency post-Bennett

September 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's education leaders are learning from the mistakes of former School Superintendent Tony Bennett, starting with their promise to spend more time crafting Indiana's new school grading formula and doing so in the open.
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Hoosierwood: Group seeks state tax incentives for filmmakers

September 2, 2013
Associated Press
A lobbying group is hoping it can persuade Indiana lawmakers to approve tax incentives to companies making movies in the state, saying it will create jobs.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Constitutional referendum on marriage could yield media bonanzaRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Television and radio stations have grown fond of income from “issue ads” in recent years on everything from right-to-work legislation to immigration reform.
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Indiana lawsuit about cold beer sales faces uphill battleRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Scott Olson
States are viewed as having wide latitude to regulate alcohol sales.
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Public-transit guru Bingaman motors for private sector

July 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Ehren Bingaman, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, will join architecture and engineering firm HNTB Indiana. He was one of the principal supporters of the mass-transit plan that stalled in the Statehouse this year.
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Mass transit opponent pitches wider roadsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A leading opponent of the plan for regional mass transit is floating an alternative that calls for widening north-south commuter corridors like Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Capitol Avenue and College Avenue.
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ISTEP firm faces third-degree from lawmakers, big damages

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
Indiana's state superintendent announced Friday she is seeking at least $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for ISTEP testing troubles as the company's president apologized to state lawmakers.
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Court upholds Indiana legislative boycott fines

June 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld fines levied by House Republicans against Democrats for their 2011 legislative walkout over right-to-work legislation.
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New law helps protect seniors from unscrupulous relatives

June 12, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The law is meant to help seniors fight back against more subtle manipulation that happens when a caregiver, friend or loved one uses intimidation—but not force—to gain access to money, credit cards or other resources.
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INDOT memo strips information in public tug-of-war

June 2, 2013
Associated Press
By one stroke this year, Indiana lawmakers and the new governor vastly improved the public's ability to find out how the show is run at the Statehouse, while in another, top managers at the Indiana Department of Transportation quietly clamped down on what's available.
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Land bank legislation could get lost in shuffle of deep agendaRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Legislative leaders recently assigned House Bill 1317 to the standing commission, which is also due to tackle such subjects as township assistance, agricultural land valuation and a motorsports commission.
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Aromatherapy stores challenge Indiana's 'lookalike' law

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Four store owners say Indiana's efforts to curb "lookalike" drugs have gone too far.
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Pence signs $100 million Speedway funding bill

May 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill that will provide a $100 million state loan to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for planned improvements.
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Pence signs Indiana voucher expansion bill

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence visited Calvary Christian School on the south side of Indianapolis on Thursday to sign the plan that will make more children eligible for vouchers.
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Indiana governor signs $30B state budget into law

May 8, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence praised Indiana's new two-year, $30 billion budget for its tax-relief measures and other provisions as incentives that would lure new investment and jobs to the state.
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Pence signs sentencing, IEDC-transparency bills

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed three bills into law Tuesday, one involving government transparency in economic development deals, one related to school safety and another overhauling criminal sentencing.
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Young aggravates colleagues, puts stamp on Marion CountyRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
State Senator from Speedway plays outsized role in shaping policy for Indianapolis.
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Legislative roundup: Session yields mixed bag

May 4, 2013
The General Assembly's work left some groups happy, some disappointed.
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State OKs private financing for roadworkRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Transportation will press ahead with a request for proposals on Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, in hopes that a public-private partnership will stretch limited state funds.
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Mixed performance from Pence in first legislative session

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Legislative leaders, who spent the last eight years of working with former Gov. Mitch Daniels, graded the new governor as off to a good start, but with plenty of room for improvement.
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