Legislature

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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Analysis: Lawmakers put pragmatism before party

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Left to their own devices, Indiana's Republican-led General Assembly pushed the state right ever so gently, adopting such marquee conservative priorities as tax cuts, a school voucher expansion and constrained spending in measured fashion.
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Developers: Law will likely kill coal-gas plant

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification LLC project manager Mark Lubbers said developers wouldn't have tried to build the plant at Rockport if the law passed early Saturday morning had been in place.
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Indiana Legislature passes $30 billion budget

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Lawmakers worked feverishly into the wee hours to hammer out agreements on the budget and other issues, including an expansion of the state's school voucher program and changes to sentencing laws.
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New lights only the beginning for Brickyard changesRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Everything is on the table for consideration, says new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles.
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FEIGENBAUM: Legislative session notable for minimal acrimonyRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
When partisanship did rear its head—Indianapolis Democrats charged a GOP “power grab” in negotiations over changes in Marion County government structure—it was not disruptive.
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Anti-smoking officials say Indiana funding cuts hurt

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
A decision to cut state funding by 38 percent for programs that help people stop smoking and try to prevent others from starting worries those behind the state's tobacco cessation efforts.
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Voucher expansion awaits governor's signature

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have approved an expansion of the nation's broadest private school voucher program that will allow more children to be immediately eligible.
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Online sales tax push dies in Indiana Legislature

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
An effort to require Amazon.com and some other online-only retailers to start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer has fallen short in the Legislature.
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Bill banning secret videotaping at businesses fails

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, said he withdrew the bill he sponsored at the request of Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma.
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General Assembly goes late in effort to wrap us session

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly worked into the night Friday to hammer out final details on a two-year, $30 billion budget containing new tax cuts, a modest expansion of school vouchers, new oversight of the $2.8 billion Rockport coal gasification project and a series of other measures.
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Lawmakers forge deal to help Indianapolis Motor Speedway

April 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The plan authorizes the state to loan the Speedway $100 million—money it will borrow through bonds—to make the grandstands more accessible to people with disabilities and to install lights for night races.
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Low-level felons could get less prison time under plan

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have reached a compromise that would direct more non-violent, low-level felons to work release and other local programs rather than sending them to prison.
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Senate cans hunting plan

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal aimed at legalizing five fenced deer-hunting preserves around Indiana has failed in this year's legislative session.
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Size of Indiana income tax cut remains undecided

April 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's new state budget will include at least a small personal income tax cut, although legislative leaders said Wednesday they weren't certain whether it will be as large as Republican Gov. Mike Pence wants.
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GOP concerns derailed Turner's chance at powerful post

April 24, 2013
Associated Press
Republican lawmakers bypassed House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner for the chairmanship of House Ways and Means committee last year amid concerns over his potential conflicts of interest, sources say.
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More Hoosiers favor legal pot than Pence's tax cut, poll says

April 24, 2013
Jeff Newman
A new poll of 600 voters by Howey Politics Indiana shows 39-percent approval for Gov. Mike Pence's proposed 10-percent tax cut. But 56 percent said they favor decriminalization of marijuana.
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Indiana lawmakers drawing close on remaining measures

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
The leaders of the Indiana General Assembly said Tuesday they will continue meeting daily with Gov. Mike Pence to hammer out a broad range of issues before the 2013 session ends.
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Legislature taking tight-fisted stance with casinos

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
The casino bill approved by the House last week would grant less than a fifth of the tax breaks first proposed in the Senate. It also doesn't permit live table games at the racinos in Anderson and Shelbyville.
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Bill OK'd that grants Indiana tuition to some immigrants

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters say the change would help a couple of hundred students who had the rules changed on them after they had already started work on their college degrees.
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