Legislature

General Assembly negotiators to hammer out state budget

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
House and Senate negotiators will take into account a rosier revenue forecast when they begin meeting Wednesday for the first of a series of meetings that will determine the final shape of Indiana's next state budget.
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Indiana specialty-plate proposal heads to governor

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Legislation overhauling Indiana's specialty auto license plate system has been approved by lawmakers and is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence.
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UPDATE: Lawmakers with ties to $2.8B plant dilute measures

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Two Indiana lawmakers have spent the legislative session watering down opposition to a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant that would likely benefit their employers.
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Pence sees hope for tax cut in better budget forecast

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Expectations that Indiana will collect $290 million more in taxes have Gov. Mike Pence's team optimistic they can win a $500 million cut in the state's personal income tax this session.
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Bill for tighter cold-medication limits heads to Pence

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators have given final approval to a bill tightening the limits on how much consumers can buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine.
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House OKs high-fence hunting bill, but fate murky

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters of the bill say it is needed to resolve an eight-year-old lawsuit over attempts by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to shut down the existing deer preserves.
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House OKs IMS bill, despite dispute over funding source

April 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A bill to help pay for $100 million in improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed the House on Monday—but only on its second try, as some lawmakers expressed frustration about tapping horse racing money for the projects.
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State legislator defends supporting daughter's client

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
A powerful Indiana House Republican on Monday defended his decision to support a Utah company his daughter represents as a Statehouse lobbyist, one week after Gov. Mike Pence placed a hold on state aid to a company run by the lawmaker's son.
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Lower tuition OK'd for some illegal immigrants

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
Persons who entered the country illegally and were attending Indiana public colleges when a state immigration law passed two years ago would again be eligible for in-state tuition rates under a bill approved by the Indiana House.
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FEIGENBAUM: GOP stranglehold hasn’t squelched debateRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
For a Legislature dominated by a Republican super-majority and with a Republican governor doing more now than just watching from the cheap seats, you should be surprised by the uncertainty over the shape—and even the fate—of several significant bills this late in the process.
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Indiana House turns aside school guns proposal

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Thursday pulled a proposal to have the state's public schools consider having employees, including teachers and principals, carry guns during school hours.
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Fiscal tug-of-war stalls Indiana voucher expansion

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
A plan to make vouchers more widely available to families has met a roadblock: So despite the momentum, lawmakers say they want more time to look at the voucher program approved two years ago.
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Bill to handle abandoned homes still on track

April 11, 2013
Dave Stafford
State Sen. Jim Merritt wanted to help an eastside Indianapolis church gain possession of some long-abandoned, derelict houses, tear them down and establish a park. The difficulty in doing so led to a bill that would make such improvements easier.
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Lawmaker seeks relief for fed-up water customers

April 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
As citizens of Zionsville, residents of the Royal Run subdivision have had little recourse against the Whitestown-owned water utility that charges them 78 percent more than its customers to the north.
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Welfare recipient drug testing clears Indiana Senate

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
The bill would require all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to complete a written screening test for possible drug abuse problems.
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House Speaker Bosma returns to podium after surgery

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Brian Bosma missed all of last week's action in the Statehouse due to a serious infection developed from an artificial knee replacement.
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Indiana law change allows younger children as referees

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
A southern Indiana boy has successfully spurred a change in state law that will allow sports leagues to hire youngsters like him as referees.
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Indiana Senate approves $30B budget, partial tax cut

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
The plan keeps much of the additional education spending that House Republicans added to their budget proposal in February. But the Senate package also includes a $150 million cut to personal income taxes.
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Revenue forecast could swing Pence's tax-cut hopes

April 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state revenue forecast due out April 16 will influence the next two-year budget and possibly help Gov. Mike Pence sell lawmakers on his proposed 10-percent income-tax cut. Experts predict the numbers won't be much different from those in the last forecast.
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Plan would shift money from horse racing to auto racing

April 9, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The move—debated Monday in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee—is meant to subsidize upgrades at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make low-interest loans available to other auto tracks and businesses across the state.
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Group, bill promote natural gas fueling stations

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
Natural gas advocates want to create incentives for building fueling stations across the state in hopes that more people will operate vehicles using alternative fuels.
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FEIGENBAUM: Legislative deadline spawns flurry of activityRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
In one 48-hour stretch early in the first week of April, lawmakers provided a truer lay of the session land than in all the days leading up to it.
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Mayor Ballard accepts fate of mass-transit billRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sat out an April 2 hearing on mass transit because he knew the issue would be shifted to the Legislature’s back burner.
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Indiana Senate leader opposes fenced deer hunting

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana Senate says he'll kill an amendment that would allow five fenced deer-hunting preserves around the state to remain open.
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Senate budget pushes highway expansion, small tax cuts

April 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence drew closer to a budget compromise Thursday with the unveiling of a $30 billion Senate plan that cuts the state income tax by $150 million and establishes a new roads fund.
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