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Indiana governor against school guns mandate

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he believes local school officials should make decisions about security rather than being required to have an employee armed with a loaded gun during school hours.
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Senate panel advances looser superintendent rules

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license is advancing in the Legislature.
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Mass-transit bill hits detour in Senate committee

April 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Members of the state's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee voted 12-0 on Tuesday morning to stall legislation that would give central Indiana voters the ability to choose if they want to pay higher taxes for expanded mass transit.
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Lawmakers debate what counts as gambling expansion

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
The differences between the electronic and standard table games are being portrayed to state lawmakers as one of life and death, with proponents of a bill that would allow racetrack table games saying they would add jobs while not substantially changing what the racetracks already offer.
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Bill would expand state’s historic preservation tax credit

March 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Legislation that was killed last year after passing the Indiana House has been revived this session in hopes of spurring more historic renovation across the state.
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Lawmakers still considering live table games at racinos

March 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee postponed amendments and a vote on a gambling measures Wednesday after supporters of the state’s horse-track casinos renewed their fight to get live dealers at their table games.
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GOP strategist Matalin speaks out against 'ag-gag' bill

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Republican pundit Mary Matalin is among several celebrities lobbying Indiana lawmakers to oppose a bill banning filming at farms and factories.
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House sends governor IEDC transparency bill

March 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The state House of Representatives sent Gov. Mike Pence a bill Tuesday that requires the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to make job-creation reports transparent to taxpayers and policy makers.
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Bill allowing micro-distilleries heads to governor

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
The General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow craft micro-distilleries to operate in Indiana and sell their liquor on-site.
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Criminal-sentencing overhaul may get tougher on pot

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
Tougher marijuana possession and dealing penalties could be added to a proposed overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws by legislators after Gov. Mike Pence questioned whether the plan was strict enough on low-level drug offenders.
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Indiana lawmakers advance tighter cold meds limits

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Consumers would face tighter limits on the quantities they could buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine under a proposal approved by Indiana lawmakers.
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Pence, Bosma try to keep reins on intraparty tax battle

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans typically invoke Ronald Reagan's "11th Commandment" when they're fighting within the family, and there's been plenty of infighting recently over Gov. Mike Pence's tax cut at the Statehouse.
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State ties higher ed funding to resultsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
With fewer state dollars coming with more strings, Indiana’s public universities are altering their strategies in big and small ways to receive as much money as possible from the state.
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Schools chief, mayors seek more funds from Senate

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
The two groups most likely to benefit from changes made by Indiana House Republicans to the state budget asked Thursday that the Senate Appropriations Committee maintain new funding for roads and schools, and maybe find a little more.
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Bosma faults tea party group, Pence for tax-cut woes

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma says a national tea party group's "erroneous" campaign ads have made it harder for lawmakers to support Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to cut Indiana's income tax by 10 percent.
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Mass-transit bill leaps one hurdle, heads for another

March 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A Senate committee Wednesday passed a measure that would give area residents a chance to vote on whether to pay higher taxes to expand the mass-transit system. Lawmakers sent the bill to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
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Senators ask for time to study school vouchers

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Any expansion of Indiana's already ambitious school voucher program may have to wait after senators pushed for more information Wednesday to determine the effects of the fledgling program.
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House panel rejects live table games at racinos

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has rewritten a gambling bill to keep table games out of Indiana's racetracks and restore money for counties that host casinos.
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Scrap industry backs regulation of oft-stolen items

March 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indiana Senate committee on Tuesday approved House Bill 1441, which would make it illegal to sell air-conditioner coils or catalytic converters without proof of ownership.
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Kenley drops out as sponsor of mass-transit bill

March 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Already skeptical of a mass-transit plan for the Indianapolis metro area, influential Sen. Luke Kenley said he decided it was inappropriate to be listed as a sponsor without giving the bill his unqualified support.
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Looser Indiana school voucher rules face questions

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program by making kindergartners and some other students immediately eligible could come down to something that no one seems to know — how much it will cost.
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Indiana House rejects governor-college chief wait

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
Legislative Republicans have defeated a Democratic proposal aimed at preventing a repeat of Purdue University's hiring of Mitch Daniels as its new president while he was still governor.
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Indiana Senate budget panel looks at college funding

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate Appropriations Committee is examining the state of higher education funding as it continues Indiana's budget deliberations.
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Indiana lawmakers back tighter cold meds limits

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House will consider stricter limits on purchases of cold and allergy pills that can be used to make methamphetamine after a committee endorsed them Wednesday, but they rejected even tougher measures sought by several mayors.
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Indiana Senate panel weighs preschool pilot program

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
Public and private school advocates displayed rare unity Wednesday in support of preschool for Indiana children but split over an effort to give children school vouchers once they complete preschool.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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