State Government

Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote

March 12, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The compromise language does not include a provision to establish a light-rail system or an increase in corporate taxes. However, the legislation would still allow for an increase in individual income taxes pending voter approval.
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Lawmakers seek to remove Indiana from Common Core

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to end the state's use of federal Common Core standards and instead adopt a series of state-written guidelines.
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UPDATE: House leader says tax, preschool deals near

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma said the governor and legislative leaders have reached broad agreement on some of the biggest legislative items being considered this session.
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Lawmakers getting closer on nursing home moratorium

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere said Tuesday that negotiators had found a compromise that would ban new construction for two years except in counties whose nursing homes are at 90-percent capacity or higher.
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Plan would help pay loans for some Indiana teachers

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
The legislation would provide loan reimbursements of up to $9,000 for some of those teaching science, technology, engineering or math.
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Indiana road-funding measure nears final vote

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate lawmakers are still deciding whether to release $200 million for road expansion projects.
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Gay couples in Indiana could pay more for tax filings

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Conflicting state and federal policies will likely cost Indiana same-sex couples more in time, paperwork and money when they file their tax returns this year, experts say.
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Lawmakers vote to put Energizing Indiana program on hold

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would sideline the state's energy-efficiency program was sent to the governor Monday, but Indiana lawmakers are still mulling bills that would relax gun regulations in school parking lots and make some welfare recipients undergo drug-testing.
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Lawmakers negotiating Indiana child care regulations

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Day care providers would face greater child health and safety regulations if they choose to take taxpayer money under a bill being considered by the General Assembly.
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Indiana road funding bill nears final vote at Statehouse

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Final lawmaker negotiations are set to begin on a bill that would allocate $200 million for Indiana transportation projects.
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Legislative studies often precede tough action

March 9, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana lawmakers have only a few more days this week before they wrap up the 2014 legislative session. But that doesn't mean they're totally done for the year.
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Changes to U.S. 31 cause worry in CarmelRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A large section of Meridian Street in Carmel will be transformed to a limited-access highway by the end of this year.
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FEIGENBAUM: Region has much at stake as session closesRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Local governments have loudly fretted about the potential loss of tax dollars from a reduction or elimination of the business personal property tax, and raised concerns about forcing intrastate competitions for business relocations.
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Tax collection woes raise concern among leaders

March 7, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Budget Agency reported Friday that tax collections came in $54 million less than expected in February.
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Ban on teen tanning heads to governor

March 6, 2014
New restrictions on teen tanning are one step from becoming law after legislation passed the Indiana Senate and moved to the governor on Thursday.
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Bill legalizing hemp advances after changes

March 6, 2014
Antonio Cordero, The Statehouse File
A Senate agricultural committee has reached a compromise on a bill geared toward legalizing the production of industrial hemp in Indiana.
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Senate leader says pre-K pilot program still possible

March 6, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The pilot program would come in addition to a comprehensive study of preschool programs that was part of the bill as it left the Senate.
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Soccer team owner concedes battle for stadium funds this year

March 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the Indy Eleven soccer franchise has conceded that his push for state financing help for a proposed 18,500-seat, $87 million stadium in Indianapolis will have to wait on the bench for another legislative session.
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It's make-or-break time for several bills at Statehouse

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have moved some bills to the governor, but more contentious bills scheduled for a vote Wednesday were pushed off for approval later in the session, which ends next week.
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Digital privacy legislation awaits action by Pence

March 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House has sent the governor legislation that’s meant to protect the privacy of Hoosiers even as digital surveillance becomes easier and more sophisticated.
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Bill to excuse students for state fair heads to governor

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 114 would let students have up to five excused absences from school to participate in the Indiana State Fair.
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Mass-transit supporters hopeful for compromise

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Supporters of competing plans to expand mass transit in central Indiana say they’ve got differences to work out before the General Assembly wraps up March 14 but they’re confident they can find resolution.
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Feds find numerous issues at state workplace-safety agency

March 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration uncovered problems in several areas of Indiana's workplace safety program during an investigation. In a report issued Wednesday, OSHA issued 22 recommendations for the state agency.
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Statehouse roundup: Drug testing, metro areas, abortion insurance, more

March 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Tuesday advanced legislation on drug-testing for welfare recipients, metro-area promotion, abortion insurance, hearing aids, teacher preparation and cardiac care precautions.
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Bill to protect vets from discrimination passes Senate

March 4, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Indiana House Bill 1242, authored by Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, would ban an employer from refusing to hire anyone because of his or her status as a veteran of the U.S. military.
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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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