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Video & story: Senate defeats constitutional ‘right-to-farm’ proposal

Right to Farm amendment dies in Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate stopped the controversial right-to-farm resolution in its tracks on Tuesday – to the delight of environmental groups that had been fighting it. The Senate voted 28-22 against the proposal, which would have amended the Indiana Constitution […]

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House passes bill to scrap common construction wage for public projects

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The GOP-majority House voted Monday to undo an 80-year-old law that lets local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. House Bill 1019 – approved 55-41 – now moves to the Senate, where Republicans also control the chamber. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry […]

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Video & story: House committee moves bill to eliminate common construction wage

Union PKG from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee voted Tuesday to eliminate the boards that set minimum wage requirements for public construction projects, a move that has rekindled a fight between Republican lawmakers and labor unions. Supporters say the legislation will save taxpayer money but workers say it […]

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Bill to allow Sunday alcohol sales heads to full House

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays passed an Indiana House committee on Wednesday. House Bill 1624 passed the House Public Policy Committee with the addition of amendments that would pose some restrictions on where liquor and beer can be sold in stores. Because of the […]

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Foreclosure counseling would continue to be funded under bill passed by Senate

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Foreclosure advice and counseling may still be available through most of 2017 as a bill to continue funding the programs moves to the House. Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 409, which would extend a $50 foreclosure filing fee through July 1, 2017. Merritt said the Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling […]

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Bill to give employers, employees more leeway over paycheck deductions passes House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Certain work-related fees, including cost of uniforms and required education costs, could be taken out of employees’ paychecks if a bill that passed the Indiana House on Monday becomes law. Instead of requiring employees to pay out of pocket, House Bill 1469, authored by Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, allows […]

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Indiana receives $21.5 million from court settlement

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will receive $21.5 million after reaching a settlement stemming from the 2008 recession. The settlement involves Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a credit rating agency that is the recipient of a number of state and federal complaints concerning dishonesty to its investors. The complaints manifested into lawsuits […]

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House passes bill to offer death benefits for EMTs

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would provide a special death benefit to emergency medical technicians and paramedics has passed the Indiana ouse and now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, authored House Bill 1080, which passed the House by a vote of 92-1. It creates a […]

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EMS workers would be eligible for death benefits under bill

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana lawmaker is pushing a bill that would make EMS providers eligible for death benefits if they die as a direct result of injury or illness while performing their duties. Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, presented House Bill 1080 to the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on […]

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Bill to regulate ride-sharing services heads to full House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For-profit ride-sharing services and traditional taxi cab companies would be required to do background checks on all drivers under legislation approved Tuesday by a House committee. House Bill 1090 means companies like Uber – which offers an app to connect riders with largely part-time drivers who use their own […]

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