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Bills benefitting veterans move to Gov. Pence’s desk

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed two Senate bills on Tuesday that benefits veterans through employment and education opportunities. The bills move to Gov. Mike Pence for final approval. Senate Bill 298, authored by Sen. Amanda Banks, R- Columbia City, would create a “veteran’s preference policy” for employers. This would give […]

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Local governments to get more oversight from State Board of Accounts

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that investigates the loss or theft of government funds. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 489, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires the State Board of Accounts to report any significant loss, theft, shortage, or variance […]

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Bosma: Gambling bill needs work, local communities shouldn’t be ‘overly’ penalized

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma on gambling legislation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Speaker Brian Bosma pulled a controversial gambling bill off the House calendar on Monday in part as an attempt to reduce the financial hit communities with casinos would suffer under the proposal. “I thought the bill needed […]

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Bill to help casinos, cut cash to local governments passes Ways & Means

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Communities with casinos could lose millions of dollars under changes lawmakers made Thursday to a bill meant to bolster the gambling industry. House Bill 1540 scraps economic agreements between the state’s casinos and their communities that produce more than $100 million in revenue for local governments, community foundations and […]

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Mayors, utilities battle over customers in annexed areas

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill on Thursday that would ban municipal electric utilities from automatically taking over customers from private electric companies in areas they have annexed. The bill written by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, passed the Utilities Committee 8-2 and now heads to the full Senate for […]

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Bill to give State Board of Accounts more flexibility passes Senate

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Accounts could soon receive greater authority to determine the frequency of audits it conducts if legislation passed by the Indiana Senate on Monday becomes law. Senate Bill 326, authored by Sens. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and Doug Eckerty, R-Yorktown, would provide the SBOA with an increased […]

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Committee strips livestock regulation bill; replaces it with Purdue study

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A lawmaker has backed off legislation that would ban local governments from regulating livestock buildings and won support instead for a study of the issue. An amendment passed Monday by the Senate Agriculture Committee says that the Purdue Extension and the Purdue University College of Agriculture will study the […]

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Bills to restructure audit process head to House, Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Bills intended to help the State Board of Accounts meet its audit requirements will move to the House and Senate floors for consideration. The SBOA has requested additional funds to increase staff and perform timely audits. As a result of current shortages, the SBOA has not performed some required […]

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Bill would move project referendums to general election only

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers raised questions and community leaders testified against a bill that would require that referendums for school and government construction projects occur only during general elections every other year. House Bill 1027, authored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, would prevent referendums during primaries when fewer voters go to the […]

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Video & story: Committee postpones action on bill to limit local livestock rules

Bill could take control of farming structures from local government from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Communities across the state will have to wait a bit longer to see if they will continue to have the authority to restrict construction of livestock buildings, after the Senate Agriculture Committee postponed a vote […]

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