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Smoking ban moves to full Senate

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate took testimony Wednesday on a statewide smoking ban before voting, 8-2, to move the bill to the full Senate. The bill could move to second reading on Monday. Gov. Mitch Daniels has said he is willing to approve a smoking bill. Most people who […]

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Committee overhauls illegal entry bill to give Hoosiers more right to resist police

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana House committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give Hoosiers broad authority to physically resist police entry into their homes if officers are acting illegally. The Courts and Criminal Code Committee passed the bill 9-3 and it moves to the full House for consideration. The […]

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Northern Indiana union files right-to-work lawsuit

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Union members from Northwest Indiana filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block Indiana’s right-to-work law. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill into law earlier this month after a year-long debate in both chambers. Representatives of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 filed the lawsuit in […]

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Committee deals blow to Rockport utility plant

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Questions about a synthetic natural gas plant proposed for Southern Indiana led a House committee Wednesday to strip tax breaks for the $2.6 billion project from a bill that already has passed the Senate. The Ways and Means Committee also eliminated language from Senate Bill 344 that […]

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Superintendent salary measure moves forward

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate education committee passed a bill Wednesday that will require school districts to reveal the exact dollar value of superintendent contracts. House Bill 1205 will require school districts to release the information and post it on their websites. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said the bill is […]

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Bullying bill may get summer study committee

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted to have a summer study committee consider school bullying, which could derail a bill meant to address the issue. The House of Representatives must agree to the change before House Bill 1169 can disappear for this session. Opponents said the […]

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House proposal would give homeowners more authority to resist police entry

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana House committee will consider a proposal Wednesday that would give Hoosiers broad authority to physically resist police entry into their homes if officers are acting illegally. The new language – which would be added to Senate Bill 1 – is a reaction to the Indiana […]

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Senate passes bill to curb ‘credit creep’ at Indiana colleges

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – State higher education officials could force universities to reduce the number of credit hours they require for some majors under a bill the Indiana Senate approved on Tuesday. House Bill 1220 – approved 39-11 – is part of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ agenda and is meant to curtail […]

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Senate passes bill to spend more on low-income energy assistance

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that will make more money available to help low-income Hoosiers pay their utility bills. If House Bill 1141 becomes law, the state will put about $3.7 million to $4.4 million more into the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program annually. That’s […]

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House committee passes bill to regulate stage equipment, set up summer study

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Outdoor show equipment used at fairs and festivals would be regulated under legislation a House committee passed unanimously Tuesday in an attempt to react to a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last August. Senate Bill 273 now moves to the full House for consideration. It […]

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