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Nation’s AGs file court papers to formalize mortgage settlement

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined with 48 other state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice in filing a civil complaint in federal court against the country’s five largest mortgage servicers, a step to formalizing a settlement reached last month. The suit alleges that the […]

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General Assembly adjourns for the year, passes taxpayer refund bill

By Timothy Cox and Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The General Assembly passed a bill to revamp the state’s taxpayer refund program and boost full-day kindergarten funding before adjourning the 2012 session and heading home for the year. The House voted 76-17 and the Senate 40-10 to send House Bill 1376 to Gov. […]

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House and Senate vote to overturn Indiana Supreme Court’s illegal entry decision

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The General Assembly passed a bill late Friday that would give Hoosiers more authority to physically block police from entering their homes unlawfully. The bill now moves to Gov. Mitch Daniels to be vetoed or signed into law. Senate Bill 1 is a reaction to a controversial […]

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Inheritance tax phase out moves to governor

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – On what is expected to be the last day of this session, the Indiana House and Senate approved a bill that will phase out Indiana’s inheritance tax. The bill would cut the tax in the first year for immediate family members and phase it out over nine […]

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Public access language pushed by media group gets revived, approved

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House and Senate passed a bill Friday that gives judges the ability to fine public officials who intentionally violate Indiana’s public access laws. The votes – which sent the bill to Gov. Mitch Daniels to veto or sign into law – came shortly before the […]

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Senate votes 28-22 to send smoking ban bill to governor

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will become the 38th state to prohibit smoking in most workplaces if Gov. Mitch Daniels signs into law an exemption-packed bill narrowly passed Friday by the Senate. The bill excludes bars, private clubs, casinos and some home-based businesses from the ban, which would go into effect […]

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State awards technology grants to schools

Schools that won technology grants: Beech Grove City Schools Burris Laboratory School, Muncie Center Grove Community School Corporation Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation Danville Community School Corporation East Noble School Corporation Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District M S D Wabash County Schools Maconaquah School Corporation Madison Consolidated Schools North Adams Community Schools Northeastern […]

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Lawmaker kills historic preservation tax credit bill

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The author of a bill originally meant to expand a state historic tax credit will kill the legislation Friday because he’s frustrated by changes made in the Senate. Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said it’s clear that key senators are not willing to expand the program and […]

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General Assembly sends governor legislation to help low-income families with utility bills

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The General Assembly has sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a bill that will mean more money for a program that helps low-income Hoosiers pay their utility bills. The bill – which Daniels can now veto or sign into law – will put about $3.7 million to $4.4 million […]

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Lawmakers scramble to find deals with one day left in session

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House approved a statewide smoking ban Thursday night that exempts bars, private clubs and casinos but the bill’s supporters were still working to find enough votes in the Senate to send the legislation to the governor to sign into law. Senate President Pro Tem David […]

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