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House again at partisan standstill

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Plans for the Indiana House to vote on an amendment that would send the right-to-work issue to a statewide referendum fell apart Tuesday when Democrats boycotted for the fifth day of this year’s session. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said minority Democrats were absent because […]

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Governor’s ‘credit creep’ bill finds trouble in House

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — One of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ priorities for the session ran into trouble Tuesday when opposition lead a Republican lawmaker to withdraw the bill just before a vote of the House. Several members of the Indiana House of Representatives expressed concerns during floor debate about House Bill 1220, […]

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DOE hears opposition to proposed system for school A to F grades

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education heard broad opposition to a new system of assigning letter grades to schools during a public hearing Tuesday. The DOE said the plan’s purpose is to hold schools more accountable and provide parents with a better idea of how their children’s schools […]

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Government consolidation bill provokes debate

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A measure to streamline government that would eliminate a number of boards, commissions and committees stalled in committee Tuesday morning because of opposition to the elimination of the Natural Resources Advisory Council and consolidation of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Most of the eliminations in House […]

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Committee debates bill to transform townships

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Members of a House committee could vote Friday on legislation that would lead to the transformation or the elimination of the state’s 1,006 townships – depending on the outcome of local elections. The Local Government Committee took 90 minutes of testimony Tuesday on House Bill 1254 but […]

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Bill would promote Indiana-brewed beer; other provisions would call for Sunday sales

By Alec Gray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could buy cold Indiana-brewed beer in grocery, convenience and drug stores under legislation that has been proposed in the Indiana House and Senate. But the fate of the bills – or whether they’ll even be debated in a hearing – is uncertain. A House committee chairman […]

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Illegal entry bill moves to full Senate

By Shelby D. Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – After heated debate, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a measure that would define the circumstances in which citizens can use force to prevent a police officer from entering their homes, but not before amending the bill. Senate Bill 1’s author, Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, introduced the […]

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Tougher Open Door Law moves to House floor

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday approved a measure that would stiffen the state’s Open Door Law, but not before amending the bill to make the penalties harder to impose. In its original form, House Bill 1093 would have allowed judges to fine public […]

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Video: Committee passes ban on novelty lighters

Video: Novelty Lighters – The Statehouse File from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Brandon Walker The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee passed legislation Tuesday that would ban selling lighters that look like toys. The bill’s author, Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, said he proposed the ban because he […]

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Indiana House to consider statewide vote on right to work

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House and Senate are scheduled to hear and debate and proposed amendments on the Republican right-to-work bill Tuesday. House Democrats are expected to offer a handful of amendments, including one that would send right-to-work to a statewide vote. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, […]

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