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By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Local government employees couldn’t serve on boards that control their salaries and public officials couldn’t hire their relatives under legislation considered Thursday by a House committee. Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, authored House Bill 1005, which is similar to legislation that has failed in past sessions. The […]
By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would bring rapid transit to Central Indiana. House Bill 1073 would double the number of buses and routes and add public railroad transportation by the year 2021 in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. The bill follows the […]
By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – After six consecutive years of pushing a statewide smoking ban, supporters say they are confident one will pass by the end of the 2012 legislative session. This year’s version includes bars and restaurants, but it allows for smoking on gaming floor of casinos; in cigar and hookah […]
A Senate committee on Thursday unanimously passed Senate Bill 4, which is meant to strengthen the state’s human trafficking law. The bill’s author, Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said his goal is to make the bill law before the Super Bowl. Untitled from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.
By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS- A bill that enacts much harsher penalties on human traffickers passed a Senate committee 9-0 Thursday as lawmakers pushed to get the bill passed quickly. With the Super Bowl one month away, legislators are facing a time crunch to get Senate Bill 4 – and other legislation – […]
By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House met behind closed doors Thursday just before noon but it wasn’t clear when they emerged whether Democrats are ready to end a boycott so lawmakers can begin conducting business. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said he […]
By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Counties could restructure their leadership to replace their three-commissioner boards with a single leader under legislation that has been introduced by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle. Holdman said his bill is to downsize and modernize government, although similar proposals have failed to gain enough support in previous sessions […]
By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday that the GOP won’t take right-to-work off the agenda this year. Click here to hear why. INDIANAPOLIS – Work at the Indiana House stopped even before it started Wednesday as Democrats spent hours in a closed-door meeting that denied majority Republicans the […]
See what happened when protestors showed up Wednesday for the first day of the 2012 legislative session, just hours before Gov. Mitch Daniels rescinded controversial new security rules. Statehouse security on the first day of the 2012 legislative session from John Krull on Vimeo.
By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File Hear Gov. Mitch Daniels talk to The Statehouse File reporters about his decision to rescind controversial security rules at the Statehouse. Click here to listen. INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday rescinded controversial new security measures that had come under fire for possibly limiting protests against the controversial […]