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Gridiron dinner and roast returns to political scene

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Gridiron Dinner, a political tradition, will return Wednesday to the Hoosier Statehouse scene after a nine-year absence. 2012 Indiana Gridiron Dinner When: Wednesday, Feb. 22 Time: 5:30 p.m. doors open 6:30 p.m. dinner 7:15 p.m. show Place: Indiana Roof Ballroom Tickets: http://indianagridiron.com The Indiana Fiscal […]

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Lawmakers debate whether to scrap the state inheritance tax

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers debated Thursday whether to cut the state’s inheritance tax so it applies only to Indiana’s wealthiest individuals or scrap the unpopular tax completely. The House Ways and Means Committee didn’t vote on Senate Bill 293, but several Republicans and Democrats said they’d rather just eliminate the […]

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House overhauls Senate’s taxpayer refund program

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Taxpayers would get the first crack at excess state tax revenue this year and in the future under an overhaul of an automatic refund program that the House Ways and Means Committee passed Thursday. The committee approved Senate Bill 143 unanimously but not before stripping out language […]

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Key senator could kill historic preservation bill

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee said Thursday he might not allow a vote on a bill that would expand an income tax credit meant to encourage the restoration and reuse of historic buildings. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said the fiscal impact of House Bill […]

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Critics say bullying bill overreaches, could restrict student speech

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to address bullying that takes place outside of school met resistance Wednesday from people who say it could obstruct students’ freedom of speech. The Senate Education & Career Development Committee heard testimony on House Bill 1169, which will give schools more power to discipline […]

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Education committee sends credit creep bill to appropriations for consideration

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that could limit the number of credit hours universities can require for graduation took one step closer to becoming law Wednesday. The Senate Education Committee passed House Bill 1220 and reassigned it to the Appropriations Committee to consider the fiscal impact of the bill. If […]

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Bill to drug test welfare recipients, lawmakers fails in Senate committee

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File The House version of a bill that would force drug testing on welfare recipients in three counties failed in a Senate committee by a 5-5 vote on Wednesday, although the language could be revived later this session. House Bill 1007, which also calls for drug testing of lawmakers, passed […]

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Students rally at the Statehouse for educational choices

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,000 families, educators, and policymakers from across Indiana flooded into an “Ed Reform Rocks” rally Wednesday to advocate for more freedom for students and more opportunities for Indiana schools. The south atrium of the Statehouse filled with children of all ages. Although they came from […]

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House passes alcohol immunity bill to help underaged drinkers

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Minors who call 911 to help a friend who’s had too much to drink would be free from prosecution on several alcohol-related charges under legislation the Indiana House passed unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 275 would grant limited immunity to so-called good Samaritans – but not to the […]

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Bill would extend eligibility for Military Family Relief Fund

By Shelby D. Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would increase the time during which Hoosier military families could receive state assistance passed a committee Tuesday and is headed to the Senate floor for consideration. House Bill 1059 would allow qualifying families to remain eligible for grants from the Military Family Relief […]

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