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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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Lugar responds to Mourdock criticism with new TV ad

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has launched new television and radio ads to combat growing criticism that he doesn’t live in a home in Indiana and stays in hotel rooms when he visits the state. The TV commercial shows what appears to be mud splattering onto the screen […]

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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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Donnelly campaigns across Indiana as GOP candidates fight

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly launched a three-day, statewide campaign tour Monday as Republicans continue fighting to see who will face him in the race for U.S. Senate. Donnelly started Monday morning in Jeffersonville before traveling to Evansville and then Indianapolis, where he campaigned at the popular lunch […]

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House votes to punish retailers that sell bath salts, other drugs

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House voted unanimously Monday to punish retailers that get caught selling illegal, synthetic drugs by stripping their ability to do business for one year. The language – which the House added to Senate Bill 234 – is a “one-strike provision” meant to deal harshly with […]

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House passes higher education bill to governor

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House voted 91-2 on Monday to send a bill to Gov. Mitch Daniels that will make it easier for Indiana’s college students to take classes that will transfer to other schools. Senate Bill 182 creates a common numbering system for general education courses at all public […]

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What do record low natural gas prices mean for states?

By Jim Malewitz Stateline.org Natural gas has been good to Wyoming. The discovery of large shale deposits in the early 2000s put Wyoming at the center of a new energy boom in the West, bringing enough jobs to keep unemployment low through the recession and causing tax revenues to skyrocket. Thanks largely to natural gas […]

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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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