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Indiana’s infrastructure undergoes plans to be repaired

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More of Indiana’s crumbling roads and bridges will be fixed as a result of a massive funding bill approved on the final night of the legislative session. House Bill 1002, the plan to improve Indiana’s infrastructure, sailed through the General Assembly on Friday with a vote of 37-12 in […]

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‘Tesla bill’ passes Senate with zero changes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would prevent Hoosiers from buying cars directly from auto manufacturers passed the Senate Thursday with no changes. With the exception of Tesla, House Bill 1592 specifically bars direct customer sales by auto manufacturers if more than 1,000 vehicles are sold or six years after the initial […]

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House Republican road funding plan heads to the Senate

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed the Republicans’ $1.2 billion road funding plan Thursday with no support from Democrats. House Bill 1002, which passed by a 61-36 vote, calls for Hoosiers to pay an additional 10 cents per gallon in gas taxes,  $15 more to register vehicles and a new $150 […]

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Road funding debate continues, heads to House

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After weeks of listening to Hoosier opinions across the state, Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, and other GOP legislators continue to push a gas tax hike as a solution for funding Indiana’s roads and infrastructure. The House Ways and Means committee passed Soliday’s bill Wednesday 14-9. It now goes to […]

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House Democrats release ‘no new taxes’ road plan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats are proposing a road funding plan that would use existing state funds while prioritizing local and preexisting road projects.   The “No New Taxes Indiana Road Plan” is an alternative to the House GOP’s proposal to increase the Hoosier gas tax by 10 cents a gallon […]

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Tesla bill moves forward after compromise

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers reached a compromise that will keep Tesla Motors in the Indiana auto industry. The legislation in its original form would have prevented auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public. Tesla owners came out in full force to testify against the legislation, because Tesla Motors sells its electric […]

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Tesla bill gets hearing Wednesday

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would prohibit auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public will get its first committee hearing on Wednesday. House Bill 1592 is similar to legislation proposed last year by Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, that would have compelled manufacturers to sell their vehicles through a dealership. “For […]

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Gas tax increase, user fees find support in committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could see an increase in numbers at the gas pump if Rep. Ed Soliday’s, R-Valparaiso, road funding bill is passed. The legislation would raise Indiana gas and diesel taxes by 10 cents and increase vehicle registration fees by $15. It also proposes that the Indiana Department of Transportation […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Drivers required to move vehicles after accidents

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Drivers involved in an accident will once again be required to move their vehicle from the road and out of traffic in order to improve […]

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This year’s road funding solution may be short term

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some legislators doubt there will be a long-term solution for improving the state’s infrastructure this session. “Sen. Kenley is absolutely correct—the one thing we do not want to do is make Hoosiers believe the task is done by passing something this year,” said Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso. “It will […]

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