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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

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Analysis: Questions remain about independent redistricting commission

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to use independent redistricting commissions to draw maps for legislative districts. That’s particularly timely in Indiana, where lawmakers are about to study whether to move the redistricting process to such a commission. It’s a move advocated by good-government type […]

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Balanced budget amendment passes first test

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The governor’s proposed balanced budget amendment passed the General Assembly late Wednesday night. Senate Joint Resolution 19 would amend the Indiana Constitution to prohibit lawmakers from passing a budget that spends more than the state’s projected revenues. The resolution must be approved by the legislature again in either 2017 […]

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Budget bans state archives building on Central Canal

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Pence administration would be banned from constructing a new, $25 million state archives building along the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis under the budget bill lawmakers plan to approve Wednesday. “That’s green space and it’s not a big enough space,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, who put […]

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Senate approves balanced budget amendment

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers would be required to pass balanced budgets – something they generally do now – under a proposed constitutional amendment the Senate moved on Tuesday. Senate Joint Resolution 19 – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – would prohibit state budget appropriations from exceeding state revenues. However, the restriction […]

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Video & story: Senate defeats constitutional ‘right-to-farm’ proposal

Right to Farm amendment dies in Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate stopped the controversial right-to-farm resolution in its tracks on Tuesday – to the delight of environmental groups that had been fighting it. The Senate voted 28-22 against the proposal, which would have amended the Indiana Constitution […]

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Senate committee passes right-to-farm amendment even as some farmers say no

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday meant to protect the rights of farmers – but it was farmers who came out to oppose the legislation. The right-to-farm and ranch amendment is meant to protect property rights for farmers and guarantee that Hoosiers can “engage in diverse […]

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Measure to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing moves to full Senate

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Hoosiers’ right to hunt and fish is one step closer to becoming etched in the state’s constitution. The same proposed constitutional amendment passed the General Assembly last year. But because the resolution would change the constitution, it must pass two, separately-elected legislatures. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, author of […]

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Video: Why the Indiana Constitution sits in the Statehouse rotunda

Why the Indiana Constitution is displayed in the Statehouse rotunda Video by Adrianna Pitrelli, TheStatehouseFile.com

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Democrats pan Pence proposal for balanced budget amendment

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, called the governor’s plan for a balanced budget constitutional amendment “a solution in search of a problem.” Just minutes after Republican Gov. Mike Pence finished his third State of the State address, Pelath and other Democrats all but dismissed his idea. “We’ve […]

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Pence calls for balanced budget amendment, federal HIP 2.0 approval in third State of the State address

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In his third State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence called for a balanced budget amendment that he says will protect Indiana from a possible economic downturn and will show Hoosiers their tax dollars are being spent wisely. The proposed amendment – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck […]

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