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Lawmakers hold redistricting bill days before committee deadline

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill to establish an independent redistricting commission drew dozens of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday. Hoosiers from organizations such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters testified in support of House Bill 1014 before the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry Torr, […]

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Drivers question lawmakers about proposed gas tax hike

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With the possibility that they’ll soon be paying more at the pump, people from around central Indiana filled a town hall Thursday night to learn more about a plan to raise taxes. Melba Kiser, of Noblesville, and her husband participated in the meeting that was held at the Americans for […]

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Right-of-way for roundabouts could change

By Christian Sullivan  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill is looking to give the right-of-way to large trucks in roundabouts throughout Indiana. Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, has authored a bill that would give the right-of-way to large trucks in order to reduce accidents and sideswipes in a roundabout. Since large trucks can have trouble staying […]

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House passes funding for roads, regional cities

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation for road improvements that would also fund a key piece of Gov. Mike Pence’s agenda passed the House Wednesday, but not by a large margin. An amended version of Senate Bill 333 passed the House 57-35 Thursday. The bill includes the House’s road funding plan, which would raise […]

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Gov. Pence expected to sign construction wage bill quickly

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans won another battle against unions Thursday, passing a bill they say will save taxpayers money on public projects. Gov. Mike Pence is expected to sign House Bill 1019 into law quickly, which will eliminate an 80-year-old system that lets local governments and schools set wage floors for projects […]

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Video & story: Torr withdraws bill that could have changed liability in traffic accidents

Torr scraps seat belt bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state lawmaker killed a bill Monday that would have let juries know if victims in a car accident were wearing seat belts. Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, said he didn’t have the votes to pass House Bill 1011 and so […]

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Democrats push new work share program as alternative to right to work

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats are proposing what they hope could be an alternative to the right-to-work legislation that has divided the Indiana House of Representatives for the past two years. They say work share – an unemployment insurance program allowed by federal rules and in use by nearly half of […]