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Video & story: Senate budget boosts funding for schools, highways; Kenley warns cuts may be coming

Senate unveiled proposed budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank. But the plan’s architect warned immediately that lower-than-expected tax receipts mean the budget […]

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Religious freedom bill headed to governor’s desk

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that sparked heated discussion throughout the 2015 session is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence, who plans to sign into law. The Senate gave the Religious Freedom Restoration Act final approval on Tuesday, just a day after the measure passed the House, which had made small […]

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House gets bill that bans abortion based on gender, disabilities

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill passed the Senate on Tuesday that would ban a doctor from performing an abortion if the physician knows the mother is basing her decision on gender selection or fetal disabilities. Senate Bill 334 – authored by Travis Holdman, R-Markle – now moves to the House for […]

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Bill would let teachers bargain for own salaries, benefits

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Confusion and concern about collective bargaining rights for teachers slowed progress on a bill Wednesday in a Senate committee. Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, proposed legislation that would allow non-union teachers the right to bargain with their districts for salaries and benefits. But Senate Bill 302 also says that a teacher who […]

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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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Long: State should wait, watch before legalizing marijuana

By Levi Lotz TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana Senate said Tuesday that a bill to legalize the use and distribution of medical marijuana in Indiana needs work and lawmakers should wait before approving it. Senate President Pro-Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill – proposed by Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage – […]

Commentary: Is Indiana going to pot?

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Commentary: Is Indiana going to pot?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, and I don’t agree on a lot, but I think she is definitely right when it comes to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. According to the Associated Press, she plans to introduce a bill this session that would allow for pot to be used for medical […]

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Lawmakers cautiously optimistic about projections for more tax money

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers could have an additional $842 million in new money to spend on the next two-year budget. On Thursday, the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee presented its projections for Fiscal Years 2016 – beginning July 1 – and 2017 to the State Budget Committee. The estimates are used as an […]

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Tallian to push legalization of medical marijuana

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After several failed attempts to pass laws that would decriminalize marijuana, state Sen. Karen Tallian has decided to enact a different strategy. In the 2015 session, Tallian, D-Portage, plans to introduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in the state and establish an agency to create and oversee its […]

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