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Two-year budget sent to the governor after late night votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget will head to the governor’s desk for final approval next week after lawmakers resolved several sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding. The budget passed both the House and Senate Friday, 68-30 and 42-8 respectively. “I’m very satisfied that we’ve completed a historic […]

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Five Republicans buck party line on road funding

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Five Republicans voted against the Senate Republican version of the state’s road funding plan that will likely leave Hoosiers paying more in taxes to sustain Indiana roads. The highly-debated transportation bill passed the full Senate Tuesday 34-13. The Senate Republican version includes a 10 cent increase in the gasoline […]

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Road funding: Gov. against cigarette tax hike, tolls still on the table

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s press conference in the 2017 legislative session came with revealing details about where he stands on pre-K funding, the cigarette tax and toll roads. This comes after the Indiana House and Senate unveiled their proposed budgets for the next two fiscal years. The House budget called […]

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Senate budget slashes cigarette tax, pre-K

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate leaders unveiled their version of the state’s budget Thursday without a cigarette tax hike, but including the possibility for toll roads and less funding than the House for the On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The Senate’s version totals $32.1 billion over two years, leaving $1.8 billion in […]

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Public forums portion of school prayer bill removed

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aiming to protect students’ religious freedom in schools continues to move forward without one of its major components. House Bill 1024 allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers or administrators. The bill’s author, Rep. John […]

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Statehouse Chambers don’t agree on pre-K funding

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for less pre-kindergarten spending than the plans proposed by both the Indiana House and Gov. Eric Holcomb. The committee Thursday altered Senate Bill 276 to include a $3 million increase to the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends low-income children to […]

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Patient access to opioid prescriptions could be limited

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some patients who need Oxycodone or Vicodin may find that their doctor can only prescribe the medication for a week if bill continues to advance through the General Assembly. Minors and first-time users would be limited under Senate Bill 226 with the hopes of preventing opioid addiction. With only […]

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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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Sales tax proposed for out-of-state merchants

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Out-of-state retailers who do business in Indiana will be required to collect a tax from their customers making online purchases from them. Senate Bill 545 passed the Senate by a 42-1 vote, with only Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, dissenting. Specifically, the bill requires retail merchants outside of Indiana to […]

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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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