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Podcast: Legislative news for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

In today’s podcast, hear testimony about the smoking ban bill and learn what union has filed a lawsuit against the state’s right-to-work law. Listen now: Check back daily for our news summary.

Northern Indiana union files right-to-work lawsuit

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Union members from Northwest Indiana filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block Indiana’s right-to-work law. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill into law earlier this month after a year-long debate in both chambers. Representatives of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 filed the lawsuit in […]

Analysis: Lawmakers have been up to much more than right to work

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Analysis: Lawmakers have been up to much more than right to work

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – As Republicans and Democrats were squabbling over contentious right-to-work legislation in January, lawmakers were quietly passing a long list of bills that might otherwise have garnered much more attention. That might be a surprise. To listen to some political insiders and opponents, it would be easy to […]

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Commentary: The money is what matters

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Jesse Unruh, the powerful speaker of the California State Assembly, said it best. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics,” he said in 1966. Politicians demonstrate the truth of that statement on a daily basis. Sometimes, the lessons are more blatant than others. This is one of […]

Podcast: Legislative news for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2012

In today’s podcast, hear about the passage of the right-to-work bill and what Sens. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, and Karen Tallian, D-Portage, have to say about the new law. Check back every day to listen to our news summary.

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Video: Union members protest as the right-to-work bill becomes law

Thousands of protesters came to the Statehouse on Wednesday to protest as the Senate debated and passed a right-to-work bill. Right to work protest at the Indiana Statehouse – Feb. 1, 2012 from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Governor signs right-to-work law as thousands protest at Statehouse

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed right-to-work into law Wednesday almost immediately after the Indiana Senate moved it to his desk on a 28-22 vote. The bill’s passage into law came as thousands of protestors swarmed the Statehouse and marched through downtown Indianapolis as the city prepared to host […]

Right to work moves to final vote

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Democrats in the Indiana Senate proposed three amendments Tuesday to the right-to-work bill passed by the House. All three amendments failed. The amendment that would have changed the measure that would make it illegal for a business to require employees to pay fees to a union as […]

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Senate committee passes right to work as Democrats boycott

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats left a committee meeting Monday morning as testimony began on a controversial right-to-work bill that already has passed the House. But because Republicans have such a big majority in the chamber, the GOP members were able to pass the bill to the full Senate, even […]

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Timeline: The right-to-work debate in the 2012 session

The right-to-work bill could become law soon in Indiana. Here’s the path it has traveled so far this year:   The right to work issue in Indiana – 2012 on Dipity.