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Video & Story: Senate keeps HJR 3 off ballot until at least 2016

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Video & Story: Senate keeps HJR 3 off ballot until at least 2016

HJR-3 Senate Second Reading from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers won’t be seeing the same-sex marriage amendment on this year’s ballot. After the Indiana House of Representatives voted to eliminate the controversial second sentence last month, it was up to the Senate to decide whether to re-add the sentence or […]

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Lawmakers – or most of them – return to start 2014 session

By Lesley Weidenbener and Chris Bavender TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Snow-covered roads and frigid temperatures nearly kept the House and Senate from getting the quorum each chamber needed to launch the 2014 legislative session. The House gaveled in with just 67 members present – the minimum two-thirds needed to conduct business. In the Senate, meanwhile, leaders […]

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Sen. Nugent won’t seek reelection

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Johnny Nugent, R-Lawrenceburg, announced Monday that he would not pursue re-election after completing his current term. “Volunteering to retire from the Senate has been one of my more difficult decisions,” Nugent said in a statement. “However, after a great amount of thoughtful prayer and quiet personal reflection, I […]

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Sen. Tom Wyss – known for driving safety laws – will retire after current term

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, announced Thursday he will not seek reelection in 2014, which will end a 36-year career of service as an elected official. Wyss, known best for his efforts on drunk driving and homeland security issues, will keep his seat through the end of the current […]

Analysis: Senate’s reform ‘fatigue’ may complicate end-of-session negotiations

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Analysis: Senate’s reform ‘fatigue’ may complicate end-of-session negotiations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With Republicans fully in charge of the General Assembly and the governor’s office, it would be easy to assume that lawmakers won’t even need these last two weeks of the session to finish up their work on key bills that cover state spending, utility regulation and school choice. But […]

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Behning says no hearing – at least for now – to bill to pausing Common Core

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The chairman of the House Education Committee said Tuesday he has no plans now to hear a bill passed by the Senate that would pause Indiana’s implementation of the Common Core curriculum. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said that slowing down Common Core – a set of standards created by […]

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Senate passes health care bill that could expand coverage for poor

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would have Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pursue an expansion of health care for the poor, but not in the way prescribed by the U.S. Congress. Senate Bill 551 would have Pence’s administration follow through with its already-in-motion efforts to ask the federal […]

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NASA astronaut from Indiana speaks to Senate via satellite

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – NASA astronaut Kevin Ford squeezed a bubble of orange juice out of a foil package into the air on Thursday inside the International Space Station. It hung in the air, as members of the Indiana Senate, their staffs and school children across Indiana watched via satellite link. Ford glided […]

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Senate honors Vi Simpson with resolution, speeches

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State senators took time out of Tuesday’s session to honor former Sen. Vi Simpson, a Democrat from Ellettsville who gave up her seat in the chamber last year to run for lieutenant governor. Simpson served in the Indiana Senate for 28 years and was the minority floor leader from […]

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Indiana senators will chat live with Hoosier at the International Space Station

Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State senators will communicate next Thursday with an astronaut at the International Space Station who is a native Hoosier. President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced that Kevin Ford – who was born in Portland but calls Montpeleir his hometown – will be broadcast to the Senate chamber through […]

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