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Summer study committee to take a closer look at alcohol laws

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Unworkable, unpredictable and unreasonable is how Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, described Indiana’s alcohol laws Thursday in a legislative council meeting. The council met to discuss and approve the upcoming summer study committees. The committees meet to take an in-depth look at different topics that were discussed […]

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LGBT civil rights, transgender bathroom debate goes nowhere in committee

Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers may leave the debate surrounding LGBT civil rights in the hands of the court. The Courts and the Judiciary Interim Study Committee met to hear testimony and study the issue, but ended up not making any recommendations for legislators Tuesday. “I think each and every one of these issues […]

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Bauer brings back measure to collect DNA

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, filed a bill during Organization Day Tuesday to require the collection of a DNA sample from people arrested on felony charges. “This is an important, crime-fighting measure that will help to bring to justice people who have committed violent crimes, like murder and rape,” Bauer said […]

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Education study committee says $4 million is needed for special ed.

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Interim Study Committee on Education discussed expanding funding for special education in schools on Tuesday afternoon and the group said it would take about $4 million to do it right. “A handful of kids, which kind of fall through the cracks that are in preschool that are categorized as […]

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Redistricting study committee passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will establish a study committee to consider how to handle redistricting and evaluate the benefits and problems with changing the state’s mapping methods passed the Senate on Wednesday. Redistricting is the act of redrawing the lines that define legislative and congressional districts. Lawmakers redraw those lines […]

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Senate sends House a bill to study marriage

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers would undertake a study on marriage and whether state laws can help strengthen it under legislation the Senate passed on Tuesday. Senate Bill 564, authored by Sen. Joseph Zakas, R-Granger, originally would have required some copules to wait longer to finalize a divorce. But as amended in a […]

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Study group: Eliminate personal property tax for small business

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – About half of all Indiana companies would stop paying property taxes on the value of their equipment under a recommendation a legislative study committee made Wednesday. The group’s chairman – Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – said those firms might be required to pay a modest fee to help […]

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Study group: Legalize, regulate fenced hunting preserves

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fenced deer hunting preserves would be legalized and regulated in Indiana if the General Assembly implements a recommendation approved Tuesday by a legislative study committee. The group’s endorsement went beyond simply legalizing the handful of preserves that already exist. Instead, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Study Committee voted 8-3 […]

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Tax caps having greatest impact for owners of rental property, farms

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The owners of rental homes and apartments are among the property owners that are helped most by a tax cap system the state fully implemented in 2010. In all, the tax caps reduced bills – and therefore reduced revenue to local units of government and schools – by $766 […]

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Indiana’s use of renewable energy up over past decade

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers are using significantly more energy from renewable sources – including biofuels and wind – than they were just 10 years ago, a Purdue University expert told lawmakers Tuesday. But the total amount of energy coming from those sources in the state remains small and less than the national […]

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