Statehouse News

Senate Republicans chief of staff, legal counsel leaving for law firm

April 26, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Senate Majority Caucus Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel Jeff Papa is leaving his legislative work to take a position with Barnes & Thornburg LLP later this summer, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday.
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Lawmakers' push to avoid social issues draws ire from some

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A push from GOP leaders in the Indiana Legislature to set aside divisive social issues this session has frustrated some social conservative groups who suggest Republican lawmakers ignored what their constituents care about.
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Indiana governor says he will sign several contested bills

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
Statehouse employees will be able to carry guns at the Statehouse, people with epilepsy will be able to use marijuana-derived oil as medicine and parents will see a modest increase in abortion notification rights when it comes to their minor children, under measures Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday said he will sign into law.
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Holcomb vetoes public records search-fee bill

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb used the first stroke of his veto pen Monday afternoon on a bill that would have allowed state and local government agencies to charge a fee to citizens for public records requests that required more than two hours of work.
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Legislature passes vaping overhaul that removes controversial security firm scheme

April 24, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The Indiana General Assembly — on the last day of the session — put its final stamp of approval on a proposal to overhaul the rules for Indiana’s vaping industry after two years of controversial actions.
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Indy judges to have closed-door interviews before retention nod

April 24, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges would appear behind closed doors before a committee comprised mainly of political appointees who would recommend whether jurists should or should not be retained in office, according to a bill that passed the General Assembly.
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Lawmakers nearing new deal on Ricker's beer carryout issue

April 21, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Two Ricker's convenience stores in Indiana would be able to continue sellling cold beer for carryout, but only for another year, under the latest version of a bill being considered by state lawmakers.
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Domestic violence bill joined to study of ‘constitutional carry’ effort

April 19, 2017
Dave Stafford
Supporters of a bill that would have allowed victims of domestic violence to carry handguns without a license say a broader effort to eliminate all carry permit requirements delayed needed protections for a vulnerable population and could muddle the issues.
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Legislators discuss need for ‘people’s voice’ in selecting Marion Superior judges

April 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Legislators raised several concerns Monday afternoon during the conference committee for House Bill 1036, which establishes merit selection for choosing Marion Superior judges. Several expressed the need to allow the general public to have a say through elections.
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Senate Judiciary Committee sends 3 issues to study committee

April 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
The effect that revisions to Indiana’s Criminal Code are having on the population of county jails is now a topic up for further legislative review after the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee passed a resolution to recommend the issue for a summer study committee.
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Holcomb signs off on provision removing AG residence requirement

April 14, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s attorney general no longer has to reside in Indianapolis to hold office now that Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill to remove the residency requirement.
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Indiana Senate OKs new hurdle for minors seeking abortions

April 13, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Senate sent Gov. Eric Holcomb a measure Wednesday that would make it tougher for a minor to have an abortion without her parents knowing about it, after legislators changed the wording to leave open the possibility that the procedure could still be kept private under some circumstances.
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Lawmakers approve peeping drones crime bill on final passage

April 12, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are sending Gov. Eric Holcomb a bill targeting drone operators who use the new technology for the age-old crime of voyeurism.
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Senators approve ban on sanctuary campuses in final vote

April 12, 2017
 Associated Press
Lawmakers have voted to send the governor a bill banning so-called sanctuary campuses in Indiana.
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Legislature approves bill curtailing solar panel incentives

April 11, 2017
 Associated Press
A bill pushed by Indiana's investor-owned utilities that would eliminate much of the financial incentive available to those who install solar panels is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk after it was approved on Monday by the Legislature.
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Needle exchange bill goes to Holcomb after Senate OK

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A bill Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb supports that would give local governments control over creating needle-exchange programs is headed to his desk.
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Marion County judicial-selection bill headed for conference committee

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill that would establish a merit-based judicial selection system for Marion Superior judges is entering its final phases of negotiation after it cleared the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.
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Amended BMV bill requires hearing on attorney fees award

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to limit the collection of attorney fees in government-related class-action lawsuits is scheduled for a final vote in the Indiana Senate today.
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Indiana House passes bill to cut solar panel incentives

April 5, 2017
 Associated Press
Much of the financial incentive for installing solar panels would be eliminated under a bill approved by the Indiana House.
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Indiana panel OKs bill letting Ricker's store sell cold beer

April 3, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana House panel has approved a bill allowing Ricker's convenience stores to temporarily continue selling cold beer.
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Committee advances bill to close cold beer sales loophole

March 30, 2017
 Associated Press
A legal loophole used by an Indiana convenience store chain to sell cold beer would be snapped shut under a proposal that was advanced Wednesday by an Indiana Senate committee.
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Indiana House panel amends overhaul of troubled vaping law

March 30, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana House panel has amended legislation targeting the state's problematic vaping law to reintroduce certain regulations.
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Domestic violence victim gun bill steered to study

March 29, 2017
Dave Stafford
A controversial bill that would have allowed victims of domestic violence to legally carry a gun without a permit was steered to a summer study committee Wednesday following testimony from victims and advocates on both sides of the issue.
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Indy judicial selection bill revised: Bar groups out, vote in

March 29, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis voters would elect four of 14 members of a proposed committee to nominate Marion Superior Court judges under a revised bill that eliminates bar group representation on the panel and continues to draw opposition from African-American lawmakers and community members.
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'Ban the box' Senate bill passes House

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
As the Indiana General Assembly moves closer to the end of the 2017 long session, state legislators are beginning to hold their final votes on various bills, including legislation on “ban the box” provisions.  
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