Politics & Issues

10:05 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Governor Pence To Sign So Called ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Today

RFRA supporters say it is meant to protect against the government infringing on religious beliefs, but critics contend it will legalize discrimination.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to sign the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also known as RFRA, today. It is expected to be signed in a private ceremony closed off from the press and public. The most common criticism of the bill is that it will sanction discrimination, particularly against the LGBT community.
5:18 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Safe Haven ‘Baby Boxes’ Measure Faces Changes In Committee

The legislature would now have to pass another bill next year to authorize the boxes.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee Senate lawmakers Wednesday added a hurdle to a bill that would have allowed newborn incubators, or "baby boxes" to be placed at locations such as churches and fire stations. The legislature would now have to pass another bill next year to authorize the boxes.
10:02 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Sen. Coats Breaks From Party By Not Signing Iran Letter

Sen. Dan Coats was one of the few GOP Senators who did not sign an open letter to Iranian leaders Monday warning them of ongoing nuclear negotiations.
Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, was one of seven Republican senators who did not sign an open letter to Iranian government leaders regarding ongoing nuclear talks. The letter warns that a deal made with the Obama administration might not be valid.
10:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Indiana Senate Passes Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The controversial bill limits state and local governments from infringing on Hoosiers’ religious practices.
Photo: Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana The Indiana Senate passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act yesterday. The controversial bill limits state and local governments from infringing on Hoosiers' religious practices. Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, says the bill would offer employees extra protections for religious accommodations in the workplace.
11:46 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Indiana House Rejects Attempt To Remove Core Of Sunday Alcohol Bill

House lawmakers Thursday narrowly defeated an attempt to scale back some of the regulations in a bill legalizing Sunday alcohol sales.
In committee Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, added to his bill stringent new regulations for non-liquor stores that sell alcohol. Those include requirements to section off alcohol to one area in the store and mandating that hard liquor be put behind a counter.
11:46 am
Fri February 20, 2015

‘Chemical Cremation’ Bill Moves To House Floor

The vote marks the first time a bill legalizing alkaline hydrolysis has successfully cleared an Indiana legislative committee.
Photo: Courtesy of Joe Wilson Alkaline hydrolysis, a process that uses chemicals to dissolve human remains in place of traditional burial and cremation methods, is one step closer to becoming legal in Indiana. A bill that would legalize the process, commonly referred to as "chemical cremation," cleared the house's Public Health Committee 11 to 1 on Wednesday.
11:16 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Changes To Casino Bill Could Cost Counties Millions

An amendment to the gaming bill would eliminate some of the money local communities receive from casinos.
Local communities with casinos could face significant financial losses under changes made Thursday in the House Ways and Means Committee to gaming industry legislation. Communities where casinos are located currently get four pots of money because of those facilities: 1) the admittance tax, 2) the wagering tax, 3) money from the state to supplement previous losses in the admittance tax, and 4) local development agreements, or LDAs - essentially, side contracts with the casinos themselves.
11:12 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Committee Approves Bill Creating Alternative Energy Fee

A bill approved Wednesday in a House committee would allow utilities to charge future alternative energy customers a fee.
Indiana utility companies say customers who use alternative energy sources such as solar panels aren't paying their fair share for using the state's energy infrastructure. A bill approved Wednesday in a House committee would allow utilities to charge future alternative energy customers a fee.
11:06 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bill That Lists Synthetic Drug Compounds Passes Committee

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 93, which would list all illegal substances used in these drugs within the state’s administrative code.
A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that would clarify the state's prohibition on synthetic drugs and the compounds used to make them. The legislation comes after an existing law was overturned by a state appellate court.
11:01 am
Wed February 18, 2015

State House Passes Bill To Reduce Infant Mortality Rate

Photo: Courtesy of the Indiana House of Representatives The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday it hopes will help reduce Indiana's infant mortality rate, one of the worst in the country. It's called the Safety PIN bill, standing for Protecting Indiana's Newborns.

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