Politics & Issues

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.
10:59 am
Wed February 18, 2015

House GOP Budget Would Change How Schools Are Funded

Where does all the money that taxpayers invest in public education go? That's a question lawmakers must consider every two years when they build the state's biennial budget. And during this " education session," it's more relevant than ever - the proposed budget released by House Republicans Monday spends more money on K-12 education than ever before in state history.
8:22 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Tax Simplification Bill Faces Changes From House Committee

Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed tax bill aims to simplify the tax code by, in part, eliminating more than two dozen tax credits.
Photo: PT Money (ptmoney.com) A measure aimed at simplifying the state's tax code is on its way to the House floor. But the version committee members passed doesn't include as many changes as Gov. Mike Pence was pushing for. Pence's proposed tax bill, sponsored by Rep.
5:09 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

The Clock Is Counting Down On Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for health insurance through the federal marketplace ends Sunday.
Time is running out to enroll in a health insurance plan through the federal marketplace. Open enrollment ends Feb. 15. After that date, uninsured Americans could be subject to penalties. And, those will be higher than they were in 2014.