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Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the gaming study, Hoosier lawmakers this summer and fall will take a closer look at issues ranging from juvenile justice to digital privacy, and state-based health exchanges to bike trails.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Related
Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

INDIANAPOLIS | The seven statewide elected officials can use state property for campaign purposes, so long as they approve a policy statement authorizing themselves to do so.

July 10, 2014 12:18 pm Related

State school board sidelines Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS | The members of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's State Board of Education seized total control of the school policy panel Wednesday by reducing its statutory chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, to a mere figurehead.

July 09, 2014 6:30 pm
Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | If you picture the 150 members of the General Assembly as a choir, this year they sang their loudest hosannas for the business-first agenda of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 04, 2014 8:00 pm Related

Pence tax conference focuses on simplification

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence enthusiastically embraced the mantra of tax simplification that participants attending his tax conference Tuesday claimed is urgently needed in Indiana.

June 24, 2014 12:51 pm

Dems hope party's inclusiveness appeals to Hoosier voters

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana Democrats are optimistic they will add to their legislative delegation and win control of the three state offices on the November ballot by promoting themselves as the political party for all Hoosiers.

May 31, 2014 7:06 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Dem field organizers will help candidates spread word

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dem field organizers will help candidates spread word

There’s a new kind of Republican Party in Indiana, and to combat this new extremism, we need a new kind of tool.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am
Battles resignation reduces likelihood of Democratic House majority

Battles resignation reduces likelihood of Democratic House majority

INDIANAPOLIS | The road back to majority status for Indiana House Democrats got a little longer Friday after one of the party's two remaining rural representatives resigned his seat and quit his re-election bid.

May 16, 2014 2:00 pm
Pence unveils alternative to Medicaid expansion

Pence unveils alternative to Medicaid expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier Republicans, Democrats and hospitals are pleased Gov. Mike Pence now will accept health funds provided through the Affordable Care Act. But it remains to be seen whether federal officials will approve the governor's innovative terms and conditions.

May 15, 2014 2:00 pm
RICH JAMES: Can McDermott's positives outweigh his negative?

RICH JAMES: Can McDermott's positives outweigh his negative?

Can you name the last Indiana governor to hail from Lake County?

April 23, 2014 12:00 am

Preschool funding plan wins governor's approval

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana has taken a tentative step toward joining the 41 other states that use tax revenue to fund preschool education.

March 27, 2014 12:35 pm

Pence expects business tax cuts to produce new jobs

GREENWOOD, Ind. | Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a package of business tax cuts Tuesday that's smaller than he originally sought, but which he believes still will lure companies to Indiana and help existing Hoosier employers grow.

March 25, 2014 6:00 pm

Pence approves education, career training, school safety laws

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence on Monday signed into law 20 proposals approved this month by the General Assembly that are intended to boost career education in Indiana, improve job prospects for Hoosiers and make schools safer.

March 24, 2014 3:45 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: General Assembly could have done much more

GUEST COMMENTARY: General Assembly could have done much more

Even before our work had wrapped up, our governor had issued a video complimenting the Legislature’s accomplishments. He was quickly echoed by the leaders of his super-majorities in the Indiana House and Senate.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am
GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican House and Senate leaders, along with Gov. Mike Pence, claimed victory for their legislative agendas Friday, while Democrats despaired that the 2014 Indiana General Assembly didn't do more to improve the lives of everyday Hoosiers.

March 14, 2014 3:30 pm Related

Business tax cut advances at Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled House approved a business tax cut proposal Monday that's expected to be merged with a state Senate-revised measure into one plan that its supporters claim will create jobs for Hoosiers.

March 03, 2014 7:45 pm
Second round in marriage fight likely coming next year

Second round in marriage fight likely coming next year

INDIANAPOLIS | Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, intends to hold a second Senate vote on the marriage amendment next year to ensure it gets on the ballot in 2016.

February 23, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Pelath declares legislative session 'unproductive failure'

Pelath declares legislative session 'unproductive failure'

INDIANAPOLIS | House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is disappointed that the Republican-controlled General Assembly is on track to produce zero major accomplishments before adjourning for the year in just three weeks.

February 21, 2014 11:30 pm
Pence not telling whole story on state business tax comparisons

Pence not telling whole story on state business tax comparisons

INDIANAPOLIS | It's not often you'll hear a Hoosier governor claim Indiana's business taxes should be more like those in Illinois.

February 16, 2014 12:35 am Photos

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EDITORIAL: Indiana doesn't need extra education agency

House Republicans stood up for costly duplication of services when they thwarted Democratic leader Scott Pelath's attempt to pull the financial plug on the Center for Education and Career Innovation.

February 10, 2014 12:00 am
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