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Balanced budget, school funding-fix top priorities for House GOP

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans promised to enact a balanced budget, reform the school funding formula, improve Statehouse ethics and promote public health and safety, if they maintain their majority following the Nov. 4 elections.

October 14, 2014 11:30 pm

Odds improving for Indiana land-based gaming

INDIANAPOLIS | The Legislature's gaming study committee appears poised to recommend Indiana's permanently docked riverboat casinos be allowed to move on land adjacent to their current sites.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Indiana should consider land-based casinos

Indiana's casino industry is weakening and needs help from the state government to shore it up.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am

No decision yet on fate of Camp Summit

PLAINFIELD | The future of Camp Summit, a LaPorte County paramilitary-style youth offender rehabilitation center, remains in limbo as state prison officials await a decision by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

October 02, 2014 5:45 pm
Tax cuts, land-based gaming top casino wish lists

Tax cuts, land-based gaming top casino wish lists

INDIANAPOLIS | A panel of Hoosier lawmakers seeking strategies to stem the state's gaming tax revenue decline and preserve 13,000 casino jobs listened closely late last week as Indiana casino operators shared their ideas.

September 28, 2014 10:45 pm Related
Pence claims DOC wanted Camp Summit closed

Pence claims DOC wanted Camp Summit closed

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence revealed Tuesday the decision to close Camp Summit, a LaPorte paramilitary-style youth offender rehabilitation center, originated with the Indiana Department of Correction.

September 09, 2014 4:40 pm Related
RICH JAMES: Committee rolling dice on casinos' future

RICH JAMES: Committee rolling dice on casinos' future

The greatest sign I’ve ever seen hanging in a politician’s office said, “God so loved the world that he didn’t send a committee.”

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
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
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

Indiana lawmakers to study effects of casino competition

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers this summer will study the ongoing and potential impacts of increased competition for Indiana's gaming industry, including the effects of a potential Chicago casino on riverboats in Hammond, East Chicago, Gary and Michigan City.

May 14, 2014 5:30 pm

2 Chicago casino options threaten NWI jobs, tax revenue

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana casinos, communities and residents stand to lose big if a suburban Illinois state lawmaker wins approval for either of his plans to expand gaming in Chicago.

April 16, 2014 7:15 pm

GOP lawmakers hostile to opponents of guns at schools proposal

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican state lawmakers defending their plan to allow Hoosiers to carry guns in school parking lots were accused Monday of bullying conference committee witnesses who argued that guns at schools will make children less safe.

March 10, 2014 12:00 pm

State lawmakers send more measures to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House and Senate met briefly Thursday to give final approval to another batch of legislation that now goes to Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

March 06, 2014 6:15 pm

House panel removes target from gun buyback programs

INDIANAPOLIS | A Senate-approved ban on local governments holding gun buyback events was deleted Tuesday from pending gun legislation by a House committee, which also voted to make it easier for adults to bring guns onto school property.

February 25, 2014 12:40 pm

Region lawmakers successful at moving proposals through Legislature

INDIANAPOLIS | Two proposals backed by Northwest Indiana lawmakers advanced closer to the governor's desk Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 6:00 pm

NWI legislators all back South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation stands united in supporting expanding the South Shore Line, but members are skeptical the state will play a significant role in extending the commuter train to Dyer -- despite the best efforts of some region lawmakers.

February 09, 2014 6:00 am Related

Lawmakers advancing proposals quickly in short legislative session

INDIANAPOLIS | As the Indiana General Assembly nears the midpoint of its 2014 session, the Republican-controlled House and Senate this week approved scores of legislative proposals that now go to the opposite chamber for further review.

January 31, 2014 2:00 pm Related

House divorces second sentence from marriage amendment

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted 52-43 on Monday to delete the controversial second sentence of the marriage amendment, likely restarting the multiyear amendment process and potentially postponing a public vote on the issue until at least 2016.

January 27, 2014 7:45 pm Related
RICH JAMES: Alcohol sales could leave the Dark Ages

RICH JAMES: Alcohol sales could leave the Dark Ages

Sip by sip, Indiana seems poised to step out of the Dark Ages when it comes to laws governing the sale and consumption of alcohol.

January 22, 2014 12:00 am
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