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The Senate chamber in the Indiana Statehouse. The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee changed the mix of taxes and fees in House Bill 1002, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso. But the committee still overwhelmingly agreed, 11-2, to advance the tax-hike proposal to the 50-member chamber.

INDIANAPOLIS — Republicans and Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly united Thursday to condemn overproduction and dumping by foreign steel makers, and to urge the federal government to strictly enforce the nation’s trade laws.

Senate Resolution 68 and House Resolution 69 ask Indiana’s congressional delegation to take any “action necessary to protect the domestic steel industry from unfair foreign competition.”

Both resolutions were approved unanimously.

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State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, explained that state-owned steel mills in China have increased production by nearly 700 million tons in the past 14 years.

Despite sluggish demand, China also has boosted steel exports by 20 percent in just the past year, he said. That makes it difficult for U.S. steel mills, which collectively produce 100 million tons a year, to compete.

“We’re not asking for special treatment at this point in time, all we’re asking for is that the competition that the steel industry competes in is fair,” Charbonneau said.

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Financial Affairs Reporter

Dan has reported on Indiana state government for The Times since 2009. He also covers casinos, campaigns and corruption.