Politics & Government

Politics & Government
3:44 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Legislation could limit sale of ephedrine

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would place stricter limits on how much ephedrine and pseudoephedrine is bought and sold in the state.   Those drugs are two of the key ingredients used in methamphetamine production.

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Politics & Government
7:29 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Criminal Code Bill passes

Legislation extensively overhauling Indiana’s criminal code passed its first legislative hurdle without interference, although its sponsors aren’t sure it will continue that way.

Lawmakers and members of the criminal justice system have spent three years working on a bill to comprehensively revise the state’s criminal code.  Among other things, it would change sentence lengths and move some crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and vice versa. 

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Pence holds first cabinet meeting

Governor Mike Pence says he’s made no decision yet who will run the Family and Social Services Administration or the Department of Child Services. 

Pence Wednesday held the first meeting with members of his Cabinet.  In attendance were FSSA chief Michael Gargano and DCS director John Ryan, both of whom were appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels.  But Pence said he has not decided whether the two men will stay on in his administration.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Legislator wants tighter laws for synthetic drugs

A state senator is proposing new legislation that would tighten the state’s ban on synthetic drugs. Many synthetic substances were banned last year, but law enforcement officials have had a hard time enforcing the measure.

Current law defines synthetic drugs based on a substance’s chemical makeup. State Sen. Jim Merritt’s bill would significantly expand that definition to include: 1) a substance a reasonable person would believe is a synthetic drug, or 2) a substance that is intended to cause or simulate intoxication.

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Pence gets to work after inauguration

Governor Mike Pence signed 15 executive orders following his inauguration in Indianapolis Monday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence went straight to work after being sworn in Monday, signing 15 executive orders, including a measure stripping some authority away from the incoming state superintendent of public instruction.

One of Pence’s first acts in office was to rescind an executive order signed by former Governor Mitch Daniels.  The new order shifts oversight of the Education Employment Relations Board from the state superintendent to the governor, where it had historically been before Daniels changed it.  The board settles teacher contract disputes. 

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Legislators push for job placement for veterans

If job creation is priority No. 1 for lawmakers this session, job placement for veterans seems to be priority 1-A, with new legislation aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.

The unemployment rate for younger veterans – those of the post 9/11 era – is considerably higher than the rate for average Hoosiers. 

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ball State, IU presidents meet with legislators

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie meets with the Indiana House Ways and Means committee.
Credit Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Ball State President Jo Ann Gora says the state’s funding formula for higher education unfairly favors some schools over others.

Gora says the state’s performance funding system is a one-size-fits-all structure that favors large and growing campuses.  She says schools like Ball State – which Gora believes has focused on quality, rather than quantity – are penalized. 

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Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Indiana Black Caucus announces priorities for 2013

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus says it will focus on improving child safety and fostering economic development in the current session.  Its members say the impact of their initiatives goes beyond the state’s minority communities.

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Politics & Government
2:14 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

As legislative session opens, municipal leaders wonder what's in store

Some municipal leaders watched Monday’s opening of the 2013 Indiana General Assembly session with a wary eye – wondering how taxation rules will affect local government and individual Hoosiers alike. 

The new leader of the House Ways and Means Committee Monday didn’t wholly endorse Governor Mike Pence’s plan to lower income taxes Monday.

When asked about the biggest plank in the platform which led Mike Pence to be elected governor – an across-the-board 10% income tax cut – Crawfordsville Representative Tim Brown wavered.

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Politics & Government
2:58 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Hoosier legislators expect smoother session

House and Senate leaders say they’re looking forward to a less contentious legislative session than the past two years as the General Assembly convenes Monday.

The last two sessions saw sweeping education reforms, Right to Work, abortion bills and immigration measures that created significant conflict between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature. 

Now, the GOP holds a supermajority in both houses. 

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