Karen Tallian

Independent evaluator Paul Vincent (center left) and DCS Director Terry Stigdon (center right) discuss DCS issues with Indiana's Legislative Council. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he’s “disturbed” previous administrations ignored reports on the Department of Child Services.

Democratic lawmakers question whether this time will be different.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says some Hoosier taxpayers would have seen tax increases without legislation approved during the special session. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Lawmakers approved two substantial tax measures during Monday’s one-day special session.

Many of the provisions sought to conform state tax laws with major policy changes made by the recent federal tax reform bill – which Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says is part of what made a special session necessary.

DCS Chief, Holcomb Disagree On Agency Funding Levels

Dec 18, 2017

 

Indiana Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says the well-being of Hoosier children has been put at risk because of steps taken by Governor Eric Holcomb’s administration.

Bonaventura’s sharp criticisms came in her resignation letter, delivered to Holcomb last week.

Airbnb, Short-term Rentals Bill Passes Senate

Apr 6, 2017

The Senate approved a measure 27-20 Thursday that stops local governments from banning short-term rentals, such as Airbnb.

The legislation establishes guidelines for short-term rentals, including a ban on renting more than 30 days in a row and 180 days total in a year. But it prohibits barring short-term rentals outright.

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage), who opposes the bill, says it undoes 50 years of zoning ordinances and risks the commercialization of residential neighborhoods.

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Senate lawmakers Tuesday advanced their compromise on the ongoing road funding debate. 

The Senate’s version of the road funding bill does not raise any taxes (unlike its House counterpart).  Instead, it would spend down the state’s surplus and give local governments more freedom to raise or create road funding taxes. 

It would also create a new task force compromised of lawmakers and state and local officials. Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) says the task force will focus on transportation infrastructure needs and develop long-term funding solutions.

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Senate fiscal leadership Thursday unveiled its attempt at a compromise in the road funding debate. The effort came in the form of a committee amendment that dismantled much of the House Republicans’ proposal.

The Senate’s action came one day after House Republicans inserted the entirety of their plan into a Senate bill, ensuring it would be kept alive in the process.  That’s because the Senate committee only kept small portions of the House plan in the proposal it unveiled. 

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Restaurant and retail workers would have to get their work schedules at least two weeks in advance under a bill proposed in the state Senate.

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) says it's increasingly common for stores and restaurants to wait till the last minute to tell employees whether they're working, or to send them home after they show up for work.

Tallian says that’s unfair...

“They’ve scheduled their lives around having to be at work: daycare, moving, taking care of children or people at home,” Tallian says.

Medical Marijuana Debate Killed (Again) In Senate

Jan 19, 2016
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The Senate has snuffed out another attempt to open the door to medical marijuana in Indiana.

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) has authored bills in past years to decriminalize pot or allow medical marijuana use.

This time, she tried instead to allow people with valid prescriptions from other states to use that as a defense against a possession charge.

Tallian says legislators have created a catch-22 on medical marijuana.

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For at least the fifth time, State Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) says she plans to introduce legislation that would reduce the penalty for marijuana use.

Three times a Tallian-authored bill that would have completely decriminalized marijuana use failed to clear the Senate.

This year marks the second time she’s written a law making the drug usable only for medicinal purposes.

Karen Tallian Out Of Governor's Race

Aug 18, 2015
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A second Democratic candidate is leaving the 2016 Indiana governor’s race.  In a statement released Monday, State Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) says she is withdrawing and now supports John Gregg. Gregg was the 2012 Democratic gubernatorial nominee and is the only announced candidate left in the race.

In an interview with Indiana Public Broadcasting earlier this year, Tallian said because her senate seat wasn’t up for election in 2016, she could make a run for governor with “nothing to lose.” 

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