Terri Austin

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)
Brandon Smith

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.


A House committee approved a bill that requires doctors to tell patients their medication-induced abortions could be reversed.

The committee also changed the bill to, as one lawmaker put it, “balance out” that language.

In testimony on the measure last week, doctors were split on the reversal of medication-induced abortions. Some supported it, citing individual cases. Others said no scientifically valid studies support those claims.

State And Federal Legislation Addresses Student Debt Literacy

Mar 19, 2015
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While the cost of college across the country has been going up, so has the average amount of student loan debt.  Legislation in both the state and federal governments is now looking at educating students who borrow money for college about just how big their burden is. 

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In committee Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, added to his bill stringent new regulations for non-liquor stores that sell alcohol.

Those include requirements to section off alcohol to one area in the store and mandating that hard liquor be put behind a counter.

An amendment on the House floor Thursday would have allowed grocery stores to keep hard liquor out on the floor, while requiring that liquor to have safety caps and 24-hour video surveillance.

Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, says the amendment helps average Hoosier shoppers.

Lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly have formed a small business caucus they say will help connect with the state’s small business owners on a more personal level. 

Senator Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) is the owner of a small business and the co-chair of the newly-formed Small Business Caucus in the General Assembly.  He says he helped start the caucus because he thought lawmakers take for granted that small businesses would be well-represented in the Statehouse, considering many legislators are small business owners themselves.