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Senate Sends Foster Care Reform Bill To Governor

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Senate sent a bill to the governor’s desk Thursday that aims to reform Indiana’s foster care system.

State Representative David Frizzell Resigning

Apr 18, 2019
Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis). (Photo courtesy of Indiana House Republicans)
Brandon Smith

Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) will resign from his seat later this year, halfway through his term. 

Public Gets Final Chance To Testify On State Budget

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The public got its last chance Thursday to weigh in on the budget bill as lawmakers finalize the state’s new two-year, $34 billion spending plan.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

An ordinance that would ban large-scale wind farms from Tippecanoe County is moving on to county commissioners for approval and implementation. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend its passage at a meeting Wednesday.

Meeting attendants argued both for and against wind turbines. That’s a change from previous discussions of the proposed ban, which were mostly opposed to wind farm development.

Those in favor of wind farms say the ban is a step back for Tippecanoe County and limits potential developments in sustainable, green energy.

The Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance urged lawmakers at the Statehouse Wednesday to continue funding a four day-a-week passenger train from Indianapolis to Chicago.

The Hoosier State Amtrak line has received $3 million in state funding each year. This funding was removed from this year’s state budget.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) discuss the new revenue forecast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana budget writers will have about $100 million less to work with than previously anticipated.

A new revenue forecast unveiled Wednesday will help determine what Indiana’s new state budget will look like.

Fertility Fraud Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Apr 17, 2019

A bill creating civil and criminal penalties for fertility fraud is headed to the governor’s desk.

Outstanding questions sidelined a bill in the legislature to tax vaping products. But the bill’s sponsor feels confident the legislation will move forward this year.

Senate Passes Two-Year State Budget

Apr 16, 2019

The Senate passed its version of the state budget for the next two years. Democrats are banking on getting some last minute changes ahead of Wednesday’s updated revenue forecast.

The session’s gaming bill passed the House Monday. But many supporters say they want a number of changes to the final version of the bill.

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