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5:08 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Fishers Passes Anti-RFRA Resolution

One town councillor says faith -- the subject of the bill -- teaches him to be inclusive, not discriminatory.
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Fishers is the latest Indiana city to distance itself from the Indiana’s so-called "religious freedom" law.

Fishers‘ all-Republican city council has unanimously approved a resolution drafted by Mayor Scott Fadness affirming the city‘s commitment to diversity as the lifeblood of the entrepreneurial community it‘s seeking to promote.

Council president Pete Peterson says the war over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act threatens to hit cities in the pocketbook.

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Government
4:56 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Easter, Final Four Shortening Timeline To Fix RFRA

A lack of hotel rooms for lawmakers because of the Final Four means the Indiana General Assembly won't be in session Monday.
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If Statehouse Republicans hope to meet Governor Mike Pence’s end-of-the-week deadline fix the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, they’ll have to make those fixes Thursday.

That’s because the Easter holiday weekend and the culmination of the NCAA basketball tournament Monday mean lawmakers are about to take a four-day weekend.

House Speaker Brian Bosma maintains the bill never allowed discrimination, but says new language will clarify that point.

Senate President David Long says the language is still in discussion and nothing has been decided.

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Government
4:23 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

ACLU To Examine If RFRA Supersedes Civil Rights Laws

(From left) Rev. Jeffrey Mikels, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, ACLU representative Liz Welch and Rev. Peter Bunder participate in the ACLU of Indiana panel Wednesday in Lafayette.
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An American Civil Liberties Union representative encouraged Tippecanoe County residents Wednesday to reject the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, which she says could erase 60 years of civil rights progress in Indiana.

ACLU national organizer Liz Welch says the organization is working on an act that may be the solution.

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General News
1:08 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Senate Committee Considering Amendment To Bill That Would Repeal Common Construction Wage

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Opponents of legislation eliminating Indiana’s common construction wage say an amendment proposed in a Senate committee is a step forward but won’t fix the bill. 

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General News
8:42 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Purdue RFRA Response Differs From Other Colleges

This is the Purdue web page containing the text of the original letter, before it was changed Tuesday afternoon.
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More than half a dozen university presidents have penned open letters opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.

“I had been watching the law develop and its repercussions over a couple days and I felt personally very strong about it," says DePauw University President Brian Casey. Like most, Casey's letter is personal – addressed as much from the administrator as from the university.

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