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5:30 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Amended High-Fenced Deer Hunting Bill Passes Committee

Indiana’s high-fenced deer hunting industry has been marred in controversy for a decade.
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A Senate committee passed an amended version of a bill Monday that would regulate Indiana’s high-fenced hunting industry.

Legislators have been debating the issue for a decade.

The bill attempts to address some of the issues deer farmers, hunting preserve owners and wildlife advocates have been at odds over for years.

It would regulate deer hunting preserves, fees and setting up licensing requirements.

Republican Representative Sean Eberhart says it would also address concerns about Chronic Wasting Disease making its way into Indiana.

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Elections & Politics
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Rokita: War Chest Allows Time To Think About Coats' Seat

Rokita, who's won five elections, has more than $1 million in his official campaign fund.
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Though he’s not declaring his candidacy yet, Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) says he is considering a run for the Senate seat set to be vacated by Dan Coats (R-IN) next year.

Rokita says it was his time on the senator’s staff that helped him decide to become a politician.

“I was an intern in his office at one point in time. I was a very young man – an unpaid intern. And so in many ways, Dan Coats gave me the bug for public service,” Rokita says.

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Government
3:56 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawmakers Spar Over What It Means To 'Clarify' RFRA

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Republican leaders announced Monday they will introduce legislative language to clarify that Indiana’s religious freedom bill will not allow discrimination against anyone.  But Democratic leaders Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) say full repeal of the law must be the first step…with the second being legislation to specifically protect LGBT Hoosiers through the state’s anti-discrimination law.  But Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says with only four weeks left in the session, now isn’t the time for that debate:

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Government
3:44 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

RFRA Scrutiny Shines Light On Similar Arkansas Bill

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Nationwide scrutiny aimed at Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act may be making Arkansas legislators uncomfortable about passing their own religious freedom bill.

The bill, named the “Conscience Protection Act,” follows the same argument as Indiana’s religious freedom bill – that religious liberties are under stack and need protection. The bill awaits House approval on Senate amendments before going to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

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General News
11:27 am
Mon March 30, 2015

GOP Leaders Hope To Stem Backlash Against RFRA

Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma
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Republican legislative leaders say they want to help turn the tide against the backlash that’s erupted over Indiana’s so-called religious freedom bill.  They say that will involve making it clear the law does not allow discrimination.

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