2016 Session

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A bill that would protect private university police departments from disclosing the same public records as all other police departments is now sitting on the governor’s desk.

South Bend Representative Pat Bauer proposed the bill, which would only require private university police departments to disclose information about people they arrest or put in jail.

That means they won’t have to hand over any investigatory records, which President of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government Gerry Lanosga says make up the majority of police interactions.

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As often happens on the last day of a legislative session, schedules change and rules are suspended, but the show must go on and deadlines must be met. Such is the case with this week’s Ask The Mayor, featuring Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton pinch-hitting during the second Thursday of the month for Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. 

We probe Mayor Barton’s thoughts on a push by the League of Women Voters to establish a non-partisan commission to draw Indiana’s legislative boundaries.

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ABORTION BANS

After days of negotiations and nearly an hour of emotional debate on the floor, the House Wednesday sent a bill to the governor that bans abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ sex, race or disability.

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ISTEP  

Legislators are nearing a deal on replacing the ISTEP exam.

Both parties have endorsed swapping ISTEP for something shorter and cheaper – instead, the debate has been over the makeup of a panel to study the alternatives.

House Education Chairman Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) says he's agreed with Senate counterpart Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) on a committee of educators, with some additions.

Today At The Statehouse: The 2016 Session's Final Days

Mar 8, 2016
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BMV FEES  

Legislators should take a final vote this week on making license branch trips cheaper and easier.

Two million motorcyclists, truckers and bus owners will see their costs go down as dozens of fees are eliminated entirely.

BMV general counsel Adam Krupp says Hoosiers who own only a car probably won’t see their costs change – but they could.

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Indiana is now the sixth state to formally request a constitutional convention.

The Constitution gives states the power to force consideration of amendments without going through Congress.

If 34 states pass the same resolution, it forces a convention to vote on which amendments to the states.

Indiana joins Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in calling for consideration of three limits on federal power: a balanced budget amendment, term limits for Congress and federal judges, and congressional power to block federal regulations.

State of Indiana

The Pence administration says a primary reason for legislation it’s pushing to enshrine the Healthy Indiana Plan in state statute is to give the state leverage in next year’s negotiation with the federal government over the program’s renewal. 

The bill to codify HIP 2.0 cleared the Senate earlier this session with relative ease.  Its path through the House was a little more difficult as lawmakers there expressed more skepticism about the idea of enshrining the program’s specifics in state law. 

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Senate lawmakers and House Democrats pushed back Monday against those advocating for the House Republican road funding proposal and its two tax increases. 

Lawmakers heard about an hour of public testimony on road funding from local government officials and road construction industry representatives.  And the people who testified all say none of the plans offered this year provide a permanent solution. 

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5:17 p.m. UPDATE:

ADOPTION RECORDS

Most children adopted in Indiana from 1941-1993 will have access to their birth records under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Mike Pence. 

The bill gives birth mothers from 1941-1993 four options.  They can tell the state to allow their children to contact them or they can bar contact entirely.  They can allow contact, but only through a third party.  Or they can just allow their children to access the mother’s medical records.

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Legislative leaders meet with Gov. Pence Friday morning to begin final negotiations on how to pay for road repairs, and whether taxes will go up to do it.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) is adamant the Senate won't go along with House Republicans' call to raise taxes on gas and cigarettes -- he says there needs to be a more thorough study of just what the state is building and the options for paying for it.

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