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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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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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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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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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10:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Bosma Expects Bill To Change ISTEP To Receive A Hearing

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House Republicans are pondering whether to plunge ahead with a bill to replace the ISTEP exam.

The Senate voted 46-to-3 for a bill that would abolish ISTEP after next year‘s test and replace it with something shorter and easier to grade in 2017.

Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says House Republicans agree with the goals of making ISTEP less costly and less time-consuming.

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