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10:28 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Ritz Supporters Warn Of Backlash At The Polls

Superintendent Glenda Ritz appears at a rally on her behalf at the statehouse earlier this month.
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As Republicans move toward a final version of a bill removing one of state school superintendent Glenda Ritz‘s responsibilities, Democrats say the debate could benefit Ritz and other Democrats in next year‘s election.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath argues Ritz’s upset win over Republican superintendent Tony Bennett was a referendum on GOP education policies pushed by Bennett and then-Governor Mitch Daniels. He warns even many Republican voters are outraged over bills to end Ritz‘s automatic chairmanship of the State Board of Education.

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General News
6:39 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Pence Pushing For Major Sales Tax Exemption For Hoosier Businesses

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Governor Mike Pence says he still hopes to alter a major sales tax exemption for Hoosier businesses after House lawmakers stripped out a change to the exemption from the governor’s tax legislation. 

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General News
5:39 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Pence Urges Caution With Spending

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The House GOP budget proposal unveiled last week largely drew praise from Governor Mike Pence.  But Pence also indicated House Republicans have to be careful about spending too much.

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General News
9:46 am
Fri February 20, 2015

‘Chemical Cremation’ Bill Moves To House Floor

Some of the machines used for alkaline hydrolysis are manufactured in Indiana.
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Alkaline hydrolysis, a process that uses chemicals to dissolve human remains in place of traditional burial and cremation methods, is one step closer to becoming legal in Indiana.

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General News
9:36 am
Fri February 20, 2015

House Rejects Attempt To Remove Core Of Sunday Alcohol Bill

An amendment on the House floor Thursday would have allowed grocery stores to keep hard liquor out on the floor, while requiring that liquor to have safety caps and 24-hour video surveillance.
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In committee Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, added to his bill stringent new regulations for non-liquor stores that sell alcohol.

Those include requirements to section off alcohol to one area in the store and mandating that hard liquor be put behind a counter.

An amendment on the House floor Thursday would have allowed grocery stores to keep hard liquor out on the floor, while requiring that liquor to have safety caps and 24-hour video surveillance.

Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, says the amendment helps average Hoosier shoppers.

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