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Sales Tax On Food In Vending Machines Eliminated

Mar 29, 2018
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Lawmakers this session eliminated what they saw as a quirk of state law – sales tax on food sold in vending machines.

Most food bought at the grocery store is exempt from the state sales tax, says Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).

“But some of those same items, if they’re purchased through a vending machine, are charged the seven percent tax,” Ober says.

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A new state law establishes a hierarchy for family members in health care decision-making.

It deals with situations where the patient can’t make decisions for themselves – and hasn’t designated a representative.

WFIU/WTIU News

Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senator wants to expand national efforts to address infectious diseases caused by substance abuse disorders.

The Scott County HIV outbreak helped spark the idea for the legislation.

The “Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act” would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand education, monitoring and treatment efforts for infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

Holcomb Signs Controversial Abortion Reporting Bill

Mar 25, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says the abortion reporting requirements bill does not restrict access to abortion. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the remaining legislation from the 2018 session Sunday. That includes a measure that creates new abortion reporting requirements for all Indiana doctors and hospitals.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Governor Eric Holcomb officially anointed the Say’s firefly the state insect of Indiana today at a bill signing at West Lafayette’s Cumberland Elementary School. 

Cumberland students dressed in bright colors and flashed glowing lights in the darkened gymnasium, emulating the newly-minted state insect. Parents, teachers, and even entomologists gathered to watch the bill take flight.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law a bill to impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation signed into law this week will impose harsher penalties on drug dealers if a person overdoses and dies on those drugs.

Proponents argue it sends a tough message to drug dealers in the state. But some lawmakers question its unintended consequences.

New Law Exempts Certain Software From State Sales Tax

Mar 23, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says a bill he signed to exempt sales tax for software delivered as a service sends a message that Indiana wants to be a leader in the tech sector. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb says a bill he signed Friday to exempt sales tax for software delivered as a service sends a message that Indiana wants to be a leader in the tech sector.

Governor Holcomb Calls For Special Session

Mar 19, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants lawmakers to act on a few of the issues that died last week when legislators ran out of time. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll call for a special session of the General Assembly to address some of the issues that died last week when lawmakers ran out of time at session’s end.

It will be the first non-budget special session in 16 years.

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Fails At Session's End

Mar 16, 2018
There were deep divisions between the two chambers on the autonomous vehicles bill. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

One of the bills that died at the 2018 legislative session’s deadline was a priority of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s – autonomous vehicle regulations.

There were deep divisions between the two chambers on the autonomous vehicles bill. Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the House wanted to impose safety regulations on autonomous vehicle manufacturers and operators.

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says CBD regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is one step away from legalization after lawmakers gave final approval to such legislation Wednesday.

The measure legalizes CBD oil as long as it has 0.3 percent or less THC, the ingredient in cannabis that creates a high.

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