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4:21 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Conventions Will Return To Indy After RFRA Fix

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The board of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, has decided to keep its annual assembly in Indianapolis, two weeks after voting to seek another venue. 

The denomination’s General Minister and President, Sharon Watkins, says the amendments to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act made a difference.

“We were pleasantly surprised by how they did address the concerns that we had with RFRA and that this law cannot be used to open the door to the kind of discrimination that we feared,” Watkins says.

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Government
4:20 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Construction Wage Repeal Opponents Rally At Statehouse

Rallyers gather outside the Statehouse to oppose the bill that would repeal the common construction wage.
Credit Brandon Smith / IPBS

More than two thousand predominantly union workers and contractors filled the south lawn of the Statehouse, listening to industry leaders and lawmakers oppose a bill repealing the common wage law.

“Enough is enough! Just vote no,” the rallyers chanted.

Frank Marshall is the president of contracting company G. E. Marshall.  He describes himself as a lifelong Republican and says he regrets helping put GOP lawmakers in power at the Statehouse.

“They will not any longer get any financial support from me or my votes in the future,” Marshall says.

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Government
11:10 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Senate Approves Soccer Stadium, House Committee To Consider Location

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The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a 20-million-dollar renovation of IUPUI‘s Carroll Stadium for the Indy Eleven soccer team.

Sen. Pete Miller (R-Avon) says the state has a chance to get ahead of the curve as soccer gains in popularity in the US.

The Senate scaled back a House-passed plan to use a tax-recapture mechanism to help the team build a brand-new 80-million-dollar stadium.

Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) says renovating Carroll Stadium is a much better plan.

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Government
10:53 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Senators Modify Language In Ethics Reform Bill Before Vote

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It‘s the Senate‘s turn next week to take up an ethics reform bill. Senate leaders tweaked some wording in the ethics bill before sending it to the floor.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), who authored the bill, says the changes plug one potentially significant loophole, extending a ban on former executive-branch employees doing business with their old agencies to cover them even if they‘re independent contractors.

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Government
4:11 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Senate Budget Proposal Differs From House On Prisons, Education

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) [center] discusses the Senate budget proposal as Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) [left] and Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) [right] look on.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Senate leaders Thursday rolled out their version of the state budget, and there are some differences from their House GOP colleagues in a number of key areas:

HIGHER EDUCATION

In total, higher education spending makes up 12-percent of the Senate’s proposed two-year, $31.5 billion budget.

That’s considerably more than what the House suggested.

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) acknowledges the increase and says it would move state universities in the right direction.

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