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The Indiana Senate killed a bill Tuesday that would have protected lesbian, gay, and bisexual Hoosiers from discrimination.

The final version of the bill did not protect the transgender community. 

The proposed measure had 27 potential amendments filed on the Senate floor. 

But none of them were publicly discussed after Senate Republican leadership opted not to call the bill to the floor for a vote.

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The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to add transgendered Hoosiers to a gay-rights bill.

Democrats and gay-rights groups have opposed Senate Republicans' civil rights bill because it pushes the question of transgender protections to a study committee.

The bill's supporters have argued more debate is needed about transgender rights.

But Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) has filed an amendment to add gender identity to the bill.

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Legislators may take a first step Monday toward deciding how much to limit access to Sudafed and similar medications.

At the start of the session, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) endorsed a prescription requirement to keep pseudoephedrine out of the hands of meth cooks.

But Auburn Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) changed his own bill to skip that requirement if a prescription is already on file at that pharmacy.

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Income taxes might go down to soften the blow of pushing Indiana’s gas and cigarette taxes up.

A House committee has resurrected Governor Pence's proposed 10-percent tax cut from three years ago.

Pence had to settle for 5-percent then, but Republicans have added the other half as a sweetener to the bill that raises other taxes to pay for road repairs.

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For the second straight session, lawmakers are discussing the balance between religious liberty and protections for LGBT Hoosiers. There are a number of bills circulating and young members of the LGBT community are trying to figure out if their lives will improve if any of the so-called fixes are implemented.

“Sometimes people just hear what you’re yelling and they don’t listen.”

“And it makes me think I’ve taken it for granted.”

“It really can be a terrifying thing for us and it means a lot to us and our identity.”