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The casual rider of the Hoosier State Line probably didn’t expect any changes on July 1 as an Amtrak-branded engine and set of cars rolled through Lafayette on its way to Chicago.

But instead of the red, blue and gray Amtrak paint job, passengers were supposed to see the brown and orange paint job of Iowa Pacific rolling stock.

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Supporters of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line experienced some nervy moments in the final day of session after funding for the line was seemingly zeroed out of the budget.  

Previous budget versions included six million dollars specifically for the Hoosier State Line…but the version released late Tuesday night didn’t seem to include it anymore.  Senate budget architect Luke Kenley says, instead, he put the six million into a bigger pot of money controlled by the Department of Transportation.

Truitt/Wright Human Trafficking Bill Awaiting Gov's Signature

Mar 17, 2015
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A bipartisan bill that aims to protect child human trafficking victims is on its way to the Governor’s office for a signature.

The bill, co-authored by House Reps. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) and Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown), aims to speed up the rescue of child victims of human trafficking.   

If the measure is signed into law, trafficking pamphlets with national phone numbers and resources will be given to both law enforcement agencies and anyone who files a missing child report.

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An end to service on the Hoosier State passenger rail line could throw a wrench into public transportation advocates’ hopes for a funding increase in the state budget. 

Transit advocates Tuesday used a day they'd been planning for weeks to highlight the problems that could wreak on the affected communities.

The House Republican budget proposal included a $6.4 million dollar in public transit funding -- $6 million of which was meant for the Hoosier State Rail Line. 

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Amtrak executives embarked on a whistle-stop campaign from Indianapolis to Chicago Wednesday, pushing for the state to fund the Hoosier State rail line and pushing the state’s preferred operator, Corridor Capital, to be more communicative.

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has voted to remove a portion of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. 

The change would also restart the ratification process.

IN lawmakers eye funding for train service

Apr 15, 2013

Funding for Amtrak’s corridor route in the state becomes the responsibility of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in October. A lack of dollars would impact the Hoosier State route that runs from Chicago to Indianapolis. It has stops in Dyer, Rensselaer, Lafayette and Crawfordsville.

State Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says he hosted a meeting of other lawmakers, Amtrak officials and representatives from INDOT recently to discuss funding options. He thinks not acting is doing a disservice to the state of Indiana.

IN General Assembly begins second half of session

Mar 4, 2013

Indiana lawmakers get back to work this week for the second half of their legislative session. Besides the budget bill, roughly 200 other measures are being considered in the House and Senate between now and the April 29th deadline.

Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says there are a number of education-related bills still up for debate.

IN House GOP budget passes first vote

Feb 19, 2013

Indiana’s budget bill is headed to the House floor after undergoing a minor makeover in the Ways and Means committee Tuesday.

The panel considered majority and minority party amendments, making several small changes.  Those include $7 million more in K through 12 education funding to fix an error in the formula and more money for the state’s Clean Water program.  The committee voted 15 to 7 to pass the budget, with seven Democrats on Ways and Means voting against it.

A Lafayette area lawmaker says upcoming legislative deadlines mean there will be a push into next week to move a lot of bills.  Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says many education proposal are among those needing final votes in both the House and Senate.

He says those include a voucher bill for low-income children to attend preschool and a measure regulating virtual charter schools. Truitt says he’s "not too excited" about another bill expanding the current school voucher program.

Two former city council members – one from Lafayette and the other from West Lafayette – are vying to represent the area which includes the two cities and the central portion of Tippecanoe County.

On November 6th voters in House District 26 have a choice of whether the area is heading in the right direction under Republican Randy Truitt or if its needs to change course with Democrat Rick Cornstuble.

WBAA’s Sam Klemet reports.

Don't text and drive message sent to WL students

Sep 18, 2012
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Students at West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School have a better understanding of how dangerous it is to text while driving.

More than 50 students were directly asked by the president of AT&T Indiana to sign a no-texting-while-driving pledge. They heard about the danger it poses to them and others on the road.

Junior Toby LeBlanc tried out the driving simulator to experience what it's like being a distracted driver. He was behind the wheel, while listening to a virtual passenger tell him to make a call on a cell phone and then text someone.

The state of Indiana spent about $3-million last year to help out public schools with the lowest I-Step scores.

New legislation being proposed by State Senator Brandt Hershman and State Representative Randy Truitt would also offer a financial incentive to corporations with the highest pass rates.

Truitt says the idea has been discussed before, but never pursued because of the state’s financial situation.

Democrats pick Cornstuble to face Truitt in HD26

May 8, 2012

A former Lafayette City Councilor is going to try to further his political career as a state representative. 

Rick Cornstuble defeated Eric Thiel for the House District 26 Democratic nomination in Tuesday's Primary.

Cornstuble garnered nearly 59-percent of the vote. 

He says he is happy to have won the primary by such a wide margin, but knows he will have to fight hard to defeat incumbent Randy Truitt in November.

Before his term on the Lafayette city council, Cornstuble served for 30-years with the Indiana State Teacher’s Association.

A former Lafayette City Councilman is running for a seat in Indianapolis.

Democrat Rick Cornstuble announced he will pursue the House District 26 currently held by Randy Truitt.

Cornstuble says education, local government reform, and job creation are among his top priorities and areas he thinks the current leadership is falling short.

He sat on the city council for four years before losing his re-election bid to Jerry Reynolds in November.  Cornstuble says his time serving the city prepared him for the state legislature campaign.

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