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Lawmakers completed a temporary rewrite of the state’s alcohol carryout laws to address a convenience store that found a legal work-around.

Ricker’s acquired restaurant permits for two of its convenience stores. Those permits allow them to sell cold beer and hard liquor for carryout – which grocery and convenience stores have never been allowed to do.

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says he’ll consider running for Indiana’s 4th District congressional seat if incumbent Todd Rokita wins the Republican nod to replace Governor Mike Pence on the ballot.

McBarnes, who’s just a couple years older than the 25-year-old minimum to run for the U.S. House, says he’s discussed the possibility with his wife, but adds he’d have to decide whether he could make more change in Congress than he can in Clinton County.

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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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Only 31-percent of registered voters in Tippecanoe County actually voted in last year’s general election. That anemic turnout was still double what the primary election registered. Both elections were in keeping with similar trends at the state level.

The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters, the Hanna Community Center and the group Citizens for Civil Rights are trying to address those worrying statistics by pondering an age-old problem: how to get young and minority voters more invested in politics.

Powdered Alcohol Ban Expedited

Mar 16, 2015
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Indiana lawmakers are rushing to ban powdered alcohol before it reaches store shelves in the state. The bill’s author fears the substance could endanger young adults.  

When mixed with any liquid, a package of the powdered alcohol creates an instant cocktail with the same alcoholic content as a shot. Indiana lawmakers were already in the process of banning the substance when it received approval last week from federal authorities. Lafayette Republican Senator Ron Alting authored the bill. He plans to amend the legislation so it takes effect right away.

Senate Passes Ron Alting's Beer-tripling Allowance

Feb 26, 2015
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The Indiana Senate Tuesday passed a bill that would allow Indiana microbreweries to manufacture more alcohol per year.

Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) says the amended legislation is the result of a compromise between alcohol wholesalers and microbreweries.

The bill allows small breweries to increase their annual production limit from 30,000 barrels per year to 90,000.

The other half of the bill requires breweries distribute that alcohol through a wholesaler if their production exceeds 30,000 barrels.

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Sun King and other small Indiana breweries are a step closer to being allowed to make more beer.

The House Public Policy Committee passed a bill from Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) that would allow craft beer brewers to triple the amount of beer they can make and sell within the state each year.   

Right now, the limit is 30,000 barrels - if a brewery makes more, it has to obtain a different permit and is no longer allowed to distribute its own beer.

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Groups pushing Indiana to allow cold beer sales in convenience stores likely face a tough road in the state legislature. 

A federal judge this week ruled against convenience store owners in their lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on cold beer sales by non-liquor stores. 

In a statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller noted that the proper place for debating the issue is the legislature. 

A bill being proposed by a Lafayette-area lawmaker would exempt military pay from Indiana’s income tax.

Military service members can currently exempt up to $5,000 of their pay.

State Senator Ron Alting’s bill would raise that exemption to 100% beginning in January 2015. 

The change would cut more than $36-million from state revenues, with that amount expected to increase each year.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he has reservations about legislation headed to his chamber that he calls a significant expansion of gaming.  He's anticipating the House will amend the bill.

The Senate-approved legislation includes tax breaks for casinos, adding live table games to racetrack casinos and allowing riverboats to move their gaming facilities completely on land.  The bill aims to steel the state’s wagering facilities against pressure from gaming in all surrounding states.

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