Vaneta Becker

Government
2:20 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Energy Efficiency Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

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An energy efficiency plan requested by Governor Pence is on its way to his desk.

The Senate has given final approval to a bill requiring electric utilities to submit conservation plans to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission every three years.

Senate Utilities Chairman Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says by going through the IURC instead of an outside agency, the plan will be cheaper than the Energize Indiana plan implemented by former Governor Mitch Daniels – a program that was repealed by the legislature last year.

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General News
8:35 am
Wed April 8, 2015

E-Liquid Regulations Bill Passes Senate

The manufacturing of e-liquids is largely unregulated by the state.
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Legislation regulating people who manufacture and sell liquids used in e-cigarettes took a step closer to the governor’s desk Tuesday. Its Senate sponsor says the bill tries to find a middle ground in regulating a new industry.

The manufacturing of e-liquids, also called vaping liquids, is largely unregulated by the state.

Legislation approved by the Senate would impose bottling and labeling requirements, including the use of child-proof safety caps, create a licensing system, and require stringent security measures.

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General News
6:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Senate Passes Abortion Bill

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The Senate Tuesday passed a bill banning doctors from performing abortions if the procedures are requested for the sole reason of the fetus’ gender or disability.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle shared stories of personal experiences where a family member was diagnosed in the womb with a disability.  Markle Republican Senator Travis Holdman says his son chose not abort his grandson despite an early ultrasound that showed a potential complication. 

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Government
9:01 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

IN Senate committee approves abortion measures

Proposed legislation that passed a Senate committee Wednesday places stricter regulation on the dispensing of the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 and the clinics that provide it. Those clinics would be required to have the same facilities as a surgical abortion center, including access to anesthesia, surgical equipment and specific door and room sizes.  Any physicians or facilities that do not typically dispense RU-486 would be exempt.

Senator Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) says the bill will make it harder for women to safely access abortion-inducing drugs.

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Government
4:22 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Right to Work legislation making headway in the General Assembly

An amendment by House Democrats to place Right to Work on a statewide referendum has been redrafted and filed, but Democrats remained off the floor Friday.

An initial referendum amendment was thought by legislative attorneys to be unconstitutional.  Democrats then vacated the floor all this week to redraft it.

Friday morning Minority Leader Pat Bauer said he wanted assurances from the Republicans that they believe the new amendment passes constitutional muster.  But Speaker Brian Bosma will only promise to hear, debate and vote on the amendment.

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