Weakened Smoking Ban Clears Indiana Senate

By a vote of 29-21, the Indiana Senate has passed a heavily-amended statewide smoking ban. The Senate measure includes exemptions for casinos, bars, private clubs, tobacco stores, bingo parlors and other places. It will be sent to a conference committee next week. That’s where lawmakers will try to reconcile it with the House version, which… Continue reading Weakened Smoking Ban Clears Indiana Senate

Indiana Budget Talks Underway

A conference committee of Indiana House and Senate lawmakers has begun budget negotiations as a June 30 deadline approaches to enact a new spending plan. The talks began Wednesday morning during a public meeting that included testimony from some university presidents. Their appearance was orchestrated by House Democrats who say they’re being pressured to accept… Continue reading Indiana Budget Talks Underway

Budget Talks Underway In Frankfort

A conference committee of Kentucky House and Senate lawmakers has begun negotiations on their respective plans to balance the state budget and other issue on the call of a special legislative session. The talks come a day after a Senate committee rejected a bill that would allow slots at horse tracks to aid the racing… Continue reading Budget Talks Underway In Frankfort

Indiana Senate Passes 'Fail-Safe" Budget Bill

The Indiana Senate has approved a so-called ‘fail-safe’ bill that would keep state government operating at current levels if the legislature can’t agree on a budget by June 30. Senate President pro tem David Long says the measure would simply prevent a government shutdown in the event lawmakers are unable to meet the budget deadline.… Continue reading Indiana Senate Passes 'Fail-Safe" Budget Bill