Indiana House Approves Use-of-Force Bill

From the Associated Press: The Indiana House has approved a bill laying out when people are justified in using force against police officers. The House voted 74-24 Thursday in favor of the bill that’s a response to the public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling that residents could not resist officers even during an… Continue reading Indiana House Approves Use-of-Force Bill

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 Senate Scheduled To Take Up Smoking Ban Proposal This Week

The full Indiana Senate is expected to consider a proposed statewide smoking ban this week. The House has passed various smoking bans for the past six years, but this is the first such bill to make it past the Senate committee level. The Senate’s Public Policy Committee advanced the bill last week after some four… Continue reading Indiana Senate Scheduled To Take Up Smoking Ban Proposal This Week

Smoking Ban Proposal Clears Indiana Senate Committee

An Indiana Senate committee has approved a bill that would ban smoking in many public places across the state. Today’s vote by the Public Policy Committee was 8-2. The House-passed measure contains exemptions for casinos, private clubs, hookah bars and retail tobacco shops. Bars and taverns would be given 18 months to phase in the… Continue reading Smoking Ban Proposal Clears Indiana Senate Committee

Indiana Senate Panel Takes Up Proposed Smoking Ban

An Indiana Senate committee has been hearing hours of of public comment today on a proposed statewide smoking ban. The House-passed measure contains exemptions for casinos, private clubs, hookah bars and tobacco shops. Bars and taverns would be given 18 months to phase in the ban. Opponents such as Charles Rogers questioned why the government… Continue reading Indiana Senate Panel Takes Up Proposed Smoking Ban

Unions File Court Challenge to Indiana “Right-to-Work” Law

From the Associated Press: Union members are asking a federal judge to block Indiana’s new right-to-work law. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 says a suit filed today in U.S. District Court in Hammond that the right-to-work law violates the federal and state constitutions. The suit names Gov. Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller… Continue reading Unions File Court Challenge to Indiana “Right-to-Work” Law

Indiana Lawmaker Stands By Criticism of Girl Scouts

Undaunted by a day of ridicule from the leader of his own party, an Indiana state lawmaker said yesterday he’s standing by his allegations that the Girl Scouts is a radical organization that promotes abortions and homosexuality. Both the scouts and Planned Parenthood dismissed Rep. Bob Morris’ comments as absurd, as did Republican House Speaker… Continue reading Indiana Lawmaker Stands By Criticism of Girl Scouts

Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal To Get Hearing This Week

Indiana lawmakers go back to work today as the 2012 General Assembly resumes. House Speaker Brian Bosma announced last week that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long are looking to end the session a bit early after a grueling battle over right-to-work legislation dominated the first half of the proceedings. They’re aiming for… Continue reading Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal To Get Hearing This Week

Indiana Senate Panel Deadlocks on Welfare Recipient Drug Testing Bill

A bill that would create a pilot drug testing program for Indiana welfare recipients is stalled in the legislature after a 5-5 vote by a Senate committee today. The House-passed measure proposes a three-county testing program for recipients, but some lawmakers expressed reservations about the possible $1 million cost of launching it. The bill’s original… Continue reading Indiana Senate Panel Deadlocks on Welfare Recipient Drug Testing Bill

Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal Awaiting Senate Hearing

A proposed statewide smoking ban is now in the hands of the Indiana Senate, where a committee hearing is expected soon. The House-passed measure would prohibit smoking in most public spaces, with exemptions for casinos and retail tobacco stores. Bars and taverns would have 18 months to go smoke free. The bill in its current… Continue reading Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal Awaiting Senate Hearing