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REFERENDUM   What is a referendum?  In plain language, a referendum is the process where the governing body of a political unit (such as a district, county, or town) puts a proposed law or policy on the election ballot, to allow the voters to decide if it should become law.  “Referenda” is the plural form [...]

2017-04-21T22:36:33+00:00 April 21st, 2017|

Approved pre-K expansion bill moves successfully through both chambers

INDIANAPOLIS – On the final day of the 2017 legislative session, the Senate approved a measure to expand prekindergarten education in Indiana. The conference committee report on House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004 included language to limit the expansion of the pre-K pilot program from all 92 Indiana counties to just 15 additional counties, among other [...]

2017-04-21T20:18:05+00:00 April 21st, 2017|

Niezgodski: South Shore Line bill sent to governor for approval

INDIANAPOLIS - The conference committee report on House Bill (HB) 1144 was approved by the Senate on Friday by a vote of 49-1, and will now go to the governor for final consideration. This bill is extremely beneficial for the Northwest Indiana region as it paves the way for transit development of the entire South [...]

2017-04-21T20:16:03+00:00 April 21st, 2017|

Op-Ed: Cannabidiol legislation opens the door for relief

People afflicted with treatment-resistant epilepsy will now be able to receive cannabidiol (CBD) oil treatments in Indiana. Victory! However small this might be. For over seven years, I have asked the Indiana General Assembly to look at medical marijuana issues. I have been denied at every turn, even so much as a study committee. The [...]

2017-04-21T14:51:24+00:00 April 21st, 2017|

Melton resolution to study school financial crises across the state approved by Senate

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) offered Senate Resolution (SR) 56 on the Senate floor urging the General Assembly to study how school district financial conditions are analyzed and monitored. Sen. Melton released the following statement after the resolution’s passage: “I offered this resolution because school corporations across the state, ranging from [...]

2017-04-19T16:56:06+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

Governor signs Sen. Melton’s first bill into law

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, Governor Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 475 into law. SEA 475, authored by State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville), would require the State Board of Education to amend its rule stating that developmental delay is a disability only identifiable for students between the ages of three and five years. It [...]

2017-04-20T10:57:22+00:00 April 17th, 2017|

Op-Ed: Melton believes revenue forecast shows room for strategic investment

Yesterday, the Indiana Budget Committee met to receive the updated revenue estimates provided in December of 2016 by the Revenue Technical Forecast Committee. These projected revenues are used to determine the revenue available to fund the state’s biennial budget. The state’s combined balances act as a safety net in the case of an economic downturn, [...]

2017-04-13T14:32:40+00:00 April 13th, 2017|

Tallian responds to updated, positive revenue forecast

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Budget Committee met to receive an update pertaining to the projected revenues for the state’s biennial budget. The Revenue Technical Forecast Committee updated members of the legislature regarding the forecast they compiled in December 2016. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) is a member of the State Budget Committee and participated [...]

2017-04-12T13:30:17+00:00 April 12th, 2017|

Niezgodski: Gaming bill unfairly targets South Bend

INDIANAPOLIS –House Bill (HB) 1350 was approved by the Senate in a vote of 28-20 on Thursday. HB 1350 pertains to taxation on gaming, specifically dealing with casinos and riverboats across Indiana.  HB 1350, authored by Representative Todd Huston (D-Fishers), would change the way in which casinos and riverboats are taxed. Currently, a $3 admission tax [...]

2017-04-06T13:01:54+00:00 April 6th, 2017|

Senate approves South Shore Line funding program

INDIANAPOLIS – House Bill (HB) 1144 was approved unanimously by the Senate on Thursday. This bill is a huge win for Northwest Indiana, as it paves the way for transit development of the entire South Shore Line, from Illinois to South Bend. HB 1144, authored by Representative Harold Slager and sponsored by Senators Tallian, Melton, [...]

2017-04-06T13:02:42+00:00 April 6th, 2017|