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Randolph sponsors proposal to remove contaminated soil in East Chicago

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, a proposal sponsored by State Senator Lonnie M. Randolph (D-East Chicago) that would allow the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to provide assistance to the United States Environmental Protection Agency in their efforts to remove soil contaminated with lead and arsenic in East Chicago was approved unanimously in the Senate [...]

2017-03-29T15:52:04+00:00 March 29th, 2017|

Tallian votes against language that had already been defeated

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee considered House Bill (HB) 1005, legislation calling for the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction to be a Governor-appointed position, rather than remaining an elected position. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) issued the following statement upon passage of the bill: “The language found in HB [...]

2017-03-29T11:16:51+00:00 March 27th, 2017|

Statehouse Republicans changed the rules in the middle of the game, again

INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, Senate Democrat Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the following statement after House Bill (HB) 1005 - a measure that would make the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed position rather than an elected one - was approved in the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee. The Senate version of this proposal, [...]

2017-03-27T11:50:41+00:00 March 27th, 2017|

Mrvan: Week in Review 3/20-3/24

As this session of the General Assembly nears completion, state legislators have been working diligently to advance significant proposals through the process. Lawmakers are working long hours to get major initiatives through both chambers as crucial committee deadlines loom. Joint House-Senate conference committees will begin soon. When the two chambers disagree on a bill’s content, [...]

2017-03-23T15:43:25+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

Mrvan: Week in Review March 13-17

Lawmakers are in the midst of making crucial revisions to more than 360 proposals that survived out of over 1,200 introduced in January. Committee activities dominate session schedules as senators consider bills already approved by the House of Representatives and stay abreast of Senate initiatives under House review. Amended legislation must return to its house [...]

2017-03-16T16:20:15+00:00 March 16th, 2017|

Mrvan: Week in Review 3/6-3/10

As the General Assembly moves into the second half of this year’s legislative session, proposals housing a two-year state budget plan, road funding and an expansion of the state’s prekindergarten pilot program are now under Senate review. Senate-approved bills dealing with various issues including the state’s opioid crisis, civil forfeiture, E-liquids and net metering are [...]

2017-03-09T14:57:29+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

Mrvan: Week in Review 2/27-3/2

  Lawmakers pushed through mid-session deadlines this week completing work on bills that gained approval in their house of origin. Moving forward, the Senate and House of Representatives will begin deliberations on each other’s bills. Legislation approved by both chambers will proceed to the Governor for final review. There were 570 Senate bills introduced in [...]

2017-03-01T08:36:18+00:00 March 1st, 2017|

Senate approves legislation altering judicial bypass law

  INDIANAPOLIS –Today the Indiana Senate approved Senate (SB) Bill 404, which drastically alters the state’s judicial bypass law. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) offered the following statements upon the legislature’s passage of the bill: “In 1982 the Indiana General Assembly passed a judicial bypass procedure for young women under 18 who are seeking an [...]

2017-02-28T15:30:33+00:00 February 28th, 2017|

Lanane encouraged by statewide pre-K, seeks additional funding

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, Senate Democrat Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement after the passage of a scaled-back version of the prekindergarten expansion proposal by a vote of 41-9. “In the end, this is not a perfect solution to the early childhood education shortfalls that we are experiencing in this state. “With that [...]

2017-03-01T10:03:50+00:00 February 28th, 2017|