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Taylor: Tax fairness up for a vote in the Senate

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Senate passed House Bill (HB) 1002 legislation hiking taxes to fund infrastructure improvements in the state. State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) issued the following statement regarding his vote. “No one argues that we shouldn’t be doing something to address our state’s crumbling infrastructure. I travel the streets in my [...]

2017-04-04T18:50:57+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

Transportation funding advances in Senate, still work to do

INDIANAPOLIS –Today the Indiana Senate passed House Bill (HB) 1002, a long-term road funding bill. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) supported the measure on the floor, as it passed out of the Senate. “The bill approved today significantly differs from the language that came from the House. Although, not perfect, I supported the measure, as [...]

2017-04-04T18:49:05+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

Randolph: Indiana should raise minimum wage, not taxes

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday House Bill (HB) 1002, a measure to increase infrastructure funding, was approved by the full Senate. State Senator Lonnie M. Randolph (D-East Chicago) released the following statement on the bill’s passage. “Senate Republicans want to raise taxes on working Hoosiers to pay for roads in Indiana while continuing to cut corporate [...]

2017-04-04T18:20:42+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

Lanane: Infrastructure funding proposal has a long way to go in tax fairness, local road funding

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, Senate Democrat Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the following statement after the passage of House Bill (HB) 1002, a major infrastructure proposal that would increase gasoline taxes, increase several other motor vehicle fees and allow the governor to begin tolling on some of Indiana’s interstate highways in an effort to raise [...]

2017-04-04T17:58:36+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

House committee approves amended Gary schools proposal

INDIANAPOLIS – On the verge of committee report deadlines, a proposal co-authored by State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) was approved with amendments by the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday. Senate Bill (SB) 567 was amended to include Muncie Community Schools, along with the Gary Community School Corporation (GCSC), as a distressed political subdivision. [...]

2017-04-04T09:22:03+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|

Two proposals unanimously approved, successful day for freshman legislator

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, two proposals offered by freshman legislator, State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville), were unanimously approved. Senate Bill (SB) 475 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 would change [...]

2017-03-29T19:51:32+00:00 March 29th, 2017|

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|