Indiana General Assembly http://wfpl.org en Federal Judge Upholds Indiana's Warm Beer Law http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-upholds-indianas-warm-beer-law <div>A federal judge has rejected a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/legal-showdown-brewing-over-indiana-beer-temperature-regulation">challenge to Indiana's law that prohibits convenience stores and groceries from selling cold beer</a>. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Judge Richard L. Young issued a ruling Monday saying the state has legitimately drawn a line by only allowing liquor stores to sell cold beer.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:22:42 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9578 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge Upholds Indiana's Warm Beer Law Committee Says Indiana Lawmaker Did Not Violate Ethics Rules http://wfpl.org/post/committee-says-indiana-lawmaker-did-not-violate-ethics-rules <p>A panel of Indiana lawmakers says House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner did not violate the House's ethics rules when he fought legislation that would have cost his family's nursing home business millions of dollars.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Ethics Committee did express concerns Wednesday that Turner's efforts to kill a proposed nursing home moratorium did not achieve the "highest spirit of transparency" and vowed to tighten those rules.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:23:01 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9254 at http://wfpl.org Committee Says Indiana Lawmaker Did Not Violate Ethics Rules Indiana House Ethics Panel Begins Hearing Case Involving Legislative Leader http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-house-ethics-panel-begins-hearing-case-involving-legislative-leader <p>The Indiana House Ethics Committee has begun hearing a case involving House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner.</p><p>The committee is deciding whether Turner broke rules when he worked privately to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars in profits. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Turner fought a nursing home construction ban during the 2014 legislative session.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:38:43 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9201 at http://wfpl.org Indiana House Ethics Panel Begins Hearing Case Involving Legislative Leader Indiana Lawmaker's Ethics Hearing Scheduled for This Week http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-lawmakers-ethics-hearing-scheduled-week <p>The Indiana House Ethics Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing this week to determine whether a powerful House Republican violated ethics rules by lobbying against a measure that would have cost him and others millions of dollars in potential profits. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9173 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Lawmaker's Ethics Hearing Scheduled for This Week Indiana GOP State Senator Sanctioned After Criticism of Gay Marriage Vote http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gop-state-senator-sanctioned-after-criticism-gay-marriage-vote <p>The top Republicans in the Indiana Senate have removed a conservative senator from leadership positions in the wake of an intraparty fight over amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:58:13 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8667 at http://wfpl.org Indiana GOP State Senator Sanctioned After Criticism of Gay Marriage Vote Indiana Senate Approves Altered Gay Marriage Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-senate-approves-altered-gay-marriage-amendment The Indiana Senate has advanced a proposed constitutional marriage ban with language that pushes off the soonest public referendum until at least 2016.<p> The Senate voted 32-17 this afternoon in favor of the measure.<p> The vote comes after the Senate approved a version last week which would force a delay in the referendum.<p> Indiana senators advanced the proposed ban without a provision that would ban civil unions. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:40:04 +0000 Associated Press 8619 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Senate Approves Altered Gay Marriage Amendment Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Won't Be On November Ballot http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gay-marriage-amendment-wont-be-november-ballot Opponents of a proposed Indiana constitutional amendment banning gay marriage say they scored a "huge victory" when the state Senate advanced the measure without language barring civil unions.<p> The Senate decision Thursday effectively ends chances that the amendment will be put to voters before 2016. Indiana law requires proposed constitutional amendments to pass consecutive sessions of the Legislature in the same form twice before going to voters.<p> The civil unions language was included in the measure when it first passed in 2011. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:20:39 +0000 Associated Press 8588 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Won't Be On November Ballot Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Clears Senate Panel http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gay-marriage-amendment-clears-senate-panel An Indiana Senate committee has approved a controversial proposal to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.<p> The Republican-led measure passed the Senate Rules Committee Monday by a vote of 8-4. It now goes to the full Senate.<p> The measure cleared the House last month after language was removed that would have banned civil unions.<p> Gov. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:31:33 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8541 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Clears Senate Panel Surveillance Bill Wins Indiana House Approval http://wfpl.org/post/surveillance-bill-wins-indiana-house-approval <p>The Indiana House has approved a bill that would restrict law enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and cell phone searches.</p><p>The measure easily won passage today by a vote of 85-11.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation comes amid growing concern over the National Security Agency's access to citizens' phone and Internet records.</span></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:12:20 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8458 at http://wfpl.org Surveillance Bill Wins Indiana House Approval Altered Gay Marriage Ban Amendment Clears Indiana House http://wfpl.org/post/altered-gay-marriage-ban-amendment-clears-indiana-house <p>A proposal to place a ban on gay marriage in the Indiana constitution has been approved by the state House of Representatives.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The altered measure leaves the door open for civil unions and employer benefits for same-sex couples.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in the Republican-led House passed the proposal 57-40 after removing language that would ban recognition of anything “similar” to same-sex marriage. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:39:16 +0000 Rick Howlett 8390 at http://wfpl.org Altered Gay Marriage Ban Amendment Clears Indiana House