Indiana General Assembly http://wfpl.org en 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 Indiana House to Consider Altered Gay Marriage Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-house-consider-altered-gay-marriage-amendment <p>The Indiana House is poised to take up an altered proposal that would ban gay marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples.</p><p>A bipartisan group of lawmakers narrowly approved altering the proposed constitutional ban last night to remove language that would ban recognition of anything "similar" to marriage for same-sex couples. That section of the amendment had become a sticking point for many legislators who otherwise support the ban.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:21:16 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8385 at http://wfpl.org Indiana House to Consider Altered Gay Marriage Amendment Proposal to Restrict Electronic Surveillance by Police Advances in Indiana Legislature http://wfpl.org/post/proposal-restrict-electronic-surveillance-police-advances-indiana-legislature <p>An Indiana House committee has endorsed a proposal aimed at regulating police use of drones, GPS trackers and other electronic surveillance equipment.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Procedure voted 6-1 Monday to advance the bill to the full House.</span></p><p>The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Koch generally would require police to obtain search warrants or otherwise justify electronic surveillance methods, including unmanned aircraft.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:40:06 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8374 at http://wfpl.org Proposal to Restrict Electronic Surveillance by Police Advances in Indiana Legislature Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House http://wfpl.org/post/preschool-voucher-plan-sails-through-indiana-house <p>The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a pilot program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The &nbsp;House measure won bipartisan support today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.</span></p><p>It was first proposed by House Republicans last year and is loosely connected to Gov. Mike Pence's call for an early childhood education plan.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:42:14 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8266 at http://wfpl.org Preschool Voucher Plan Sails Through Indiana House Gov. Mike Pence Pitches Agenda to Indiana Lawmakers http://wfpl.org/post/gov-mike-pence-pitches-agenda-indiana-lawmakers Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hopes a broad agenda tackling issues from taxes and education to adoption and road construction strikes a chord with Republicans who lead the Statehouse.<p> The governor pitched his second-year agenda to a joint session of the House and Senate during his annual State of the State address Tuesday night.<p> Pence's address largely recapped items he's rolled out in recent weeks, including cuts to taxes on business property and money for low-income children to attend the preschool of their choice. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 03:46:43 +0000 Tom LoBianco | Associated Press 8242 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Mike Pence Pitches Agenda to Indiana Lawmakers