Indiana Legislature

A new study shows hate crimes laws often aren’t utilized. House lawmakers change a school bus safety bill. And a Senate panel advances a bill to loosen restrictions on adoption advertising.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Research

E-Cigarette Tax Would Impact Small Businesses

Mar 8, 2019

A bill to tax electronic cigarettes in Indiana is moving through the legislature and some say the proposal needs work.

Tech leaders engage in the hate crimes debate. A House committee approves an anti-abortion bill. And legislative leaders question DCS’s funding request.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Tech Industry On Hate Crimes

Lauren Chapman

Nutritionists from Indiana held their annual lunch for lawmakers this week at the Statehouse.  

As the first half of the 2019 lawmaking session wrapped up, a bill limiting payday lenders died, while another, allowing different types of high-interest loans, passed out of the Indiana Senate.

The 2019 legislative session’s first half ended as the House passed the budget, the Senate approved a major gaming bill, and Gov. Eric Holcomb stood firm on hate crimes.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

House Budget

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A state study commission working to modernize Indiana’s alcohol laws did not get the support needed to recommend expanding cold beer sales.

A vote to recommend allowing cold beer sales in more businesses, like convenience stores, came one vote short of passing.

The convenience chain Ricker’s sparked this year’s debate, when it secured restaurant permits that allow cold beer and hard liquor for carryout. Its owner Jay Ricker says the state choosing who can and cannot sell cold beer creates a legal – but unfair – monopoly.

The bill would protect businesses who refuse services to same-sex couples because of religious beliefs.