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A House committee approved a bill that would provide money to exonerated prisoners. And its proponents expect they will need to revise it to keep it moving forward.

Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Danville) would create a fund to pay each exonerated person $25,000 for every year spent behind bars. Steuerwald says the state currently does more for guilty convicts leaving prison than it does for the innocent.


The first challenger for Joe Donnelly’s 2018 re-election bid has announced his candidacy. Mark Hurt, a Kokomo attorney, says his concerns about U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s voting record prompted him to throw his hat in the ring.

At Shapiro’s Deli in Indianapolis, Hurt says he was disappointed in Donnelly’s voting record on the Iranian nuclear agreement and the Affordable Care Act.

“[U.S.] Sen. Donnelly, I don’t believe his voting record represents Indiana – that’s why I’m running in this race,” Hurt says.

Hupfer Officially Becomes New Indiana GOP Chair

Feb 1, 2017


The Indiana Republican Party’s Central Committee officially chose Kyle Hupfer to become the party’s new state chair.

Governor Eric Holcomb named Kyle Hupfer as his choice to lead the Indiana GOP after former Chair Jeff Cardwell announced in December he would step down.

Lawmakers are weighing a bill that would make expansive changes to Indiana’s gaming taxes.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) says his legislation aims to help Indiana casinos stay viable as they face increasing competition.

Changes it would make to current law include eliminating the admissions tax – a $3 fee each time a person enters the gaming floor. Huston says this discourages casinos from adding attractions like restaurants and bars.

Tesla Bill Appears Headed For Compromise

Feb 1, 2017

Legislation barring auto manufacturers from selling directly to customers appears headed for compromise after hours of testimony in a House committee.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla sells directly to customers, without using dealerships. Proposed legislation would ban that practice within the next three years, for any company. Proponents say it’s about ensuring consumer protection.

Tesla customers like Mitch Rolsky see it as something else.