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The House Public Health Committee approved legislation this week to raise the cigarette tax by a $1.50, up to nearly $2.50 a pack. It also increases the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Proponents say the bill will help address the state’s high smoking rate – a quarter of Hoosiers smoke. Some opponents say the tax hike will hurt convenience stores because Indiana would lose its competitive price advantage over other states.

The Indiana Department of Education presented its two-year budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday.

For the most part, State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick’s first request in the job mirrored Gov. Eric Holcomb’s conservative K-12 funding plan.

Committee Carves Out Tesla From Direct Sales Ban

Feb 2, 2017

A House committee changed legislation that bans direct sales by auto manufacturers to essentially grandfather in electric car maker Tesla.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla does not use dealerships, it sells directly to customers. And so the company – and its customers – objected to the bill that would have barred them from doing so within the next few years.


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.