WBEZ | Indiana House http://www.wbez.org/tags/indiana-house Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Indiana judge refuses to block law defunding Planned Parenthood http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-judge-refuses-block-law-defunding-planned-parenthood-86395 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/Planned Parenthood_Getty_David McNew.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A federal judge has refused to block a new Indiana law that cuts off public funding for Planned Parenthood.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied Planned Parenthood of Indiana's request for a temporary restraining order Wednesday despite arguments that the law jeopardizes health care for thousands of women. Planned Parenthood wanted to keep funds flowing while it challenges the law signed this week by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. The judge's decision allows the cuts to take effect immediately.</p><p>The funding cuts are part of a new law that also bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless there is a substantial threat to the woman's life or health.</p><p>The law could improve Daniels' image with social conservatives as he considers a 2012 run for president.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-judge-refuses-block-law-defunding-planned-parenthood-86395 Indiana budget now in hands of state Senate http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/indiana-budget-now-hands-state-senate-84636 <p><p>After a five-week layoff, the Indiana House is racing to approve bills --- including the state budget --- to make up for lost time.</p><p>With Republicans firmly in control, the Indiana House approved a $28 billion two-year spending plan this week.&nbsp; The Indiana Senate, also controlled by Republicans, is now considering the budget, and should have no problem adopting it despite objections from Democrats.</p><p>One of those Democrats, State Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon of Munster, decries cuts to education funding.</p><p>“I think the budget reflects the different priorities that we have as a party. The Republican budget reflects that in their continued cuts to education,” Candelaria Reardon said. “Three Hundred million dollars worth of cuts that they are using as a base for the school funding formula and it hurts children.”</p><p>House members voted 60-37 on party lines to advance the spending plan that was stalled during the month-long boycott by Democrats.&nbsp; House Republican Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich told the House the budget was prudent with no tax increases, but changes in the distribution formula will cut funding to some urban and rural districts.</p><p>Democratic Rep. William Crawford of Indianapolis said he expected many districts would seek approval of property tax increases in referenda because of the funding limitations.</p><p>The Senate Appropriations Committee will start hearings on the budget next Thursday, April 7.</p><p>Senate President Pro Tem David Long, a Republican from Fort Wayne, said the long delay in the House caused by the Democratic boycott undermines the budget approval process.</p><p>“Lawmakers went into the session aware of the severe financial crunch felt by states due to the prolonged national recession. However, the work stoppage by Indiana House Democrats has made a difficult session nearly impossible,” Long said.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/indiana-budget-now-hands-state-senate-84636 Return of the Dems http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bosma/return-dems-84395 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-29/AP11032818547.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;" id="internal-source-marker_0.13231120258347917">The Indiana House of Representatives was back in business Monday for the first time in more than a month.</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> When House Democrats returned to their chamber on the second floor of the Indiana Statehouse, they were greeted with applause from waiting union members.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">More than 30 Democrats had fled to Urbana, Illinois, on Feb. 22 in protest of Republican-backed legislation they deemed as anti-union, anti-teacher and anti-public schools.</span> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Although the GOP controls the Indiana House, the party does not hold enough seats to call a quorum, so Democrats stayed away until Republican leadership agreed to amend certain bills.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">It&rsquo;s not clear if the Democrats&rsquo; tactic worked, although one proposal to enact so-called right-to-work laws was taken off the table by Republicans.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">House Democratic leader Pat Bauer views the walkout as a success.</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> &ldquo;We won a battle but we recognize the war goes on,&rdquo; Bauer said.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">House Majority Speaker Brian Bosma successfully called the House into session at 4 p.m. Chicago time.</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> Lawmakers wasted no time picking up where they left off; they discussed the state&rsquo;s budget and a host of bills, including one that would provide taxpayer-supported vouchers to parents who wish to send their children to private schools.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Bosma said lawmakers can&rsquo;t waste time if they hope to finish the session by the April 29 deadline.</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&ldquo;(Bauer) gave me his pledge that they will in good faith try to wrap this session up in regular time and deal with the important issues that face the taxpayers,&rdquo; Bosma said.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said lawmakers could be working long hours but didn&rsquo;t rule out the possibility of extending the legislative session.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&ldquo;Our pro-jobs agenda of low spending, low taxes, and educational improvement is squarely in the Hoosier mainstream. The only thing &lsquo;radical&rsquo; about this session has been the decision by one caucus to walk off the job for five weeks,&rdquo; Daniels said. &ldquo;Now that it&rsquo;s finally over, let&rsquo;s make up the lost time.&rdquo;</span></p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bosma/return-dems-84395 Hoosier House still divided over union issue http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bosma/hoosier-house-still-divided-over-union-issue <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Indiana House Majority Speaker Brian Bosma, Republican (Photo by Mike Puente, WBEZ).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>House Democrats continue to stay away from the Indiana Statehouse, despite the fact their absence is now hitting their own pocketbooks.</p><p>Indiana House Majority Speaker Brian Bosma hopes to get business started Tuesday.&nbsp;The Republican leader didn&rsquo;t have any luck Monday restarting the session.</p><p>&ldquo;Roll call shows 62 members present. For the beginning of the third week in a row, we fail to have a quorum for the conduct of business, much to the pleasure of the protesters,&rdquo; Bosma said as union organizers could be heard cheering outside the House chamber.</p><p>Bosma said the House levied $250 against each absent Democrat. About 30 or so remain in Urbana, Illinois. Fines will continue each day until they return.</p><p>Democrats are boycotting the current legislative session because of what they view as anti-union legislation proposed by the GOP.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Terry Goodin of Austin said his fellow caucus members are prepared to stay out &quot;as long as it takes&quot; to get Republicans to agree to changes, even if that means staying out past June 30 when the current budget expires.</p><p>Goodin says if that happens, Democrats wouldn't be to blame for shutting down the government. He says it's Bosma's responsibility to negotiate and bring back Democrats.</p><p>While the standoff inside the Indiana statehouse continues, union groups plan to continue rallying just outside. The Indiana AFL-CIO says it expects thousands of union workers to attend a &quot;We Are Indiana&quot; rally Thursday morning.</p><p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bosma/hoosier-house-still-divided-over-union-issue The Indiana House of Representatives could consider abortion legislation this week http://www.wbez.org/story/abortion/indiana-house-representatives-could-consider-abortion-legislation-week <p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]-->The Indiana House of Representatives could consider abortion legislation this week. The Indiana Senate approved two bills dealing with reproductive issues. Now, the House could take them up. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> One bill would prohibit the state from making contracts or grants with organizations that provide abortions. Hospitals would be exempt.<br /> <br /> Another bill would require a doctor to tell any woman who is seeking an abortion that life begins at conception, and that her fetus might feel pain.&nbsp;Planned Parenthood of Indiana says the bills amount to a legislative assault on women.&nbsp;The group&rsquo;s planning a rally at the statehouse Tuesday that&rsquo;s meant to kill the proposals. <br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s not clear whether there will be debate, though. Indiana Democrats are in a legislative boycott related to labor unions. <br /> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> <br style="" /> </span></p></p> Sat, 05 Mar 2011 01:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/abortion/indiana-house-representatives-could-consider-abortion-legislation-week Indy Dems still holding out http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bosma/indy-dems-still-holding-out <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Use this one_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal">The stalemate between Democratic and Republican state lawmakers in Indiana nears the end of its second week.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Indiana House Democrats are still held up at the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Ill., a short distance from the University of Illinois.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">They fled their state capitol to avoid a quorum and possible arrest by Indiana State Police.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">House Minority Speaker Pat Bauer actually returned to Indianapolis for a little while Wednesday morning to meet with GOP leadership including Majority Speaker Brian Bosma.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Bauer said they refuse to drop bills aimed at diminishing the impact of organized labor, gutting collective bargaining for teachers and providing taxpayer money as vouchers to allow parents to send their children to private schools.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;This is a process where we are trying to <em><span style="font-style: normal;">deradicalize</span></em><i style=""> </i>the majority who are trying to cut the wages of thousands of workers in Indiana,&rdquo; Bauer said. &ldquo;When they agree that they are not going to do that or help minimize the impact of that in some way, we&rsquo;ll come back.<i style="">&rdquo;</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Bauer returned to Urbana, about two hours west of Indianapolis, where he continued to caucus with about 30 Democrats staying at the Comfort Inn in Urbana.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Several Northwest Indiana state Representatives are among the group, including Dan Stevenson of Highland, Vernon Smith of Gary, Mara Candelaria Reardon of Munster and Linda Lawton of Hammond.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">House Republicans will try again this morning the restart the legislative session in Indianapolis where protestors continue to show up.</p></p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 06:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bosma/indy-dems-still-holding-out