WBEZ | Indiana Senate http://www.wbez.org/tags/indiana-senate Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en LGBT members in NW Indiana fight against same-sex marriage amendment proposal http://www.wbez.org/news/lgbt-members-nw-indiana-fight-against-same-sex-marriage-amendment-proposal-109682 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Indiana LGBT two-way.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Indiana is a step closer to cementing the state&rsquo;s ban on same-sex marriage for possibly years to come. The state already outlaws same-sex marriage.</p><p>On Monday a senate committee passed a measure that would enshrine the ban in the state&rsquo;s constitution. Pushed by Governor Mike Pence, it goes before the full Senate later this week.</p><p>But not everyone supports the constitutional ban, known as House Joint Resolution 3. The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce says it could hurt in attracting top talent to the state.</p><p>And some members of the LGBT community wonder why the Hoosier state is moving in the opposite direction of neighboring Illinois.</p><p>They recently sat down for a conversation with WBEZ&rsquo;s Michael Puente at our bureau in Crown Point, Ind.</p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/lgbt-members-nw-indiana-fight-against-same-sex-marriage-amendment-proposal-109682 Donnelly wins Senate, but Republicans still control Indiana http://www.wbez.org/news/donnelly-wins-senate-republicans-still-control-indiana-103739 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6648_hr110712b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last night&rsquo;s celebrations for Democrat Joe Donnelly&rsquo;s big upset in the U.S. Senate race is getting doused by cold hard reality today. That&rsquo;s because Republicans can now claim to have supermajorities in both chambers of the Indiana legislature.</p><p>While the GOP already had a supermajority in the Senate, a few key wins gives it a supermajority in the House as well. Republicans now have 69 members in the House, two more than the 67 needed for a supermajority in the 100-member house.</p><p>&ldquo;We have had excellent candidate recruitment and Hoosiers have elected a group of leaders who already have a track record of job creation. The majority of our new members are small business owners who have experience meeting payroll, balancing budgets, thinking about the bottom line, and creating and retaining jobs,&quot; Indiana House Speaker, Brian Bosma (R), said Wednesday while meeting with the entire Republican House Caucus.</p><p>One race that helped the GOP is the victory in the Democratic stronghold of Lake County, outside Chicago. That&rsquo;s where Republican Hal Slager won in the 15th House District, which includes the town of Schererville.</p><p>Having a supermajority allows Republicans to conduct business without Democrats present.</p><p>In each of the past two years, House Democrats have walked out to stall Republicans from pushing through measures like school vouchers and right to work laws.</p><p>But Democrats won&rsquo;t be able to do that anymore.</p><p>Despite its new power, Bosma says the GOP will work in a bipartisan fashion.</p><p>&ldquo;Hoosiers told us they want their state to live within its means, promote job creation and prepare today&rsquo;s students for tomorrow&rsquo;s jobs. Hoosiers have spoken, and have elected 19 new members to our Caucus,&rdquo; Bosma said.</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/donnelly-wins-senate-republicans-still-control-indiana-103739 Mourdock and the meaning of 'moderate' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/mourdock-and-meaning-moderate-103410 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6602_AP625487735492-scr.jpg" style="float: right; height: 450px; width: 300px; " title="Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (AP)" /></div><p>The whole world now knows that Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/mourdock-rape-comment-adds-to-election-year-furor-over-social-issues/2012/10/24/efa6a530-1e05-11e2-b647-bb1668e64058_story.html?tid=pm_pop">he believes</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.&rdquo;</p><p>In other words, God has a plan, and it involves that rapist fathering a kid. Don&rsquo;t doubt or question it because, damn it all to hell, it&rsquo;s God&rsquo;s plan.<br /><br />Mourdock opposes abortion with a single exception: cases where the life of the mother is at stake.<br /><br />The kicker? The Democratic candidate, Rep. Joe Donnelly, took a <a href="http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/politics/richard-mourdock-joe-donnelly-spend-day-dealing-with-rape-abortion-comment">more &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; stance</a>, saying that his position allows for abortion in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother.<br /><br />That&rsquo;s a hell of a choice Hoosiers have.<br /><br />My question is: When did these three exceptions &mdash; the holy trinity, if you will &mdash; become a &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; stance on abortion rights? Exceptions for rape, incest and the woman&rsquo;s very life are not actually much of a choice.<br /><br />Back when I was a teenager and more readily in need of safe and legal abortion for myself and my friends than I am now, that position meant you were anti-abortion.<br /><br />I&rsquo;m not actually arguing against religious conviction. I&rsquo;m pro-choice but I totally follow the reasoning that if you believe life begins at conception and anything after that is murder, then the only logical conclusion is that exceptions can&rsquo;t be made.<br /><br />But let&rsquo;s call that what it is: If there&rsquo;s no negotiating, if there&rsquo;s no middle ground, that&rsquo;s an extreme position.<br /><br />Have Republican and religious extremists convinced us that allowing a birthing mother to live if the choice is between her and her unborn child is actually an exception, a kindness?<br /><br />Have these words &mdash; rape and incest &mdash; lost their power? Did we forget what these words actually mean?<br /><br />This is what we&rsquo;re talking about when we talk about abortion without exceptions:<br /><br />If you&rsquo;re a woman and get pregnant because a man forced you to have sex, which is to say, if you get pregnant as a result of sex you did not consent to (and was traumatic), then <em>you have to give birth to your rapist&rsquo;s child, whether you want to or not</em>.<br /><br />If you&rsquo;re a woman and get pregnant because your father/brother/grandfather/uncle/cousin/stepfather/etc. raped you (see above), then <em>you have to give birth to your father&rsquo;s/brother&rsquo;s/grandfather&rsquo;s/uncle&rsquo;s/cousin&rsquo;s/stepfather&rsquo;s, etc., child, whether you want to or not.</em><br /><br />Mitt Romney&rsquo;s own position on abortion in this election cycle allows exceptions in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother. (Paul Ryan disagrees, in line with his faith and the GOP party platform: no abortions, no exceptions.)<br /><br />Support for these lousy exceptions has allowed Romney to step back from extreme GOP candidates like <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/10/23/todd_akins_militia_ties_exposed/">Todd Akin</a>, who doesn&rsquo;t understand biology, and our own <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/19/tea-party-illinois-rep-joe-walsh-one-ups-akin-s-legitimate-rape.html">Joe Walsh</a>, who thinks pregnancy is risk-free.<br /><br />But, for some reason, Romney isn&rsquo;t stepping back from Mourdock. Of all of the GOP candidates running for election, Mourdock is the only one for whom Romney has taped <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/mitt-romney-supported-richard-mourdock-political-ad-17552447">a personal campaign ad</a>, which has already run in Indiana more than 100 times.<br /><br />The Romney campaign said Wednesday that he <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/richard-mourdock-john-mccain.php?ref=fpa">didn&rsquo;t agree with Mourdock&rsquo;s views </a>on abortion, but the television spot (which was taped long before Mourdock opened his mouth) is still running in Indiana.<br /><br />That&rsquo;s <em>moderate</em> Mitt.</p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/mourdock-and-meaning-moderate-103410 Hoosiers debate constitutional ban on same-sex marriage http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-senate/same-sex-ammendment <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/GayMarriage_Getty_JustinSullivan.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]--><span style="color: black;">Indiana</span><span style="color: black;"> lawmakers continue to debate a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. </span><span style="color: black;">State law already prohibits marriage between same sex couples, but some Hoosier lawmakers want to take the ban a step further.</span> <span style="color: black;">They want to amend the state&rsquo;s constitution so the ban can&rsquo;t be overturned by what one legislator described as &ldquo;activist judges.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">The Indiana House approved the amendment last month and it moved on to the Senate.</span><span style="color: black;"> That's where the Senate Judiciary Committee heard arguments on it yesterday at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.</span> <span style="color: black;">There, the committee heard from two prominent companies in Indiana; pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly, and diesel engine manufacturer, Cummins Inc.</span><span style="color: black;"> Company representatives testified that a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage would hurt their firms ability to recruite top notch talent.</span></p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal">The committee delayed a vote on the matter until next week. If it&rsquo;s approved, it will move on to the full Senate. And if it passes there, the amendment would still need to be approved by the Indiana General Assembly next year.</p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal">If the amendment makes it through next year&rsquo;s legislature, Hoosier voters will have the final say if it becomes part of the Indiana constitution by voting on the measure in a referendum.</p> <p style="" class="MsoNormal">The earliest such a ban could be in the constitution would be in 2013.</p></p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-senate/same-sex-ammendment Nuclear power bill on hold in Indiana http://www.wbez.org/story/david-long/nuclear-power-bill-hold-indiana <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]-->An initiative in Indiana to provide incentives for companies to invest in clean energy, including nuclear power, is stalling because of recent events in Japan.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The incentives could have lead to the building of Indiana&rsquo;s first nuclear power plant.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But any such plans may have to wait.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Indiana Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says his state will need additional sources of energy in the coming years.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But Long says the earthquake in Japan that caused extensive damage to a nuclear plant there is forcing more review of Senate Bill 251.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;We need to take a step back, try to understand how this happened, what the circumstances were, was it human error, was it all caused by the natural disaster? If so, what part of it, was it the tsunami, was it the earthquake,&rdquo; Long says. &ldquo;We don't have the answers to that right now, and we need to have some answers.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Past nuclear attempts in Indiana included the building of a nuclear power plant in Porter County.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) proposed building the Bailly Nuclear 1 Power Plant in the 1970s and 1980s along Lake Michigan.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But opponents and the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island forced NIPSCO to scrap its plans just two years later.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Indiana continues to need additional sources of energy since a study group told state legislators that the state will likely need 30 percent more electricity by 2015.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This at a time when the Obama administration plans to clamp down on coal-fired power plants to reduce pollution.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Indiana gets most of its energy from coal.</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/david-long/nuclear-power-bill-hold-indiana