Agreement on both sides: ‘Religious liberty’ bill would gut local anti-discrimination ordinances

4:55 pm Mar. 26, 2015

Updated at 6:05 p.m.: After the adoption of a non-discrimination clause introduced by state Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, S.B. 129 was tabled by the House Judiciary Committee, making it very unlikely that it will reach a House floor vote before the end of the session.

Original: After 10 weeks of vague arguments, the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday got down to the nitty-gritty of what SB 129, the religious liberty

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs religious liberty bill

1:56 pm Mar. 26, 2015

Just moved by the Associated Press:

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination

An effort to restrict early voting resurfaces

12:51 pm Mar. 26, 2015

You know that fight over early voting that Democrats in the Legislature thought they had ducked through their support of the transportation funding bill? It’s back.

H.B. 194, the bill authored by state Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, would sharply curtail the early voting period and restrict weekend voting to four hours on either a Saturday or Sunday, but not both.

It missed the Crossover-Day deadline, but we’re told that the measure

Tip sheet: A day devoted to dirt, swamps and Uber

6:00 am Mar. 26, 2015

Number of working days left until the end of the 2015 session: Four.

After a busy day, lawmakers appear to be taking a breather. The Senate has a dozen bills on the calendar, including HB 225, the Uber bill; and HB 397, which revises the state Soil and Conservation Commission to the concern of farmers and environmentalists.

The House has several bills on the floor, the most interesting of which

Changes in store for ‘religious liberty’ bill

10:00 am Mar. 25, 2015

That House Judiciary subcommittee looking at S.B. 129, the religious liberty bill, meets again this afternoon. Its 10 members are nearly certain to offer some amendments, which could subject the measure to last-minute negotiations under