Indiana Statehouse: A Week in Review

The smoking ban received the most attention in the Indiana legislature this week. The General Assembly also passed bills on stage regulations and police entry.

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The Indiana General Assembly passed several bills during the week preceding March 2, 2012.

The Indiana Senate passed a statewide smoking ban this week, but the final details of the bill are yet to be decided. The House has passed a smoking ban each of the last six years, but Tuesday marked the first time the measure has ever reached the Senate floor.

The bill was heavily amended, with lawmakers adding exemptions for bars and taverns as well as senior centers. Wednesday, the ban passed the Senate by a 29 to 21 vote. It now heads to conference committee, where legislators from both Houses will hammer out a final version of the bill to be voted on next week.

The Senate also sent legislation to the governor regulating inspections for outdoor stage equipment — a response to last year’s State Fair stage collapse. The measure calls for temporary regulations to be developed by the State Fire Marshall’s office for the upcoming year while lawmakers develop permanent rules for a vote next session.

And the House this week passed a bill allowing people to resist illegal police entry into their homes, with force if necessary. The Senate will decide early next week whether to send that legislation to the governor or bring it to committee for further work.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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