INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Senate Republicans selected a new leader Monday to replace outgoing President Pro Tem David Long.
Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville was chosen during a closed-door meeting of the Senate GOP caucus — a vote that had been inevitable since Long announced in February that he was retiring from the Legislature.
New Republican state senator sworn into office
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new state senator has been sworn into replace a Republican member who resigned for a job in Washington, D.C.
Brian Buchanan took the oath Monday from Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush. Republican precinct committee members picked the former Boone County councilman last month to fill the vacancy left by then-Senate majority leader Brandt Hershman.
GOP caucus picks county councilman for Indiana Senate seat
MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana county councilman will replace a Republican state senator who resigned to join a law firm in Washington, D.C.
Republicans pick 2 for top Indiana Senate positions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Indiana Senate have elevated two lawmakers to top leadership posts that were recently vacated by retiring Sen. Brandt Hershman.
Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville was named Thursday as the majority floor leader, which is the No. 2 position in Senate leadership. Bray was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and is chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Powerful Indiana legislator to resign from state Senate
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of the most powerful Republican lawmakers in the Indiana Senate announced Friday that he is stepping down.
State Sen. Brandt Hershman, of Buck Creek, said in a news release that he is resigning from his Lafayette-area Senate seat effective Jan. 2.
Indiana's annual legislative session starts the following day.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will likely end up in court over an online sales tax law.
Indiana lawmakers passed a law this spring claiming the state has a right to collect sales taxes from companies using only online transactions, The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/2srHcvM) reported.
But a 25-year-old Supreme Court case prohibits states from collecting sales tax from businesses unless they've got a physical presence in the state.
Indiana cities rush to control wireless equipment
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Two Indiana cities are rushing to maintain control of where wireless equipment can be placed.
The South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/2oENTxF ) reports that a plan approved by the Legislature will allow telecommunications companies to place equipment without a permit from local government. The legislation is awaiting Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's signature.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill pushed by Indiana's investor-owned utilities that would eliminate much of the financial incentive available to those who install solar panels is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk after it was approved on Monday by the Legislature.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the financial incentive for installing solar panels would be eliminated under a bill approved by the Indiana House.
Solar energy accounts for less than 1 percent of Indiana's power, but utilities worry it could cut into profits if popularity continues to grow.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A powerful Indiana Senate committee on Tuesday put its stamp on an infrastructure funding plan, which includes a number of fee and tax increases that GOP leaders say are needed to pay for much needed road and bridge repairs.
Republican state Sen. Brandt Hershman's committee made substantial changes to much of the fine print of the House Republican proposal before passing the measure on an 11 to 2 vote.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's influential power companies urged lawmakers on Wednesday to move forward with a bill that would sharply curtail a benefit available to solar panel owners, even though it does not pose a current threat to their bottom line.
Indiana Energy Association President Mark Maassel told a House committee that phasing out a state program that allows homeowners, schools and churches to harness the sun's bill-lowering potential would add a "level of certainty" to the industry.
Indiana Senate approves bill to curtail solar incentive
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the financial incentive for installing solar panels would be eliminated in the coming years under a bill passed by the Indiana Senate.
Solar panel owners who feed surplus energy to the power grid are currently compensated at a retail market rate that helps pay off their investments.
Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman's bill would drastically reduce that rate in five years, although it would grandfather in current solar panel owners for 30 years.
Wrong statements by lawmaker on solar energy stir backlash
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The third-ranking Republican in the Indiana Senate wrongly said that a financial incentive for installing solar panels would likely disappear unless lawmakers supported his bill to revamp the benefit.
At least one lawmaker said that inaccurate testimony by Sen. Brandt Hershman during a recent Statehouse hearing led him to back the proposal. The bill would sharply curtail the benefit that homeowners, churches, businesses and schools now reap by harnessing the sun's energy.
Indiana Senate panel OKs bill to reduce solar incentives
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill backed by the state's investor-owned power utilities that critics contend is an effort to muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market.
The measure by Republican state Sen. Brandt Hershman was approved by the Senate Utilities committee on an 8-2 vote.