How major bills fared in 2014 Indiana General Assembly

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Adoption tax credit:
House Bill 1222, one of Pence’s priorities, provides a state income tax credit of $1,000 or 10 percent of federal tax credit, whichever is smaller, for each adopted child beginning in 2015. It also creates a study committee to evaluate how to improve adoption procedures in Indiana. Sent to governor.

Olympic tax breaks:
Senate Bill 161 would, among other things, exempt Olympic medals and prize money from Indiana income taxes. The measure, which passed both chambers, would be retroactive to Jan. 1 and apply for now to just one person: Nick Goepper, 19, of Lawrenceburg, who won a bronze medal in slopestyle skiing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sent to governor.

Metro Indy issues

Mass transit:
Senate Bill 176 allows six counties to have voter referendums on whether to fund mass transit projects, primarily through income taxes. The bill excludes light rail projects and sets up a non-profit that would have the goal of raising up to 10 percent of the transit system’s operating costs from the business community. A corporate tax to pay for the projects was removed from the bill. Sent to governor.

Soccer stadium: The House version of Senate Bill 308 would have included a tax subsidy for a proposed mixed-use soccer stadium in Indianapolis for the new Indy Eleven professional soccer team. The Senate removed that provision. Bill passed with provision to extend professional sports development area in Fort Wayne to help finance Memorial Coliseum expansion. Soccer stadium provision was removed; rest of bill was sent to governor.


State highway funding:
House Bill 1002 releases $200 million from the state’s budget for state highway expansion this year, plus another $200 million next year subject to State Budget Committee approval. Sent to governor.

Energy efficiency:
Senate Bill 340 shuts down the two-year-old Energizing Indiana program, under which energy auditors visit homes and businesses and recommend ways to reduce energy consumption. The program is funded by a fee on electricity bills. Sent to governor.

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