'Short sessions' quickly becoming political slogs

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The Indiana General Assembly's "short sessions" every other year should not be confused as being trivial.
Lawmakers returning this week for their 2014 session will take up a proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax and amend the state's gay marriage ban into the constitution.
The abbreviated meetings of state lawmakers started roughly four decades ago as a vehicle for lawmakers to approve minor budget fixes. But they have become increasingly more important in recent years.
Lawmakers in 2008 approved statewide property tax caps, which business leaders say caused the need for the Gov. Mike Pence's proposed business tax cut. And 2012 saw lawmakers make Indiana the first Rust Belt state to place a right-to-work ban on mandatory union fees.

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