Government & Economic Development

House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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Bill roundup: State fair alcohol, digital privacy and more

February 20, 2014
A committee nearly unanimously approved a measure clearing the way for alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair. Another committee unanimously passed a bill that would expand privacy laws to accommodate the increased use of digital technology.
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Indy officials work to strengthen rental-property inspection bill

February 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A proposal under consideration by the Legislature would curb rental-property inspection programs, but local officials worked with its author to let cities set up landlord registries.
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Prosecutors want to keep $3.4M from El Rodeo raids

February 19, 2014
Associated Press
Civil forfeiture lawsuits have been filed in Tippecanoe and Marion counties, accusing the Mexican restaurant owners and others involved with the businesses of illegally obtaining the money.
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Dunham's $30M expansion in Marion to create 135 jobs

February 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The sporting good retailer, which has more than 200 stores in 17 states, will consolidate distribution into a new, 735,000-square-foot building.
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Business equipment tax headed toward delay

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers considering a cut to Indiana's tax on business equipment might leave the matter to a summer study committee, a move that would delay any action by at least a year.
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Conservatives angry at GOP chiefs in marriage loss

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers amended the measure and delayed a referendum until at least 2016, despite calls from social and religious conservatives to hold the vote this year.
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Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

February 17, 2014
 The Statehouse File
After an extended Twitter tirade over the weekend stemming from a Senate move stalling the amendment, Sen. Mike Delph on Monday pledged to use a procedural maneuver to resurrect deleted language.
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Rockport plant might not be dead, after all

February 17, 2014
Dan Human
A controversial power plant planned for southern Indiana has quickly and quietly moved forward after developers said they no longer planned to pursue the project.
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First family gives TLC to little-used Brown County cabinRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Pence administration has overseen the six-figure renovation of a Brown County cabin that one political observer calls Indiana’s Camp David.
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Zionsville sticks with big-box ban despite growth push

February 15, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Even as retail development continues to proliferate just outside Zionsville’s borders, town officials say they remain committed to an 8-year-old zoning ordinance banning big-box stores.
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Pence cracks door to electricity deregulationRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Pence administration is discussing whether to include electric-utility deregulation in a new state energy policy, making Indiana one of the few states since California’s electricity crisis to consider opening its market to competition.
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Team owner pitches lawmakers on soccer stadium

February 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir fielded questions from legislators Thursday about the $87 million, state-financed outdoor stadium he has proposed. The meeting started with a warm reception for Ozdemir, and lacked any testimony against the plan.
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Gay-marriage ban off ballot at least until 2016

February 13, 2014
Associated Press
Opponents of an effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution won a surprising victory Thursday as the Senate effectively pushed off a statewide vote on the issue for at least two years, and possibly longer.
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Appeals court: IBM breached contract with state

February 13, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Marion County judge's finding that IBM did not materially breach the contract it had with the state to modernize its welfare system.
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Convenience stores prepare case to sell cold beer

February 13, 2014
Scott Olson
The stores' lawsuit against the state argues that Indiana's law governing cold-beer sales is unconstitutional. But a phalanx of other beverage retailers has lined up to oppose the action.
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House panel takes corporate tax increase out of mass transit bill

February 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
If the House approves the bill as amended, it will set up a debate between the Republican-controlled chambers about who pays for expanded transit.
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Proposed criminal justice complex draws five bidders

February 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the meantime, city officials are arranging to meet with lawyers, judges and residents who are concerned about moving jails and courts from downtown's core.
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Prominent criminal lawyer: Airport site for complex 'cannot work'

February 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the airport site hasn’t officially been selected, although it did score highest among sites the city evaluated.
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Indiana gay marriage ban backers seek youth support

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
A new group of young people who support banning gay marriage in Indiana announced a campaign Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to restore language to the proposed constitutional amendment that would enable it to get to voters in November.
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Pence open to replacing any revenue lost in tax bill

February 11, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s open to proposals to “fully replace” the revenue that local governments might lose under a Senate plan to cut the personal property tax for thousands of businesses across Indiana.
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Indiana Supreme Court throws out Evansville smoking ban

February 11, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A divided Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Evansville’s amended smoking ban, which exempted the former Aztar riverboat casino, now known as Tropicana Evansville.
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Another delay in health law's employer requirement

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
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Manufacturer plans expansions at two Indiana plants

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Shiloh Die Cast Midwest LLC plans to expand two of its plants in northeast Indiana, leading to 145 new jobs by 2018, the company announced Monday night.
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Plan to cut business-equipment tax draws debate

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House lawmakers took up a Senate proposal to cut business taxes on Monday, as fiscal leaders continued working behind the scenes to craft a compromise package of cuts this legislative session.
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