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Governor signs ethics, slot-withholding laws

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill tightening ethics and lobbying rules for lawmakers and the executive branch.

The bill, one of 23 Daniels signed Wednesday, bars lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for one year after they leave the General Assembly and requires lobbyists to report gifts worth $50 or more. It also bars incumbents or candidates for statewide office from raising campaign funds during budget-writing legislative sessions.

Some provisions take effect July 1. Others do so later.

Also becoming law July 1 is one of Daniels' legislative priorities. He signed a bill that generally withholds slot machine winnings of $1,200 or more from parents who are behind on their child support payments.

More than 165,000 noncustodial Indiana parents each owe more than $2,000 in back child support.

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