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Preschool pilot program headed to Pence's desk

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The General Assembly has approved a pilot program to send low-income children in five counties to preschool.
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Pence signs military relief fund changes into law

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
The measure will make about 26,000 Indiana veterans who served in the Armed Forces or National Guard after Sept. 11, 2001, eligible for grant payments through the state's Military Family Relief Fund starting July 1.
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Criminal code update pleases some, worries others

March 13, 2014
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the bill “has been a long time coming” and will provide “sentencing reform that really has been sorely needed.”
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Statehouse update: Abandoned houses, hemp, daycare, addicted moms and more

March 13, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Numerous bills advanced Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse, including several that were sent to the governor for approval. Here's a rundown:
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Bosma: $400M for roads, $15M for preschool program

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana would spend heavily on new road construction and launch a preschool pilot program under a pair of last-minute deals reached between Statehouse Republican leaders.
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Food restrictions back in Indiana welfare bill draft

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
A contentious measure to screen and drug-test some welfare recipients and to limit food-stamp use to only "nutritional" foods has resurfaced in the Indiana General Assembly with little time left to vote on the bill.
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Obama seeks overtime pay for more salaried workers

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.
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Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote

March 12, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The compromise language does not include a provision to establish a light-rail system or an increase in corporate taxes. However, the legislation would still allow for an increase in individual income taxes pending voter approval.
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UPDATE: Governor to sign Indiana recycling bill

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Legislation that sets a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste is headed to Gov. Mike Pence's desk after passing the General Assembly.
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Indianapolis leaders tout plan to curb violence

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Last year, the city shifted 100 officers to patrol duty to help combat crime. Despite that, Indianapolis suffered 125 homicides in 2013, its highest tally in seven years.
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Lawmakers seek to remove Indiana from Common Core

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to end the state's use of federal Common Core standards and instead adopt a series of state-written guidelines.
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Judge: Case not made for airport justice center site

March 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The judge with authority over Marion County court facilities isn’t convinced that a 35-acre site by Indianapolis International Airport is the best pick for the proposed criminal justice complex.
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UPDATE: House leader says tax, preschool deals near

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma said the governor and legislative leaders have reached broad agreement on some of the biggest legislative items being considered this session.
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Lawmakers getting closer on nursing home moratorium

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere said Tuesday that negotiators had found a compromise that would ban new construction for two years except in counties whose nursing homes are at 90-percent capacity or higher.
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Plan would help pay loans for some Indiana teachers

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
The legislation would provide loan reimbursements of up to $9,000 for some of those teaching science, technology, engineering or math.
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Indiana road-funding measure nears final vote

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate lawmakers are still deciding whether to release $200 million for road expansion projects.
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Gay couples in Indiana could pay more for tax filings

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Conflicting state and federal policies will likely cost Indiana same-sex couples more in time, paperwork and money when they file their tax returns this year, experts say.
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Lawmakers vote to put Energizing Indiana program on hold

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would sideline the state's energy-efficiency program was sent to the governor Monday, but Indiana lawmakers are still mulling bills that would relax gun regulations in school parking lots and make some welfare recipients undergo drug-testing.
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Institute analyzing proposed sites for criminal justice complex

March 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is analyzing proposed sites for a Marion County Criminal Justice Complex and may reveal its findings by the end of this week.
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Lawmakers negotiating Indiana child care regulations

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Day care providers would face greater child health and safety regulations if they choose to take taxpayer money under a bill being considered by the General Assembly.
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Indiana road funding bill nears final vote at Statehouse

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Final lawmaker negotiations are set to begin on a bill that would allocate $200 million for Indiana transportation projects.
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Legislative studies often precede tough action

March 9, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana lawmakers have only a few more days this week before they wrap up the 2014 legislative session. But that doesn't mean they're totally done for the year.
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FEIGENBAUM: Region has much at stake as session closesRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Local governments have loudly fretted about the potential loss of tax dollars from a reduction or elimination of the business personal property tax, and raised concerns about forcing intrastate competitions for business relocations.
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Tax collection woes raise concern among leaders

March 7, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Budget Agency reported Friday that tax collections came in $54 million less than expected in February.
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Ban on teen tanning heads to governor

March 6, 2014
New restrictions on teen tanning are one step from becoming law after legislation passed the Indiana Senate and moved to the governor on Thursday.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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