Government

City announces short list for creating justice complex

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis officials Tuesday named three development groups that will be invited to submit proposals to create a new criminal justice complex.
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Bill adds oversight to redevelopment commissions

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House approved a Senate bill that adds transparency to redevelopment commissions and forces decades-old tax-increment financing districts to expire.
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House sends industrial hemp bill back to Senate

March 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House approved a bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow hemp – a non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana – if the federal government lifts restrictions on the crop.
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Mass transit bill headed to conference committee

March 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House passed legislation to authorize new taxes for an expanded bus system but the bill is headed to a conference committee where lawmakers will try to find a compromise on the issue.
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Committee urges hiring commitment for $81M MSA tower project

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
A City-County Council committee recommended approval for the 28-story building but only if the developer pledges that 30 percent of the workers it hires to build the tower live in Marion County.
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Police, FBI investigate Elwood mayor's campaign spending

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The treasurer of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold's campaign committee said he's been questioned by state and federal officers about Arnold's expenditures for out-of-state travel and personal bills.
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Legislation would allow ads on public school buses

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The bill, approved by the Indiana Senate 49-0, would allow advertising on school buses in two Indianapolis neighborhoods and a school district just north of the city.
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Campaign money offer exposed in Indiana gay marriage fight

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
A former state Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out at the Statehouse.
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Indiana one of many states aiming to limit tanning

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers' efforts to crack down on the use of Indiana tanning beds this year are part of a national push to limit young people's exposure to risks that include skin cancer.
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Fourth quarter economic growth rate revised much lower

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4-percent annual rate last quarter, sharply less than first thought, in part because consumers didn't spend as much as initially estimated. For all of 2013, the economy grew at a lackluster 1.9 percent.
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Bill to help some teachers repay loans advances

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
Certain students who go on to teach science, math or special education in Indiana could get up to $9,000 to pay off loans if a legislative proposal becomes law.
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State lawmakers advance roads, education measures

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers advanced a wide range of measures Thursday as they headed into the final two weeks of their 2014 session, setting up last-minute negotiations on everything from road funding to education.
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Ballard outlines list of initiatives in annual 'state of' address

February 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City address Thursday night, went through a checklist of potential projects while exhorting citizens to become ambassadors for the city.
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Analysis casts doubt on revenue projection for soccer stadium

February 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Cory Schouten
The Indy Eleven soccer team would generate just $2 million to $4 million a year in ticket sales, a fraction of the $51 million that owner Ersal Ozdemir has estimated a new downtown stadium would generate including non-soccer events, according to an independent analysis.
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IndyGo unveils design of $20M downtown transit center

February 27, 2014
Scott Olson
Construction of the hub, which Mayor Greg Ballard noted Thursday in his annual State of the City address, is set to begin this fall with completion expected by the end of 2015.
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Indiana Senate panel approves welfare drug tests

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
The current version of the measure is far less sweeping than what supporters originally sought. The measure approved Thursday would only apply to welfare recipients who had previously been convicted of a drug crime.
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Indiana House backs tossing national school standards

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 67-26 Thursday to nix the Common Core school standards currently in place.
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Pence continues pitch for preschool voucher plan

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Wednesday morning highlighting the work of an Indianapolis preschool as he made a final pitch for an early education voucher plan that has foundered in the Legislature.
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Indiana House OKs bill to end efficiency program

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
The bill's author, Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said he's going to take the next few days to review the House's changes before determining whether to ask the Senate to approve it or send the bill to a conference committee to restore its original wording.
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Grid operators feud over transmission lines, payments

February 26, 2014
Dan Human
Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc.'s recent expansion into the South has thrust the Carmel group into a dispute over whether it has to pay for using another firm's power lines.
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Modified hemp legalization bill moves to full House

February 26, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The legalization of the production of industrial hemp is a step closer to reality in Indiana after the House Agricultural Committee passed an amended bill Tuesday.
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Bill allowing state fair alcohol sales heads to governor

February 25, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The bill, authored by Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, seeks to end a nearly 70-year old ban on beer and alcohol sales at the state fair.
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Indiana lawmakers draw close on business tax deal

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy advanced two separate measures Tuesday that would cut the state's corporate income tax and the state's business equipment tax in certain cases.
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Indiana House amends bill to end efficiency program

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
TThe House voted 66-30 to amend the bill with language that prohibits the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from extending or entering into contracts for Energizing Indiana's statewide energy efficiency program after Dec. 31
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City-County Council approves 'ban the box' proposal

February 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council passed a "ban the box" ordinance by a wide margin Monday night. The ordinance says the city and its contractors may not use prior criminal convictions as a screening tool in hiring.
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