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Ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

July 20, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.
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State to scope downtown block for new offices, parking

July 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Office of Management and Budget will study a state-owned parcel just north of the Statehouse, potentially to house the judiciary and provide more legislative office space.
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Pence seeks review to simplify Indiana tax code

June 24, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he wants to review Indiana's tax code to simplify it and promote economic development. His comments came at the Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference, which culled general ideas for tax reform from a mix of national and state tax experts.
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In mad dash by state lawmakers, errors can happen

June 22, 2014
Associated Press analysis
When Indiana's legislative leaders called the General Assembly back for one day last week, it was because they had discovered a handful of mistakes made earlier this year that just couldn't wait until the next session to be fixed.
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Lawmakers approve fixes to criminal sentencing

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
The General Assembly met Tuesday for its first "technical corrections day" — a special one-day meeting with limits placed on it so lawmakers do not have to do a full-blown "special session."
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Lawmakers gather in Indianapolis for constitutional talk

June 12, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
More than 100 state legislators from 33 states will meet this week at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss the procedures and rules for a possible convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
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States could be expanding wealth gap with tax policies

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
Politicians in Indiana and other states hope tax cuts for businesses will boost their economies, but those and other moves could be contributing to the income gap limiting growth in U.S. consumer spending.
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Influx of offenders may tax county coffers

May 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state’s inmate population is projected to continue rising, even after a criminal-code overhaul intended to prevent the need for prison expansions takes effect July 1.
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State scrutiny of Village Pantry safety issues set to end

May 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The convenience store chain has been taking corrective action to better protect employees after the shootings of Indianapolis clerks in 2009 and 2011.
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Strapped schools are wheeling and dealing with municipalities

May 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
State-mandated tax caps are putting additional pressure on public budgets—and spurring local governments to take unusual steps to help their cash-strapped schools.
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Lawmakers positive about Healthy Indiana Plan proposal

May 16, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday, received overall positive reviews from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
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Life sciences critical mass elusive in Indiana after years of effortRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Attempts to build the sector are making headway, but Indiana still lags leading states.
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Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner missed an ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that could have cost him millions of dollars.
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Ethics panel set to review Turner lobbying situation

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House Ethics Committee on Wednesday will review the actions of a senior lawmaker who worked in private to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars.
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Turner case tests bounds of 'citizen legislature'

April 20, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lacking black-and-white guidelines on Eric Turner's actions, the members of the House Ethics Committee will have to examine shades of gray in deciding which conflicts of interest are acceptable and which ones go too far.
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Transit advocates step up push to sway policymakersRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A grass-roots effort to salvage daily train service from Indianapolis to Chicago is solidifying into year-round advocacy for passenger rail in Indiana.
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Report: State political leader had millions on the line

April 17, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Documents show House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year.
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ANALYSIS: Turner stood to lose big in Statehouse fight

April 10, 2014
Associated Press analysis
A top Indiana lawmaker, his family and investors in their company risked losing millions in future profits if a proposed ban on construction of new nursing homes in Indiana had become law this year, an Associated Press review has found.
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Manufacturers help drive recycling bill to passage

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation setting a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste says the state's resource-hungry manufacturing industry was a key to the bill's passage this year.
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CarDon trying to adjust nursing homes to hospitals, insurers, patientsRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Family-run company is building nursing homes it thinks will be more attractive to residents and staff.
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Manufacturer's group gives high grades to legislative session

April 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.
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Election map aids Indiana GOP grip on House seats

March 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Democrats don't expect their election prospects to improve soon after Republicans drew election maps that led to the GOP picking up two U.S. congressional seats in 2012.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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Pence signs Indiana preschool, road-money bills

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Thursday touting two of his top priorities—new money for preschools and roads—at ceremonial bill signings across the state.
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Pence lets bill ending Energize Indiana become law

March 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will let a bill that eliminates an energy-conservation program become law without his signature, prompting harsh words from environmental leaders who opposed the bill.
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