Public Safety

Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban

January 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night. Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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Indiana legislators OK tougher sex-trafficking law

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
A bill to toughen Indiana's penalties for sex trafficking is on its way to Gov. Mitch Daniels for him to sign into law ahead of next weekend's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
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Fight looming over banning smoking in Indiana bars

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
Some Indiana legislators are expected to push for exempting bars and certain other locations from a bill calling for a broad statewide smoking ban.
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Naming-rights deal to benefit city's snow-removal efforts

January 24, 2012
The agreement calls for longtime salt supplier Cargill Inc. to give Indianapolis 125 tons of salt and five pickup trucks equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders.
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Indiana Senate backs bill on right to resist police

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate on Monday approved by a wide margin a proposal that gives residents limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes.
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House bill would cut barber licensing requirement

January 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Besides no longer requiring barbers and cosmetologists to be licensed, the bill also exempts dieticians, hearing aid dealers, private investigators and security guards.
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Police to keep eye on Super Bowl drinking

January 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana excise police say officers will be watching partiers to make sure public drinking doesn't get out of hand during the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
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State sentencing overhaul to take another year

January 14, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators stung last year by county prosecutors who opposed a sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing scheme won't push the issue this year. Sheriffs now are worried that an attempt to reduce crowding in state prisons could aggravate overpopulation in their jails.
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Indy tests its snow-removal plan for Super Bowl

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
A light snowfall that's blanketed Indianapolis is giving the city's street crews a chance to test their snow-removal strategy for the Super Bowl.
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Indiana county leaders worried over 911 funding

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
County officials across Indiana scrambling to find money to pay for 911 emergency services say they aren't confident of getting help from state legislators, who might be leery of boosting cellphone fees during an election year.
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Indiana House panel backs smoking-ban bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The House health committee voted 9-3 in favor of the bill Wednesday after adding an exemption for retail tobacco shops. The bill would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana Senate backs tougher sex-trafficking law

January 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to toughen penalties for sex trafficking, and supporters hope it will become law before football fans converge on Indianapolis for the Super Bowl in less than a month.
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New push set for broad Indiana smoking limits

January 5, 2012
Associated Press
The bill announced Thursday by Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Daniels rescinds crowd limits at Indiana Statehouse

January 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has rescinded new Statehouse security rules that put a 3,000-person limit on the number of people allowed in the building at any one time.
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Indiana officials standing by Statehouse crowd limits

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
State officials vigorously defended a new 3,000-person Statehouse capacity limit on Tuesday, saying it was driven by public safety concerns and not by political motives as labor unions and other opponents maintain.
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Indiana Statehouse capacity limit angers Dems

December 30, 2011
Associated Press
A plan by Indiana officials to limit the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at any given time has angered Indiana Democrats and union officials.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Group plans another push for Sunday alcohol sales

December 14, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer, but with a twist.
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City-County committee nixes tougher smoking ban

December 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The City-County Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday night against sending a tough smoking-ban proposal to a full council.
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Consultant: IPL's downtown network needs closer eye

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Atlanta firm says IPL underground system "well designed and regularly maintained" but may need upgrades to avoid more explosions.
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Downtown getting blast-resistant manhole covers

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Utility crews are installing about 100 new manhole covers in downtown Indianapolis that are designed to reduce the extent of damage from underground explosions and fires.
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DeLaney calls for action to boost safety at convenience stores

December 7, 2011
Greg Andrews
State Rep. Ed DeLaney, an Indianapolis Democrat, said at a Wednesday morning press conference that he has asked the Indiana Department of Labor to convene a forum about worker safety with police, convenience store operators, Department of Labor officials and other interested parties.
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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Presidential visit to Super Bowl would up security ante

October 29, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Security for Indianapolis’ Super Bowl—already ramped up from regular-season NFL games—could get even tighter. Sources said there has been talk of President Obama attending the February event.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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