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UPDATE: ACLU asks fed attorney to recognize Indiana gay marriages

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.
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UPDATE: Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in a grade-change scandal.
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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

July 9, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday.
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Pence headed to United Kingdom for trade trip

July 9, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom on Saturday for an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.
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State aims to raise post-secondary education attainment

July 9, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
At least 60 percent of Indiana's workforce will need post-secondary education skills by 2025 in order to compete for jobs, Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman said Tuesday.
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Education battle flares between Ritz, Pence

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused Gov. Mike Pence's education staff and appointees to the State Board of Education of trying to "undermine" her efforts to secure a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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INDOT staffer in ethics case seeks new work

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A top Indiana transportation official who is under investigation for land sales that benefited his family is considering taking an executive job at an engineering firm that bids for state work.
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UPDATE: Indiana vanity plate fight could go to Legislature

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.
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Pence, Ritz seek federal dollars without strings

July 6, 2014
Associated Press
Last Monday, Superintendent Glenda Ritz filed a request to continue using federal "Title I" education money with flexibility. A day later, Gov. Mike Pence asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant the state an exemption, and about $16.5 billion, to expand Medicaid using a version of the Healthy Indiana Plan.
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State sits on prime downtown property near Statehouse

July 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Three locally based firms responded to a state request for private-sector parking management, plus the construction of new spaces, by proposing mixed-use buildings for a 3.2-acre lot north of the Statehouse, according to response documents made public late last month.
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Pence tells feds that HIP 2.0 has broad support

July 1, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials say they will submit a plan Wednesday to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to more uninsured Hoosiers using federal Medicaid dollars.
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Counties worry about cost of criminal code changes

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
Sweeping changes to Indiana's criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons.
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State firms up crowdfunding rules for businesses

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana firms can use the Internet to raise up to $2 million in a single securities offering, and Hoosiers can invest up to $5,000 each online, according to new state rules.
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Key aide to Pence heading back to private sector

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday that Deputy Chief of Staff Marilee Springer would be returning to Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller.
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Flurry of new laws set to take effect in Indiana

June 28, 2014
Associated Press
Beginning Tuesday, guns will be allowed in school parking lots, beer and alcohol will be legal for sale at the Indiana State Fair and veterans will have more support from the state as they seek new careers.
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Appeals court stops gay marriage in Indiana

June 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday night stopped county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move that throws hundreds of unions performed over the past two days into limbo.
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Lawmaker: Tobacco settlement aids health programs

June 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's settlement of its dispute with major tobacco companies — a deal bringing the state $217 million over the next two years — will help meet the state's obligations for several health-related programs, a top lawmaker says.
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Pence says GOP should seek limits on federal government

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday called on Republicans to dramatically limit the federal government's role in public education, welfare programs and transportation in a speech aimed at boosting his profile among New York's powerful political donors.
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Indiana settles dispute with tobacco companies

June 26, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Under the agreement signed Thursday, Indiana will receive about $217 million during the next two years, enough to pay for programs that use the dedicated tobacco money.
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Pence names social services chief after sudden exit

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence picked a new secretary Wednesday to run the Family and Social Services Administration and created a position overseeing his proposed alternative to traditional Medicaid.
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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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Pence hosts conservatives for Indiana tax summit

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
The governor is hosting a group of state and national tax experts to consider ways to overhaul the state's tax code.
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New state incentives to keep quality students lack funding

June 23, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
A plan to keep top-performing students home in Indiana after they graduate from college passed the General Assembly unanimously earlier this year, but it could face trouble as lawmakers decide how to fund it.
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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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State agency fights utility rates for electric cars

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has requested a rate increase to help pay for its part in setting up charging stations for electric cars that drivers could rent as part of the BlueIndy program, a partnership between the city and the France-based Bollore Group.
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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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