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Statehouse update: Teacher evaluations, Christmas, meth disclosure, more

February 4, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Indiana lawmakers made decisions on a number of bills Monday at the Statehouse, including legislation involving hunting and fishing, home health care, cardiac arrest and more.
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Bill to free $400M for highways passed by House

February 3, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1002 transfers the balance of the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund to the state highway fund before July 1, 2015. The legislation received support from both parties and passed 91-2.
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House sends Indiana winery bill to Senate

February 3, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
HB 1387 would allow wineries to sell 5,000 gallons per year to retailers located within the same county as the winery or in neighboring counties.
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Senate sends hemp-production bill to House for debate

February 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation that would legalize the farming and production of industrial hemp in Indiana.
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House lawmakers advance pair of Pence measures

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
The House voted in favor of measures increasing personal income tax exemptions and establishing an adoption tax credit. Both measures won broad bipartisan support.
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Privacy protection bill passed in Indiana House

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law-enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted mobile phone searches has cleared the Indiana House.
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Indiana plans $75M push to demolish abandoned homes

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced the initiative Monday at the Statehouse. She said knocking down blighted and abandoned homes will help maintain property values and cut down on crime.
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Privacy protection bill up for Indiana House vote

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted cellphone searches is up for a vote before Indiana lawmakers.
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IPS boss supports cooperating with charter schoolsRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
A pending bill could usher in unprecedented cooperation between Indianapolis Public Schools and the city’s charter schools, resulting in significant financial benefits for both.
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Lawmakers begin to shift focus beyond HJR 3Restricted Content

February 1, 2014
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Tree trimmer must pay $140,000 to consumers for shoddy work

January 31, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana attorney general's office said Thursday that Spaulding's Tree Experts of Indianapolis contracted with three older people—two with dementia—but provided inadequate work.
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Locals to get $25M from highway bill, under House changes

January 31, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Indiana communities could get a sliver of the $400 million proposed for state highway projects, under an amendment from the Indiana House on Thursday.
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Statehouse update: Wine sales, cell-phone searches, historic tax credits, concussion safety, more

January 30, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Numerous bills were weighed Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse. Here's a rundown.
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House, Senate OK corporate tax plans despite protests

January 30, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
The House and Senate easily approved separate bills Thursday to reduce the business property taxes just hours after local government officials from across the state joined to protest the legislation.
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Senate passes bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

January 30, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 168 would allow Indiana breweries and wineries to sell their beverages in a designated area. Those under 21 would not be allowed into the barred off section.
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Committee pushes gambling discussion to summer

January 30, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
A Senate bill that would give the state's riverboat casinos tax breaks and authorize table gambling in racinos was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday.
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Speedway stores cited for beer sales on Christmas

January 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores in Indiana, accusing them of illegally selling beer on Christmas.
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Statehouse update: School safety, Common Core, teacher incentives, abortion and more

January 30, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Wednesday weighed in on legislation involving mobile-phone snooping, education issues, abortion restrictions, sex trafficking, guns, abandoned houses, veteran injuries and several more topics. Here's a rundown.
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Bill limiting environmental rules heads to Indiana Senate

January 30, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana regulators would be barred from adopting environmental rules tougher than federal standards under a bill that's advancing in the General Assembly that has drawn criticism that it would hamper efforts to protect the state's environment and public health.
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Preservation tax credit gets makeover in House bill

January 29, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that would shift the state’s historical preservation tax cut program into one that relies on grants instead.
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Indiana House gatekeeper open to soccer stadium

January 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown said lawmakers will consider a plan by the IndyEleven soccer team to finance an $87 million stadium. The proposal is likely to be attached to an existing Senate bill.
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Statehouse update: Distance treatment, biological drugs, charter schools, and more

January 29, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday weighed in on legislation involving state fair school-skipping, charity gambling prizes, out-of-office medical treatment, charity gambling, help for military bases, meth home disclosures, bus inspections, and more. Here's a rundown.
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Plan to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

January 28, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. The bill passed 71-22.
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House passes bill to end hiring discrimination for veterans

January 28, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
House Bill 1242 would make it illegal to refuse a person employment based on military veteran status.
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Senate amends corporate tax bill, rejects Democrats' efforts to strip key provisions

January 28, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
Financial institutions would have to wait an additional three years to fully feel the effects of a statewide tax cut under changes made Tuesday to Indiana Senate Bill 1.
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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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