State Government

Indiana House approves right-to-work bill

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
The state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has cleared the way for Indiana to become the first right-to-work state in the traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt.
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Indiana Senate panel backs fines on access violators

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed allowing fines against government officials found to have blatantly violated the state's open meetings or open record laws.
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Indiana House Dems resume right-to-work boycott

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
House Republicans levied more fines Tuesday against Democrats who are boycotting GOP-backed legislation that would bar labor unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers.
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Indiana House eyes another $5M for state fair victims

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House Ways and Means chairman is pushing for $5 million more for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and $80 million to pay for full-day kindergarten.
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State employers add 12,000 jobs, but jobless rate stays flat

January 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana added 12,000 private-sector jobs in December, but the state's unemployment rate held steady at 9 percent as a huge wave of Hoosiers entered the labor force.
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House Dems lose right-to-work referendum vote

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats walked off the floor Monday after losing an effort to put a right-to-work measure aimed at unions before voters, possibly resuming an off-and-on boycott strategy aimed at derailing the measure for the second straight year.
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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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State Senate backs bill on officeholder limits

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
People who work for cities, towns or counties would no longer be allowed to hold political offices in those government units under a bill approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Indiana House Dems return after right-to-work boycott

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats have returned to work at the statehouse after a boycott over divisive right-to-work legislation by moving to strike down the measure.
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Officials steered lease deal to BalesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
State officials in 2005 vowed to run a competitive process to select a private firm to handle real estate leasing for public agencies, but a 20-page request for services to more than 400 potential bidders was a sham, according to three people with knowledge of the process.
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Daniels' chief of staff purchased parcel from BalesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
The chief of staff to Gov. Mitch Daniels, Earl A. Goode, bought a residential lot from the real estate broker John M. Bales about two years after an agency led by Goode awarded Bales a contract to handle state leasing.
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Bill aims to lift upside for 21st Century fundRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Republican State Sen. Brent Waltz has filed a bill that would require the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and businesses seeking awards from the 21st Century fund to match the state’s money with outside capital at a four-to-one ratio.
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Hoosier Environmental Council monitoring three bills in General AssemblyRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The state’s largest green group is seeking changes to measures it says could strip funding and oversight for environmental protection.
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Indiana House Democrats might end boycott Monday

January 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House's Democratic leader said Friday his boycotting members are willing to return at "high noon" Monday to begin debating a contentious right-to-work bill, although the ongoing dispute over whether a statewide referendum on the issue is constitutional could prevent legislative action.
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Mass transit plan faces likely defeat, bill sponsor says

January 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
Chairman Jeff Espich said the central Indiana mass-transit plan faces almost certain defeat in the House Ways and Means Committee, and he is still mulling whether or not to bring it to a vote.
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Tensions flare between state leaders as boycott continues

January 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House had a tense 10-minute exchange on the House floor Friday morning over whether Democratic leaders will end their boycott over the right-to-work bill.
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Judge delays fines for boycotting Indiana Democrats

January 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats got a boost Thursday when a judge temporarily blocked the collection of $1,000-a-day fines imposed on them for their legislative boycott over the contentious right-to-work bill, and their leader said they might return to the House chamber Friday to vote.
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Indiana Senate to consider changing tax-refund plan

January 19, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee is advancing a plan to put more money into state savings accounts before automatic tax refunds go out to taxpayers.
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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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Indiana Democrats continue right-to-work boycott

January 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats kept up their legislative boycott over the right-to-work bill Thursday morning, a day after majority Republicans voted to start imposing $1,000-a-day fines.
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Pence dominating money race for Indiana governor

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
Campaign finance numbers released Wednesday show Indiana Rep. Mike Pence raised $5 million last year and has $3.7 million in the bank. Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg has raised $1.7 million so far and banked $1.2 million.
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Indiana basketball tourney format to get second look

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
A state Senate committee rejected an effort Wednesday to resurrect Indiana's single-class high school basketball tournament, but the head of the statewide high school athletics governing body agreed to review the current format.
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Democrats plan legal challenge to Indiana House fines

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats say they'll go to court to challenge the $1,000-a-day fines they face for their legislative boycott over the right-to-work bill.
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Indiana Republicans approve fines on House boycotters

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Republicans have approved $1,000-a-day fines against Democratic legislators who are boycotting over a right-to-work bill.
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Indiana House panel backs fines on access violators

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would allow fines of up to $500 against government officials found to have blatantly violated the state's open meetings or open record laws has been endorsed 11-0 by an Indiana House committee.
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