State Government

State Supreme Court hears arguments in White case

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Supreme Court justices peppered attorneys with questions Wednesday during arguments to determine whether ousted Secretary of State Charlie White was ever a legal candidate for the office, and who gets to appoint his successor.
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UPDATE: Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a severely weakened smoking ban with exemptions for bars, casinos, tobacco stores and many other businesses.
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Indiana House votes to phase out inheritance tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a 10-year phase-out of the state's inheritance tax that now brings in about $160 million a year.
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Indiana Senate exempts bars from smoking ban

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Bars would be exempt from a proposed statewide smoking ban under a change approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Union seeks restraining order on right-to-work law

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
A union seeking to block Indiana's new right-to-work law is asking a federal judge to issue an emergency temporary restraining order to keep the state from enforcing the law.
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Senate considers changes to state smoking-ban bill

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments.
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Indiana legislators OK lifting Sunday cycle sales ban

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their bikes on Sundays under a change in state law that legislators have approved.
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Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Deals expected on Indiana inheritance tax, tax refund

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Budget leaders in the Indiana Legislature are nearing agreement on plans for phasing out the state's inheritance tax and changing the automatic taxpayer refund so that it could only be triggered every other year.
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Indiana funding jump would end kindergarten fees

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
Parents across Indiana weary of paying sometimes-hefty fees for their children to attend full-day kindergarten classes could soon catch a break.
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Couple accused of tax fraud turning the tables on stateRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Greg Andrews
Real estate investor Chris Marten and his wife, Janice—a longtime Carmel jeweler—charge in a new federal lawsuit that investigators trampled on their constitutional rights during the inquiry, which resulted in 28 criminal charges.
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Lawmakers back penalties over farm lawsuits

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would give judges discretion on whether to order the person filing a frivolous lawsuit to pay the farm's court costs and attorney fees.
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Sugarland attorneys: Injured fair fans share in blame

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
Attorneys for country duo Sugarland say concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in the 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. The stance drew a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompted the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the finger-pointing.
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Eiteljorg, Imax seeking approval to sell liquor

February 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The two downtown attractions are among several entities that purchased permits in November and now are seeking approval from county officials to sell liquor.
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State to motorists: You break it, you buy itRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Crash into a guardrail and chances are now higher that your insurer—or you—will get a repair bill from the Indiana Department of Transportation. INDOT has deployed a new way of tracking damage to state property at crash scenes and quickly collecting money from those responsible.
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IDEM: I-69 construction affecting streamsRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation and a contractor on the Interstate 69 project downstate have been cited for more than a dozen deficiencies in preventing erosion and the flow of sediment into streams.
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Abandoned gas stations both vex, brim with promiseRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Sam Stall
The trick is to determine in advance just how expensive and lengthy that cleanup might be.
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Indiana fair victim testifies on state plan for found money

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A high school tennis player who was crippled in last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair testified Thursday as legislators considered whether to double the amount the state is paying for victims.
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Committee to push for safer late-night stores in Indiana

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
Since 2006, six people have been killed and 27 people have been seriously injured in violent crimes at late-night stores in Indiana.
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Lawmakers eye early finish after contentious start

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told House members Thursday that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long were planning to wrap things up by March 9. The 2012 session is formally scheduled to end by March 14.
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Former Daniels aide challenges Wallace GOP bid

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A former longtime aide to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is challenging GOP businessman Jim Wallace's qualifications to run for governor.
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Bill seeks school superintendent contract disclosure

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would require Indiana's school boards to disclose all financial details of proposed superintendent contracts before voting on them drew only positive comments during a public hearing before a legislative panel.
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Legislators advance ban on school bus fees

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would prohibit Indiana's public school districts from charging fees for school bus service.
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Plan to drug-test Indiana welfare recipients stalls

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
A bill to require drug-testing for some Indiana welfare recipients has failed in a legislative committee after concerns were raised about the possible $1 million cost to start the program.
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Daniels wants few exemptions to Indiana smoking ban

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he hopes legislators will send him a statewide smoking ban bill with a short list of exemptions.
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