State Government

Pence renews talks over $2.1B fertilizer plant

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana economic development officials have renewed talks with Pakistan-connected developers who want to build a major fertilizer plant in southwestern Indiana, one year after the state withdrew its support for the project over national security concerns.
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Tax revenue stabilizes in March but still behind for fiscal year

April 7, 2014
 The Statehouse File
For the fiscal year – which began July 1 – total tax collections are still about $71 million behind the estimates used to write the current two-year budget.
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Manufacturers help drive recycling bill to passage

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation setting a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste says the state's resource-hungry manufacturing industry was a key to the bill's passage this year.
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Hospitals might chip in to expand Medicaid

April 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
If Indiana hospitals want an expansion of insurance coverage for low-income Hoosiers, Gov. Mike Pence thinks they should contribute toward the hundreds of millions of dollars it would cost.
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Indiana seed commissioner seeks federal hemp OK

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Although the Indiana Legislature approved a measure allowing hemp to be grown in the state, the state still needs permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain not-for-profit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.
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Manufacturer's group gives high grades to legislative session

April 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.
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INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak Chicago route

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
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Ohio, Indiana officials explore drone opportunities

April 1, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Although Federal Aviation Administration officials rejected the states’ proposal to become an official drone test site, both states are examining what each one has to offer in regards to drone development.
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Groups allege state pharmacy official violated ethics rules

March 31, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Two consumer watchdog groups say the former president of the state pharmacy board, who also worked for Walgreen Co., improperly intervened on the company's behalf.
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Election map aids Indiana GOP grip on House seats

March 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Democrats don't expect their election prospects to improve soon after Republicans drew election maps that led to the GOP picking up two U.S. congressional seats in 2012.
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Public-private plan for I-69 work proves divisive

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
A plan to finance the cost of a section of the new Interstate 69 connection between Indianapolis and Evansville is drawing both praise and ire.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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Tighter Indiana scooter rules signed into law

March 28, 2014
Associated Press
The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have valid state ID and pass a road sign test. The new rules take effect in January.
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Pence signs Indiana preschool, road-money bills

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Thursday touting two of his top priorities—new money for preschools and roads—at ceremonial bill signings across the state.
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Pence lets bill ending Energize Indiana become law

March 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will let a bill that eliminates an energy-conservation program become law without his signature, prompting harsh words from environmental leaders who opposed the bill.
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Governor picks up pace on bill signings

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence continued signing into law measures dealing with everything from adoption to control of feral cat populations as the clock wound down on taking action on bills from the 2014 session.
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Turner says he didn't violate of House ethics rules

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner said Wednesday he's confident the House Ethics Committee will determine he didn't break any rules.
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Youth tanning measure signed into law by Pence

March 25, 2014
Associated Press
Minors under 16 no longer can hop into a tanning bed at Indiana salons, even with parental supervision.
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Governor signs tax-cut, economic development bills

March 25, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday morning signed into law a package of state business tax cuts approved by lawmakers earlier this month as well as several other business-related bills.
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Several education-related bills signed into state law

March 25, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
In addition to approving legislation to end Common Core standards in Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence on Monday signed four other education-related bills into law.
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Common Core spawns widespread political fights

March 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.
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Legislative recap: 'Short' session a busy one after allRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Jeff Newman
The latest Indiana General Assembly, which wrapped up a “short” session March 14, tackled a rather lengthy list of bills. We look at how some notable proposals fared.
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Study will seek answers to transportation funding issue

March 21, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Department of Transportation will launch an expansive study seeking new ways to finance road construction and maintenance, according to a bill passed by the Indiana legislature awaiting the governor's signature.
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Big businesses fight over Indiana energy program

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
Two giant corporations that sell products that save electricity want Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill that would halt the program called Energizing Indiana.
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