State Government

New push set for broad Indiana smoking limits

January 5, 2012
Associated Press
The bill announced Thursday by Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
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Indiana House Dem leader hints at another walkout

January 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Patrick Bauer, the leader of Indiana's House Democrats, hinted Wednesday that party lawmakers may walk out for the second year in a row to oppose the same Republican-led right-to-work bill thwarted last year by their five-week boycott.
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Daniels rescinds crowd limits at Indiana Statehouse

January 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has rescinded new Statehouse security rules that put a 3,000-person limit on the number of people allowed in the building at any one time.
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Indiana judge stays order ousting secretary of state

January 4, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that Charlie White can remain as Indiana's secretary of state until a higher court has reviewed the ruling that ousted him from office.
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Indiana officials standing by Statehouse crowd limits

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
State officials vigorously defended a new 3,000-person Statehouse capacity limit on Tuesday, saying it was driven by public safety concerns and not by political motives as labor unions and other opponents maintain.
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Indiana House Speaker plans fast start for labor bill

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House leader said Tuesday that lawmakers will almost immediately take up right-to-work legislation that's likely to dominate much of the state's 2012 session.
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Indiana lawmaker: Online tax could replace estate tax

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
State Sen. Luke Kenley is floating the idea of using an online sales tax to help replace revenue that wouldn't be collected if a proposal to eliminate the state's inheritance tax becomes law.
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Sales of Colts license plates wanesRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The number of people ordering the specialty tags declined after the team started losing.
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Indiana Statehouse capacity limit angers Dems

December 30, 2011
Associated Press
A plan by Indiana officials to limit the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at any given time has angered Indiana Democrats and union officials.
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Daniels to focus on job creation Super Bowl weekend

December 29, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and state job-creation officials will tackle Super Bowl weekend by entertaining corporate executives with the potential to bring more jobs to the state – but the governor has purchased his own ticket for the game.
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Daniels, Beshear reach agreement on bridges

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Construction on two new bridges costing $2.6 billion and spanning the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana could begin in late 2012, with the spans open before the end of the decade, Kentucky and Indiana officials said Thursday.
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Daniels: Lawmakers will decide on more state fair money

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels will push for more money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, but lawmakers will have to decide how much.
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Indiana: Two percent fail job-training drug tests

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials say a drug-testing program that started in July for people seeking job training has led to about 2 percent of applicants failing.
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Judge moves hearing on Indiana secretary of state

December 28, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion Circuit Court judge has delayed a hearing sought by Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in his bid to remain in office.
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Amid leadership issues, Indiana Dems fight over future

December 26, 2011
Associated Press
Before he changed his mind, Dan Parker's decision to step down as party chairman was seen by many as an opportunity to find fresh blood to lead Democrats through fights to win back the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat next year.
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Judge rules Charlie White ineligible for candidacy

December 22, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau, Francesca Jarosz
A Marion County judge has ruled that Secretary of State Charlie White was ineligible to be a candidate and the office should go to Democrat Vop Osili, his challenger in the 2010 election.
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State SBDC network gets new director

December 20, 2011
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday morning that Jacob Schpok officially has been named director of the agency. He was appointed interim director earlier in the month.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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Indiana may be ground zero for right-to-work fightRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana’s anticipated battle next month over a right-to-work law is expected to rival last year’s epic Wisconsin union fight that drew 180,000 protestors to Madison rallies and became the focus of national media attention.
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Lawmaker: Lift ban on paying people to run charity gamblingRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Ron Alting, chairman of the Public Policy Committee, wants to let charities pay people to run their bingo, poker and other games, a practice that has led to disciplinary action for some organizations.
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FEIGENBAUM: Indiana General Assembly will be known for trading paint

December 17, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Expect scores of Democratic amendments, particularly if right-to-work hits the House floor.
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SHELLA: Indiana Legislature likely to deliver the unexpected

December 17, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
If you want to know what really matters in the upcoming legislative session it’s likely impossible to find out now.
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana brings on new lobbyistsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new hires could be important following last year’s legislative session, in which state lawmakers passed a law to cut off Medicaid funding to groups that offer abortions.
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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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Daniels appoints new general counsel

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, Mitch Daniels' assistant general counsel and policy director, replaces David Pippen, who recently resigned to become chairman of the environmental law group at Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
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