State Government

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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Bill requiring Indiana stage inspections advances

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
All outdoor stages in Indiana would have to pass inspections before any performances under a bill approved by a state Senate committee.
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Indiana panel backs bill on right to resist police

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed a proposal giving state residents limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes.
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Former head of IU program files EEOC complaint

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
The former director of an Indiana University scholarship program has filed a federal complaint accusing IU of gender and equal pay discrimination.
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Indiana lawmakers ponder more for state fair victims

January 16, 2012
Associated Press
State lawmakers could provide an additional $4 million to victims of last summer's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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State Republican committee agrees to Durham settlement

January 16, 2012
The Indiana Republican State Committee has agreed to pay back $87,875 in political contributions it received from indicted financier Tim Durham. In addition, a political group supporting Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed to a $10,000 settlement.
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State sentencing overhaul to take another year

January 14, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators stung last year by county prosecutors who opposed a sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing scheme won't push the issue this year. Sheriffs now are worried that an attempt to reduce crowding in state prisons could aggravate overpopulation in their jails.
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Natural resources foundation aims for $10M, 1 million treesRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Leaders of the not-for-profit think the tree project will gain traction because people can participate with very small donations.
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Indiana Dems: Voters should decide right-to-work

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
House Democrats say they'll continue stall tactics at the General Assembly unless they get a referendum to decide whether Indiana will become a right-to-work state.
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Indiana county leaders worried over 911 funding

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
County officials across Indiana scrambling to find money to pay for 911 emergency services say they aren't confident of getting help from state legislators, who might be leery of boosting cellphone fees during an election year.
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