State Government

Lawmakers fall short in efforts to curtail private-sector unions

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
Of the 14 states where "right-to-work" bills barring mandatory union fees were considered, only New Hampshire has passed the legislation, and it is uncertain whether Republican lawmakers can overcome an expected veto by the Democratic governor.
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Do-not-call list may expand to cell phone users

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana residents who use only their cell phones will be able to add those numbers to the state's do-not-call registry to block unwanted telemarketing calls under a bill awaiting Gov. Mitch Daniels' signature.
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New laws hang teacher pay on performance

May 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
Charters and vouchers may have sparked the loudest education-related protests before the Legislature this year, but changes to teacher evaluations are likely to have the biggest impact on Indiana’s public schools.
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How key bills fared during 2011 legislative sessionRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Tom Harton, Francesca Jarosz, Chris O'Malley, Scott Olson, Associated Press
Indiana senators and representatives debated a wide range of bills with significant business implications during the 2011 session of the General Assembly, which wrapped up April 29.
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State revokes Fishers money manager's license

May 6, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office has revoked the financial advising license of Fishers money manager Keenan Hauke, who is being investigated by the office over financial irregularities involving a hedge fund he operates.
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Pence to enter race for Indiana governor

May 5, 2011
Associated Press
To no one's surprise, Republican Rep. Mike Pence said Thursday morning that he'll run for Indiana governor in 2012, giving the GOP an early edge in the race.
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Panel to rule in June on election chief challenge

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Recount Commission agreed Wednesday to rule by late June on whether indicted secretary of state Charlie White was eligible for office when he was elected six months ago.
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Watchdog: State agency heads colluded on gas deal

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chief David Hardy and the state's then-finance director, Jennifer Alvey, improperly discussed the merits of a $6.9 billion contract the Indiana Finance Authority ultimately struck with operators of the Indiana Gasification plant proposed for Rockport, plant opponents alleged Monday.
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Indianapolis mayor challengers among primary hopefuls

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Democrats will choose their candidate Tuesday to run against Indianapolis Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, while voters statewide pick nominees for city offices.
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Business groups say legislative session among best

May 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Victories include a reduction in corporate income taxes, an overhaul of the state’s unemployment insurance system, and the weakening of an immigration bill that initially resembled a controversial Arizona law.
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Pence to call supporters; may signal 2012 plans

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is planning a private conference call with supporters this week, fueling speculation that he will make an announcement soon on whether he'll run for Indiana governor in 2012.
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Districts: Full-day kindergarten funds not enough

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to allocate $47 million for full-day kindergarten in districts that don't offer it isn't likely to be enough to make that vision a reality, some districts say.
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Daniels to sign bill defunding Planned Parenthood

April 29, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Friday he will sign restrictive abortion legislation and make Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood, a move likely to boost his credentials among social conservatives as he considers whether to run for president.
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Bosma to return $10,000 Durham donation

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's trustee says Bosma has agreed to return a $10,000 contribution from Durham. Meanwhile, Carl Brizzi, another big recipient of Durham donations, is in settlement discussions with the trustee.
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New Indiana congressional districts clear Legislature

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 62-31 mostly along party lines Thursday to give final legislative approval to the redistricting plan and send it to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is expected to sign it.
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Indiana budget deal includes Daniels-backed refund

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a new $28 billion state budget that would give slight funding increases to schools without raising taxes, leave the state with more than $1 billion in reserves and give taxpayers refunds if the state takes in more money than it needs.
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Compromise emerges on Indiana immigration bill

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The state senator who said Indiana should crack down on illegal immigration says a compromise includes the potential loss of state tax benefits for businesses hiring illegal immigrants.
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Indiana Legislature OKs redistricting proposal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Maps for new Indiana legislative election districts have gained final approval from the General Assembly and go to Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.
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Indiana poised to cut Planned Parenthood funding

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 66-32 Wednesday to approve a bill cutting the $3 million in federal money the state distributes to the organization for family planning and health programs. The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.
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Key Indiana lawmakers optimistic about budget deal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Legislative leaders think they are on track to reach a budget deal by the time the legislative session ends Friday.
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Nation's broadest voucher plan passes final hurdle

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 55-43 to give final approval to a bill creating the controversial voucher program. It would allow even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools.
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Indiana lawmakers OK bill to expand charter schools

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
A bill aimed at spurring more charter schools in Indiana has cleared its final legislative hurdle, marking another piece of Gov. Mitch Daniels' aggressive education agenda to pass.
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Real estate-related bills still alive in Legislature

April 26, 2011
Tom Harton
The bill with perhaps the best chance of emerging is the so-called dinosaur buildings bill, which would make it easier to win tax incentives for renovating obsolete industrial buildings.
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Judge orders Indiana recount chief into court

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday ordered the head of the Indiana Recount Commission to appear before him this week to explain why the panel has not moved more quickly in considering whether Republican Secretary of State Charlie White was a valid candidate when he won election last fall.
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Teacher merit pay bill heads to Daniels' desk

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
A bill linking teacher pay with student performance has won final legislative approval and now heads to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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