State Government

Indiana Arts Commission delays changes

March 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission on Friday morning accepted a staff recommendation to alter its regional partnership program, but will delay action until next month.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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Talks resume at Statehouse after brief impasse

March 9, 2010
Associated Press
Negotiations on some major issues resumed in the Indiana General Assembly on Monday after a meltdown occurred last week.
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Indiana lawmakers fail to wrap up session

March 5, 2010
Associated Press
Lawmakers hoped to adjourn by midnight, days before a March 14 statutory deadline for finishing business, but are still bogged down on several issues.
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Workplace guns bill gets final legislative OK

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill that lets workers keep firearms locked in their cars in trunks or out of sight while parked on company property.
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Indiana lawmakers still hoping to adjourn Thursday

March 3, 2010
Associated Press
Lawmakers are close to a compromise on a work-site guns bill, but remain farther apart on several other issues.
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Indiana tax collections for February down $86 million

March 2, 2010
Associated Press
Tax collections for February fell $86 million below a revised December forecast. Revenue is down $166 million in the first three months since that forecast.
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Hearings on Walgreens' bid to sell alcohol continued

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
The Illinois-based drugstore chain is seeking to sell beer and wine at 29 of its stores in Marion County. Opponents argue that the county already has granted enough permits.
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Officials: Weak smoking ban hurts Indianapolis' hospitality efforts

February 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The ongoing smoking-ban debate is getting a new spark from convention leaders trying to light a fire under lawmakers, who have been reluctant to approve the kind of comprehensive smoking ban that health—and now tourism—officials say is needed here.
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$22.3 billion public pension merger poised to fail again

February 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Key House Democrat recommends summer study for a Gov. Daniels legislative priority: consolidation of the $14.2 billion Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the $8.1 billion Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund.
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Indiana Senate approves plan to cut township boards

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill now likely will go to a House-Senate conference committee to try to resolve the House-passed and Senate-approved versions of the bill.
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Ethics bill clears Senate with unanimous support

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The most sweeping Indiana legislation in years to tighten ethics and lobbying rules cleared the state Senate 50-0 Thursday and appeared headed soon to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Indiana House OKs tax-increase repeal, jobs bill

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal an unemployment-insurance tax increase and approved a package of tax credits and other incentives designed to create jobs.
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Daniels opens door on 2012 presidential campaign

February 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
After years of denying interest in a presidential bid, Indiana governor tells Washington Post political writer he may consider bid for Republican nomination on platform of fiscal responsibility.
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WellPoint's health insurance rate hike spurs legislative inquiryRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The furor over WellPoint Inc.’s premium hikes have migrated from California to Indiana, where state lawmakers held a high-profile hearing.
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State funding cuts a setback for public stations

February 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's eight public television and radio stations, including WFYI in Indianapolis, will not receive their final two installments of public funding for fiscal 2010 because of Indiana's budget crisis.
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House panel OKs delay in unemployment tax hike

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would delay for one year increases in taxes that employers pay into the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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Smoking ban legislation appears dead in Statehouse

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Legislation that would ban smoking in all public places, enclosed areas of places of employment and certain state vehicles appears headed for an Indiana General Assembly summer study committee.
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State tries new plan to track students' growth

February 11, 2010
Associated Press
Instead of focusing on standardized tests, the Indiana Growth Model will monitor individual students' academic growth to measure their progress and identify effective teaching methods, state public education officials say.
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COPPER: Misunderstandings put Indiana school funding in a bind

February 6, 2010
Mike Copper
State government overreacted in its attempts to reign in construction costs, and should seek middle ground
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Government reform, unemployment taxes chug through LegislatureRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin

Key measures cleared their chambers of origin by the Feb. 3 deadline.

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Key business issues clear mid-session hurdle

February 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The first half of a short session will close Wednesday, meaning bills must have passed out of either the House or Senate to stay alive. Legislation regarding unemployment taxes and township-government reform easily met that deadline.
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Daniels revives push to merge PERF, TRF pension fundsRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels wants legislators to revive a merger of the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund. He says the move could save up to $50 million a year in fees.
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FEIGENBAUM: Debate rages over the right to bear arms

January 30, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
House Bill 1065 would bar business owners from prohibiting an employee from keeping a legally owned firearm in his or her locked vehicle at work.
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