Government & Economic Development

Ban on teen tanning heads to governor

March 6, 2014
New restrictions on teen tanning are one step from becoming law after legislation passed the Indiana Senate and moved to the governor on Thursday.
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Bill legalizing hemp advances after changes

March 6, 2014
Antonio Cordero, The Statehouse File
A Senate agricultural committee has reached a compromise on a bill geared toward legalizing the production of industrial hemp in Indiana.
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Senate leader says pre-K pilot program still possible

March 6, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The pilot program would come in addition to a comprehensive study of preschool programs that was part of the bill as it left the Senate.
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Soccer team owner concedes battle for stadium funds this year

March 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the Indy Eleven soccer franchise has conceded that his push for state financing help for a proposed 18,500-seat, $87 million stadium in Indianapolis will have to wait on the bench for another legislative session.
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U.S. House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled U.S. House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon emissions from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer.
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It's make-or-break time for several bills at Statehouse

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have moved some bills to the governor, but more contentious bills scheduled for a vote Wednesday were pushed off for approval later in the session, which ends next week.
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Two-year extension offered for canceled health plans

March 5, 2014
Associated Press
The extension was part of a major package of regulations that sets ground rules for 2015, the second year of government-subsidized health insurance markets under Obama's law — and the first year that larger employers will face a requirement to provide coverage.
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Digital privacy legislation awaits action by Pence

March 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House has sent the governor legislation that’s meant to protect the privacy of Hoosiers even as digital surveillance becomes easier and more sophisticated.
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Bill to excuse students for state fair heads to governor

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 114 would let students have up to five excused absences from school to participate in the Indiana State Fair.
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Mass-transit supporters hopeful for compromise

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Supporters of competing plans to expand mass transit in central Indiana say they’ve got differences to work out before the General Assembly wraps up March 14 but they’re confident they can find resolution.
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Feds find numerous issues at state workplace-safety agency

March 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration uncovered problems in several areas of Indiana's workplace safety program during an investigation. In a report issued Wednesday, OSHA issued 22 recommendations for the state agency.
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Insurers’ Obamacare losses may reach $5.5 billion, U.S. says

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Health insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Louisville-based Humana Inc. stand to receive $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the law’s opponents label a bailout.
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Statehouse roundup: Drug testing, metro areas, abortion insurance, more

March 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Tuesday advanced legislation on drug-testing for welfare recipients, metro-area promotion, abortion insurance, hearing aids, teacher preparation and cardiac care precautions.
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Bill to protect vets from discrimination passes Senate

March 4, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Indiana House Bill 1242, authored by Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, would ban an employer from refusing to hire anyone because of his or her status as a veteran of the U.S. military.
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Same-sex marriage tax benefits nixed by Senate

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers voted to change a tax bill Monday, a move allowing the state to keep its current policy, which does not recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes.
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Kittle: Gay marriage talks misstated by Bosma

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
A former chairman of the Indiana Republican Party said Tuesday that he never promised "unlimited" campaign funds to make the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage go away.
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Business tax cuts enter House, Senate negotiations

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
The Senate voted 33-15 Tuesday to advance the package, sending it to a conference committee of House and Senate members.
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City announces short list for creating justice complex

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis officials Tuesday named three development groups that will be invited to submit proposals to create a new criminal justice complex.
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Bill adds oversight to redevelopment commissions

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House approved a Senate bill that adds transparency to redevelopment commissions and forces decades-old tax-increment financing districts to expire.
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Stonegate plans to add 400 workers in expansion

March 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The mortgage company plans to invest $6.2 million in new office space in Carmel, at the North Haven office park, helping it double its work force by 2017.
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House sends industrial hemp bill back to Senate

March 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House approved a bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow hemp – a non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana – if the federal government lifts restrictions on the crop.
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Mass transit bill headed to conference committee

March 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House passed legislation to authorize new taxes for an expanded bus system but the bill is headed to a conference committee where lawmakers will try to find a compromise on the issue.
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Committee urges hiring commitment for $81M MSA tower project

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
A City-County Council committee recommended approval for the 28-story building but only if the developer pledges that 30 percent of the workers it hires to build the tower live in Marion County.
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Police, FBI investigate Elwood mayor's campaign spending

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The treasurer of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold's campaign committee said he's been questioned by state and federal officers about Arnold's expenditures for out-of-state travel and personal bills.
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Legislation would allow ads on public school buses

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The bill, approved by the Indiana Senate 49-0, would allow advertising on school buses in two Indianapolis neighborhoods and a school district just north of the city.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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