Government & Economic Development

Bill requiring stage inspections heads to governor

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 41-5 Thursday in favor of the bill giving the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission the power to regulate stages and other temporary structures.
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Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
For all the bluster a statewide smoking ban sparked at the beginning of the 2012 legislative session, the version Indiana lawmakers may end up approving seems little more than a wisp of smoke.
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Indiana senators approve state fair, education money

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
State senators allocated more state money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and full-day kindergarten as part of a broad spending plan approved Wednesday.
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State Supreme Court hears arguments in White case

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Supreme Court justices peppered attorneys with questions Wednesday during arguments to determine whether ousted Secretary of State Charlie White was ever a legal candidate for the office, and who gets to appoint his successor.
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UPDATE: Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a severely weakened smoking ban with exemptions for bars, casinos, tobacco stores and many other businesses.
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Local packaging company plans to add 101 jobs in Brookville

February 29, 2012
MBC Group plans to add the jobs by 2014 at its plant in southeastern Indiana as part of a $4.1 million investment to add four production lines.
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Indiana House votes to phase out inheritance tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a 10-year phase-out of the state's inheritance tax that now brings in about $160 million a year.
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Indiana Senate exempts bars from smoking ban

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Bars would be exempt from a proposed statewide smoking ban under a change approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Union seeks restraining order on right-to-work law

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
A union seeking to block Indiana's new right-to-work law is asking a federal judge to issue an emergency temporary restraining order to keep the state from enforcing the law.
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Johnson County weighs pros, cons of wheel tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
After five years, members of the Johnson County Council will need to decide whether to keep the wheel tax in place. The fee has collected more than $13.8 million total for local governments.
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Covington manufacturer plans to add 68 jobs

February 28, 2012
Urbana, Ill.-based Flex-N-Gate Corp. plans to add positions by the end of the year as part of a $5.1 million expansion at its plant 75 miles west of Indianapolis.
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Senate considers changes to state smoking-ban bill

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments.
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Indiana legislators OK lifting Sunday cycle sales ban

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their bikes on Sundays under a change in state law that legislators have approved.
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Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Deals expected on Indiana inheritance tax, tax refund

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Budget leaders in the Indiana Legislature are nearing agreement on plans for phasing out the state's inheritance tax and changing the automatic taxpayer refund so that it could only be triggered every other year.
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Speedway's plan for roundabout hits snag over billboard

February 27, 2012
Scott Olson
The Speedway Redevelopment Commission is threatening eminent domain against Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. because the billboard company won't relinquish its lease rights at a key intersection.
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Old Lugar issue finds new legs in critical race

February 26, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has breezed through every re-election since he first won federal office in 1976. And even though he has consistently voted from a house he hasn't owned since he left for Washington in 1977, questions about his residency lay dormant until just a few weeks ago.
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Auto town Kokomo on the mend, but bailout still divides

February 26, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. auto industry and Kokomo have staged an amazing comeback. But the resurrection of U.S. automakers has done little to resolve a deep political divide over the bailout.
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Indiana funding jump would end kindergarten fees

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
Parents across Indiana weary of paying sometimes-hefty fees for their children to attend full-day kindergarten classes could soon catch a break.
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Bloomington panel delays vote on I-69 section

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
A southern Indiana panel has delayed until March a vote on whether to add a hotly debated section of the Interstate 69 extension into its transportation plan.
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Couple accused of tax fraud turning the tables on stateRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Greg Andrews
Real estate investor Chris Marten and his wife, Janice—a longtime Carmel jeweler—charge in a new federal lawsuit that investigators trampled on their constitutional rights during the inquiry, which resulted in 28 criminal charges.
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Union suing to block Indiana right-to-work law

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 says a suit being filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond claims the right-to-work law violates the federal and state constitutions.
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Lawmakers back penalties over farm lawsuits

February 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday in favor of the bill that would give judges discretion on whether to order the person filing a frivolous lawsuit to pay the farm's court costs and attorney fees.
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Sugarland attorneys: Injured fair fans share in blame

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
Attorneys for country duo Sugarland say concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in the 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. The stance drew a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompted the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the finger-pointing.
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City-County Council member gives salary to local library

February 21, 2012
Steve Talley will donate his council salary over the next four years, which totals about $52,000, to launch an endowment through the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation in honor of his late wife, Donna.
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