Government & Economic Development

Indiana House backs broader ban on synthetic drugs

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would broaden the state's ban on synthetic drugs to include compounds nicknamed "bath salts" and others that mimic marijuana.
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Indiana right-to-work bill on speedy path in Senate

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana could become the 23rd right-to-work state as early as Wednesday depending on how soon Gov. Mitch Daniels decides to sign the labor bill.
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Fight looming over banning smoking in Indiana bars

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
Some Indiana legislators are expected to push for exempting bars and certain other locations from a bill calling for a broad statewide smoking ban.
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Central Indiana mass-transit bill dies in committee

January 26, 2012
 The Statehouse File
A bill that could have led to a new mass-transit system in Indianapolis and surrounding counties failed in committee Thursday morning.
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Kentucky governor: Casino gambling bill coming soon

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
A long-awaited proposal to open Kentucky to casino gambling so it can compete with neighboring states could be introduced in the state's Senate within days.
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Indiana Senate panel backs limits on abortion pill

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate health committee voted 5-4 in support of the bill that requires that a doctor examine a woman in person before giving her RU-486, provide written information about the physical risks of abortion and to schedule a follow-up ultrasound.
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Indiana House deals blow to organized labor in Rust Belt

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers cleared the way for right-to-work legislation, which would make it a Class A misdemeanor to require somebody to become a union member or pay union dues as a condition of employment.
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Indiana House approves right-to-work bill

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
The state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has cleared the way for Indiana to become the first right-to-work state in the traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt.
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Indiana Senate panel backs fines on access violators

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed allowing fines against government officials found to have blatantly violated the state's open meetings or open record laws.
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TeleServices to hire up to 180 for new Anderson call center

January 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The call center will serve U.S. customers on issues relating to wireless communications and Internet connectivity.
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Indiana House Dems resume right-to-work boycott

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
House Republicans levied more fines Tuesday against Democrats who are boycotting GOP-backed legislation that would bar labor unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers.
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Indiana House eyes another $5M for state fair victims

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's House Ways and Means chairman is pushing for $5 million more for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and $80 million to pay for full-day kindergarten.
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Pet specialty retailer plans 135 jobs in Indiana

January 24, 2012
Pet Supplies Plus said it will add the positions by relocating its warehousing operations from Michigan to Seymour, 60 miles south of Indianapolis.
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State employers add 12,000 jobs, but jobless rate stays flat

January 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana added 12,000 private-sector jobs in December, but the state's unemployment rate held steady at 9 percent as a huge wave of Hoosiers entered the labor force.
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Naming-rights deal to benefit city's snow-removal efforts

January 24, 2012
The agreement calls for longtime salt supplier Cargill Inc. to give Indianapolis 125 tons of salt and five pickup trucks equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders.
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House Dems lose right-to-work referendum vote

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats walked off the floor Monday after losing an effort to put a right-to-work measure aimed at unions before voters, possibly resuming an off-and-on boycott strategy aimed at derailing the measure for the second straight year.
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Indiana Senate backs bill on right to resist police

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate on Monday approved by a wide margin a proposal that gives residents limited rights to resist police officers trying to enter their homes.
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State Senate backs bill on officeholder limits

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
People who work for cities, towns or counties would no longer be allowed to hold political offices in those government units under a bill approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Indiana House Dems return after right-to-work boycott

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats have returned to work at the statehouse after a boycott over divisive right-to-work legislation by moving to strike down the measure.
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For-profit colleges face curbs on aid in new veterans bill

January 23, 2012
For-profit colleges like Carmel-based ITT Educational Services would be forced to rely less on federal money under a bill aimed at curbing the marketing of degrees to soldiers and veterans.
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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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