Government & Economic Development

Statewide smoking ban passes House

January 31, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Even if Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard follows through on a threat to veto the tougher citywide smoking ban council members passed Monday, a similar measure still pending in the General Assembly would prohibit lighting up in public places statewide.
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Senate backs ban on college retirement age

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill to prohibit state universities from setting mandatory retirement ages for school administrators.
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Daniels signs new penalties for sex trafficking

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law Monday giving prosecutors more tools to battle human sex trafficking ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl.
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Indiana Senate broadens teaching creationism proposal

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators on Monday broadened a proposal aimed at allowing Indiana's public schools to teach creationism in science classes to require that such courses include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions.
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Indiana House dilutes drug tests for lawmakers

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The lawmaker-testing proposal is part of a bill that would mandate Indiana's welfare recipients take drug tests before receiving any assistance.
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Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban

January 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night. Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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Indiana right-to-work bill on way to final vote

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate labor committee's Republican members voted 6-1 Monday morning to advance the bill to the full Senate.
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Political stakes are high as White goes on trial

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
After more than a year of legal wrangling, White's fate now rests with the jurors who will be selected starting Monday in Noblesville. Their task: to determine whether the state's top election official is guilty of voter fraud, perjury and theft.
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Indiana moving slowly on lake phosphorus rules

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
A state effort to address phosphorous pollution that has fouled Indiana's waterways is moving forward slowly, but environmental groups' hopes for help from lawmakers is likely to be dashed this year.
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Indiana battles legislative 'creep' in short session

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators have introduced 415 bills so far and House members have filed another 400, including so-called vehicle bills, which act as sort of blank slates for lawmakers to amend ideas onto.
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Should Indiana phase out inheritance tax?Restricted Content

January 28, 2012
Supporters of new legislation say the wealthy shouldn't have to leave the state to avoid the tax.
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WALKER: A watershed 401(k) deadline is hurtling our way

January 28, 2012
Brent Walker / Special to IBJ
Plan sponsors will face both higher expectations and legal responsibilities.
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State's gambling jackpot starts to shrinkRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana casinos saw their take from gambling fall in 2011, and new competition in Ohio and perhaps other neighboring states virtually guarantees things will get worse from here.
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Bill could put squeeze on recycling programs statewideRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Waste management districts would need county OK to levy property taxes to fund their programs.
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Indiana legislators OK tougher sex-trafficking law

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
A bill to toughen Indiana's penalties for sex trafficking is on its way to Gov. Mitch Daniels for him to sign into law ahead of next weekend's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
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ACLU says creationism bill faces constitutional problems

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana's top lawyer said Thursday that a Indiana Senate bill that would allow schools to teach creationism in science classes clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and invites legal challenges.
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Lotion maker relocating operations to Indianapolis

January 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based New Sunshine, which is owned by a group led by former Conseco Inc. CEO Stephen Hilbert, said it will add 180 jobs by moving a manufacturing facility from Tempe, Ariz.
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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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