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Commentary: A modest proposal for lawmakers

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Commentary: A modest proposal for lawmakers

By John Krull The Statehouse File               INDIANAPOLIS – Somewhat in the spirit of Jonathan Swift, I offer a modest proposal. Swift, an Irish satirist and political pamphleteer, provoked uproar in the 1720s when he suggested that one of the solutions to grinding poverty was to have the poor sell their children to the […]

Senate committee approves stronger Open Door Law

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana Senate committee approved a tougher Open Door Law Thursday. The Senate Committee on Local Government approved an amended version of Senate Bill 92, which would give judges the power to impose fines on public officials who intentionally deny legal public records requests.  It also gives […]

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Daniels’ response to Obama: Protect the private sector

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday night that President Barack Obama did not tell the whole truth about the state of the country in his State of the Union Address. Obama said “the state of our union is getting stronger,” citing the creation of three million jobs in the last […]

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Lugar outspends Mourdock on ads

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Lugar’s challenger in the Republican Senate primary, aired conflicting campaign commercials this week. Mourdock’s ad aired statewide Monday and Thursday on FOX News and CNN during the Republican presidential debates. It focused on showing voters that Lugar isn’t […]

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Lawmakers look to trim inheritance tax

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering a plan to phase-out a tax that Hoosiers have to pay when they inherit from a friend or loved one. Rep. Eric Turner, R-Marion, presented a bill that would phase out the state inheritance tax over a 10-year period. The phase-out would begin with […]

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Government consolidation bill provokes debate

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A measure to streamline government that would eliminate a number of boards, commissions and committees stalled in committee Tuesday morning because of opposition to the elimination of the Natural Resources Advisory Council and consolidation of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Most of the eliminations in House […]

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Tougher Open Door Law moves to House floor

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday approved a measure that would stiffen the state’s Open Door Law, but not before amending the bill to make the penalties harder to impose. In its original form, House Bill 1093 would have allowed judges to fine public […]

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More about the ‘duel’ Daniels mentioned in his speech

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels mentioned in his State of the State speech Tuesday that two legislators, a Democrat and a Republican, had gone to Kentucky to “fight a duel” in 1861. Since the speech, Daniels has received emails and calls from people who wondered about the outcome and […]

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Man gets 33 years in sextortion case

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A federal court Friday sentence Trevor Shea to 33 years in prison in a “sextortion” case after Shea pled guilty to seven different counts of child pornography. The court also sentenced Shea to lifetime supervision when he gets out of prison. “Today’s hearing brings an end to […]

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Schools may take attendance twice a year for funds

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education Committee Friday unanimously approved a bill that would base school corporations’ funding on two days when attendance is taken instead of just one. Although House Bill 1189 originally called for four counts, or days when attendance is considered for funding, the committee approved an […]