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Legislators need stricter disclosure rules, advocates say

By Hannah Troyer & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators need to be more transparent about conflicts of interest and should never be lobbying privately or publicly for issues that could impact their finances, an open-government advocate said Monday. The General Assembly should also add some independence to its ethics investigations, said Julia Vaughn, policy […]

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Pence won’t seek federal dollars to expand pre-K

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has opted to end Indiana’s bid for up to $80 million in federal pre-kindergarten funding, a move that appeases some conservatives as he mulls a 2016 presidential run. Pence says he’s concerned about strings attached to the money. But Democrats complained Thursday that the Republican governor […]

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State distributes $1.2 million to domestic violence shelters

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has approved the distribution of $1.2 million in additional funding for Indiana’s domestic violence shelters. The money had already been earmarked for the programs but the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute board had delayed its distribution to gather more information and confirm the money will be spent to […]

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Education board postpones vote on A-F grades for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay approving letter grades for schools because members said they were unsure about the underlying data. The decision came after two school administrators complained about the appeals process for their grades and board members learned that the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency […]

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House GOP wants to rewrite school funding formula

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans say they will work in 2015 to boost money for public schools and rewrite the formula that distributes those dollars to try to reduce the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded districts. The move could mean a shift in funding from some of the state’s […]

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State tax receipts continue to trail projections

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell below projections in September for the third straight month but remain ahead of revenue for the same period last year. During the first quarter of the fiscal year, state revenue was nearly $39 million behind estimates released in December. That’s about 1.1 percent below forecast. Individual […]

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State’s website claims prize

By Hannah Troyer Thestatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The state’s website, IN.gov, and its mobile app companion have been named one of the top websites in the nation by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. The announcement came Friday. The state’s new website and app launched in May and emphasize mobile use ease. The app is compatible with both […]

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Pence says he’s confident Hoosier health workers can handle Ebola

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a webcast with health care workers Thursday to talk about Ebola and the state’s preparations should the disease arrive in the state. “At this time, we have no reported cases of Ebola virus in Indiana,” Pence said. “However, there is no doubt that the […]

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Land-based casinos, live dealers among changes study committee likely to recommend

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Live dealers in race-track casinos. Riverboat gambling operations rebuilt on land. And more assistance for a resort in French Lick. Those are among the ideas that a panel of lawmakers appears increasingly likely to recommend to try to prop up a gambling industry rocked by competition from Ohio and […]

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Supreme Court: Cause of death is public record

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – County records that list a cause of death are open to the public, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a unanimous decision, the court said death certificates maintained by county health departments are subject to the Access to Public Records Act and are not covered by any exemptions. […]

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