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Bills to restructure audit process head to House, Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Bills intended to help the State Board of Accounts meet its audit requirements will move to the House and Senate floors for consideration. The SBOA has requested additional funds to increase staff and perform timely audits. As a result of current shortages, the SBOA has not performed some required […]

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Bill would move project referendums to general election only

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers raised questions and community leaders testified against a bill that would require that referendums for school and government construction projects occur only during general elections every other year. House Bill 1027, authored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, would prevent referendums during primaries when fewer voters go to the […]

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Video & story: Committee postpones action on bill to limit local livestock rules

Bill could take control of farming structures from local government from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Communities across the state will have to wait a bit longer to see if they will continue to have the authority to restrict construction of livestock buildings, after the Senate Agriculture Committee postponed a vote […]

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Leising tries again with bill to let firefighters be elected officials

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Five hundred public officeholders across Indiana could be granted the ability to maintain their positions as volunteer firefighters if proposed legislation becomes law. Senate Bill 131, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would alter current law prohibiting volunteer firefighters from holding elected office if the position has influence over […]

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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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30 counties to be reimbursed for snow storm costs

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than a million dollars in federal grants will be awarded to 30 Indiana counties to help pay for damages, debris removal and other expenses caused by the January 5-9 storm. “Dollars are beginning to flow to replenish local and state government,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement […]

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Local communities get money to eliminate ‘blighted’ homes

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nine Indiana cities and counties have been awarded more than $10 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes. The funds are a part of the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program – drawn from $221.7 million in Hardest Hit money allocated to Indiana. Seven cities were awarded money: […]

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30 Laws: Law orders study of state’s ‘regional’ cities

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will conduct a study to compare Indiana cities to others across the region that are economically booming. The study – called for a by law that the General Assembly passed earlier this year – will provide Indiana cities with the information and resources to […]

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New project will compare local governments

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A project launched this month by Indiana University will enable state policymakers, local officials and citizens to evaluate the impact of state laws on local government. The project titled “Fiscal Benchmarking for Indiana’s Local Governments” will produce timely and accessible information about the fiscal health of local governments for state […]

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30 Laws: Abandoned houses should be easier to buy under new law

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan that aims to make abandoned and vacant properties a thing of the past – or at least significantly less detrimental to communities than today – when an abandoned housing law takes effect on July 1. “Abandoned homes are a poison in the cul de sac,” said Sen. […]

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