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A new director is appointed to the Indiana Gaming Commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new leader is at the helm of Indiana Gaming Commission. Gov. Mike Pence announced on Friday that Sara Gonso Tait will take over as the Executive Director of the commission. Her appointment is effective beginning Monday. Tait’s new position became available when current leader Ernest Yelton announced his retirement. […]

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Governor’s veto means less local government transparency but no big fees for records

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed government agencies to charge private citizens for public research requests will not go into effect this year. Senate Enrolled Act 369 was aimed at “increasing transparency,” said Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, who authored the bill. It would have required local governments and school […]

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Video & story: Pence signs regional cities legislation

Pence signs Regional Cities bill into law from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Wednesday that he said would have a “transformational effect” on the state by establishing the Regional City Initiative. The Republican governor, who made the effort part of his agenda, said […]

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Democrat John Gregg announces candidacy for governor

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Gregg has officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 race for governor. Gregg, 60, made the announcement via email to supporters at 1 p.m. on Thursday. “Under Mike Pence Indiana has been given a bad name,” said Gregg in the email. “His sole focus seems to be […]

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Senate approves bill to renovate Carroll Stadium for minor league soccer

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to renovate an IUPUI track stadium into the new home for the Indy Eleven soccer team passed the Senate on Thursday. House Bill 1273 would extend a sports and entertainment development area to include a future stadium site and a new downtown Indianapolis hotel to be developed […]

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Jeff Cardwell elected as INDGOP state chairman

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Republican State Committee elected Jeff Cardwell as its new chairman on Wednesday. “I’m grateful and honored to have the opportunity to serve the party in this capacity, and I look forward to travelling the state to hear from our members,” Cardwell said in a statement. “I have […]

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“Potential vehicle” named for RFRA clarification legislation

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Just hours after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked for supplementary legislation to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Senate leaders say they have a “potential vehicle” to create the additional bill. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Senate Bill 50 could eventually contain the legislation the […]

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Bills benefitting veterans move to Gov. Pence’s desk

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed two Senate bills on Tuesday that benefits veterans through employment and education opportunities. The bills move to Gov. Mike Pence for final approval. Senate Bill 298, authored by Sen. Amanda Banks, R- Columbia City, would create a “veteran’s preference policy” for employers. This would give […]

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Local governments to get more oversight from State Board of Accounts

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that investigates the loss or theft of government funds. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 489, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires the State Board of Accounts to report any significant loss, theft, shortage, or variance […]

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Bosma: Gambling bill needs work, local communities shouldn’t be ‘overly’ penalized

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma on gambling legislation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Speaker Brian Bosma pulled a controversial gambling bill off the House calendar on Monday in part as an attempt to reduce the financial hit communities with casinos would suffer under the proposal. “I thought the bill needed […]

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