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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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30 Laws: Mass transit votes won’t come for two years

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Central Indiana voters won’t see proposals to raise taxes for mass transit on the ballots until at least 2016. Lawmakers authorized the referendums in legislation that becomes law July 1 but local officials say they are only now in the planning stages for eventual votes – at least in […]

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Transportation officials deal with pothole problems

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This winter may have been tough with record amounts of snowfall and frigid temperatures, but dealing with the aftermath may be tougher. As the Indianapolis Department of Public Works fights for more money to combat the large number of potholes on local roads, counties around the state are also […]

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Pence signs mass transit legislation for Central Indiana

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed legislation meant to provide funding for a mass transit expansion in Central Indiana. The law authorizes officials in Marion, Madison, Johnson, Hancock, Hamilton, and Delaware counties to seek voter permission to raise income taxes to fund a regional bus system. The goal is to add […]

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Deal on mass transit headed for votes Thursday

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key legislators say they have reached a compromise on a bill that gives local officials in several counties the authority to expand mass transit throughout Central Indiana. Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, who authored Senate Bill 176, said she plans to sign the conference committee report on mass transit, which […]

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