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Bill regulating e-scooters zips out of House

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— When Rep. Sean Eberhart went to the podium Wednesday to present his bill regulating scooters, he went in style: Riding a scooter, of course. The Shelbyville Republican had rented a Bird electric foot scooter – or e-scooter – for the occasion. E-scooters by Bird and competitor Lime started appearing in […]

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Commentary: Legislature sends valentine to township government

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–In 1935, an Indiana commission proposed streamlining government. It went nowhere. Not until 2007 was there another major effort. Gov. Mitch Daniels put together a bipartisan commission that unanimously backed 27 proposals, including the elimination of township government. Twelve years later, the chances of achieving that have gone from remote […]

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Carmel fights to keep Airbnb regulations

Editor’s note: This is the first story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The wealthy suburb of Carmel is fighting the Indiana General Assembly on whether the city’s strict regulations are exempt from the state law overriding local control of short-term rentals. Last […]

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Wind turbines spur property rights debate

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some companies and citizens are at odds when it comes to who should have the power to determine where wind turbines are built. “I’ve lived in the same house for 60 years and I like to get to get up and see the sunrise not a bunch of metal […]

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Lawmaker proposes to help long-time homeowners in revitalized neighborhoods

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Peggy Gamlin, a senior resident of Riverside, chose to stay in her westside neighborhood even through tough times, but now that the area is being revitalized she doesn’t want to face the possibility of losing her home. “I love my neighborhood,” Gamlin told the Interim Fiscal Study Committee Monday. […]

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Survey searches for government inefficiency

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are working to identify burdensome or obsolete state reporting requirements to help improve the efficiency of local governments. “While many of these processes improve accountability and transparency at the local level, other requirements could be in desperate need of revision or outright repeal,” Rep. Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville, said […]

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Indiana pioneers crowdfunding community projects

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— Wendy Blake wanted to make Greensburg a distinct city with its own identity. She and other residents wanted art and streetscape items like benches to make the community more inspiring. But they weren’t sure how they would fund it. “If there are things that we want,” she said, “we […]

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Rules for notary public changing

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s notary laws are being brought into the 21st century, in line with the rest of the nation. The law signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb will take effect July 1, 2018 and will have an impact on the more than 90,000 notary publics statewide. Notary publics are authorized by the […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: War memorials in disrepair to be impacted by new law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – The Cass County Memorial Center is a shell of what it once was. The building, built in the early 1860s as a mansion and turned into […]

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Locals losing control of Airbnb-style rentals

By Katie Stancomb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would prevent local governments from regulating short-term rental businesses passed out of the Senate Thursday. House Bill 1133, which passed with a 27-20 vote, would keep municipalities from banning or over-regulating Airbnb-style rentals in their communities. “The question I think everyone needs to ask themselves is, […]

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