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House approves bill to curb local government nepotism and conflicts of interest

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a bill Monday that aims to end nepotism and conflicts of interest among local government officials. House Bill 1005 would ban local government employees from serving on elected boards that control their salaries and prohibit public officials from hiring relatives they will supervise. […]

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Senate committee approves stronger Open Door Law

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File  INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana Senate committee approved a tougher Open Door Law Thursday. The Senate Committee on Local Government approved an amended version of Senate Bill 92, which would give judges the power to impose fines on public officials who intentionally deny legal public records requests.  It also gives […]

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Chairman kills township reform bill and blames RTW boycott

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — House Local Government Chairman Kevin Mahan killed a bill Tuesday that would have overhauled township government. Mahan, R-Hartford City, said the Democrats’ walkout had disrupted the committee schedule to the point that the bill could not receive an appropriate hearing and vote. His decision prompted a cheer […]

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Video: One-on-One with Rep. Kevin Mahan on local government nepotism

In today’s One-on-One video, listen to Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, talk about his local government conflict of interest and nepotism bill. 1-on-1: Rep. Mahan discusses his nepotism bill from The Statehouse File on Vimeo.

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Committee debates bill to transform townships

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Members of a House committee could vote Friday on legislation that would lead to the transformation or the elimination of the state’s 1,006 townships – depending on the outcome of local elections. The Local Government Committee took 90 minutes of testimony Tuesday on House Bill 1254 but […]

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Tougher Open Door Law moves to House floor

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday approved a measure that would stiffen the state’s Open Door Law, but not before amending the bill to make the penalties harder to impose. In its original form, House Bill 1093 would have allowed judges to fine public […]

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Committee moves local government bills

By Alec Gray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative committee on Wednesday passed two bills that could lead to changes in local governments and sent them to the full Senate for consideration. Senate Bill 110 – approved 6-3 by the Senate Local Government Committee – gives counties the option to switch from a three […]

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Attempt to stiffen state’s open door law stalls

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday took testimony on and debated a measure that would stiffen penalties for public officials who defy Indiana’s open door law. The House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, though, put off a vote on House Bill 1093. The bill’s […]

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State of the State preview: Mitch Daniels

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Mitch Daniels has told people he intends to use every day of his eight years in office. Legislators said they think his final State of the State address on Tuesday will affirm that. “I don’t think he intends to be a lame duck governor,” said Sen. Richard Bray, […]

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Lawmakers attack local nepotism, conflict of interest issues

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Local government employees couldn’t serve on boards that control their salaries and public officials couldn’t hire their relatives under legislation considered Thursday by a House committee. Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, authored House Bill 1005, which is similar to legislation that has failed in past sessions. The […]

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