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Mayors want help with meth, roads and abandoned homes

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A coalition of mayors from across Indiana are teaming up for a push to have pseudoephedrine sold only with a prescription and gasoline tax revenue used only for funding road construction and maintenance. The demands are part of a campaign announced Wednesday to push the General Assembly to give […]

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Local income taxes expand over 30 years, potential exists for higher rates

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new report about local income taxes in Indiana finds that they have been successful in holding down property taxes in some communities while bolstering budgets in others. The report – published jointly by the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute – also shows […]

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State works on rules for public records including emails

Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A commission will soon set new rules for how long state and local governments must keep employee emails and other electronic records – and which of those missives will be considered public records. The Indiana Commission on Public Records will also review and adopt rules for paper-based public […]

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Governor orders outside audit of Department of Revenue, state owes $206 million to local governments

Second major mistake discovered at state tax agency leads three to leave department By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered an outside audit of the Department of Revenue after officials discovered a second programming error that led the state to short cash-strapped local governments $206 million in income tax […]

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Senate passes nepotism, conflict of interest legislation

Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate approved a bill Monday that will ban local government employees from serving on elected boards that control their salaries and prohibit public officials from hiring relatives they will supervise. House Bill 1005 passed 30-19. It now moves back to the House for consideration. The bill includes […]

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Lawmakers tinker with local government nepotism, conflict of interest bill

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday tweaked legislation aimed at tackling nepotism and conflict of interest issues in local government but postponed a vote on the bill. Senate Bill 170 came to the committee identical to House Bill 1005, and both bills […]

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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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