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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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Rapid transit bill gets hearing in House committee

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would bring rapid transit to Central Indiana. House Bill 1073 would double the number of buses and routes and add public railroad transportation by the year 2021 in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. The bill follows the […]

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Sen. Holdman to push changes for county offices

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Counties could restructure their leadership to replace their three-commissioner boards with a single leader under legislation that has been introduced by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle. Holdman said his bill is to downsize and modernize government, although similar proposals have failed to gain enough support in previous sessions […]

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