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Voter registration deadline is Monday

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Monday is the last day for Hoosiers to register to vote in the primary election on May 6. Voters can register at county clerks’ offices – typically at local courthouses or government buildings – or at license branches. Hoosiers can also register by mail with a postmark of no later […]

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Democrat Beth White to run for Democratic nomination for SOS

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Marion County Clerk Beth White said Monday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for secretary of state in 2014. White, who is in her second term as clerk, said her role as chief election officer for the nation’s 13th largest city is experience that qualifies her to be […]

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One-stop shop could help businesses handle state business

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State leaders are looking for an outside vendor to operate an online, one-stop portal to make it easier for businesses to register, file paperwork and make payments across multiple state agencies. Gov. Mike Pence said the move is meant to ease “the regulatory burden on Hoosier businesses.” The online […]

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ISTA agrees to settlement in teacher retirement fraud case

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has reached a settlement with the state’s largest teachers unions in a case that alleges the group defrauded Hoosiers districts out of more than $27 million in retirement funds for teachers. Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday that the Indiana State Teachers Association and National Education […]

New law meant to help protect investors


New law meant to help protect investors

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Stronger investment safeguards and new rules for uniform commercial code filings will take effect Monday when dozens of new laws go into effect. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said the new business law will increase audit transparency and align the state’s commercial code filings with national standards. The goal […]

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Lawson: NASAA to host conference in Indianapolis

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Friday her office will be hosting the North American Securities Administrators Association conference in the fall of 2014 in Indianapolis. Lawson’s office made the bid to host the NASAA earlier this year. After NASAA Commissioner Chris Naylor and his team visited Indianapolis, […]

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Voter turnout down from 2008

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – About 58 percent of registered Hoosiers turned out to vote this fall, a drop of 4 percentage points from the 2008 presidential election, according to data released Thursday by the state’s top election official. Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican, said roughly 2.66 million Indiana residents went to the […]

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State considers action against stockbrokers who owe child support

By Sandie Love TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Secretary of State Connie Lawson on Tuesday ordered four stockbrokers who are registered with the agency’s securities division to pay their delinquent child support, threating to suspend their licenses otherwise. Lawson’s office would not release the stockbrokers’ names. Spokesman Valerie Kroeger said that until the state formally acts to […]

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Commentary: Don’t think your vote counts? Think again

By Connie Lawson Indiana Secretary of State INDIANAPOLIS – A successful American government flows from an informed electorate. We are nearing the end of another historic campaign season. Historic not for any one single event, but historic because every vote we cast connects us to our past. Each time I step into the poll, I […]

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Daniels picks Connie Lawson as secretary of state

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday appointed state Sen. Connie Lawson, R-Danville to replace the convicted Charlie White as Indiana secretary of state. “Indiana has probably never been served by a secretary of state better prepared on day one,” Daniels said. Lawson has served in the Senate since […]