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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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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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Road funding now being given to cities, towns and counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Money is now being distributed to cities, towns and counties to help improve their roads and bridges as a part of the state’s road funding plan from this year’s legislative session. Money for Roads and Bridges The governor’s office announced Wednesday county auditors have distributed $435 million to local governments […]

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Road funding plan encourages local solutions

By Max Bomber 
and Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new road funding plan puts more power in the hands of local government to raise taxes to pay for improvements. About $1 billion will be used to fund road improvements over the next two years, with roughly a third of the money going to state […]

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Bill restricts local governments from creating alternative employer schedules

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill introduced into legislation could prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances surrounding employer schedules for private businesses. “I just want to make certain there’s not multiple codes out there,” author Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, stated. “That if we do anything, we do it at state level and so everybody […]

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Senate committee passes common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee revamped and then passed a common construction wage bill Tuesday that critics say will drive down worker pay and supporters argue will create more competition within the industry. If House Bill 1019, authored by Rep. Gerald Torr, R-Carmel, becomes law, it would eliminate a system that […]

Analysis: Questions about corrections funding will persist to session’s end

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Analysis: Questions about corrections funding will persist to session’s end

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When lawmakers began talking several years ago about an overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws, the goal was to serve more low-level felons in community-based programs. The problem – just about everyone acknowledged at the time – is that those community programs are not set up to suddenly serve […]

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Local governments to get more oversight from State Board of Accounts

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that investigates the loss or theft of government funds. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 489, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires the State Board of Accounts to report any significant loss, theft, shortage, or variance […]

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House passes bill to scrap common construction wage for public projects

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The GOP-majority House voted Monday to undo an 80-year-old law that lets local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. House Bill 1019 – approved 55-41 – now moves to the Senate, where Republicans also control the chamber. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry […]

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Bosma: Gambling bill needs work, local communities shouldn’t be ‘overly’ penalized

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma on gambling legislation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Speaker Brian Bosma pulled a controversial gambling bill off the House calendar on Monday in part as an attempt to reduce the financial hit communities with casinos would suffer under the proposal. “I thought the bill needed […]

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