Government

Indiana joins amicus brief defending Congressional Review Act

July 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has added his name to a list of 14 state attorneys general voicing their support for the Congressional Review Act, saying the act protects the sovereignty of the states and provides them with a mechanism for relief from federal agency overreach.
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Lawyer in gay marriage case joins Indiana congressional race

July 6, 2017
 Associated Press
An attorney who led the lawsuit that overturned Kentucky's gay marriage ban wants the Democratic nomination to challenge first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth for his southern Indiana seat in 2018.
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States sue over EPA's decision to keep Dow Agro pesticide on market

July 6, 2017
 Associated Press
Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide sold by Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences on the market, despite studies showing it can harm children's brains.
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Influential lawmaker Kenley retiring from Indiana Senate

July 5, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal
State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, on Wednesday announced that he will retire on Sept. 30 after serving Senate District 20 since 1992.
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Sheriff starts group to deal with overcrowded county jails

July 5, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana sheriff says state lawmakers must address the issue of overcrowded and understaffed county jails.
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Indiana will likely go to court over online sales tax

July 5, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers passed a law this spring claiming the state has a right to collect sales taxes from companies using only online transactions. But a 25-year-old U.S. Supreme Court case prohibits states from collecting sales tax from businesses unless they've got a physical presence in the state.
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Monarch loses federal challenge seeking to wholesale liquor

July 5, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co.’s attempt to obtain a wholesale liquor permit rests with the Indiana Supreme Court after its federal challenge to Indiana law was rejected by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday.
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More court challenges expected for Trump's new travel ban

June 30, 2017
 Associated Press
A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.
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Justice Department gives up Washington Redskins name fight

June 30, 2017
 Associated Press
The Justice Department is giving up the legal fight over the name of the Washington Redskins.
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Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for voter data

June 30, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public. Indiana and several other states have said they won't give data to the panel.
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Citizens Action Coalition sues for state records on Carrier deal

June 30, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A complaint filed Friday in Marion County by Citizens Action Coalition alleges that the governor’s office has violated the Indiana Access to Public Records Act by not providing the grass-roots consumer group documents it wants about Vice President and former Gov. Mike Pence’s communications involving Carrier Corp. and United Technologies.
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Holcomb bars criminal history question for most state job applicants

June 29, 2017
IL Staff
Applicants for state jobs in the executive branch will no longer be asked if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime.
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7th Circuit: Nightingale must defend Medicare restitution claims

June 28, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Carmel-based home health care company stripped of its certification to receive Medicare funding in Indiana will return to the district court in Indianapolis to defend against government claims seeking nearly $5 million in restitution.
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Hamilton County Jail adds re-entry, jobs program

June 28, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal, Carley Lanich
The jail’s five-week Transitioning Opportunities for Work, Education, and Reality program, known as TOWER, began in April as a partnership with a state WorkOne Center to provide resources for soon-to-be-released inmates. The goal is to reduce the rate of inmates’ returning to the county jail.
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Legal fight over Indiana's anti-political robocall law ends

June 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A Chicago-based veterans advocacy group's seven-year struggle to strike down Indiana's ban on political robocalls has ended with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to review a lower-court ruling upholding the law.
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Treatment seen as antidote for opioid crisis

June 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Legislature approved several measures to expand recovery programs and prevent spread of opioid epidemic.
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Rewrite of business organization laws provides uniformity, clarity

June 28, 2017
Dave Stafford
All it took to simplify Indiana’s business organization laws was a 149-page bill.
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Scopelitis: HB 1002 balances higher trucking fees, infrastructure help

June 28, 2017
The trucking industry, a vital part of the state’s economy, had a special interest in House Bill 1002, both because the state looked to the industry to bear a significant share of the funding and because the industry relies on well maintained, free-flowing roads.
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New data reporting law aims to aid anti-recidivism efforts

June 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
As Indiana continues its efforts to curb offender recidivism, a new bill set to take effect next month will put more requirements on offender treatment and rehabilitation programs to offer insights into the anti-recidivism methods that work.
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New laws for 2017

June 28, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s legislators passed more than250 new laws on topics including e-liquid reform, inheritance tax repeals, and overhaul of uniform business organization laws.
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Children’s commission’s annual report sets 3-year plan

June 26, 2017
IL Staff
The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana has set a three-year plan emphasizing child safety and services, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse and educational outcomes as key priorities.
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Pharmakon owner, compliance director face criminal charges

June 22, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal
The owner and the director of compliance for Noblesville-based Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals Inc. have been charged with multiple criminal counts related to the sale of compounded painkillers that were as much as 25 times more potent than they should have been, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
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Records show congressman's wife works part time in $240K job

June 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The wife of a likely Senate candidate averages a 26.5-hour work week in her $240,000-a-year job doing legal consulting for an Indianapolis suburb, according to timesheets reviewed by The Associated Press.
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Indianapolis to receive Justice Department aid to fight crime

June 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The Justice Department says it will offer its resources to help 12 U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, fight violent crime.
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Indiana to pay firm $100k to handle Pence email requests

June 19, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is paying a law firm $100,000 to help deal with a backlog of public records requests, most of which seek emails from Vice President Mike Pence's tenure as governor, including correspondence routed through a private AOL.com account he used to conduct state business.
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  2. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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