Government

Justices: IBM breached state welfare contract

March 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
IBM breached its master services agreement with the state in its failed bid to privatize and modernize Indiana’s welfare systems, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, more than six years after the state sued the tech giant over the $1.3 billion contract.
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Indiana governor concerned about Notre Dame police bill

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Monday that his "strong bias for the public's right to know" will weigh heavily as he decides whether to veto a measure that would shelter police departments at Notre Dame and 10 other Indiana private colleges from following the same crime reporting requirements as all other law enforcement agencies.
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Pence faces tough decision over campus police records bill

March 18, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence has a government transparency dilemma on his hands. The Indiana Court of Appeals’ unanimous ruling on Tuesday that private university police departments should not be “able to circumvent public records requirements” established a new level of openness for private campus police that freedom of information advocates say have been inappropriately operating in secret.
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Long-running case over subdivision plan decided

March 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case that dragged on in the federal court system for nine years Thursday.
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Consumer groups call on Indiana lawmakers to release records

March 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers should be required to comply with their own public records law and release documents, including email correspondence with campaign donors and lobbying groups, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups told the Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday.
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Pipe bomb targets judge’s home in southeastern Indiana

March 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Police say a second pipe bomb in less than two weeks has exploded in the southeastern Indiana city of Madison, and they think the criminal justice system is being targeted.
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Indiana Supreme Court hears lawmaker email case

March 17, 2016
 Associated Press
Lawyers for an open government group told the Indiana Supreme Court that lawmakers should be required to comply with the state's public records act.
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Indiana gay rights groups say history is on their side

March 16, 2016
Indiana LGBT rights activists said Tuesday that history is on their side and they will continue pressing for statewide civil rights protections for gender identity and sexual orientation despite lawmakers' unwillingness to act during the recently adjourned legislative session.
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Kokomo council votes to approve LGBT protections

March 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Kokomo's Common Council has voted to approve a measure banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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IBM case still pending as Indiana court awaits new justice

March 15, 2016
 Associated Press
The upcoming retirement of one of Indiana's Supreme Court justices has legal observers speculating on when the court might rule in a long-running dispute over IBM Corp.'s failed attempt to privatize Indiana's welfare services.
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Regulations coming for lawsuit funding industry

March 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In the final hours of the 2016 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly arrived at a compromise which, for the first time, will regulate companies that fund plaintiffs in civil lawsuits in Indiana.
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Democrats won't challenge Young's candidacy in court

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Time is dwindling for opponents of U.S. Rep. Todd Young to challenge in court a deadlocked decision last month by the Indiana Election Commission that keeps Young on the ballot for U.S. Senate.
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GOP launches campaign to oppose Obama Supreme Court pick

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The Republican Party is launching a campaign to try to derail President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, teaming up with a conservative opposition research group to target vulnerable Democrats and impugn whomever Obama picks.
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Lawmakers punt Marion County judge-selection bill to next year

March 11, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement on how to select Marion County Superior Court judges by the end of the legislative session on Thursday night and punted the decision until next year.
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Lawmakers pass police video bill

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana law enforcement agencies will get the right to withhold all body and dash cam video recordings from the public under a bill that's now headed to the governor's desk.
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Pharmacist discretion bill heads to governor's desk

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A bill to allow pharmacists to serve as gatekeepers for cold medicines that contain the common methamphetamine ingredient pseudoephedrine is on its way to the Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.
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Failing to deliver car titles brings lawsuits from attorney general

March 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Four out-of-business auto dealerships and their owners are the target of lawsuits filed by the Indiana attorney general for violating the state’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.
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Clinton emails: GOP sues, senators press attorney general

March 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Republican senators pressed for more information Wednesday about an FBI investigation into the potential mishandling of sensitive information that passed through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, and their party sued for copies of the messages.
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Senate votes to raise medical malpractice payment cap

March 9, 2016
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Medical malpractices victims may be able to receive more money now that the Indiana Senate has passed a proposal to increase the compensation cap for the first time in nearly 18 years.
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Park Tudor scandal reignites debate about lawyers reporting child abuse

March 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Charges that former Park Tudor basketball coach and teacher Kyle Cox attempted to coerce and entice a 15-year-old student into a sexual relationship — and an attorney’s alleged actions after learning of the accusations — have refocused attention on a 2015 advisory ethics opinion that largely exempts lawyers from a law that requires reporting suspected child abuse.
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Indiana and other states choking on EPA’s new Clean Power Plan

March 9, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gases by imposing caps on states regarding carbon dioxide emissions, has incited a backlash that began before the rule was even published in the Federal Register. A coalition of states, including Indiana, is seeking review of the plan in federal court, claiming the rule exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency's statutory authority.
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‘No more stringent’ restrained

March 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Manufacturers, agriculture and other big Hoosier industries pegged House Bill 1082 at the top of their legislative agenda this year. So did about 20 environmental, health and public-interest groups that opposed the measure barring Indiana from adopting environmental regulations tougher than federal standards.
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Mother of severely malnourished twins reaches plea deal

March 8, 2016
 Associated Press
An Anderson woman who allowed her 2-year-old twins to become so malnourished they couldn't walk, crawl or talk has agreed to plead guilty to child neglect charges.
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Marion County Bar Association opposes judicial selection bill

March 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawmakers are working to craft an 11th-hour agreement on how judges should be chosen in Marion County after they were unable to reach a compromise Monday. Meanwhile, Indianapolis’ historically black bar association called for direct election of judges instead of a proposed merit-selection system.
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Bill giving longer sentences to drug dealers headed to governor

March 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders has been approved by the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence.
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