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Monday, August 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "In Indiana, state government tries using big data project to reduce infant mortality"

That is the headline to this story today by Mohana Ravindranath of the Washington Post. Some quotes:Over the past year,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Ticketing students in South Bend schools: Poorer schools see majority of citations, some given to kids as young as 10"

Kim Kilbride reports today in the South Bend Tribune about citations issued to students by school resource officers. Some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Allen County altering attorney terms to save cash"

Vivian Sade reported August 23rd in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:A change in the way Allen County government hires attorneys...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "State has paid millions to health-care expert who also works for vendor"

That is the headline to a major story, reported by Tony Cook, topping the front-page of today's Sunday Indianapolis Star....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Native American Indian Affairs, the State’s Healthy Indiana Plan, and NE Indiana gaming

Indiana Gaming Insight, a sister publication of Indiana Legislative Insight, leads its August 25th subscription-only newsletter with a story reporting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 22, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Purdue releases surveillance video of confrontation"

Updating Aug. 12 and Aug. 13th posts, this story today by Chris Morisse Vizza in the Lafayette Journal Courier links...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't - An example of why who is on the IURC (and who is the UCC) is so important! [Updated]

A story today in the IBJ, reported by Kathleen McLaughlin, begins with a paragraph putting the settlemment the Indiana Office...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP lawmaker at core of $1.7M complaint, raises revolving door questions"

That is the headline to Tom LoBianco's AP exclusive this evening. The story begins:INDIANAPOLIS — A former top Indiana education...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Governor's office objects to ILB post; the ILB's response [Updated with ILB apology]

The ILB has just received this message from the Governor's office:Hello Marcia, Please find attached the second memo sent from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - State's response to the Love plaintiffs' motion for reconsideration

Federal Judge Richard Young has not yet ruled on the motion for reconsideration of the order of dismissal filed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Do waivers make the state ethics rules meaningless, or unfair?

Following up on Sunday's stories, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorialized yesterday:There may be another leak to plug when the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana DNR calls scientific heavy hitters to captive-deer hearing"

Updating yesterday's pre-meeting story, both Ryan Sabalow of the Indianapolis Star and Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Controversy about Indiana public employee salary databases [Updated with comments]

Earlier this month, perhaps on Aug. 7th, I read an online Indianapolis Star story about the 20 highest paid public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana DNR calls scientific heavy hitters to captive-deer hearing"

That is the headline to a long story this morning by Ryan Sabalow of the Indianapolis Star. It begins:For years,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Do waivers make the state ethics rules meaningless, or unfair?

Two big stories this weekend on the state's ethics rules. Ryan Sabalow of the Indianapolis Star has a long, front-page,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Kosciusko County Commissioners Mull Public Record Fee Changes"

From Stacey Page Online, some quotes from an August 12th story by Phoebe Muthart:Kosciusko Clerk of the Circuit Court Ann...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Aged-out foster kids get safety net" though Indiana's new Collaborative Care program

According to this long AP story by Tom Coyle:Indiana’s Collaborative Care program, ... was started two years ago to help...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 18, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Business panel proposes IU govern IPFW: Pushes realistic funding formula"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an interesting story today by Vivian Sade about IU-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW). Here are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Annex Books, yet again ... Indy files petition with SCOTUS

The ILB has many, many entries on the long-fought case of Annex Books v. City of Indianapolis, dating back to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Vanderburgh County Republican chairman tries to have councilwoman disbarred

The ILB has had a number of posts re Evansville City Councilwoman Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley, who recorded the State Board of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Rep. Turner nursing-home company sold in $2.3 billion deal"

Tom LoBianco of the AP reports today:INDIANAPOLIS – A company that was part of an ethics investigation into a top...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Pence does right by adoptive families"

That is the headline to an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:A long wait is over...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Names of three finalists for IURC vacancy sent to Govenor

The subscription-only Statehouse File had a story July 17th on the semifinalists for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Inside Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Current public access counselor grows into guardianship role

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorializes today:Mayflies seem to have longer tenures than most who hold the office of Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana to pay adoption subsidies to about 1,800 families"

Updating this ILB post from Aug. 12, this one from Aug. 8, and this one from June 3rd, Marisa Kwiatkowski...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - " Indiana Civil Rights Commission voted behind closed doors"

Kara Kenney of WRTV6 reported last evening in a story that begins: The Indiana Civil Rights Commission, an entity...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 08, 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on Lake County and the impact of PERF changes

Updating an ILB post from July 29th headed " Double whammy of PERF changes and criminal code changes," quoting a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Special prosecutor says Brinkerhoff-Riley did not violate law"

This ILB post from July 31st includes the State Board of Accounts' reported reaction to "the confidentiality of exit conferences...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Charlestown residents continue fight to preserve neighborhood"

A July 7th story from Alex Schuman, WHAS11 Louisville, reports:CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) – Crowds waited outside Charlestown City Hall Monday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Special prosecutor says Brinkerhoff-Riley did not violate law"

Updating earlier ILB posts, Sean Edmondson reported yesterday for WFIE14 Evansville:Gibson County Prosecutor Robert Krieg, the special prosecutor appointed in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Public records requests lead to insight on jail death; dash cam video in Ohio

Kara Kenney of WRTV6 had a strong story, with video, last evening on "what happened to Kendra Shaw, a 25-year-old...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Double whammy of PERF changes and criminal code changes

From a July 28th story by Jeff Schultz in the Chesterton Tribune:A “unique situation” was evidently unique enough for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Updating "Four Hoosiers filed suit Wednesday over an alleged Open Door violation by the Indiana State Board of Education"

That was the headline of this Dec. 5, 2013 ILB post, quoting a story by Niki Kelly of the FWJG,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Howard County jail has become the largest mental-health facility in north central Indiana"

That was from the headline to this lengthy July 14th story in the Kokomo Tribune, reported by Carson Gerber. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 28, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Updating "Pence: Indiana won’t comply with prison rape law"

Updating a series of ILB posts on this issue, the most recent one from June 2nd, Indianapolis Star columnist Erika...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Squawk over chickens muted for now" in Porter

Paulene Poparad of the Chesterton Tribune reported earlier this month on a council meeting in the adjoining town of Porter:Porter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Two stories re INDOT in lawsuits

"Judge rules Monroe County can’t block I-69 work at night" reported Ryan Sabalow of the Indianapolis Star last evening. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Intent of the drafters of the current constitutional provision re the Superintendent of Public Instruction

The ILB has seen several references recently to this ILB post from Dec. 5, 2012, discussing the thinking behind the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake County to snitch on reckless drivers to insurance firms"

Bill Dolan reported yesterday in the NWI Times in a story that begins:CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are now...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: State Board of Accounts investigating Evansville City Councilwoman

Updating this ILB post from June 12th, WFIE14 Evansville reported yesterday, in a story headed "Special prosecutor appointed in Brinkerhoff-Riley...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 18, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "South Bend council rejects ban on smoking"

Erin Blasko reports today in the South Bend Tribune:SOUTH BEND — Supporters of a comprehensive smoke-free air ordinance vowed to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Porter County treasurer says he’ll step down" because of PERF changes

The ILB keeps hearing that PERF/TRF changes are leading to increased retirements throughout state and local agencies, plus schools. For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Complainant asks why campaign reports not online "

This interesting story, reported by Amy Lavalley, appeared in the July 12th Gary Post-Tribune:VALPARAISO — The attorney for the Porter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 14, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Slippery government ethics rules raise calls for reform"

Some quotes from a long, must-read article by Tony Cook, Ryan Sabalow, and Eric Weddle of the Indianapolis Star today:Want...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Prison can't hold these Lake pols" (Ain't no bars ...)

Earlier this week, Bill Dolan of the NWI Times reported:Two icons of Lake County's ethically challenged political scene are moving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Does preserving documents serve a public benefit?"

The HTO GovTracker reported yesterday in a story that begins:[Bloomington, IN] City Clerk Regina Moore says yes. That’s why she’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Ethics, ethics, ethics

In advance of this morning's state ethics board meeting, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette had a long editorial headed "Clearing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "America’s Shifting Statehouse Press: Can New Players Compensate for Lost Legacy Reporters?"

Important, lengthy article today from Pew Research, by Jodi Enda, Katerina Eva Matsa and Jan Lauren Boyles, summarizing the 41-page...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't - Governor Pence elects not to recognize same-sex marriages performed before the stay [Updated]

Apparently Governor Pence has issued a memo saying Indiana will not recognize same-sex marriages conducted after Judge Young's order and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "INDOT officials seek new jobs with state contractors"

Ryan Sabalow and Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star report this afternoon in a story that begins:Two top Indiana transportation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Out-of-touch lawmakers restrain state"

From Sunday, July 6th, an editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Hitting on a number of issues, including gun...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Monday, July 07, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "'0INK' vanity plate fight could go to Legislature"

Updating the ILB's most recent post on this topic, from May 8th, Charles D. Wilson of the AP reports today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 07, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "The Double Edged Sword of Prison Video Visitation: Claiming to Keep Families Together While Furthering the Aims of the Prison Industrial Complex"

That is the title of an article by Patrice A. Fulcher now available via SSRN. Sentencing Law Blog highlights the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "The curious case of the oddly silent attorney general"

This item by Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette was originally posted in the paper's "Political Notebook" blog...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 06, 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Ind. Courts - "How many same-sex couples got married in East Central Indiana?"

Robin Gibson has this story today in the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:MUNCIE — Thirty same-sex couples officially got married in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "What now for those in same-sex marriage limbo?"

Tim Evans and Tony Cook have posted this Indianapolis Star story this afternoon, looking at some of the issues....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Pence must decide whether to recognize gay marriages"

Jim Shella of WISHTV8 has this story yesterday:INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — What happens to the hundreds of gay marriages that took...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - AG Zoeller issues guidance to clerks

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has tweeted that AG Zoeller has offered guidance to the county clerks:Says...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Judge may consider additional refunds in BMV overcharging case"

Troy Kehoe reports this evening for WISHTV8:INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A Marion County Judge could decide as early as next month...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ind. Decisions - So where are we now on same-sex marriage in Indiana?

Last Friday afternoon was the time of the ILB's last post of that busy week. The post dealt with the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 29, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Some observations about carrying out Judge Young's orders [Updated at 5:11 PM]

In this June 25th post, the ILB quoted the end of federal Judge Young's order in Baskin. Let's take...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 27, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Joy, confusion showered on NWI same-sex marriages"

Here is a good story by Bill Dolan in today's NWI Times. It is long, I'll quote part of it;...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Executive branch gets commendably clear direction from Gov. Pence on complying with the same-sex marriage order

Mark G. Ahearn, General Counsel to Governor Mike Pence, today sent a memo to all executive branch agencies. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Daviess County Clerk denies licenses to same-sex couples, citing grey areas and biblical beliefs

Nate Smith of the Washington Indiana Times Herald reported this afternoon:As same-sex couples throughout the state hurry to local courthouses...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Attorney General on the county clerks' duty to follow today's ruling

Updating this post from earlier this evening, the ILB now has received from the Office of the Attorney General...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Attorney General on the county clerks' duty to follow today's ruling

The Indiana Lawyer has just reported:According to [press secretary Bryan] Corbin, the AG’s office advised the five county clerks named...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Decisions - More on: The same-sex marriage ruling and the county clerks

This portion of a NWI Times story this evening caught my eye [(note the part I've highlighted)Lake County Deputy Clerk...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Some clerks in the dark as to how to proceed, others have issued dozens of licenses to same-sex couples today

From the Marion County Clerk's office:At approximately 12:30PM the Marion County Clerk’s Office began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. As of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Is the electronic marriage license system keeping same-sex couples in some counties from marrying? [Updated]

Here are some quotes from a July 19, 2013 ILB entry, which explored the problem: "Indiana’s current electronic marriage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Clerk White to Uphold U.S. District Court Ruling: Marion County Clerk’s Office will issue same-sex marriage licenses and conduct ceremonies"

How to obtain marriage license and marry in Marion County, starting now:INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Clerk Beth White announced today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Environment - "United Water penalty money earmarked for entire state, not Gary"

This story by Teresa Auch Schultz of the Gary Post-Tribune is from June 16th. Some quotes:When United Water agreed last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Governor's Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference on June 24 is by invitation only

It is today. Here is the agenda. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports:The conference is open to the media but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Legal fees growing in town’s sewer bid: Huntertown officials defend amount spent"

Vivian Sade had this story in the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Here is just the beginning of the very...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Greg Zoeller: Filing amicus briefs gives Indiana a voice in court"

That is the headline to our Indiana Attorney General's long opinion piece published Sunday in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes:As...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "EPA Letter of Rejection to the City of Evansville" [Updated]

From the Evansville City-County Observer, a link to:... the rejection letter from the EPA to the City of Evansville’s watered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "In mad dash by Indiana lawmakers, errors can happen"

In his Sunday column Tom LoBianco reports for the AP on the technical corrections day, held June 17th. See this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Council prez Whitten to Porter County auditor: ‘Why did you lie?’"

Amy Lavalley reported in the Gary Post-Tribune this weekend in a very long story that begins:VALPARAISO — Porter County Auditor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Voters must step in on ethics rules – where lawmakers refuse to act"

From an editorial yesterday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:When do a citizen lawmaker’s efforts at exerting influence become a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana monitors Toll Road operators' financial troubles"

Keith Benman of the NWI Times had a story yesterday that began:The Indiana Finance Authority continues to monitor the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "'Intentional misuse' of federal economic development money found in Indiana"

On July 21, 2013, the ILB posted this "Overview of aspects of the IndyStar IEDC stories," and because there was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Concerns about Pence’s Obamacare alternative preceded FSSA chief’s ouster" [Updated]

Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star reports the story ... The dispute between Minott and Pence looks to have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Tax Board rules for attorney Jeff Cooke, against county assessor"

Chris Morisse Vizza's story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier begins:Attorney Jeff Cooke is celebrating a Tuesday decision by the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana case inspires laws over captive hunts"

The Lewistown PA Sentinel today has a very long story, attributed only to the AP, datelined Peru, Indiana, June 19th,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Union County Republican caucus turns down only prosecutor candidate"

Updating this ILB post from Dec. 16, 2013, "Kolger sues Union County GOP leaders over prosecuting attorney job" is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Debra Minott, head of the Indiana FSSA, is leaving

And the rest is not exactly clear. Here are two stories today, this one from Barb Berggoetz of the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Commentary: The founders, a tough act to follow"

John Krull, TheStatehouseFile, has a nice quote from former Indiana Senate President Pro Tem Bob Garton in his Statehouse File...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Governor's Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference on June 24 is by invitation only

Updating this ILB post from June 4th, John Ketzenberger has a column yesterday in the Indianapolis Star on the Tuesday,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Ethics overhaul can't come soon enough"

That is the headline of this editorial which appears May 30 in the South Bend Tribune and was republished yesterday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - State Board of Accounts investigating Evansville City Councilwoman

Updating these ILB posts from mid-May, Jessica Schmidt of WFIE14, Evansville, reported yesterday:The Indiana State board of Accounts tells 14...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Pro-adoption pledge needs cash backing"

Updating this ILB post from June 3rd, which includes a copy of the complaint, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Piper Kerman On Her Story That Inspired The Netflix Series 'Orange Is The New Black'"

The Diane Rehm show, WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC., today had an hour interview with Piper Kerman author, "Orange Is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is expanding its reach beyond the states to local governments"

The June issue of Governing has this report by Alan Greenblatt....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Implementing the new law allowing Indiana farmers to grow industrial hemp

Here is CNHI reporter Maureen Hayden's long story in the Lebanon Reporter that begins:INDIANAPOLIS – It may take Robert Waltz...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 09, 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Governor's Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference on June 24 is by invitation only

I saw a post on Twitter this afternoon from reporter Maureen Hayden: "Gov Pence's pro-business tax conference in June...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana plan to use untested sedative in executions draws opposition from drug maker, attorney"

Updating this ILB post from Monday, Lafayette Journal Courier columnist Dave Bangert has a long, important article today headed "The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "More flexibility for judges, but reforms could push greater costs on counties"

Chelsea Schneider, Evansville Courier & Press, had a long story yesterday, here published at CorrectionsOne.com. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS — Key pieces...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana meth lab registry to go online"

Emily Metheny, TheStatehouseFile.com, reports in the Louisville Courier Journal in a story that begins:NDIANAPOLIS – A new state law should...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Monday, June 02, 2014

Ind. Courts - Canned hunting policy the focus of interim committee study and an appeals court challenge

Updating three ILB posts from last Friday on canned hunting:The State's appeal of the Harrison County trial court ruling, filed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana plan to use untested sedative in executions draws opposition from drug maker, attorney"

Tom Coyle of the AP reported May 30th in a long story - some quotes:SOUTH BEND, Indiana — The maker...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Pence: Indiana won’t comply with prison rape law"

Nearly two weeks ago, on May 20th, the ILB had a post including Maureen Hayden's CNHI story headed "Pence: Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "After deaths, state rep says Indiana is neglecting child protection agency"

Michael Puente reports from Chicago Public Media WBEZ91.5 in a long story and audio, subtitled "Despite low pay and burdensome...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - " Carol Stephan named new chairperson of Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission"

John Russell reports in the Indianapolis Star:Gov. Mike Pence has named Carol Stephan the new chairperson of the Indiana Utility...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Pence: Indiana won’t comply with prison rape law"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, which quoted from Maureen Hayden's CNHI story, including:The law would require the state to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana awarding $345,000 for Terre Haute project set to earn lawmaker Turner $1.8 million"

Some quotes from Tom LoBianco's long, must-read AP story this afternoon:INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is giving Mainstreet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Pence: Indiana won’t comply with prison rape law"

Maureen Hayden, writing here for the Goshen News, reports in a long story:INDIANAPOLIS — Corrections officials say they’ve spent a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana turning to new lethal injection drug for executions "

Carole Carlson reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune:The next time Indiana conducts an execution at the Indiana State Prison...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - So what is the status now of the state toxicology lab?

There were a number of stories in March of 2012 on "the continuing brouhaha over the state Department of Toxicology...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 19, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "State Examiner calls for state police investigation of recording and release of audit exit conference"

Updating this ILB post from May 18th, here is a Saturday story by David DeLong of WFIE14 that begins:EVANSVILLE, IN...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Sheila Suess Kennedy takes on Attorney General Greg Zoeller, at length

AG Zoeller's op-eds appear frequently in newspapers throughout Indiana. Here now is attorney and IU SPEA professor Sheila Suess Kennedy's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State Examiner calls for state police investigation of recording and release of audit exit conference"

Updating this post from this morning, with unfortunately sparse information, thanks to the reader who sent me this link to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "State Examiner calls for state police investigation of recording and release of audit exit conference"

The story in the Evansville Courier & Press begins:The State Examiner with the Indiana State Board of Accounts said Thursday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 16, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana lawmakers to study effects of casino competition"

Adding to this post from yesterday, Dan Carden reports today in the NWI Times:INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers this summer will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: The Legislative Council sets Technical Correction Day to amend HEA 1006, the Criminal Sentencing Law

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, there are more details now on the upcoming Technical Correction Day. Here is what...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: The Legislative Council sets Technical Correction Day to amend HEA 1006, the Criminal Sentencing Law [Updated]

Here are the lists of study topics assigned to study committees for this summer:LCR 14-01_study_topics_AS_ADOPTED.pdf LCR 14-03- LEOPS assignment AS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - The Legislative Council sets Technical Correction Day to amend HEA 1006, the Criminal Sentencing Law

The General Assembly held a Technical Correction Session Day in 2013, but as it turns out, no technical corrections bill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - County must pay legal fees for lawyers of judges seeking a court mandate, regardless of the outcome

Last December the ILB quoted a story in the News&Tribune that began:In September, the Clark County Council denied a request...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Urban chicken debate sparked in Elkhart"

The full headline to this story Saturday in the Elkhart Truth, reported by Dan Spalding, reads: "Urban chicken debate sparked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 12, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "IURC lawyer asks for relaxed ethics rules"

Updating this ILB post from May 6th, John Russell updates his earlier Indianapolis Star story with this report today headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 09, 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "David Camm to seek $30M for wrongful conviction"

Updating this ILB post from May 2, Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal has this story today - some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "IURC lawyer asks for relaxed ethics rules"

John Russell of the Indianapolis Star reports today:In a case that raises questions about the revolving door between Indiana utilities...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Monday, May 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Inspector General clears former DNR chief Rob Carter in raunchy emails, hunting party, job offer"

Ryan Sabalow has this long story Sunday in the Indianapolis Star. (Sabalow's Nov. 14th story is quoted in this earlier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Another follow-up on: "State to lose $63M in tobacco payments next year"

Updating this April 14th ILB post, which included:This entry from Oct. 17, 2013 reported that a three-judge panel had reduced...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 05, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "David Camm to sue Floyd Co. and Indiana for $30M"

That is the headline to this story today, with video, by Stephan Johnson at WDRB.com, Louisville. Some quotes:FLOYD CO., Ind....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 02, 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Ethics panel finds no violation in Turner lobbying, says actions show need for tougher rules"

Updating this ILB post from April 25, the House Statutory Ethics Committee meet yesterday, one week after its first meeting,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 01, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "New sentencing laws prompt local worries around state" [Updated]

Maureen Hayden of CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau has a long story today in the Greensburg Daily News and the Logansport...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Senate chief David Long calls for study of trophy deer industry's disease risks"

Ryan Sabalow of the Indianapolis Star reported Sunday in a long story that begins:The leader of Indiana's Senate said he's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 28, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Panel reviews Rep. Eric Turner’s denial of ethics violations"

Updating this ILB post from April 24th, the Indiana Senate Democrats blog, The Briefing Room, has posted Rep. Eric Turner's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Panel reviews Rep. Eric Turner’s denial of ethics violations"

Here are some stories on Eric Turner's hearing yesterday before the House statutory ethics committee. From Barb Berggoetz of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "The Privatization Backlash" story in The Atlantic

From Molly Ball of The Atlantic, a long story titled "The Privatization Backlash: For decades, city and state governments have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Resources for this afternoon's meeting of the House ethics committee

The Statutory Committee on Ethics meets today 2 PM in Room 404 of the Statehouse to consider the case of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Backyard Chickens Growing In Popularity Among Hoosiers"

Mary Kuhlman of the Indiana News Service reported on April 17:(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Raising chickens in the city is becoming...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "AP Exclusive: Turner had more than $4M at stake in nursing home fight, has made millions more"; plus ILB resources

Updating this ILB post from April 14th, Tom LoBianco of the AP reports late this afternoon:During much of the debate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on follow-up on: "State to lose $63M in tobacco payments next year"

In this post April 14th the ILB mentioned it wasn't able to find the case docket (CSS) for this lawsuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ind. Law - "Marion County's gun rule stands ... for now"

That is the headline to a fascinating story this morning, reported by John Tuohy in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Top Indiana lawmaker, family had millions on line in nursing home fight"

Updating this April 10th ILB entry, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel today contains another AP story by Tom LoBianco on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - A follow-up on: "State to lose $63M in tobacco payments next year" [Updated]

The ILB had several entries on this topic in 2013.This entry from Oct. 17, 2013 reported that a three-judge panel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - " A Marion County Judge is expected to rule by the end of the month on when Indiana drivers can begin applying for new vanity license plates again"

That is the lede to this WISHTV story April 9th by Troy Kehoe, who reports on a court hearing Wednesday:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Top Indiana lawmaker, family had millions on line in nursing home fight"

Tom LoBianco of the AP has a new, devastating report, via the Columbus Republic, on what Rep. Eric Turner stood...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "An inside look at just how much—and, sometimes, how little—Indiana lobbyists lavish on our lawmakers"

That is the headline to this Indianapolis Monthly article by Adam Wren....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Hogsett is committed to routing out corruption" but who is the "bribe-taking state court judge"?

The quotes are from CNHI's Maureen Hayden's story April 4th in the Rushville Republican. It begins [ILB emphasis]:INDIANAPOLIS – Joe...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 07, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

Environment - "Global warming comment sets off tempest at IDEM"

The Indianapolis Star has a story today by John Russell that begins:Keith Baugues is not a scientist, but that didn't...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 04, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Deer as livestock? What other farmer lets people pay to shoot his livestock for trophies?

This week the Indianapolis Star has been running Ryan Sabalow's lengthy and powerful, four-part series on the deer farming industry....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Is David Lott Hardy immune from criminal prosecution despite violating state ethics rules?

Yesterday the Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the case of former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission head, David Lott...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Environment - "Gov. Pence lets energy program expire without signing bill"

Here is Governor Pence's bill watch page; all the bills are now accounted for. There were no vetoes. As John...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 28, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - " Sinkhole of bureaucracy: Deep underground, federal employees process paperwork by hand in a long-outdated, inefficient system"

As far as I know our Indiana government does not have an office to process tax returns in a cavern...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana lawmakers probe Ball State over intelligent design: Legislators issue demand, threaten 'legislative action'"

Updating his troubling story from March 16th, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press now reports, in a story headed "Ball...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Taxpayers fund creationism in the classroom"

Politico today has a very long "special" by Stephanie Simon. It begins:Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 24, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Lawmaker’s conflicts tarnish entire Indiana House"

Updating this ILB post from March 20th, Tom LoBianco of the AP had a story yesterday afternoon headed "Bosma asks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana lawmakers probe Ball State over intelligent design: Legislators issue demand, threaten 'legislative action'"

Updating this ILB post from March 16th, Dave Bangert, columnist for the Lafayette Journal Courier, weighed in yesterday in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Children’s summit addresses Indiana’s needs"

Virginia Black of the South Bend Tribune has a long story on yesterday's sixth annual Community Summit on Children, held...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - FWJG editorial: "Lawmaker’s conflicts tarnish entire Indiana House"

There have been a number of stories since the end of this year's session, first from Tom LoBiano of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Try again for public access improvements"

Presenting a contrary view to that presented by the ILB in this March 17th post, re HB 1306, the bill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Steele plan "would force lawmakers to justify any measure to crack down on crime that would alter the new criminal code"

Recall March 16's ILB post, headed "The concern is that Sen. Head and the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council won’t stop...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ind. Law - "Bill on mo-peds headed to governor's desk"

HB 1343, a bill to regulate mopeds, was passed this session by this General Assembly. The WSJ had a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 17, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - This is Sunshine Week; think about what nearly became law

HB 1306, the bill which would have allowed governmental agencies to charge a $20/hour search fee for public record requests,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana lawmakers probe Ball State over intelligent design: Legislators issue demand, threaten 'legislative action'"

A story by Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press is reprinted this weekend in the Lafayette Journal Courier. Some quotes:MUNCIE...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - General Assembly adjourned last evening for the year

Here are some stories: Dan Carden's story in the NWI Times, headed "Legislature wraps session with busy final day," begins:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Old ban on beer booze level may be tapped out"

Indiana statute currently provides:IC 7.1-5-2-2 Advertising of proof, amount, or percentage of alcohol in beer, wine, or liquor Sec. 2....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislative leaders plan to wrap up the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly today"

Tony Cook and Barb Berggoetz of the Indianapolis Star have a brief story this morning that begins:Legislative leaders plan to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Looking at the efficacy of legislative study committees, then and now

Doug Masson blogs today on the effectiveness of summer study committees. Some quotes:Tom LoBianco, writing for the Associated Press has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Warrick County seeks to assure that vote miscounting doesn't reoccur

The AP story in the FWJG Sunday began:BOONVILLE – A southwest Indiana county is developing a new accountability system using...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP lawmakers hostile to opponents of guns at schools proposal" [Updated Twice]

Hmm, here is a story on one of this morning's conference committees, reported by Dan Carden of the NWI Times,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Conference committee time; how they work

This is the last week of the 2014 legislative session and it is the week of conference committees. If a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 10, 2014

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Environmental groups seek probe of Duke plant: Controversial Edwardsport plant operating at 37 percent of capacity"

John Russell's story today in the Indianapolis Star reports:A coalition of environmental and citizens’ groups called on Indiana regulators to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 07, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Driving on a suspended license termed “a crime of poverty.”

Surprisingly, at least to the ILB, Indiana driving privileges may be suspended for numerous offenses having nothing to do with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Purdue University Rejects Donor's Reference to 'God's physical laws' on Plaque Honoring Parents' Legacy" [Updated]

Updating this post from March 2nd, a settlement has been reached between the donor and Purdue University, according to a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - An overview of the brouhaha caused by the deletion of a single provision in HB 1380

The Indiana Adjusted Gross Income Tax Act of 1963 is set out at Indiana Code Title 6, Article 3. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: So who pledged "campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban"?

Updating this post from earlier this evening, Tom LoBianco of the AP is reporting:INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Republican Chairman Jim...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana measure would ban same-sex marriage tax benefits " says AP story

A wrap-up. This AP story from this morning is confused and at some points completely in error. Sen. Brandt Hershman...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: So who pledged "campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban"?

Updating this ILB post from March 3rd, here is a copy of a letter dated March 4th, sent by the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. -"State police open probe on Elwood mayor's campaign funds"

Ken de la Bastide and Zach Osowski reported in The Anderson Herald Bulletin March 2nd in a lengthy story that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Story reports "Indiana measure would ban same-sex marriage tax benefits" [Updated a 4th Times!]

This morning the Indianapolis Star posted a confusing, unsigned AP story with that headline. It reports:Indiana would break from an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "State, LaPorte Co. sue former worker for missing funds"

Stan Maddux reports today in the NWI Times in a story that begins:LAPORTE | Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Monday, March 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't - What is a "timely" period for a response under the Public Records Act? More than five months?

On Feb. 28th the Public Access Counselor issued a 3-page opinion re Formal Complaint 14-FC-15; Alleged Violation of the Access...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Status of HB 1306, that allows $20 per hour search fee for public records requests

Updating this Thursday, Feb. 27th ILB entry, HB 1306 passed the Senate later that same day by a vote of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - So who pledged "campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban"?

It turns out it was a former Republican party chairman. Tom LoBianco of the AP has the story today. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 03, 2014

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Purdue University Rejects Donor's Reference to 'God's physical laws' on Plaque Honoring Parents' Legacy"

Since the ILB first broke this story last Thursday morning, a number of stories have followed. This one today by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 02, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana and the NRA, a love story"

Dan Carpenter, formerly of the Indianapolis Star, has a commentary today in The Statehouse File ($$), the publication of Franklin...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis Public Schools to boost girls sports" and comply with Title IX

Ken Kusmer of the AP reports today that begins:INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The cash-strapped Indianapolis Public Schools must provide more athletic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Purdue University Rejects Donor's Reference to 'God's physical laws' on Plaque Honoring Parents' Legacy"

From a news release from The Liberty Institute that begins:WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorneys for a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Public Access Counselor on records, emails, meetings; bill to charge for public records requests on verge of passing

Margaret Fosmoe reports in the South Bend Tribune: ELKHART — Many public records requests these days in Indiana aren't for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislature rejecting Pence's wish list"

That is the headline to Rich James' column this morning in the NWI Times. A taste:The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "What’s a new hospital worth? In Porter County, it’s debatable"

Amy Lavally, of the Gary Post-Tribune, reports today:VALPARAISO — The value of Porter Regional Hospital was up for debate again...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Ways & Means amendment to SB 367 allows state contracts to discriminate on the basis of religion

Updating this ILB post from earlier today, the Indianapolis Star is now reporting [8 PM: here is the link to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Ways & Means amendment to SB 367 allows state contracts to discriminate on the basis of religion

That is the gist of this preliminary story this afternoon from Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star, who reports:The change...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 24, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't - "Intrigue is rampant behind the curtain of HJR-3 debate"

That is the headline given to the lengthy story today by IndyStar's Tony Cook and Barb Berggoetz, here in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 23, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Group may [attempt to] force HJR-3 on 2014 ballot"

Updating this post from Feb. 19th, the ILB has been in the library stacks this afternoon and should have a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Judge green lights 2nd BMV overcharging lawsuit "

Troy Kehoe had a good story last evening at WISHTV8. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana drivers who were overcharged by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor Pence Names Angela Weber, Carol Stephan to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission"

From a news release just received:Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today named Angela Weber and Carol Stephan to the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - IndyStar reports "Delph sanctioned for criticizing Senate leaders on HJR-3"

Barb Berggoetz has posted the story this morning on IndyStar. Some quotes [ILB emphasis] :Sen. Mike Delph’s public criticism of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Right to farm" bill on second reading today in House

That would be SB 186 - see today's House calendar (with links) here. For background, see this post from Feb....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - A least one state senator is unaware of Governor's non-role in constitutional amendments

A reader received this note from a state senator and has sent it on to the ILB [ILB emphasis]:Thank you...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Group may [attempt to] force HJR-3 on 2014 ballot"

That is the headline to Rafael Sanchez's story at noon on WTHR6. The bracketed insert is from the ILB. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Move to drug-test welfare recipients scaled back"

HB 1351 was heard in the Senate this morning and Niki Kelly was there. Here is her Fort Wayne Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Post-Tribune loses Statehouse office"

Dan Carden reports in the NWI Times:The governor's office has reclaimed the unused Statehouse workspace of the Post-Tribune. That leaves...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "In Diluting Measure to Ban Gay Marriage, Indiana Shows a Shift"

The story by Monica Davey is on p. A13 of my NY Times this morning. It includes a color photo....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Commission on Improving the Status of Children will meet Wed., Feb. 19th

See details here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 17, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "About 150 attend meeting on possible immigrant detention center in Hobart"

The ILB tries to spot and track what may turn out to be important legal/governmental stories from the beginning. This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 17, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Senate vote on HJR-3 planned for Monday"

From Barb Berggoetz's story this morning in the Indianapolis Star:After hours and hours of testimony, legislative maneuvering and intense lobbying,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana marriage debate hashed out in private before lawmakers delivered answer to public"

From the AP's Tom LoBianco's report today:INDIANAPOLIS — Over the past week, Indiana's senators debated a proposed constitutional ban on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Legislative prayer delivered before Senate consideration of HJR 3 "shocked those in the chamber and outside"

Niki Kelly reported Feb. 14th in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in a story about the Senate's second reading consideration...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 16, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Nevada Attorney General stops defending the state's marriage amendment; where does that leave our Attorney General Zoeller in Nevada?

Also from the upcoming issue of Indiana Legislative Insight ($$$):The Indiana Law Blog broke the news that the State of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on the finalists for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Updating this ILB post from Feb. 11th, the upcoming issue of Indiana Legislative Insight ($$$) contains details on each finalist:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - " Gay Marriage Amendment Advances Without Civil Union Ban: State Senate gives up on effort to reinsert HJR-3 sentence"

Eric Berman reports for WIBC reports:Two weeks after the House deleted language banning not only same-sex marriage but civil unions,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - HJR 3 not amended on second reading, will not be on 2014 ballot

HJR 3 just just passed 2nd reading in the Senate without amendment, meaning without the second sentence which was stripped...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Cash-poor Carmel Redevelopment Commission has $200M in real estate"

A reader sent me this post from Current in Carmel, written by Karen Kennedy, relating to the CRC's real estate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - IURC Nominating Committee Announces Nominees to Fill Two Vacancies

From the news release:INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Nominating Committee announced today the names of the six nominees...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "State Smoke-Free Air Law Still Applies in Evansville"

From an news release just issued by the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission / Indiana State Excise Police:EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Feb....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - How to find roll call votes online

Thanks to the Indiana Senate Republican staff for creating a tutorial on "Finding Roll Call Votes Online." It is only...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Nevada Attorney General stops defending the state's marriage amendment; where does that leave Attorney General Zoeller?

The ILB's first hint came in this Jan. 25th post from Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog, which began:Nevada’s attorney general, who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - “It’s just going to rip the heart out of local government”

That is a quote from Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder in this Sunday story by Maureen Hayden in the Terre...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Some bills being heard in committee today

Some Senate committee meetings today:Rules & Leg. Procedures (upon adjournment, Senate Chambers) - HJR 3 (marriage) Some House committee meetings...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - AG Zoeller files brief in Nevada's same sex marriage appeal to the 9th Circuit

Yesterday the ILB reported that the State of Indiana had involved itself in the same-sex marriage appeals from the States...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Getting a straight answer to an important question, or not

Last Monday the ILB dissed the Indianapolis Star's "Behind Closed Doors" column. But not this week, where reporter Tony Cook...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 08, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - AG Zoeller to file briefs in Utah and Oklahoma same sex marriage appeals to the 10th Circuit

Attorney General Zoeller has notified the 10th Circuit that the State of Indiana intends to file an amicus brief in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 07, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Committee chair refuses to give marijuana bill a hearing

Suzannah Couch has the story in the Gary Post Tribune....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Pension board, lawmakers hash out annuity worries"

From Tom LoBianco's AP story:INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana state pension system is pressing ahead with a proposal to privatize state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - WRTV interview with DCS director Mary Beth Bonaventura

WRTV 6's Kara Kenney's story and video that appeared on yesterday's 11PM news is available here. From the story:The new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 06, 2014

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "House votes to limit municipal rental inspections"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reported yesterday:INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 67-28 Monday to limit the ability...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Canned hunting bill dies in Indiana Senate"

Updating a long long list of earlier ILB entries on canned hunting, most recently this post from Jan. 28th, Niki...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "HB 1043 – Restriction on Political Subdivision Rental Regulation"

See the post at Doug Masson's Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "State sends mixed message through support for creationism"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, quoting a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story, today the FWJG has an editorial that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Monday, February 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Senate committee hearing for HJR 3 set for next Monday afternoon

Niki Kelly @nkellyatJG of the FWJG reports via Twitter that the Senate rules committee will hold its hearing on HJR...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Update of crime code fuels fears Lawmakers worry about rise in costs, who will pick up bill"

Among the bills discussed in this ILB post Sunday was HB 1006, the so-called HB 1006 cleanup bill. The summary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Can local private schools continue to teach intelligent design and creationism with state-funded voucher money flowing into the schools?"

That is the question addressed in this lengthy story by Julie Crothers in the Feb. 2nd Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmakers advancing proposals quickly in short legislative session"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reports this weekend with a list of some of the bills that passed the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 03, 2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Nuclear power project financing option sticks ratepayers with tab"

John Russell of the Indianapolis Star reported again yesterday on SB 302, a bill that was withdrawn Jan. 21st and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 02, 2014

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Amendment foes use language of faith to lobby lawmakers"

Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau Chief, reports in a really excellent story today, here in the Lebanon Reporter, on how...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 01, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Despite all the talk about transparency, a six-month Eyewitness News investigation discovered Indiana is keeping secrets about hundreds of projects, thousands of missing jobs and millions in taxpayer dollars used to pay for them."

See the very lengthy story and video today, from Bob Segall at WTHR 13. A sample:Among WTHR's findings:IEDC's new transparency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Long moves gay-marriage amendment to Senate Rules Committee"

Niki Kelly reports this afternoon for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that:Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Voter registration drive next step in escalating gay marriage debate"?

Interesting editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The last two paragraphs sum it up:Freedom Indiana has done a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Candidates may gain access to gated communities, restricted neighborhoods"

Dan Carden's story today for the NWI Times begins:INDIANAPOLIS | Residents of gated communities and neighborhoods with prohibitions on political...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Worth rereading, quotes from Nov. 19, 2013 NWI Times story

The ILB ran across this earlier post, from Nov. 19, 2013, quoting a story from Dan Carden of the NWI...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Voucher schools invite public scrutiny in accepting public dollars"

A long editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette begins:What does school choice mean in Indiana? It means taxpayer-supported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Ban on gun buy-back programs approved by Senate"

Updating this ILB post from Jan. 23rd, Dan Carden reports today in the NWI Times:INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "School gun amendment slips into House bill"

Updating this post from yesterday re a story by Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, in a new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Jasper biomass lawsuit pricetag exceeds $500,000 (so far)"

Updating this ILB post from Oct. 2, 2013, Dubois County NewsNow is reporting "Judge Signs Off On Settlement; 'Biomass' Battle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Dean emeritus of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law" off to Olympics

Mike Corbin reports for WIBC:[Gary Roberts]leaves Tuesday for the world sporting spectacle where he'll serve as one of nine arbitrators...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "School gun amendment slips into House bill"

Niki Kelly reports this morning in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette about how guns in schools language was slipped into...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Calumet Twp. suit claims Griffith secession law is unconstitutional"

Bill Dolan reports today in the NWI Times:GARY | Lawyers for Calumet Township officials are challenging the constitutionality of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Senate committee passes bill to allow high-fence hunting"

Updating this long ILB post from Jan. 16 that includes much background, including links to the trial court rulings, Ryan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Watch the archived Jan. 22 public hearing on HJR 3

Here are the archives of the 2014 House Elections and Apportionment Committee. On the pull-down menu, select Monday, Jan. 22,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Part 2 of: What will happen to HJR 3 on 2nd reading?

Here is a quick-glance chart of the House floor opinions on HJR 3, and their ramifications. Let me know...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - What will happen to HJR 3 on 2nd reading?

Barb Berggoetz and Tony Cook report today in the Indianapolis Star that:House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Anderson, said Friday he...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Reports of two House Republicans who cannot vote for HJR 3 as written

Updating the ILB post headed "Rep. McNamara wants 'second sentence' stripped out of marriage amendment: Isn't satisfied with companion legislation",...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "IURC Nominating Committee Announces Candidate Interviews"

From the news release (which oddly does not announce the time and place of the public interviews):INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Public Retirement reissues search for annuity provider amid legislative uncertainty"

This new long article by Rick Baert in the trade publication, Pensions & Investments, begins:The Indiana Public Retirement System, Indianapolis,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Lawsuit challenges Porter County Council redistricting"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 2nd, Amy Lavalley of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today in a story headed "Both...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "The not so transparency government portal"

Here are some quotes from a long story by Eileen Oaks in the Kokomo Perspective: The state’s transparency portal for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - HJR 3 is on the House 2nd reading calendar for Monday

HJR 3 is now on the House calendar for second reading Monday, Jan. 27. The House convenes at 1:30 PM,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Gay marriage vote moves on to full House: Passes panel on party-line vote"

There are a number of stories this morning on yesterday's lengthy House Elections Committee public hearing and vote on SJR...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Watch the archived Jan. 13 public hearing on HJR 3

The HOUSE Elections & Apportionment Committee will be hearing HJR 3 at 3:30PM in the House Chamber. You can watch...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislature Upgrades Voting Software, But With Glitches "

Eric Berman of WIBC has this story, with audio, about the new, problematic voting system in the General Assembly, paralleling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Redistricting feud clouds City-County Council races"

The most recent ILB post in this issue is from Nov. 4th, 2013, and is headed "Supreme Court grants direct...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 20, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana high-fence hunting bill may advance"

Ryan Sabalow is reporting in IndyStar:Last year, the head of Indiana’s senate likened high-fence hunting preserves to dog fighting and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Private e-mail accounts: State and federal officials, regardless of political party, have sidestepped public records laws meant to keep government activities transparent"

The AP's Jack Gillum had a story Jan. 11th headed "Christie aide is latest to use private emails." Some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Pipeline bill showing signs of rebirth (as is CWIP for nuclear power plants)

Note the "as is CWIP for nuclear power plants" portion of the above heading, from this April 16, 2011 ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Lottery privacy bill an early loser"

Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, reports today in the Logansport Pharos Tribune in a long, interesting story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Vote on Indiana same-sex marriage ban pushed into next week"

Tony Cook and Barb Berggoetz report this morning in the Indianapolis Star:A critical vote on the proposal to ban same-sex...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "House panel votes to block annuity privatization plan"

Supplementing this ILB post from last yesterday, Niki Kelly reports today in a story headed "Bill stalls teacher pension cuts."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Some bills being heard in committee today

Here are a few of the bills being heard this morning. Check the calendars for all bills. Senate Judiciary at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "House panel votes to block annuity privatization plan"

So reports the NWI Time's Dan Carden re this morning's committee meeting on HB 1075. The story begins:INDIANAPOLIS | State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Some bills being heard in committee today

This morning at a meeting of the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee scheduled to start at 9:30 AM in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Ind. gov't. - "PAC: Ivy Tech wording for executive sessions 'poor practice'"

Margaret Fosmoe reported Jan. 4th in the South Bend Tribune:Counselor Luke Britt says Ivy Tech Community College uses “poor practice”...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Tony Bennett hires 2 top defense attorneys in ethics case" [Updated]

Tom LoBianco reports today for the AP:Larry Mackey and Jason Barclay are representing [Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett] in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 09, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - IURC "exits come at busy time"

Keith Benman of the NWI Times has this story today, giving some important perspective on the upcoming vacancies on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 09, 2014

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Nominating committee seeking IURC applicants"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published this brief item today:INDIANAPOLIS – A nominating committee is taking applications to fill two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - FWJG calls for "candidates who look more like the districts they represent"

From a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial today:Candidate filing opens today – here’s hoping it closes Feb. 7 with a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Same sex marriage issue makes Indiana a key 2014 election battleground

Larry M. Elkin has this post at the financial blog, WallStreetPit. It is headed "Indiana Marriage Measure Tests GOP Electability."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: New Indiana General Assembly website

Updating this ILB post from Nov. 19, 2013, and this one from Dec. 16, 2013, here are my initial reactions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Previews of Upcoming Session

"State lawmakers face packed agenda" is the headline to Dan Carden's story in today's NWI Times. "Lawmakers have more on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 06, 2014

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Pence Closes State Government Offices for Monday

Here is the wording of the announcement:Indianapolis, IN – In response to severe weather and expected extreme cold temperatures, Governor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Amazon.com begins collecting sales tax in Indiana" [Updated]

In case you hadn't noticed... The AP has a brief story today. A quote:Indiana was one of three states where...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "IndyStar Editorial: Say no to same-sex marriage amendment"

On the eve of the convening of the 2014 Indiana General Assembly, the Indianapolis Star has this editorial today -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 05, 2014

Friday, January 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - State offices, including courts, won't open until 10 on Monday

From the Governor's office:Indianapolis, IN – Due to the anticipated snow and record low temperatures, the State is adjusting its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 03, 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - When is the Public Access Law not the law?

Apparently when the Public Access Counselor so determines. From p. 2 of a Dec. 30th, 2013 response to Formal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawsuit challenges Porter County Council redistricting"

From the Gary Post-Tribune, some quotes from this story by Carrie Napoleon:A lawsuit filed Monday in LaPorte Circuit Court seeks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 02, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Why Should Juvenile Advocates Care About the Criminal Code Revision?"

See the post this morning at Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 02, 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Two Indiana "prisons using dogs to detect cell phones"

The AP has a brief story today that begins:INDIANAPOLIS – Two prisons in Indiana are using dogs trained to detect...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana pension board stands by annuity privatization plan"

Updating a number of earlier ILB entries, the most recent being this one from Oct. 26th, Dan Carden reports today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Statehouse reporters look back at 2013 and forward at upcoming session

Today Lesley Weidenbener's Sunday column in the Louisville Courier Journal reviews the big Indiana political stories of 2013, while Niki...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "If you believe in marriage amendment, then own it" [Updated]

[Update at 7:12 PM - I've just run across another copy of this "story", it is in the Lafayette Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Finds It’s Not So Easy to Buck Gay Marriage Trend"

That is the headline to this front-page (but below the fold) story in today's Dec. 25th issue of the NY...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bloomington ordinance requiring hard-wired smoke detectors subject of court battle"

A story this morning in the $$ Bloomingdale Herald-Times, reported by Lindsey Erdody, begins: The city continues to battle with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Gay marriage supporters see hope in deep-red Indiana"

That is the headline to this long look at the status of the proposed constitutional ban in Indiana, reported by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Indiana State Police tracking cellphones — but won’t say how or why"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 10th, Ryan Sabalow and Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star report today in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Porter Regional Hospital’s assessment is increased after appeal" from $34 million to $117 million

Amy Lavalley of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today in a story that begins:VALPARAISO — When officials with Porter Regional Hospital...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: New Indiana General Assembly website

Really the only thing to see so far on the new General Assembly website is what has been done with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - New Indiana General Assembly website

The Indiana General Assembly has updated its website. It appears that there is a little more work to do, but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Union County Republican caucus turns down only prosecutor candidate"

Updating this ILB post from Nov. 29th, Pam Tharp reports today in the Richmond Palladium-Item in a story that begins:LIBERTY,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana's ALEC legislative contingent has grown 40%

Updating this ILB post from Dec. 4th, headed "ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Meth labs take a huge toll on Indiana communities"

Maureen Hayden, CNHI, reported yesterday in the Goshen News:INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Wendy McNamara knew methamphetamine was a scourge on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Golf cart proposal debated by New Haven City Council

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 27th, WOWO 92.3FM reported Dec. 11th:NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP): The plug has been pulled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor Pence appoints nominating commission members for IURC"

Jesse Wilson of TheStatehouseFile.com had a story Dec. 10th reporting that:Gov. Mike Pence selected new members for the nominating commission...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Ind. lawmakers face ambitious agenda"

This long, must-read story yesterday in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune, reported by Maureen Hayden, gives a good overview of the upcoming...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State asks for help protecting light-pole wiring from thieves "

From today's Gary Post-Tribine, a story that begins:They may look like highway workers tending to light poles on the expressway,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee meets twice this month

Updating this post from earlier this morning, Rich Callahan of the AP also has a report on yesterday's meeting. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee meets twice this month

Updating this ILB post from Dec. 9th, Dan Carden of the NWI Times reports on yesterday's meeting of the Committee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Commission on Improving the Status of Children to meet Wednesday

From a courts news release:The Commission will meet Wednesday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Conference Room...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana State Police tracking cellphones — but won’t say how or why"

Updating this long post from Sunday, today Ryan Sabalow follows up his earlier Indianapolis Star report with another long story:At...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Rash of homicides tests Fort Wayne's crime lab"

Rebecca S. Green had a good story in the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette looking at the nuts and bolts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee meets twice this month

Unlike the other interim legislative committees, which wrapped up their work early last month, the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 09, 2013

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana State Police tracking cellphones — but won’t say how or why"

On Oct. 22nd, the ILB had a post on an Oct. 17th opinion by the Public Access Counselor which turned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Editorial: Unhealthy approach to coverage"

Supplementing this ILB post from Dec. 3rd (quoting from the NWI Times and linking to the LCJ), today this Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 08, 2013

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Licensing board calls on abortion doc"

Niki Kelly reports in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in a story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS – The doctor who performs abortions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 07, 2013

Friday, December 06, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Four Hoosiers filed suit Wednesday over an alleged Open Door violation by the Indiana State Board of Education"

Following up on the story yesterday by its reporter, Niki Kelly, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today has a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 06, 2013

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Some additions to the Indiana Constitution: Documentary History, and a Request [Updated]

Some additions to the new ILB feature, "INDIANA CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION IN THE 1960s and 70s, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY." First, I've...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Is a computer a "public record"?

See this interesting Nov. 27th opinion from the state Public Access Counselor, Luke Britt, wherein he responds to the questions:Is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Four Hoosiers filed suit Wednesday over an alleged Open Door violation by the Indiana State Board of Education"

Updating earlier ILB entries, Niki Kelly reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:The group narrowly lost a ruling on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 05, 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State appeals order that strips Indiana of $63 million in tobacco payments"

Both Lesley Weidenbener of The Statehouse File and Barb Berggoetz of the Indianapolis Star have stories late today reporting that,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Another "secret" settlement: "County settles lawsuit over Bridge 13"

Paul Gable, editor of the Shelbynews.com, reports today in a story that begins [emphasis by ILB]:A Shelby County bridge that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmaker questions Pence moves on health care"

Supplementing this post from Nov. 30th quoting a LCJ story headed "Medicaid expansion's tale of two states: Kentucky 'haves' vs....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Monday, December 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't - "Fight over marriage amendment is foolish"

Deborah Daniels has written an IBJ column strongly against not only the General Assembly's readopting HJR 6, the anti-gay marriage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Looking for historical documents for the 1970 amendment to Art. 7 of the Indiana Constitution

Updating this ILB post from Nov. 1st, here is what I have put together so far on the project. There...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 02, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Ruling exposes gap in Open Door Law"

Updating this Nov. 26th ILB entry, which quoted Lesley Weidenbener's Nov. 25th story for The Statehouse File, and included an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Working-poor residents in similar circumstances face vastly different health coverage options, depending on which side of the Ohio River they live"

Sunday's Louisville Courier Journal will contain this very long article by Laura Ungar titled "Medicaid expansion's tale of two states:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 30, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Union County Republican caucus turns down only prosecutor candidate"

Bev Woodruff reported this week in the Union County Liberty Herald:In Union County, the prosecutor's office is functioning even though...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 29, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Golf cart proposal debated by New Haven City Council

Ovr the years, the ILB has had many, many entries relating to the legalization of the use of golf carts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Public access counselor says ed board didn’t violate law, warns about perception"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, which includes a link to the documents, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "New Albany council opposes state gay marriage ban amendment"

"Resolution approved 7-1-1 to take a stand on controversial legislation," reads the subhead to the story Nov. 21st in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "New state education agency mired in controversy"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reported yesterday on the the "Center for Education and Career Innovation, a new state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Public access counselor says ed board didn’t violate law, warns about perception"

That is the heading of Lesley Weidenbener's story for The Statehouse File, posted Nov. 25th. Some quotes from the story:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislative preview: Lots to do, little time"

That is the heading of Dan Carden's long story today in the NWI Times. It begins:The Indianapolis 500 always will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Star public employee database includes state and local government and universities

Access it here. A lot of interesting information. Here is the source. The information is somewhat out of date but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "A tale of two states: Kentucky shows Indiana the way on health care"

That is the headline to a long editorial published yesterday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Hoosiers due $24 million in refunds from Indiana BMV"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 30th and this follow-up from Oct. 2nd, Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star reports:More...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Ind. Dept. of Revenue issues same-sex marriage filing guidance

Here is the guidance:In accordance with IC 31-11-1-1, Indiana does not recognize same-sex marriages. Therefore, same-sex couples who file federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "LaPorte County jail now offers video visitation" - some complaints

From Gabrielle Gonzalez' story in the LaPorte Herald Argus:La PORTE - Visitation at the La Porte County Jail will become...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - HJR 6 and the fate of efforts to revise it in 2011

Reporter Lesley Weidenbener @LWeidenbener has just tweeted:#INlegis Sen Pres Pro Tem Long says if he could rewrite marriage amendment, he'd...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Coming changes to the General Assembly website

The General Assembly has convened today in its annual November organization session day. It will reconvene in January for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP leaders quieter, but still for marriage amendment"

That is the heading of Dan Carden's story today in the NWI Times - it begins:INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican legislative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't - "Purdue University Senate this afternoon approved a resolution that said it was in opposition to House Joint Resolution 6" [Updated]

So reported Hayleigh Colombo at 3:47 PM on the Lafayette Journal-Courier webpage. More:The University Senate approved a resolution that said...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Chamber has no position on same-sex marriage amendment" [Updated]

Rob Earnshaw reported in the NWI Times on Nov. 15th:PORTAGE │ Taxes, education, energy, environmental, government reform and labor policy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Sexual harassment training planned for Kentucky lawmakers "

Interesting news re the Kentucky General Assembly, from Tom Loftus of the Louisville Courier-Journal:FRANKFORT, KY. — State legislators will receive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana League of Women Voters joins fight against HJR-6

From the news release just issued:The League of Women Voters of Indiana (LWVIN) announced today that it has joined Freedom...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Inspector General files charges today against Tony Bennett and IG appoints special prosecutor to investigate DNR/Ivy Tech

Updating yesterday's ILB post, Stephanie Wang has a story today in the Indianapolis Star, including:The Indiana Inspector General filed an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Ball State joins coalition opposing proposed state amendment against same-sex marriage"

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press reports in a story picked up this morning in the Lafayette C-J:The University Senate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 15, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Inspector General files charges today against Tony Bennett and IG appoints special prosecutor to investigate DNR/Ivy Tech [Updated]

Niki Kelly has a preliminary story here in the FWJG headed "Ethics complaint filed against Tony Bennett." Ryan Sabalow has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Dismissal of Ritz’s lawsuit leaves underlying question unanswered"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 8th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has this good editorial this morning: Attorney General...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana utility regulator's job move raises new questions" - but are they really with the law itself?

Late yesterday John Russell of the Indianapolis Star posted this story. Some quotes:The newest member of the powerful Indiana state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - HJR 6: Saying "let the people decide" is a false choice

"Lawmakers not ready to fold on same-sex marriage ban: It should be up to voters, they say," is the heading...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Same-sex marriage battle brewing: Lobbyists, PACs part of 2-phase fight over state’s constitution"

Niki Kelly has this long story in the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:The two-phase fight is already revving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 10, 2013

Friday, November 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Amazon Passes Tax Milestone " What about Indiana?

Greg Bensinger of the WSJ Digits Blog $$ wrote Nov. 1st in a story that begins:Beginning Friday, the majority of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 08, 2013

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana could feel impact as neighboring Illinois adopts same-sex marriage"

Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star reports in this long Nov. 6th story that an Illinois' adoption of marriage equity...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 07, 2013

Monday, November 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Two more "Ind. colleges say they'll oppose gay-marriage ban plan"

See Barb Berggoetz's Indy Star story here, in USA Today. DePauw University and Wabash College join with Indiana University:Both DePauw,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "The Policy and Politics of the Indiana Marriage Amendment"

Today at noon at Maurer School of Law, IU Bloomington: What is the fight over HJR 6 about? What effect...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 04, 2013

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Muncie Star-Press: "Our View: No to same-sex amendment"

The Star-Press has a long and thoughtful editorial today that concludes:Indiana’s constitution should not be amended purely on a whim,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "5 years ago, Chicago sold off ownership and management of 36,000 parking meters for 75 years for a lump sum payment of $1.2 billion -- a move that caused the city to have the highest urban parking charges in America."

Alan Ehrenhalt writes in Governing, in an article headed " Meter Shock in Cincinnati: Privatizing parking meters was a disaster...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Michigan City adopts adult business restrictions"

Stan Maddux reports for the NWI Times:MICHIGAN CITY | Driven by a proposal for a gentleman's club just outside its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 03, 2013

Friday, November 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Looking for historical documents for the 1970 amendment to Art. 7 of the Indiana Constitution

The Debates and Journal of our 1851 Indiana Constitution are available online. Also available are the four volumes titled "Constitution...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 01, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Trustee removed from office for first time in Indiana history, officials say"

Kara Kenney of WRTV 6 is reporting this morning in a story that begins:MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - For what appears to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net"

From the front-page of today's NY Times, this story by Trip Gabriel. Some quotes:[L]ast week [Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich]...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - A look at the use of caususes to fill legislative vacanies between general elections

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette takes a long look today at the use of caucuses to fill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Promotion of same-sex marriage ban in Indiana beginning" - The other view...

Tim Vandenack of the Elkhart Truth reported Friday:ELKHART — Organizing to promote the proposed same-sex marriage ban, a looming topic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana education board suit raises serious questions about Open Door Law"

That is the heading to Lesley Weidenbener's very smart Sunday column in the Louisville Courier Journal. After relating the facts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Case in Detroit Highlights Costs of ‘Extra’ Pension Payments" - What about Indiana?

Mary Williams Walsh wrote Oct. 22nd in the NY Times about the Detroit pension system. Parts of the story caught...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't - More on proposed PERF pension cut

Updating a number of earlier ILB entries under the heading "State board cuts public pensions," including this one from Oct....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Likely much too soon to gloat and ruffle feathers?

Erika Smith's column today in the Indianapolis Star is headed "Indiana's gay marriage fight is already settled." A few quotes:After...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Ritz sues GOP education board: Claims draft of A-F letter broke Open Door Law"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, the ILB wrote a section that began:Sometime later (it is not clear whether it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Ritz sues GOP education board: Claims draft of A-F letter broke Open Door Law"

Updating this ILB post from earlier today, Jim Shella of WISHTV has blogged this afternoon under the heading "Video used...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Ritz sues GOP education board: Claims draft of A-F letter broke Open Door Law"

Niki Kelly has a comprehensive overview of the Ritz suit in this morning's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. See also these...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Gov. Pence backs Board, sans Ritz

Here is a statement from Governor Pence regarding the Department of Education lawsuit:Governor strongly supports state board, is confident laws...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz sues state board of education" [Updated twice]

From a press release issued this afternoon by Glenda Ritz:INDIANAPOLIS – In response to apparent violations of the Open Door...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on "State board cuts public pensions"

Updating earlier ILB entries, Niki Kelly reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative pension oversight committee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indy Chamber votes to oppose Indiana same-sex marriage ban"

Jon Murray reports today in the IndyStar:The Indy Chamber staked out a position today against Indiana’s proposed amendment to ban...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " State reverses records refusal over fatal West Nile case: Public health concerns prompts release"

Updating this ILB post from Oct. 18th titled "Judge rules public can't access cause of death records" that quotes a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State to lose $63M in tobacco payments next year"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 17th, and quoting again from Lesley Weidenbener's excellent story last Thursday in The Statehouse...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 21, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "IEDC undermines message with lack of transparency"

Lesley Weidenbener's Sunday column today in the Louisville Courier Journal begins:INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s economic development agency has come under...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 20, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Still more on "Judge rules public can't access cause of death records"

Updating this ILB entry from April 23rd, that begins with this quote (from the now unavailable E C&P):The Courier &...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State to lose $63M in tobacco payments next year" [Updated]

Lesley Weidenbener of The Statehouse File reports today in a long story:INDIANAPOLIS – The state is set to lose $63...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Update on Commission on Improving the Status of Children meetings

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 8th, the Commission is meeting today for the second time. The session is being...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Wayne Township Schools to settle compensation fight with ex-superintendent" [Updated]

Kara Kenney of WRTV 6, whose earlier reporting led to the General Assembly's action last year requiring superintendents' employment contracts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Governor should appeal court ruling on deer"

Updating this ILB entry from this morning re the letter in the Indianapolis Star that began: "Gov. Mike Pence should...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Wayne Township Schools to settle compensation fight with ex-superintendent"

That is the headline to this story by Eric Weddle posted on the IndyStar site a little before noon. This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Muncie car dealer cited for wetland violations

Updating this ILB entry from May 1st, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press updates the story today, with a new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor should appeal court ruling on deer"

That is the heading of this letter with many signatures printed yesterday in the Indianapolis Star. Here it is in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State faces same-sex tax filing decision"

In the Sunday Indianapolis Star, John Ketzenberger's business column explores how the Indiana Dept. of Revenue (and perhaps ultimately the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 13, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Morristown town attorney writes response to Open Door Law complaints"

From Nick Cusack at the Shelbyville News, this report:After dealing with two Open Door Law complaints, the Morristown Town Council...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Backyard barnyards could be banned in Oakland City"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 26th, this Oct. 8th story by Tabitha Waggoner in the Princeton Daily Clarion is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Environmental Concerns Addressed Over Logjam Removal"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is the second part of a three-part story from StacyPageOnline, out of Kosciusko County, examining...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Log Removal Project Raises Public Concern"

StacyPageOnline, out of Kosciusko County, has a three-part series "examining the Tippecanoe River log jam removal project, which is to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Ind. Courts - "It's a homecoming for Justice Randall T. Shepard; he's a part of this year's 'Appeals on Wheels'"

Although we can no longer access the Evansville C&P, there is the TriState website. Today it has a report on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Update on Commission on Improving the Status of Children meetings

Updating this ILB entry from August 22nd, which end with:No word on a webpage for the Commission or whether further...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "State board cuts public pensions"

Updating this ILB entry from August 30th and this one from Sept. 24th, Maureen Hayden of CNHI reports today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Monday, October 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "States’ Film Production Incentives Cause Jitters"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 4, 2012, John Ketzenberger's new weekly column, "Business Insider," in the Indianapolis Star begins...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - How health care decisions made in the Statehouse have impacted the working poor in Indiana

An opinion column Sunday by Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau chief, published in the New Albany News & Tribune, shows...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 07, 2013

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Will Indiana be the last state to vote on putting a ban against marriage equality into its constitution?

A lengthy, front-page story by Jon Murray in today's Sunday Indianapolis Star discusses that possibility. A few quotes:Activists say Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 06, 2013

Friday, October 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - What is "reasonable particularity" under the Access to Public Records Act?

Here are some quotes from a Sept. 30, 2013 response of the Indiana Public Access Counselor, Luke H. Britt, to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 04, 2013

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Jasper biomass lawsuit pricetag exceeds $500,000 (so far)"

From the Dubois County Free Press, a lengthy story by Matthew Crane. It begins:Jasper — The City of Jasper’s defense...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana BMV admits it overcharged on more fees, will issue credits"

Updating this ILB entry from Monday, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorializes today:Motorists uncomfortable with the Indiana Bureau of Motor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Guide to Indiana’s online health insurance marketplace"

A useful guide, from the Indiana Senate Democrats....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Lake County officials promote new online tax sale"

Updating this ILB entry from August 12, 2012, Bill Dolan of the NWI Times has a story today headed "Lake...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Kitchell suit against Logansport argued before the Supreme Court

Updating this Sept. 8th ILB entry is this long Sept. 30th story by Mitchell Kirk in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on urban chickens: "Lafayette behind on national trend, backyard coop fans say"

Dave Bangert, columnist for the Lafayette Journal Courier, writes at length about a new effort - some quotes:... to build...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "$1.1 million David Camm trial strapping Floyd County budget"

That is the headline to this new Louisville Courier Journal story by Grace Schneider. Some quotes from the lengthy story:Midway...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Carroll County project brings newspaper history into digital age"

Emily Campion's long Sept. 27th Lafayette Journal Courier story reports:In a blend of old and new technology, a Carroll County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana BMV admits it overcharged on more fees, will issue credits"

Updating this ILB entry from July 13th, headed "Suit claims BMV Indiana overcharged millions of Hoosiers for driver's licenses", Jon...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ind. Courts - Historian writes tribute to Indiana Courthouses

"In walls of justice, Hoosier spirit lives" is the heading to the long Sunday Centerpiece article written for the Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "A Guide to the New Exchanges For Health Insurance", and Kentucky's decision

Tara Siegel Bernard, personal finance reporter for the NY Times, has a long, useful Q & A today about how...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "AG Zoeller steps into debate over mandatory drug testing for pregnant women" [Updated]

Barb Berggoetz of the Indianapolis Star had a long story Sept. 24th that began:Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Porter county tax appeal board rules Ogden Dunes resident entitled to homestead deduction even though husband receiving same type of tax break on home in Florida"

That from a story today by Bob Kasarda of the NWI Times. More:Attorney and state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Same sex marriage ban opponents tout new poll showing Indiana voters split on issue"

The subhead to Jon Murray's new IndyStar story: "Opposition grows when respondents are told amendment also would ban civil unions."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State board cuts public pensions"

Updating this expansive ILB post from August 30th, which included this quote from a FWJG story:The state’s top pension official...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "History lessons escaped Bennett" writes FWJG [Updated]

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, has a long editorial in Sunday's paper, recalling the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Starke Commissioners Discuss Drafted Golf Cart Ordinance"

From K99.3 FM, "The Voice of the Valley", Ben Haut reported Sept. 20th:After receiving a number of complaints from various...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Say it isn't so! "Danville upholds ordinance prohibiting chickens"; Muncie woman battles similar prohibition

Although many cities and town in Indiana permit chickens, some do not. From the Hendricks County Fever, this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Where are the Minutes from the Legislative Committee Meetings?"

The ILB loves it when it is not the only complainer. Just posted by the Indiana Juvenile Justice blog:During the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Kouts suspends action on new parking ordinance"

Phil Wieland reports in the NWI Times:KOUTS | An ordinance that spent about five months on the drawing board before...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Backyard barnyards could be banned in Oakland City"

Tabitha Waggoner reported Sept. 10th in the Princeton Daily Clarion:Oakland City resident Lana Myers-Getto came to the Oakland City Council...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana voting rules, poll changes are criticized"

Updating this ILB entry from August 30th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial this weekend headed "Myriad voting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Petitioners ax plans to fix Brown County Courthouse"

Updating several earlier ILB entries under the heading "Some Brown County Residents Protest Courthouse Remodel Bonds", Laura Lane of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 15, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Gay Marriage and State Taxes: States that don't recognize same-sex marriage will face a few tax complications come 2014"

Penelope Lemov, correspondent for GOVERNING, has this useful article, dated September 12th....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 13, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - FOIA issues reported in accessing State of Michigan contracts

Two of the three State of Michigan agencies that have the authority to manage their contracts independently, Transportation (MDOT) and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "The State Board of Education appears to be operating with more Republican members than permitted under Indiana law"

One could sub-title this story "The more things change ...". Yesterday Dan Carden of the NWI Times had a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Call to End DCS Control of Juvenile Delinquency Funding" [Updated]

Updating this ILB post from August 26, quoting an Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog post that began:It is time to take...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Attorney General Zoeller appeals to reinstate charges against David Lott Hardy in utility regulator case

From a news release issued this afternoon:Representing the prosecution in appellate court, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office is seeking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Indiana secures one-year waiver for the state-run insurance program, will push 11,000 current enrollees off its rolls; Michigan moves in other direction

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 4th, here are some quotes from Maureen Hayden's Sept. 8th CNHI column, here in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 09, 2013

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Not so fast on education reform"

Lesley Weidenbener's Sunday column in the Louisville Courier Journal takes an objective look at the report of the two "independent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 08, 2013

Friday, September 06, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Kentucky officials take issue with 'misleading' Humana, Anthem insurance renewal letters"

This story is about Kentucky, but .... Laura Ungar of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported last evening in a lengthy story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 06, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels struggled with drug pardon: Family ties, contributions made ex-governor’s decision difficult"

Yes, Indiana governors have the power to grant pardons, although you won't find much in the press about it. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana secures one-year waiver for the state-run insurance program, will push 11,000 current enrollees off its rolls; Michigan moves in other direction

That from Maureen Hayden's CNHI story today on yesterday's announcement by Governor Pence. Some quotes:On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence announced...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ind. Go'vt. - "Megan Robertson, a veteran of several Republican campaigns, is the new campaign manager for the Freedom Indiana coalition that is hoping to defeat a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage"

Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star written has a lengthy (5 "pages"), very informative story about Megan Robertson, who is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana voting rules, poll changes are criticized"

From Charles Wilson of the AP, this Aug. 30th story - some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s complicated voting regulations and switching...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "2 suicide cases in Columbus show how police disclosure policies vary across Indiana"

The subheading to Ryan Sabalow's long story dated Sept. 2nd in the Indianapolis Star is "Under state law, departments have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's appeal set in IBM welfare privatization case"

Tim Evans and others from the IndyStar report today in a story that begins:The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State board cuts public pensions"

Excellent story by Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, from yesterday. It is a must read if you...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 30, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Call to End DCS Control of Juvenile Delinquency Funding"

Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog posts this morning:It is time to take control of funding decisions for juvenile delinquency services away...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Monroe County setting limits on the courthouse lawn" Indianapolis tries to address homeless camp under CSX bridge south of downtown

Rachel Bunn reports today $$ in the Bloomington Herald-Times in a story that begins: Homeless residents are losing another outdoor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Diversity poised to alter Indiana’s landscape"

Here are some quotes from Maureen Hayden's column Sunday in the New Albany News and Tribune:During the war that brought...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 26, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "ALEC declares itself exempt from public-disclosure laws, and is challenged"

The ILB has a series of posts the end of July under the heading " Are General Assembly emails subject...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake Co. Commissioners discuss frustration with attorney costs"

Carrie Napoleon reports in the Gary Post-Tribune:CROWN POINT — A request for an additional $80,000 for attorney’s services in 2013...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Children's commission prioritizes top issues affecting youth"

Yesterday's first meeting of the State Commission on Improving the Status of Children is reported today by Marisa Kwiatkowski of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ind. Courts - Still more on: Inaugural Meeting Set for State Commission on Improving the Status of Children

Updating this ILB entry from August 18 and this one from August 13th, today the agenda for tomorrow's first meeting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Kentucky opens customer call center for health insurance exchange"

A story yesterday by Mike Wynn in the Louisville Courier Journal begins:LEXINGTON, KY. — Kentuckians without insurance can call a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Two Gary Indiana stories

From the NWI Times, this story from Joseph S. Pete headed "Gary has nowhere near the debt of bankrupt Detroit."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State legislators are bringing in a third party to analyze what impact the criminal code overhaul will have on prison populations"

So reports Brandon Smith of Indiana Public Media in a story today. A quote:Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency, the General Assembly’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Phantom attorney behind Elkhart sewer ordinance may scuttle issue"

Dan Spalding of the Elkhart Truth had this interesting August 15th report - some quotes from the long story:ELKHART —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Camm Trial Could Raise Floyd County Taxes "

From WIBC 93.1 FM, this story:Residents of Floyd County could see a tax hike thanks to an accused murderer. Floyd...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " Clinton County Courthouse Wears A 'New Crown'"

So reports Russ Kaspar of the Clinton County Daily News:The Massachusetts State House Dome on Beacon Hill in Boston is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "IPL coal plant upgrades get OK by state regulators" but with a $10 million penalty

John Russell has this Aug. 14th Indianapolis Star story. It begins:Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has won state approval to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Attorney general should stop filing friend-of-the-court briefs"

That is the headline to this Letter to the Editor in today's Indianapolis Star:Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller in an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ind. Decisions - More on: "Charges related to Duke Energy ethics scandal dismissed against former Indiana utility regulator David Lott Hardy"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, John Russell has this expanded version of his story in today's Indianapolis Star. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Charges related to Duke Energy ethics scandal dismissed against former Indiana utility regulator David Lott Hardy"

After many postponements, former IURC head David Lott Hardy was tried today. John Russell's Indianapolis Star story has just been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Education has become a political minefield"

Interesting, long, wide-ranging Politico story headed "Jeb Bush’s education legacy loses luster"....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 12, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State government’s dark side: Media spotlights hidden dealings in several places"

Tom LoBianco, the AP reporter who broke the Daniels' academic freedom story and the Bennett grade-charge story, has this analysis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 11, 2013

Friday, August 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Beyond Bennett, Democrats demand investigation of more state scandals"

Dan Carden has this story today in the NWI Times. The story includes a link to the Pelath/Lanane letter to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 09, 2013

Ind Gov't. - "Zoeller, Obama unlikely allies in government prayer lawsuit" [Updated]

Dan Carden points out today in the NWI Times:INDIANAPOLIS | It's often said that politics makes strange bedfellows, and it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 09, 2013

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Mayor Ballard seeks early appeal of redistricting ruling won by Democrats

Updating this ILB entry from August 6th, here is the Plaintiffs’ brief in opposition to the Mayor’s Motion to Certify...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Mayor Ballard seeks early appeal of redistricting ruling won by Democrats

Updating earlier entries on this case (Lewis v. Sullivan), the most recent from July 21, Jon Murray reports today:Attorneys representing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "A to F grading system for schools doesn’t work"

Another terrific story from CNHI's Maureen Hayden, here in the New Albany News & Tribune - it begins: INDIANAPOLIS —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality"

Fascinating book review by Tamar Lewin in the "Education Life" section of the Sunday NY Times. It begins:IN the fall...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Medicaid expansion would reduce uninsured Hoosiers by nearly 55 percent, report says"

That was the headline to this long July 31st story by Maureen Groppe of the Star Washington bureau. It begins:WASHINGTON...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Analysis: Public records key in Tony Bennett grade-change scandal"

Tom LoBianco of the AP has an analysis piece today on Indiana's public records law. Some quotes:Indiana’s former state superintendent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Re, Mary Beth Schneider of the Indy Star

She tweeted this afternoon:Mary Beth Schneider ‏@marybschneider So. What do Tony Bennett and I have in common? For both of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Minnesota: "A GOP effort to ban same-sex marriage led to a gay rights milestone"

"Thank Republicans for Gay Marriage in Minnesota" is the headline to this article by Andy Mannix published by Time today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Former Chicago Mayor Lends A Hand To Ailing Gary, Ind."

Cheryl Corley of NPR reported last evening (from the intro to the 6 min. story):After more than 20 years as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bonaventura tackles tough tasks at child services agency"

Dan Carden reports in the NWI Times:INDIANAPOLIS | Mary Beth Bonaventura revealed to a new state oversight panel Wednesday that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 01, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "How the DOMA Ruling Could Affect State Social Services Programs"

Governing has this story today by Dylan Scott. It begins:The U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Sewage plant fight hits $250,000"

Some quotes from a story by Vivian Sade in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Huntertown has spent more than $250,000 objecting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - State chamber plans to remain neutral on the marriage amendment

Dan Carden has the story in the NWI Times. Some quotes:The state's most powerful business organization is planning to sit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " AP Exclusive: GOP donor's school grade changed"

Amazing just-released AP exclusive from Tom LoBianco begins:INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana school Superintendent Tony Bennett built his national star by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Are General Assembly emails subject to the Public Records Law?

Re the ILB posts last Friday afternoon and evening headed "Are General Assembly emails subject to the Public Records Law?,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "People in need of Internet access turn to libraries "

This story by Matt Mikus in the Gary Post-Tribune is one of a number the ILB has posted on this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Are General Assembly emails subject to the Public Records Law?

After I posted this entry on HEA 1083-2001 this afternoon, Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star tweeted: It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Are General Assembly emails subject to the Public Records Law? [Updated]

Some quotes from a fascinating story today by Brian Howey in Howey Politics Indiana on how close the General Assembly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 26, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Overview of aspects of the IndyStar IEDC stories last week [Updated]

Last Sunday the Indianapolis Star published a lengthy front-page story headed "Indiana Economic Development Corp. contractor steers Indiana investment funds...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Behind the curtain, a glimpse at then-Governor Daniels' exercise of executive and political power

The ILB has not posted Tom LoBiano's AP story on then-Governor Daniels' actions re historian Howard Zinn until now -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Judicial panel strikes down Indianapolis City-County Council redistricting plan"

Updating this earlier ILB post, which includes a copy of the July 17, 23-page, 3-2 opinion of the 5-judge panel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Judicial panel strikes down Indianapolis City-County Council redistricting plan"

Here now is the July 17, 23-page, 3-2 opinion of the 5-judge panel in Lewis v. Sullivan. The majority...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Judicial panel strikes down Indianapolis City-County Council redistricting plan"

Jon Murray has the preliminary IndyStar story here. More to follow in the Star. Hopefully the Star will quickly post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't - More on "State attorney general Zoeller on expedition for invasive Asian carp"

Updating this ILB post from July 14th, Ryan Sabalow now has a long IndyStar story on AG Zoeller's:... “working vacation,”...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Maybe not so "one-of-a-kind" after all

This ILB entry from July 13 was headed " Township Trustee Sandra Norman faces first-of-its-kind charges." The story quotes Kara...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Pence solicits public input in eliminating agency rules [Updated 7/16/13]

The Governor has a new website, titled "Cut the Red Tape," soliciting public input: "If you have ideas on which...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "A fine mess: Drivers dunned for tickets from years ago"

The Monroe County Clerk has hired "the Eagle Accounts Group, a debt collection agency in Indianapolis" to collect on some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " Monroe Hospital operating under Catholic doctrine: Relationship with St. Vincent Health means management’s religious views may override patients’ wishes"

Interesting long story today from the Bloomington Herald-Times ($$); Dann Denny reports: Some local residents are upset that Monroe Hospital...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't - "State attorney general Zoeller on expedition for invasive Asian carp" [Updated]

Some quotes from Maureen Hayden's report July 12th in the New Albany News & Tribune:[T]he danger the Asian carp pose...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 14, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Old Allen County documents dating back to 1816 will soon be more accessible to the public"

Vivian Sade's story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette continues:The Allen County commissioners Friday approved an enhanced online search...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " Township Trustee Sandra Norman faces first-of-its-kind charges"

Kara Kenney of WRTV-6 reported Friday, with video:MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - Ashland Township Trustee Sandra Norman appeared in Morgan County court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ind. Courts - Still more on: Suit claims "BMV Indiana overcharged millions of Hoosiers for driver's licenses"

Updating these ILB posts from March 7th (including the complaint) and March 21st (including the State's answer), yesterday Kristine Guerra...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Leucadia drops plan for Mississippi plant"

From an editorial today in the Evansville Courier & Press: Leucadia, the New York-based company that would finance the $2.8...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 12, 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Clark County auditor will pay sheriff's bills"

Charlie White reported July 8th in the Louisville Courier Journal on Clark County's continuing financial woes. Some quotes:The Clark County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: As if to show that fears of state government sites going down are real

Updating this ILB entry from March 22, 2012, which quoted from the Washington Post:The Economic Development Administration, a small job-development...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Gary nears approval of 2 legal settlements"

Michael Gonzalez reported in the Gary Post-Tribune July 5th:GARY — Gary officials are closer to approving two legal settlements totaling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 07, 2013

Friday, July 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Life after prison: Local judge says funding makes it tough to keep people from coming back"

Amanda Beam of the New Albany News & Tribune had a very long story July 3rd about Indiana prison recidivism...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 05, 2013

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Commission on Improving the Status of Children begins fixing fractured system"

CNHI's Marueen Hayden reports today in the New Albany News & Tribune: The new Commission on Improving the Status of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Monday, July 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Dubois County Commissioners are considering exploring an ordinance to create a poop-free area around the county courthouse"

A story in the Dubois County Free Press, reported by M. Crane, recounts a discussion at a meeting of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - FSSA accidently discloses personal information about 187,533 clients

The error was discovered on May 10, 2013. The notice went out today. Some quotes from the press release (emphasis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 01, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Pence team not working on Medicaid expansion alternative"

Updating this ILB post from June 27th, the FWJG's "Furthermore" column today begins:A legislative committee hearing this past week didn’t...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Youth Group Plate back on BMV website

Updating this ILB entry from earlier this afternoon, the Indiana Youth Group's PRIDE plate is now again available on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Indiana Youth Group files in federal court in response to BMV Commissioner's action [Updated]

Updating this ILB post from June 19th, where it was remarked that "The BMV is acting as both prosecutor and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 28, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Pence team not working on Medicaid expansion alternative"

Catching up, here is a story from earlier this week by Dan Carden of the NWI Times. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS |...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Officials: Motor malfunction caused fatal grain elevator blast"

Updating this June 24th post, Stan Maddux of the NWI Times reports this evening:UNION MILLS | A motor malfunctioned and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "West Lafayette officials say the banana constitutes a sign"

Updating this most-recent ILB entry from June 10th, Ron Wilkins has another report today, with photo, in the Lafayette Journal-Courier,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Police confirm one fatality in Union Mills fertilizer explosion" [Updated]

See preiminary SB Tribune story here. The incident occurred at the Union Mills plant in LaPorte County. [Updated 6/25/13] Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Agencies find way to skirt rules freeze"

Supplementing this ILB post from March 1, 2013, Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "IU board pick might rub Hoosiers the wrong way"

Supplementing this ILB entry from June 21st, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press wrote in his "Notebook" column...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Voucher success could cause new choice problems"

That is the heading to Lesley Weidenbener's column today for the Louisville Courier Journal. A quote:When the General Assembly authorized...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 23, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: What's this? Star reports: "Towing prices to remain same under new Indianapolis contract"

Updating this ILB post from first thing this morning, the IndyStar has now updated its story to include:But the cost...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - What's this? Star reports: "Towing prices to remain same under new Indianapolis contract"

Updating this ILB entry from May 29th, quoting from Jon Murray's story: "Code Enforcement officials declined to release details such...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 21, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Indiana Youth Group files in federal court in response to BMV Commissioner's action

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today (which includes a copy of the complaint), here is the most recent AP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Youth Group files in federal court in response to BMV Commissioner's action

Updating the recent ILB entries on this issue, the most recent of which was last evening, the ACLU has issued...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "BMV seeks clarity on judge's ruling on Indiana Youth Group license plates"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today (which includes a copy of Waddell's order), Tom LoBianco of the Associated Press...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "BMV seeks clarity on judge's ruling on Indiana Youth Group license plates" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from last evening, Tom LoBianco of the AP has a brief story today that includes:The BMV...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Face of Indiana changes: New census report shows population is diversifying nationwide"

Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, has the story today in the Pharos-Tribune. A few quotes: Fueled by immigration and high...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "BMV seeks clarity on judge's ruling on Indiana Youth Group license plates"

Updating this ILB entry from May 31st, 2013, Michael Boren of the Indianapolis Star is reporting this evening:The Indiana Bureau...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Ethics rules are good as their enforcement" [Updated]

That is the headline to Lesley Weidenbener's Sunday column in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Some quotes: I’ve always been a little...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Dispute in Elkhart over public records access

The long story today in the Elkhart Truth, reported by Dan Spalding, begins:ELKHART — A new complaint against the city...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indy seeks to reduce IMPD lawsuits: $4.1 million paid in last year, $28 million pending"

John Tuohy has this long story today in the Indianapolis Star. It begins:Indianapolis officials will scrutinize all lawsuits filed against...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Marion County redistricting dispute in court Monday

Updating this ILB entry from May 1st, Jon Murray reports today in a story today in the Indianapolis Star -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indy Mayor's office releases Report on Internal Investigation into DMD Land Bank

From a news release just issued:INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Office of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard released a report on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bonaventura, Pence officials win clearance from ethics panel "

Tom LoBianco of the AP reports this afternoon:The Indiana State Ethics Commission found that Department of Child Services Director Mary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: First Regular Technical Session of the 118th General Assembly (2013) [Updated Twice]

The House calendar for today now has one entry. The Senate still has no calendar. Looks like there will be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: First Regular Technical Session of the 118th General Assembly (2013)

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has posted a story here. A quote:Pence vetoed several other bills [other...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Winamac Council Waits on Chicken Ordinance"

Adding to the ILB's trove of "urban chicken" stories, Mary Perren of K99.3 FM, the "voice of the Kankakee Valley,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - First Regular Technical Session of the 118th General Assembly (2013)

"The Senate and House will convene on June 12, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. for the First Regular Technical Session of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke Energy's controversial $3.5B Edwardsport plant powers up"

Culminating this long list of ILB posts, Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star has this story that begins:After years of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on the upcoming June 12th technical session and the planned attempt to override the veto of HEA 1546

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, which linked to Gov. Pence's statement on which his veto of HEA 1546...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on the upcoming June 12th technical session and the planned attempt to override the veto of HEA 1546

The General Assembly is set to meet Wednesday to vote on overriding Gov. Pence's veto of HEA 1546 and, along...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "West Lafayette officials say the banana constitutes a sign"

Updating this ILB entry from May 22nd, Ron Wilkins has a report today, with photo, in the Lafayette Journal-Courier. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 10, 2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - How much should it cost a county to respond to a citizen complaint filed with the Public Access Counselor?

Today the Kokomo Tribune's "Public eye" column reports:It cost Tipton County taxpayers $4,667 for an Indianapolis law firm to represent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 09, 2013

Monday, June 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Summer study committee to look at requiring I.D. for food stamps

Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, has the story here in the New Albany News & Tribune. Some quotes: Here’s one...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 03, 2013

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Critics: Kentucky has too many boards that license"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on Indiana licensing boards, the Louisville Courier Journal ran this long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 02, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

IInd. Gov't. - More on: An ALJ has reinstated the Indiana Youth Group's (IYG) Specialty License Plate

Updating this ILB entry from earlier this afternoon, the ILB has now obtained a copy of the 9-page, May...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - An ALJ has reinstated the Indiana Youth Group's (IYG) Specialty License Plate

Here is the news release posted by the IYG this afternoon:Indiana Youth Group's Specialty License Plate Reinstated: Indiana Youth Group...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 31, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "South Bend settles environmental claims related to former Studebaker, Oliver sites" Settlement is secret

Erin Blasko reports today in the SB Tribune:The Redevelopment Commission on Thursday approved the final settlement agreement related to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Plan to help retrace state border with Michigan"

Maureen Hayden reports today in the New Albany News & Tribune: INDIANAPOLIS — Pushed by its neighbor to the north,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis towing contract with Calif.-based company could ease hassles, but some question deal"

That is the headline to Jon Murray's just posted story on the IndyStar site. This caught my eye:Code Enforcement officials...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "A tragedy like Tramelle Sturgis' could happen again"

Some quotes from an editorial today in the South Bend Tribune:Indeed, there is optimism regarding Department of Child Services reforms...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Lobbying state government appears to be quite a lucrative profession

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes today in the FWJG blog, "Political Notebook":About a year after taking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on the upcoming June 12th technical session and the planned attempt to override the veto of HEA 1546

Updating this ILB entry from May 23rd, the ILB asked a very knowledgeable, and longtime, observer of the General Assembly,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Marion County board set to award $65M in technology contracts to two companies" [Updated at 10:37 AM]

Jon Murray has a long story today in the Indianapolis Star that begins:The computer technology and support provider for more...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Commentary on legislative summer study committees

Updating this ILB entry and this one, both from May 23rd, here are two interesting commentaries. The first is Lesley...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 27, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Monroe County departments tracking down old records, scanning them into digital form"

Supplementing this ILB entry from Sunday, the Shelbyville News has a story today by C.M. Schmidlkofer headed "County grant will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - A look at the new school formula, in the budget bill

Maureen Hayden, CNHI, take on the operation of the new school formula in this story today in the Kokomo Tribune,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Interesting contrast between two auto company stories [Updated]

A press release today from Tesla Motors announces:PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Tesla Motors announced that it has paid off the entire...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " West Lafayette officials say the banana constitutes a sign"

You have to see the photo in this Lafayette Journal Courier story by Justin L. Mack in order to understand...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Overregulation a common concern in Indiana, says Lt. Gov. Ellspermann"

From the Elkhart Truth, this story by Tim Vandenack that begins:Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is four weeks into her...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - What is it like to implement a state health exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act?

Governing has been running a series focusing on Rhode Island's implementation of a state heath exchange. Today's article, by Dylan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis official Reggie Walton, 4 others named in Land Bank indictment involving alleged kickbacks, bribery"

Jon Murray and John Tuohy report on yesterday's big story this morning in the Indianapolis Star. The story includes a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Monroe County departments tracking down old records, scanning them into digital form"

The Bloomington Herald-Times ($$$) has a very long story this morning by Rachel Bunn that begins:Records for an old Monroe...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bloomington city services attract paroled sex offenders"

This is an important story on many levels, from today's subscription-only Bloomington Herald-Times. Here are some quotes from Jon Blau's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 19, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Governor Pence Withdraws State Incentives for Midwest Fertilizer Company for Posey County Project

From a press release just received from the company: MIDWEST FERTILIZER STATEMENT ON INDIANA GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2013)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Pence Withdraws State Incentives for Midwest Fertilizer Company for Posey County Project

From a news release issued this noon:Indianapolis, IN - Following careful review, Governor Mike Pence announced today that Indiana has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "IURC recommends overlay method for new Southern Indiana area code"

Eric Bradner reports for the Evansville Courier & Press:The current 812 area code, which spans the full width of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana’s bloated voter registration rolls, which officials say make elections more susceptible to fraud, will soon come under more scrutiny by the state"

That is the start of Maureen Hayden's (CNHI Statehouse Bureau chief) long story today in the New Albany News &...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Kentucky sets up health-benefit exchange online"

Story here in the Louisville Courier Journal, reported by Laura Ungar....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Former Marion County deputy prosecutor David Wyser pleads guilty to federal charges"

Updating this ILB entry from last evening, here is Tim Evans very long, front-page Indianapolis Star story this morning, headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Former Marion County deputy prosecutor David Wyser pleads guilty to federal charges"

Updating this ILB post from earlier today with a link to the IndyStar story, here are the Information/Charging Document and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Former Marion County deputy prosecutor David Wyser pleads guilty to federal charges"

Bill McCleery, Tim Evans and Kristine Guerra have the story on the IndyStar site. Some quotes: Former Marion County Deputy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Pence makes good on promise to oppose new regulations"

That is the headline to Lesley Weidenbener's Sunday column in the Louisville Courier Journal. It begins: Gov. Mike Pence vetoed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indianapolis airport racks up legal bills in third attempt to stop off-site parking lot"

Updating this ILB entry from April 29th, Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star reported May 10th:The Indianapolis Airport Authority is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Mike Pence today appointed Cameron Clark as director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

From the news release:"When it comes to Indiana's natural resources, our administration is focused on continuing the good work already...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 10, 2013

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Blogger wrong about eliminating full-time IU staff"

That is the headline to this story today in the $$$ Bloomington Herald-Times, reported by Dann Denny. The subhead: "IU...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: New IU general counsel pulls Kinsey Institute app

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 9, 2012, Shari Rudavsky reports today in the Indianapolis Star in a story that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 09, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "NWI Times reporter wins national public service award"

Remember the "Children in Peril" series in the NWI Times, reported by Marisa Kwiatkowski? From an April 23rd NWI Times...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Developers suspend most Rockport gasification plant-related activities"

Updating this April 30th ILB entry, here are some additional stories: 5/3/13 "As Indiana gasification plant stalls, so does CO2...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Otis R. Bowen dies at 95

From the AP story by Tom Davies, here in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Bowen died Saturday at the Catherine Kasper...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 05, 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "New IHSAA rule provides options for athletes schooled at home"

Nathan Baird reports the story in the Lafayette Journal Courier. A quote:A measure passed by the IHSAA Board of Directors...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 03, 2013

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Taxpayers may get hit with 'convenience fee' under new pay-to-pay law" [Updated]

Dan Carden's report yesterday in the NWI Times describing some of the enrolled acts signed in to law by the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 02, 2013

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on: "3 Democrats file suit challenging redistricting plan approved by Mayor Ballard" [Updated]

Updating earlier ILB entries, the most recent being from March 4th, the City-County Council Democrats’ legal challenge of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indy's Urban Chicken Farmers"

Adding to this long ILB list of earlier "urban chicken" or "chicken underground" entries, Indianapolis Monthly has an April 2013...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Floyd County auditor bond is at issue"

Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Some quotes:Floyd County leaders say unexpected concerns have been raised recently about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Muncie car dealer cited for wetland violations

Seth Slabaugh reports in the Muncie Star-Press in a long story, with photo, that begins:YORKTOWN — The Indiana Department of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Developers suspend most Rockport gasification plant-related activities"

That is the headline to Eric Bradner's just posted story on the Evansville Courier & Press website. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis airport racks up legal bills in third attempt to stop off-site parking lot"

Jon Murray's long story (3 "pages")today in the Indianapolis Star begins:The Indianapolis Airport Authority’s spending of tens of thousands of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 29, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - New rules to be exempt from Governor's Executive Order?

The latest issue of Indiana Legislative Insight ($$$) asks:Is anyone keeping track of how many enrolled acts will require...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Following bills in conference committee ... [Updated]

Some links for those of you interested in following bills in conference committee:Status of Senate & House Bills Eligible for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " 'Cold case' playing cards sent to prisons IDOC hopes cards lead to solved cases"

Fascinating story by Maureen Hayden of CNHI, today in the Kokomo Tribune. It begins: Indiana state prison officials are using...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Attorney General's office will handle DCS appellate court cases"

Readers may remember this news from last September - Tim Evans reported in the Indianapolis Star that:Attorney General Greg Zoeller...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Who is on the Indiana Finance Authority?

In this post from April 23 about the Rockport Coal-Gasification project, the ILB noted that it would be good if...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "If governor signs bill, Griffith may get its chance to leave Cal Twp."

Updating this ILB entry from April 19th about HB 1585, Dan Carden reports today in the NWI Times in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislators to take another stab at crafting 'Rockport' bill"

Updating this ILB entry from April 21st, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press reports this evening:INDIANAPOLIS — Top...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - State agency responses slow to IndyStar public record requests

From the "Behind Closed Doors" column in the Sunday Indianapolis Star, this item [ILB emphasis added]:Indiana’s leaders often say they...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor could have final say on Rockport as lawmakers finish session"

Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has a long, complex story today about the negotiations going on re...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 21, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "If governor signs bill, Griffith may get its chance to leave Cal Twp."

Matt Mikus reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune in a long story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS — Changes to the bill that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake County officials cancel trash-to-ethanol contract"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries, some of them under the heading "Continuing saga of politics of trash...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 19, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Medical fees are tough to discover; Consumer-driven health care often like driving blind"

Maureen Groppe of the Gannet Washington Bureau's story on medical costs is on the front page of today's Indianapolis Star....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 15, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "More women behind bars; drug use, mandatory sentencing blamed for the increase"

Kristine Guerra has this lengthy story today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:Indiana’s prisons now house more than twice the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 14, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Training Cops and School Resources Officers (SRO's)"

The excellent, new Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog had this post yesterday "reflect[ing] on the training that these special officers and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Friday, April 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Embattled LaPorte athletic director receives two awards for his work"

Marisa Kwiatkowski reported this week in the NWI Times that in a story that begins:LAPORTE | Embattled LaPorte High School...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 05, 2013

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "LaPorte County Jail turns to video visitation"

Fascinating. Stan Maddux of the NWI Times reports: LAPORTE | People will soon be able to visit loved ones in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "DOC is crying wolf at criminal code reform"

Yesterday the ILB posted this entry quoting from an Anderson Herald Bulletin editorial that began:The Indiana General Assembly has been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 04, 2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "DOC is crying wolf at criminal code reform"

This editorial in the South Bend Tribune appears to have originated in the Anderson Herald Bulletin. Some quotes:The Indiana General...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Licensing bill likely dead" - the "Eraser" bill

Adding to three interesting earlier ILB posts on SB 520, Maureen Hayden and Scott Smith have a long, fascinating story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Panel votes to require armed protection at every Indiana public school"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's story posted late this morning begins:The House Education Committee voted 9-3 Tuesday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Zoeller wasting his effort" claims letter to Muncie Star-Press

The Muncie Star-Press today prints this letter from Joseph Castelo of Hartford City [emphasis by ILB]:Regardless of how one feels...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "That official is making how much? Public worker salaries on state databases"

Margaret Fosmoe's story today in the South Bend Tribune introduces a new and comprehensive:... searchable database [that] lists 2012 employee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Bill shoots down anti-discrimination protections: Sponsors call it an unintended consequence"

Following up on this March 26th ILB entry and a second post, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Interesting story re failure of Posey County treasurer to get bonding

Here is the long story by Valerie Werkmeister in the March 25th Posey County News. But first see this March...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Amendment sets $100,000 cap on the money a county auditor can keep from ferreting out unlawfully claimed tax credits

Dan Carden reports in the NWI Times in a story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS | Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski would lose...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " Let’s hope this proposal never makes it out of the discussion stage."

So concludes an editorial today in the Indianapolis Star about HB 1175, the bill that would permit government agencies to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 29, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Kentucky legislature overwhelmingly overrides veto of 'religious freedom' bill"

Interesting story today in the Louisville Courier Journal, reported by Tom Loftus. Some quotes:FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky House and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - FWJG Editorial: "Constitutional? Yes, but …"

Here is the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's editorial take today on yesterdays Supreme Court ruling upholding school vouchers. Some quotes:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Pew makes Election Performance Index available to measure states' performance

Interesting story by Susan K. Urahn in Governing. A quote:To achieve an election system that is convenient, accurate and fair,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Leading Push to Ban Gay Unions"

The Indianapolis Star elected to hold Maureen Groppe's story until today, and has published it on the front page. (See...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bill shoots down anti-discrimination protections: Sponsors call it an unintended consequence"

Really. That is the headline to this story in this morning's Indianapolis Star, reported by Mary Beth Schneider. The brief...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Allen County to begin charging convicted sex offenders an annual fee to register their addresses

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 24th, Sentencing Law & Policy Blog had a post yesterday headed "Should sex offender...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "St. Joe County archives create digital records database"

Here is the long story by Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune. It begins:SOUTH BEND -- In a nondescript...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Judge Bonaventura outlines goals for new job as head of DCS"

Marisa Kwiatkowski of the NWI Times has this long story today on the coming change-over at the Indiana Dept. of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - How accessible is information from the Indiana General Assembly?

The Law Librarian Blog has a great post introducing the Sunlight Foundation's Report Card comparing how state legislatures make their...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Kentucky [and Indiana] families struggle to care for violent, mentally ill children"

Updating this ILB entry from March 17th, here are two additional stories from the Louisville Courier Journal. "When mentally ill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Kentucky [and Indiana] families struggle to care for violent, mentally ill children"

A very long, and chilling, story today in the Louisville Courier Journal, authored by Laura Ungar. Here is a quote:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 17, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - What does “reasonable particularity” mean as a requirement for records requests under the Access to Public Records Act?

Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for the Hoosier State Press Association, has given the ILB permission to reprint...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawrence County Commissioners pass an ordinance restricting possession of weapons in the Courthouse and Courthouse Plaza"

Read the long story here, via WBIW.com, Bedford....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Left in dark on charter appeals"

An editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette begins:Charter schools are public schools, financed with your tax dollars. Yet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Questions about HB 1175

Some may recall ILB reports of the long-going court battle between the Louisville Courier Journal and Kentucky officials over public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "State government’s ballooning role in higher education is hard to miss"

From Sunday's lead editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:State government’s ballooning role in higher education is hard to miss...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Be careful what you ask for ...

That is the theme of CNHI's Maureen Hayden's column in the Monday Terre Haute Tribune Star, headed "Pence may find...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 11, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Regulatory oversight: Affected professions protest move to eliminate standards"

In this Feb. 26th ILB post, I said I did not understand the rationale behind SB 520, a bill creating...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Memories taxed by old traffic citations"

Bloomington Herald-Times ($$$) Hotline columnist Rod Spaw yesterday answered a question from a reader:Q: On Oct. 14, 2004, a Bloomington...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 07, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana gambling revenue on a losing streak

Two interesting stories by Maureen Hayden of CNHI newspapers. Today, in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune, a long story on the challenge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "3 Democrats file suit challenging redistricting plan approved by Mayor Ballard"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 27th, Jon Murray of the IndyStar reports on today's hearing re the "City-County Council...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 04, 2013

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "While many lawmakers may not like the state’s involvement in the Rockport project, they aren’t willing to use their authority to halt it, either"

That is the conclusion of Eric Bradner's Sunday column in the Evansville Courier & Press. The headline:"All signs point to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 03, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Executive Order "ordering a moratorium on regulations" simply more of the same?

Updating this Jan. 15th ILB entry that pointed to new Pence Ex. Order 13-03, "ordering a moratorium on regulations" (plus...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 01, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "3 Democrats file suit challenging redistricting plan approved by Mayor Ballard"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 13th, Jon Murray reports today in the Indianapolis Star:The Marion County clerk’s office has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Replace "Regulated Occupations Evaluation Committee" (ROEC) with "Eliminate, Reduce, and Streamline Employee Regulation Committee" (ERASER)?

Updating this ILB post from Jan. 28th, SB 520, the so-called the ERASER bill, has passed the Senate and been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Horse Racing Commission unhappy with ALJ contract

Indiana Gaming Insight's (subscription only, quoted with permission) newsletter for the week of Feb. 25, 2013, which subscribers received...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Avon faces lawsuit over costumed mascots"

Kristine Guerra reports today in the Indianapolis Star in a long story including video and photos:You see them along thoroughfares...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Medicaid expansion ...

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 21st, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has a long Sunday column...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Allen County to begin charging convicted sex offenders an annual fee to register their addresses

Vivian Sade had this initial report in the Feb. 21st Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:A state law enacted four...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Pre-Civil War "epic partisan battles" in Indiana and Illinois

From the Opinionator page of the online NYTimes this weekend, an article by Stephen E. Towne is an associate university...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 24, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Outgoing juvenile court judge needs additional weeks to tie up loose ends"

Updating earlier ILB posts on Judge Bonaventura's appointment by Gov. Pence as the new Department of Child Services (DCS), Bill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - The "bill pending rule"

The "bill pending rule" was used this afternoon to prevent the insertion of Gov. Pence's tax cut into the budget...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Lawmakers could leave key decisions about the future of the $2.6 billion Rockport coal-to-gas plant in the hands of the Indiana Supreme Court"

Updating this ILB post from this morning, Chris Sikich's story this afternoon in the IndyStar is headed "Senate committee rejects...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "The price for autopsies at the Tippecanoe County coroner’s office increased Tuesday"

The Lafayette Journal Courier reported Feb. 19th:Coroner Donna Avolt asked the county commissioners to increase the fee charged to 11...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmakers could leave key decisions about the future of the $2.6 billion Rockport coal-to-gas plant in the hands of the Indiana Supreme Court"

So begins the lede to this long story today by Eric Bradner in the Evansville Courier & Press:INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana should expand Medicaid"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 19th, Jason Millman of Politico.com reports this morning:Florida Gov. Rick Scott — a fierce...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Richard Feldman: Indiana should expand Medicaid"

Richard Feldman, director of medical education and family medicine residency at Franciscan St. Francis Health and is a former state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Squad cars adding cameras, license plate readers"

Jeff Wiehe reports in the FWJG - some quotes:FORT WAYNE – While on patrol at the state fairgrounds a few...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "We shouldn't base Indiana energy policy on soothsaying designed to protect a monopoly."

That is a quote from a "Behind Closed Doors" item (scroll to final item in article) in Sunday's Indy Star....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ind. law - More on: Issue of a county’s right to apply health code regulations on sewage disposal systems

Updating this Feb. 10th ILB entry, today's FWJG has an editorial on the same topic. Some quotes:Discharging raw sewage onto...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Manufacturers, farm bureau oppose Rockport deal"

Eric Bradner writes for the Evansville Courier & Press:Two heavyweight organizations in Hoosier politics – the Indiana Manufacturers Association and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "3 Democrats file suit challenging redistricting plan approved by Mayor Ballard"

Tim Evans and Jon Murray report today in the Indianapolis Star:Three Democratic members of the City-County Council filed a lawsuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Hospital Ass'n: Billions from Indiana Medicaid on table"

An AP story by Tom LoBianco begins:INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A study released Monday by the Indiana Hospital Association estimates that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ind. law - Issue of a county’s right to apply health code regulations on sewage disposal systems

Niki Kelly has a long story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, headed "Statehouse gets county septic fight: Bill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 10, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Dual roles of current and past legislators employed by Ivy Tech explored

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette had this brief editorial item yesterday (supplementing its Sunday feature on lucrative offices), headed "Ivy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 07, 2013

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Juwi Wind Energy sees report denied to public. County attorney: Document created to aid negotiations"

An interesting, quite long Feb. 5th denial of public access story by Scott Smith of the Kokomo Tribune reports that:Tipton...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Ind. Law - "Utility users: Watch legislature carefully"

The Indianapolis Star had this letter from Kerwin Olson, Executive director Citizens Action Coalition, on page B9 today, but I...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 03, 2013

Environment - "Environmental protection? It gets cold reception in Statehouse"

So writes Dan Carpenter today in his Sunday Indianapolis Star column. Some quotes:Beverly Gard was not quite the darling of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 03, 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Ind. Courts - Gary-based child support court move to Crown Point reignites controversy

Bill Dolan's NWI Times story on Jan. 29th reported:CROWN POINT | The Lake Juvenile Court judge is moving her Gary-based...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 02, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Permitting process cuts out public: Proposal would end hearings for some projects"

Paul Wyche reports in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in a story that begins:A plan to eliminate many of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Pence record on appointing women

Off the top of my head, Governor Pence so far has appointed at least three well-respected Indiana woman attorneys to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Judge Bonaventura named as the new Department of Child Services (DCS) director

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Bill Dolan reports for the NWI Times in a story headed "Lake County leaders...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Who’s protecting our right to know?" What is adequate public notice?

Here is Steve Key's column in the most recent issue of HSPA newsletter. Key is executive director and general...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Judge Bonaventura named as the new Department of Child Services (DCS) director

Here is Gov. Pence's statement:Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence today named Mary Beth Bonaventura as the head of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ind. gov't. - Gov Pence names Lake County Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura to head DCS.

Stories to follow....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bloomington mayor to preside at same-sex weddings as protest" [Updated]

This story, written by Jill Disis, was posted this morning on the IndyStar site. Some quotes:Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Replace "Regulated Occupations Evaluation Committee" (ROEC) with "Eliminate, Reduce, and Streamline Employee Regulation Committee" (ERASER)?

The ILB had a number of posts last year under the heading "Hairdressers may have killed bill that would eliminate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 28, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ind. Gov't. "Franklin County fights federal gun control measures with 'Second Amendment Preservation Act'"

Renee Jameson has this report, with video, this evening at WRTV6. The story begins:FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. - As the highly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Superintendent contracts tricky to find on school districts' websites, despite new Indiana law"

Good story by Kara Kenney of WRTV 6, with video. A few quotes:INDIANAPOLIS - A new law requires school districts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Many agencies use outside counsel rather than Attorney General

Catching up again, some of the details in this lengthy Dec. 23rd Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story by Niki Kelly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Is Zoeller independent?"

Catching up, here is a Jan. 17th post from Niki Kelly's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Political Notebook:Gov. Mike Pence showed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Public Records Commission to prohibit redistribution of digital data?

This item in the coming issue of Indiana Legislative Insight certainly caught my eye this morning:The Oversight Committee on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 18, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: State Board of Accounts raises questions in LaGrange County audit report

Updating this Jan. 9th ILB entry, a special prosecutor has now been named. It is currently quite difficult to learn...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Executive Order "ordering a moratorium on regulations" simply more of the same?

Gov. Pence's moratorium on new rulemakings, issued yesterday, provides that:OMB shall perform a comprehensive evaluation and rigorous cost benefit analysis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Who speaks for Indiana at the federal level?

Updating this ILB entry from Jan.11th, Niki Kelly reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette under the heading "State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Here are Gov. Pence's first 15 executive orders

Updating this entry from late this afternoon, I just saw this tweet:No executive order to reauthorize IEDC or Inspector General?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Here are Gov. Pence's first 15 executive orders

Gov. Pence's first 15 executive orders. The ILB has OCRed EO 13-3, which orders a moratorium on regulations. Access it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Crown Point officials approve '13 pacts with city attorneys"

From the NWI Times: CROWN POINT | Dollar amounts went unchanged from 2012 agreements with city attorneys David Nicholls, Alex...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 14, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Who speaks for Indiana at the federal level?

Attorney General Zoeller has just issued a press release headed "Zoeller appoints deputy attorney general to serve in Washington, D.C."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Rooster captured on The Circle, in the empty, for the season, Soldiers & Sailors Monument fountain

Adding to the ILB's long list of "chicken underground" entries, see this IndyStar story and don't miss video, by Jill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Lt. Gov-elect Sue Ellspermann says the first order of business in the Pence administration is a moratorium on new business regulations"

Indy Politics has the story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - State Board of Accounts raises questions in LaGrange County audit report

Tracy Warner, editorial page editor of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, writes today:A State Board of Accounts audit of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Are the Commissioners and County Council legally authorized to bind the elected officers to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement?"

From a Jan. 7th story by Stuart Hirsch of the Anderson Herald Bulletin. Some quotes:ANDERSON, Ind. — Government workers in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Support for gay-marriage ban wavering: Powerful Indiana Republican Kenley changes his stance"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 15th, Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, expands on her earlier story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Rules of the new Environmental Rules Board

The new Indiana Environmental Rules Board commenced operations on January 1, 2013. It replaced the three long-time environmental boards, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Show us the IPS numbers"

Recall this ILB entry from August 28, 2010 quoting from an IndyStar editorial: Longtime member Kelly Bentley, a past president...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Profiles of Speaker Bosma, Governor-elect Pence

"With new power, House Speaker Brian Bosma's challenge is to channel it," a long profile in today's Indianapolis Star, written...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Changes coming for Porter gun permit applicants"

Phil Wieland reports in the NWI Times:VALPARAISO | Beginning next Monday, the Porter County Sheriff's Department will no longer do...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Environment - "Head of state's environmental agency faces criticism for relationship with coal industry"

That is the headline of a story this morning in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Ryan Sabalow. Some quotes from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 03, 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - IURC Decision Today Limits Cost Recovery on Duke Energy Edwardsport Plant: Commission approves modified settlement agreement and credits ratepayers an additional $28 million

Via a press release from the IURC:INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) modified and approved a settlement...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Bev Gard to head new Environmental Rules Board

The 2012 General Assembly abolished the Air, Water, and Waste Boards effective Dec. 31, 2012, replacing them with a single...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Auditors find accuracy and technology problems in state tax dept., follows $526M in errors"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 17th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial today is titled "Heed advice on revenue...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Gov.-elect Pence names Ryan Streeter as policy director

Ryan Streeter will become Mike Pence's senior economic policy director. Gov. Daniels named Streeter as one of three citizen members...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Auditors find accuracy and technology problems in state tax dept., follows $526M in errors"

Updating these of earlier ILB entries on the Ind. Dept. of Revenue's $526 million error, Tom LoBianco of the AP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 17, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Support for gay-marriage ban wavering: Powerful Indiana Republican Kenley changes his stance"

So reports Maureen Hayden of CNHI Statehouse Bureau this morning in the Anderson Herald Bulletin. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS — The last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 14, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "New study casts doubt on fairness of Indiana Toll Road lease"

Tim Vandenack of The Elkhart Truth has this lengthy story today - it begins:ELKHART — Sure, the state of Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "New wrinkle in death records dispute: County health department says it doesn't keep records on causes"

Updating these earlier ILB entries: Ind. Gov't. - "A Pike County resident and the Evansville Courier & Press are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 09, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "UNITED STATES OF SUBSIDIES: A series examining business incentives and their impact on jobs and local economies"

This ILB post from Monday linked to the NY Times' three-part series on tax breaks and other incentives for local...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 07, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "AG's office faces criticism over violations of Access To Public Records Act"

Kara Kenney of WRTV6 had this story and video last evening:INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Attorney General’s office is facing criticism...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 07, 2012

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana appointments raise ethical issues that Brian Bosma, Mike Pence may want to avoid"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 3rd, this is a selection from an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - What services will be included in Indiana's benefits package under the new health care law?

This article today in the NY Times, reported by Abby Goodnough, talks about the decisions being made by the various...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 06, 2012

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "South Bend Common Council to consider chicken bill"

Continuing the ILB's long list of "chicken underground" entries, FOX28's Matt Gard reported this morning:The South Bend Common Council will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Key lawmaker says Glenda Ritz should serve full term" and a constitutional sidebar

Per this story yesterday in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Mary Beth Schneider:A key Republican lawmaker said today he...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Governor-Elect Pence appoints several attorneys

Ice Miller partner Marilee J. Springer has been named Senior Policy Director by Governor-elect Pence. Tony Bennett’s Chief of Staff...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "States’ Film Production Incentives Cause Jitters"

Today the NY Times has the 3rd in its series on state tax incentives. The headline "Michigan Town Woos Hollywood,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "RFP to replace legislative systems"

This July 23rd ILB post discussed the the Indiana Legislative Services Agency RFP, issued July 9th:seeking a qualified vendor to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana appointments raise ethical issues that Brian Bosma, Mike Pence may want to avoid"

Lesley Weidenbener had this story this weekend in the Louisville Courier Journal. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS — The legislative session hasn’t even...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Where are the new "Environmental Rules Board" members?

The 2012 General Assembly passed a law, HEA 1002, that repealed the Air Pollution, Water Pollution, and Solid Waste Boards,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "UNITED STATES OF SUBSIDIES: A series examining business incentives and their impact on jobs and local economies"

The NY Times on Sunday began a massive three-part series on tax breaks and other incentives for local jobs. Louise...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 03, 2012

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Pence initial picks differ from Daniels'"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported Nov. 23rd:So far, Gov.-elect Mike Pence is filling key roles in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 02, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Jim Rogers out at Duke Energy, but not until the end of 2013

"Rogers exit ends high-flying run at Duke" was the headline of the story by Darius Dixon posted last evening at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Espich to advise on issues, process: Retired lawmaker added to Pence team"

Niki Kelly reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:INDIANAPOLIS – Jeff Espich wasn’t out of state government long before...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Panel floats emergency DCS changes: Legislators seek more oversight, localization of troubled agency"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, the Indiana Senate Democrats' blog, The Briefing Room, has now posted a comprehensive entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's GOP Leaders Cautious Amid Supermajorities"

NPR's Morning Edition this morning included this nearly 3 and a half minute audio story by Brandon Smith. The intro:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Governor-Elect Pence appoints general counsel

From a press release:Carmel, IN - Governor-elect Mike Pence announced today that Mark Ahearn will join the Governor's office as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Panel floats emergency DCS changes: Legislators seek more oversight, localization of troubled agency" [Updated]

Tom LoBianco of the AP has a long report today on the results on the meeting yesterday of the Department...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Cracking down on public corruption by local government officials

The ILB had this post on Nov. 13th, including this quote from a WRTV6 news story:Public employees, such as clerk...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Critics boiling over at cost of Purdue's growing administration"

John Hechinger of Bloomberg News reported this long story posted this morning on the IndyStar website. It begins:J. Paul Robinson,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Call 6 Investigation: Two-thirds of public officials accused of misusing tax dollars not prosecuted"

Kara Kenney of WRTV6 had this long special report in the 11 PM news last night. A few quotes:INDIANAPOLIS -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Center Twp. small claims court's mandate action now fully briefed and transmitted to Supreme Court

Note: The ILB has now received all the documents, so is reproducing last week's entry, as updated with the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Social issues face GOP-controlled Indiana legislature"

Two stories this weekend: Some quotes from Kevin Rader's WTHR 13 story, "Social issues face GOP-controlled Indiana legislature":When Governor-elect Mike...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Around the state, sympathy for Monroe County clerk — but much quicker election results"

The Bloomington Herald-Times ($$$) has a good process story today, reported by Laura Lane, on absentee ballot counting in not...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Judge, family law professor offer solutions for state's $2.3 billion child support problem"

Following up on her earlier story, "Child support $2.3 billion problem in Indiana," Kara Kenney of WRTV 6 reported yesterday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Center Twp. small claims court's mandate action now fully briefed and transmitted to Supreme Court

The ILB's most recent entry on this lawsuit, where the Center Twp. Trustee is attempting to move the location...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Child support $2.3 billion problem in Indiana"

Kara Kenney of WRTV 6 has posted a long report, with video, that begins:INDIANAPOLIS - The Call 6 Investigators have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 09, 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Updates on status of Criminal Law and Sentencing Committee and Criminal Code Evaluation Commission

Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee On Oct. 25 the ILB wrote:Today the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "On Thursday morning, legislators tasked with recommending solutions to issues plaguing Indiana's Department of Child Services will and begin their work of balancing politics with policy."

From Virginia Black's story in the Sunday South Bend Tribune:On Thursday morning, legislators tasked with recommending solutions to issues plaguing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 05, 2012

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "PAC finds no public access violation by South Bend school board"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, a reader has called my attention to this ILB post from Oct. 24, 2007...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 04, 2012

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "PAC finds no public access violation by South Bend school board"

Kim Kilbride filed this long South Bend Tribune story Nov. 1st, reporting:SOUTH BEND — Indiana’s Public Access Counselor has ruled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 03, 2012

Friday, November 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Measure to prevent fraud at polls worries Elkhart voters"

Angelle Barbazon and Tim Vandenack report today in the Elkhart Truth:The Elkhart County Clerk’s Office has received several complaints in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 02, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "More delays, cost increases at Edwardsport"

John Russell has just posted this entry at the Indianapolis Star's Star Watch blog. Some quotes:Chalk up more technical problems,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "An unusual plea to Hoosier hunters from the state Department of Natural Resources demonstrates a danger of canned-hunting operations in Indiana"

A canned hunting bill failed in 2012. The ILB has a lengthy list of entries on the history of canned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana BMV sets hearing for man denied voter ID"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 18th, Jill Disis of the Indianapolis Star reports this morning that:An Indiana man caught...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis Parking Meter Court Violates Law By Issuing Default Judgments Without Required Notice"

See this post from Ogden on Politics pointing out procedural problems with the current setup. Also this afternoon, this Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Yet more on "Jasper Circuit Court Judge John Potter on Thursday ordered that Linda Belork be reinstated immediately to her position as Starke County Treasurer"

Updating a series of recent ILB entries, including this one from yesterday afternoon, here is more today from Anita reporting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "Adult bookstore court case could cost city taxpayers"

The most recent ILB entry in this long list of entries on the case of Annex Books v. City...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Jasper Circuit Court Judge John Potter on Thursday ordered that Linda Belork be reinstated immediately to her position as Starke County Treasurer"

Updating this ILB entry from this morning, the ILB has now obtained a copy of Jasper Circuit Court Judge John...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Jasper Circuit Court Judge John Potter on Thursday ordered that Linda Belork be reinstated immediately to her position as Starke County Treasurer"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 22nd, Terry Turner of the Gary Post-Tribune has a long story today headed "Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Jasper Circuit Court Judge John Potter on Thursday ordered that Linda Belork be reinstated immediately to her position as Starke County Treasurer"

The ILB has posted a number of entries on Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork and her removal from office, beginning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Former Democratic state representative opines against early voting

This story by Jill Disis in today's Indianapolis Star is headed "Bus loads of Indianapolis church-goers turn out for early...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Two major state papers today endorse Greg Zoeller for another term as Attorney General

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's long endorsement begins:A series of high-profile cases, a willingness to jump into the political fray...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lottery bids made public … but unreadable"

Great Oct. 17th story from Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Lottery officials made...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "When to Call Your Elected Representatives for Help"

Ron Lieber's "Your Money" column in the Saturday NY Times is about the areas where the staff of your U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana BMV sets hearing for man denied voter ID"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 12th, that was headed "More on: Federal court ruling holds the right to be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Another all-clear ethics opinion for Gov. Mitch Daniels' move to Purdue"

Eric Weddle of the Lafayette Journal Courier has this long story today that begins:For the second time, Indiana’s top official...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Upcoming legislative committee meetings of interest

The Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee will be meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 AM. The Criminal Code...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Effective Nov. 7, George Angelone to serve as the Executive Director of the Legislative Services Agency (LSA), replacing Jack Ross

Here is the news release that begins:STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Chairman of the Legislative Council, announced...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 15, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Ethics complaint debated in Floyd"

Grace Schneider has this long story today in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes:In response to a resident’s concerns, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "2013 budget OK'd for Clark County"

From a report by Charlie White in the Louisville Courier Journal:County government has been in a fiscal crisis for more...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Free App from Alaska LSA

Free iPhone and Android application from the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency links to legislators, meeting calendars, bill trancking, committee mateiral,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmakers want 2nd look at Rockport coal-gas plant deal"

In this Sept. 30th entry, the ILB asked:Is there anything the next Governor of the General Assembly could do, if...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 07, 2012

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Feds nab NWI officials on tax fraud, other charges"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, from the story posted by Andy Grimm of the Chicago Tribune:Federal indictments were...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Feds nab NWI officials on tax fraud, other charges"

Here is the story from the NWI Times. It begins:HAMMOND | U.S. Attorney David Capp on Thursday announced a series...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 04, 2012

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "St. Joe judge defers to federal court for police tapes ruling"

Kevin Allen reports in the South Bend Tribune in a story that begins:SOUTH BEND -- A federal court will have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Hoosiers may pay $1.1B over 8 years to subsidize coal-gas plant"

Updating this ILB entry from September 30th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, writes today: In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State auditors say some numbers don't add up for Lake officials"

Bill Dolan's has a story in today's NWI Times headed "State auditors say some numbers don't add up for Lake...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 01, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Early balloting joins strict ID laws among Indiana's top voting issues"

A comprehensive survey article today in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Jon Murray, looks at key voting dates, early in-person...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Hoosiers may pay $1.1B over 8 years to subsidize coal-gas plant"

Adding to the very long list of ILB entries about the controversial Rockville coal gasification plant, the Indianapolis Star today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Payne resigns as DCS director"

The Indianapolis Star has an editorial today that begins:Now that James Payne has taken the necessary step of resigning as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Payne resigns as DCS director"

Niki Kelly has posted this story at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette website....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Liking It or Not, States Prepare for Health Law"

That is the headline to a story today in the NY Times, reported by Abby Goodnough. The long story begins:PHOENIX...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Scandals near end of a Governor's term

About this time 8 years ago, the ILB recalls posting scandal-type stories about the Kernan/O'Bannon administration. For example: Feb. 20,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - The first Deloitte & Touch report on the DOR's $526 million error

See this ILB entry from April 16th and this one from June 10th for background. An editorial today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Child welfare advocates question state's plan for children in need"

A new NWI Times child welfare story today by Marisa Kwiatkowski, part of the series, "Children in Peril." It supplements...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Astonishing story today: "DCS Director Payne waged a behind-the-scenes fight to discredit and derail his agency's recommendations in a child neglect case that involved his grandchildren"

The lengthy (nearly 3-full pages in the paper), must-read, front-page story today in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Tim Evans,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Is Bankruptcy a Viable Tool for Struggling Cities?"

Mike Maciag reports for Governing on whether "bankruptcy protection a viable option to save municipalities from financial ruin?"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Another view of the DCS centralized hotline, from DCS

Mark Wilson of the Evansville Courier & Press has the story here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "States Seek a Middle Ground on Medicaid: Some Governors Aim to Curtail Program's Expansion, Steer More People Toward Federally Subsidized Private Insurance"

Indiana is discussed in this Sept. 18th WSJ ($$$) story. Also today, at 10:00 AM (also will be archived) on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Advocates urge Legislature to return 'safety net' to law relating to children"

Supplementing this ILB entry from yesterday, and this one, Marisa Kwiatkowski of the NWI Times reports today that:Representatives from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State officials offer solution to meet mental health needs of children"

This AP story published this afternoon reports:DCS acknowledged that some parents who are unable to afford mental health services for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State officials offer solution to meet mental health needs of children"

Marisa Kwiatkowski of the NWI Times reported this afternoon:INDIANAPOLIS | State officials unveiled a plan Monday they believe will ensure...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Attorney General's office will handle DCS appellate court cases"

Tim Evans reported Sept. 13th in the Indianapolis Star:Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday he will reassume responsibility for Department...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - DCS tightens controls on release of information from its office

Kara Kenney of WRTV 6 reports:In a Sept. 11 memo to all staff, DCS Director James Payne wrote that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor Mitch Daniels faces ethics complaint"

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star writes today on the ethics complaint Rep. Charlie Brown filed yesterday against Gov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Democratic State Representative Charlie Brown of Gary has filed an ethics complaint against Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels with the State’s Inspector General’s Office"

See this post at IndyPolitics, which sets out a copy of the complaint....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Kentucky child and adult protective services collecting non-emergency reports online"

See the story here about the Kentucky Child/Adult Protective Services Reporting System....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "DCS call center scrutinized: Workers blast turnover, 'screenouts' as study panel girds for testimony this week."

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 3rd, and this one from Sept. 5th (with video of the testimony available here),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Nonprofit groups urge lawmakers not to kill plates"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 6th, Maureen Hayden of CNHI reported Sept. 9th in the New Albany News &...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Marion County's Past Three Sheriffs All Still On The Payroll "

Interesting post today from Advance Indiana....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: New IU general counsel pulls Kinsey Institute app

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 6th, the AP reports today, in a long story headed "IU researcher says no...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 09, 2012

Friday, September 07, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Certain interim committees' videocasts have been archived

Here is the archive page. Unfortunately few interim committee hearings have been archived, so citizens who work will not be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 07, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Nonprofit groups urge lawmakers not to kill plates"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on specialty license plates and the Indiana Youth Group, an Interim Study...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - New IU general counsel pulls Kinsey Institute app

Barb Berggoetzof the Indianapolis Star reported yesterday afternoon:Indiana University officials decided this afternoon to pull a mobile app the Kinsey...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 06, 2012

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Marking your utilities for excavating, a Catch 22?

Okay, here is a problem. Say you have a backed-up sewer line in your backyard that is 8 feet down....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Monday, September 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "DCS call center scrutinized: Workers blast turnover, 'screenouts' as study panel girds for testimony this week."

The Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee will meet this coming Wednesday, Sept. 5th at 1 PM. The agenda...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Time to reconsider gasification deal"

That is the headline to this editorial in the Sunday Evansville Courier & Press. Some quotes:Unfortunately, neither Indiana gubernatorial candidate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 03, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Illinois Gov. Quinn vetoes casinos for Chicago, south suburbs

The story by Dan Carden of the NWI Times begins:Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday vetoed legislation permitting new casinos...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Health Care Exchanges, a report

Here, from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), is a useful 36-page, August 15th report titled "Health Insurance Exchanges Under the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ind. Law - Still more on the criminal history providers segment of last week's interim committee meeting

Updating this ILB entry from August 24th, Maureen Hayden, CNHI, had a follow-up story in the Clark County News &...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "A Pike County resident and the Evansville Courier & Press are suing the Vanderburgh County Health Department to obtain access to cause of death information contained on death certificates maintained by the health department."

So began a long story by Mark Wilson in the August 15th Evansville Courier Journal. Some quotes:The newspaper and Rita...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Overdue answers from DCS"

Wednesday, Sept. 5th, the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee will meet for the second time. Discussion will focus...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Lake County coroner" guilty on all five counts"

Updating the second part of this ILB entry from August 23rd, Bill Dolan of the NWI Times reported August 24th:HAMMOND...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 26, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Hancock County coroner steps down from office after pleading guilty in drunken-driving case [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Bill McCleery of the Indianapolis Star reports today that Vangundy will not be able...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard OKs domestic partner benefits"

Updating this ILB entry from June 3rd, today Jon Murray reports in the Indianapolis Star:After wavering on the issue for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Who should decide Indiana's position on national legal issues? Who should know?

That was the title I used to a July 27, 2009 entry, and I am recycling it. The point was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Hancock County coroner steps down from office after pleading guilty in drunken-driving case; Lake County federal trial

So reports Noelle Steele in the Greenfield Daily Reporter in this story that is not available to non-subscribers. More form...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "New Albany anti-discrimination law draws raves from Kentucky"

Grace Schneider reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:The New Albany City Council adopted a non-discrimination ordinance earlier this summer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Some judges, police call DCS child abuse hotline 'frustrating,' 'inefficient'"

Updating this ILB entry yesterday, here is some of the news coverage today:Marisa Kwiatkowski, NWI Times: "State official acknowledges some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Lake County officials promote new online tax sale

Updating this ILB entry from August 12th, Bill Dolan reports for the NWI Times that the online tax sale is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Some judges, police call DCS child abuse hotline 'frustrating,' 'inefficient'"

A very long, must-read, front-page Indianapolis Star story today by Alex Campbell (that I had a very difficult time finding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Public Records Requests Will Take Longer In Monroe County"

Hannah Bolton reports for Indiana Public Media:New procedures regarding public access to files in Monroe County will slow the way...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "DCS changes tough, but for the best"

Evansville state representative Gail Riecken responds here on Aug. 18th to the Aug. 15th Andrea Neal column. It begins:Andrea Neal’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Continuing with: "Clark airport loses eminent domain lawsuit, owes $600,000"

Updating four earlier ILB entries, Matt Koesters' report August 17th brings the story up-to-date. The first paragraph tells it all:JEFFERSONVILLE...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Mitchslapped? Judge who criticized DCS facing state sanction"

Really, this column today by Douglas Walker and Keith Roysdon in the Muncie Star Press takes the cake! They speculate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Another look at the one-year cooling off period, as it applies to the Governor

This August 15th story by Elle Moxley in StateImpact, is headed "Mitch Daniels Says He’s Being Careful Not To Violate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 19, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Louisville "Preservationists weigh challenge to landmarks ordinance"

The ILB has had four entries, beginning in Sept. 2011, about a New Albany dispute where the owner of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana launches card for domestic violence victims"

Updating this ILB entry from August 14th, about the new "Hope Cards [that] will contain details of the protective or...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Can a Very Determined Mayor Save Gary, Indiana?"

Good article on Gary Mayor and former Indiana Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson, by Mark Funkhouser, on the Governing Institute website....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "DCS changes tough, but for the best"

Andrea Neal, an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, gives her take on the Department of Child Services...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana launches card for domestic violence victims"

This new story from Rick Callahan of the AP raises a question:INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials are launching a statewide program...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislative committee to look at DCS issues: First meeting scheduled Aug. 22"

Marisa Kwiatkowski reports for the NWI Times in a long story:INDIANAPOLIS | On Aug. 22, the General Assembly's interim study...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Schererville considers new fee for misdemeanor arrests"

Chas Reilly reported last week in the NWI Times:SCHERERVILLE | Town officials have different opinions of a proposed service charge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake County officials promote new online tax sale"

Bill Dolan reported last week in the NWI Times:CROWN POINT | Lake County Treasurer John Petalas and Auditor Peggy Katona...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 12, 2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Female power: Women now top Democrats in Ind. Senate, House" -- but the accomplishment here and in other venues sadly may be fleeting

That first part is the headline to a story today by Dan Carden of the NWI Times. It may be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 06, 2012

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Lake County judges rebuff new nepotism law"

Bill Dolan reported yesterday in the NWI Times:CROWN POINT | Lake County judges are declaring their independence from the state's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "No ruling on lobbying; no Daniels contract as Purdue president, either"

This story yesterday from Eric Weddle of the Lafayette Journal Courier, reporting:In late June, Daniels said he asked the state’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 05, 2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Texts Violated No-Call Law, Ag's office says

This is good news for those who receive unwanted $ text messages on their cells. WRTV6 is reporting this afternoon...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 03, 2012

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels requests gubernatorial candidate input on Medicaid decisions"

The Governor's office has issued this press release:INDIANAPOLIS (August2, 2012) -- Governor Mitch Daniels has asked the state’s three gubernatorial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - " North Carolina regulators hire Chicago law firm to investigate whether Duke Energy misled ahead of merger"

From an AP story today reported by Emery Dalesio that begins:RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina utilities regulators said Wednesday they...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Prison college a good investment in rehabilitation"

Updating this ILB entry from July 5th, Brooke Adams of the Salt Lake Tribune reports today in a story headlined...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 02, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - RFP to replace legislative systems

According to this document, the Indiana Legislative Services Agency issued an RFP on July 9th:seeking a qualified vendor to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 23, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "Judge rules Indiana owes IBM $12M over botched welfare program"

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star has lengthy coverage today of yesterday's ruling by Marion County Judge David Dreyer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ind. Decisions - Still more on "Judge rules Indiana owes IBM $12M over botched welfare program" [Updated]

From what I'm reading on Twitter about the details of Judge Dreyer's lengthy decision, I'm anxious to post a copy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Gary R. Roberts, dean of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will retire as dean of the school on June 30, 2013"

Here is the announcement today from the law school. Roberts will remain on the law school faculty after his retirement...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Horse manure is raising a big stink in Cynthiana"

Valerie Werkmeister reported July 16th in The Posey County News:Members of the Cynthiana Town Council found themselves embroiled in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "School-transfer criteria under fire: Districts taking only top students"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports in a long story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers focused on a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Many Governors Are Still Unsure About Medicaid Expansion"

A few quotes from a long story by Michael Cooper in the Sunday NY Times:The initial reaction to the court’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - State Police "crime labs catch up on DNA tests"

So reports Jeff Wiehe in this story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - A national look at the statistical impact of voter ID laws and a closer look at Indiana's voter registration rolls

Nate Silver's political techie column, "Political Calculus," in the NYT, yesterday focused on "Measuring the Effects of Voter Identification Laws."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 16, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Do you have to pay use tax on your purchases of meteorites?

See this new entry from the Indiana Tax Reporter, headed "Revenue Finds "Casual Sales" Purchases of Meteorites not Subject to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Daniels as Purdue President: Two different looks

Eric Weddle of the Lafayette Journal Courier reports today in a long story headed "Purdue trustees gave $27K to Daniels'...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana loses administrative appeal to defund planned parenthood"

Updating this brief ILB entry from July 6, today Charles Wilson of the AP has a more comprehensive report that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 08, 2012

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Chicago Tribune reports on problems with the Illinois child abuse hotline

Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune reporter, has this very long story that will be in the Sunday paper, headed "Problems for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 07, 2012

Friday, July 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "DLGF Publishes Memorandum on Changes to Requirements for Claiming Homestead Deduction"

Thanks to the Indiana Tax Reporter for this entry setting out the Commissioner's memo on implementation of HEA 1072. See,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "NC attorney general and utilities commission investigating Duke Energy"

Amazing story out of North Carolina, here reported by John Murawski and David Ranii of the Charlotte Observer. Must read....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana loses administrative appeal to defund planned parenthood"

IndyPolitics is reporting this afternoon in a story that begins:The state of Indiana has lost a federal administrative appeal regarding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - FWJG editorial on "Surplus scrutiny"

The long editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette begins:The tax credit Indiana taxpayers will receive next year as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Prison college a good investment in rehabilitation"

Updating this ILB entry from June 17th, State Impact Indiana had a long report by Kyle Stokes on July 4th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - DLGF Publishes an Assessment Appeals Flowchart

Thanks to the Indiana Tax Reporter for the link....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 05, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Not your father's Driver's Manual

The complete Indiana BMV Drivers' Manual, updated as of July 1, 2012, is available here. For items that weren't in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Dept. of Child Services elected to repurpose some of its reversionary funds for fiscal year that ended June 30

From a long front-page story today in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Tim Evans:Over the past three years, the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Chicago in dispute with parking meter company

A few quotes from this story by Hal Dardick of the Chicago Tribune:Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the company running Chicago's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 02, 2012

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Option not to expand Medicaid could leave 290,000 Hoosiers uncovered

According to this lengthy, must-read story (because it presents the issues clearly and comprehensively) by JK Wall of the IBJ:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 01, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Attorney General Greg Zoeller publicly apologized to The Tribune last week"

Updating this ILB entry from June 27th, some quotes from a South Bend Tribune editorial today:Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 01, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "New roadblocks to public access: Counselor’s rulings seem to favor agencies"

A l-o-n-g editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, by Tracy Warner, editorial page editor. Some quotes: Indiana law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 01, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Rockport coal-gasification plant receives final air permit"

Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press wrote this story published yesterday which gives an overview of the current...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - AG Zoeller on healthcare ruling

The AG has issued a press release, but I am reluctant to provide a link as it has frozen my...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - How do other counties deal with this?

From the WITZ News report on the DuBois County Council Meeting:June 26, 2012 - Monday afternoon, the Dubois County Council...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Star investigative reporter looks at the Indiana Economic Development Commission (IEDC)

The first story by Alex Campbell was Sunday, June 24th. The lengthy story was headed "State touted proposal to spend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "States are moving to set up health insurance exchanges" What about Indiana?

On May 10th the ILB posted this entry, which pointed to Executive Order 11-01, directing the Family and Social Services...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Public Universities See Familiar Fight at Virginia"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, see this story today in the NY Times, headed "University of Virginia Reinstates Ousted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: AG's Public Access Seminar series explains open records, meetings

In this ILB entry from June 20th, I reported on the session I had attended in Indianapolis the previous meeting....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - New Citizens Water still estimating water bills!

This is kind of a personal gripe, but I think many others share it. Citizens Gas took over Indianapolis Water...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels seeking inspector general opinion on lobbying issue"

That is the heading to a story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier, reported by Eric Weddle. It begins:Gov. Mitch...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Public Universities See Familiar Fight at Virginia"

Some quotes from this must-read article in today's NY Times, written by Tamar Lewin:Across the nation, it has been a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "A bulldog named Julie"

John Russell had a cool story June 6th in his IndyStar blog, "John on Deadline," about an enterprising young journalist...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "The Trickiest Question About Daniels’ Hire: Can He Lobby For Purdue?"

Kyle Stokes of State Impact Indiana has an article today under that heading. It caused me to look back...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Parents, judges, prosecutors and other officials in Indiana say there is a multiagency failure to provide mental health services to the children who need it most."

This weekend the NWI Times (along with the South Bend Tribune) continues its focus on child abuse. Marisa Kwiatkowski's June...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 25, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Retired Illinois state workers will have to pay for health insurance"

Story today in the Chicago Tribune about our neighboring state to the west, reported by Ray Long. Some quotes:Springfield -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 22, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Settlement Amounts Disclosed In Two Lawsuits Filed Against Dubois County"

Mick Birge, 18WJTS news director, reports today:72-thousand, 500 dollars! That how much Dubois County is paying three former county employees...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: AG's Public Access Seminar series explains open records, meetings

Updating this ILB entry from June 14th, which announced:The Attorney General is holding public access seminars around the State. (For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Steve Schultz gets new job from Gov. Daniels

Posted late this afternoon in the Louisville Courier Journal, reported by Marcus Green:Steve Schultz has resigned as executive director of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: PAC issues opinion in challenge to public notice of Purdue Board of Trustees' meeting "at O'Hare Airport"

Updating this ILB entry from June 15th, the Lafayette Journal Courier's editorial today concludes:The rules about meeting notification apply equally...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lafayette dentist's license removal slow, painful"

A lengthy story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier, reported by Eric Weddle, begins:The license of a Lafayette dentist was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "New Albany council to vote on nepotism rules"

Daniel Suddeath reports today in the New Albany News & Tribune in a story that begins:A measure that coincides with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Local road funding is shaping up to be a key battleground in the next legislative session."

Long, important story Sunday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reported by Niki Kelly. It begins:Local road funding is shaping...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake County ordinance does not require warrant to seize animals"

Susan Brown reports today in the NWI Times in a story that begins:CROWN POINT | While the Lake County Sheriff's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Prison college a good investment in rehabilitation"

The South Bend Tribune today has this letter to the editor from Larry Embling, the on-site coordinator for the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Chickens come home to roost on Indy's urban farms"

This long, Saturday Indianapolis Star story by Barb Berggoetz, shows that the days of the "chicken underground" in Indianapolis are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 17, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on "Statewide electronic records policy in the works"

The ILB first wrote about the Indiana Commission on Public Records project to create a statewide policy for retaining electronic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Ind. Gov.t. - More on: PAC issues opinion in challenge to public notice of Purdue Board of Trustees' meeting "at O'Hare Airport"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Eric Weddle of the Lafayette Journal Courier reports today:Indiana’s top official on open door...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Clark airport loses eminent domain lawsuit, owes $600,000"

Updating this earlier ILB entry from May 29, 2012, Braden Lammers reports today in the Jeffersonville News & Tribune today:JEFFERSONVILLE...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 15, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - AG's Public Access Seminar series explains open records, meetings

The Attorney General is holding public access seminars around the State. (For attorneys, there is 2.0 CLE credit available.) The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ind. Gov.t. - PAC issues opinion in challenge to public notice of Purdue Board of Trustees' meeting "at O'Hare Airport"

The Indiana Public Access Counselor says today in this opinion that the law requiring that the entity give public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Civil Service Reform: Lessons from Georgia and Indiana"

The subhead to the story in Governing by Heather Kerrigan is "Several states this year are changing how public employees...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "IDEM releases proposed water permit for a $2.9 billion coal gasification plant planned for Rockport"

This May 8th ILB entry focused on IDEM's 1,012-page draft PSD New Source Construction/Part 70 Operating Permit for the plant...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't, - "Indianapolis Lawyer Kicks Off Campaign for Attorney General "

Eric Berman, of WIBC, has a brief report this afternoon on Indianapolis attorney Kay Fleming, who "is unopposed for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Approval by IURC of construction of a coal gasification plant and a 30-year contract for a state agency to purchase its output is now pending before the Court of Appeals

This ILB entry from Nov. 22, 2011 is headed "Gasification plant gets green light, NIPSCO rates could go up." A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Updating: Underneath the $526 million error "are hundreds of thousands of individual financial transactions and decades of statutes and politics."

Updating this ILB entry from April 16, 2012, Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported June 5th:INDIANAPOLIS –...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 10, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Low natural gas price provides challenge for synthetic fuel plants"

Following on a long list of earlier ILB entries on the Rockport coal gasification project, Eric Brader had a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 04, 2012

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indianapolis poised to extend coverage to city workers' domestic partners"

From a story today by Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star that begins:A decade ago, a City-County Council committee spurned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 03, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Former CJ of Indiana accepts joint SPEA/IU McKinney Law appointment

Here is the press release from IUPUI, headed "Former Chief Justice Randall Shepard will join IU Public Policy Institute (PPI)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Public Access Counselor sides with city of South Bend"

Tom Moor reports today in the South Bend Tribune. The story begins:SOUTH BEND -- Indiana's Public Access Counselor ruled this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State ends dispute over child welfare testimony"

Updating this ILB entry from Saturday, quoting a story by Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on: "Clark airport loses eminent domain lawsuit, owes $600,000"

Updating this earlier ILB entry from May 3, 2012, Braden Lammers reports in the Jeffersonville News & Tribune today:Already cash-strapped...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Law - "Louisiana is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. La’s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran’s, seven times China's

The is the first paragraph from this opinion piece today in the NY Times, written by Charles M. Blow. But...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "License requirements vary wildly New study looks at fees, education needed for Indiana blue-collar jobs"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported yesterday on occupational licensing. Some quotes:A new national study on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 28, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State ends dispute over child welfare testimony"

Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today that:After months of haggling with Allen County prosecutors about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Doctor in DWI chase loses Rx rights, fined; Undergoes rehab; can practice while finishing drug court"

That is the headline to this story by Niki Kelly in today's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS – The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Mentally ill kids caught in Catch-22: Prosecutors at odds with DCS over care"

Following on this long ILB entry from May 20th, quoting from two great stories from Marisa Kwiatkowski of the NWI...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Here are the summer study commttees created yesterday by the Legislative Council

Here is the 7-page list. The list includes:CRIMINAL LAW AND SENTENCING POLICY STUDY COMMITTEE (IC 2-5-31.4) THE COMMITTEE IS CHARGED...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Vanderburgh County changes death-record policy

From a story in the Evansville Courier & Press, reported by Tim Ethridge:Officially titled "On The Record," it's placed in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - This is unfortunate ...

From WLKI in Angola:Picture Taking Of Recorders Office Documents Banned Monday, May 21st, 2012 (ANGOLA) - You will no longer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana casinos struggling after years of growth"

That headline was from an August 7, 2011 story by Grace Schneider in the Louisville Courier Journal. Today an editorial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Overdue and costing you: Indiana's late fees"

Sandra Chapman of WTHR 13 had a long story this weekend about "Indiana state agencies failing to pay their bills...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "Craig application over siding again denied in New Albany: Preservation commission’s first decision was upheld by court of appeals"

Daniel Suddeath reports in the May 20th New Albany News & Tribune:NEW ALBANY — A retroactive request to allow vinyl...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "A circuit court judge slammed the Indiana Department of Child Services on Tuesday, accusing it of failing to help children with mental illnesses."

Marisa Kwiatkowski of the NWI Times reported on Tuesday's ruling out of Morgan County - some quotes:MARTINSVILLE | A circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 20, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "When the buck stops: For next governor, it's end of the line for Toll Road lease money"

Here is Niki Kelly's long story from the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Here is how it begins:INDIANAPOLIS – When...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 14, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "With four female candidates, Indiana Congressional delegation could see gender shakeup"

Good story today by Tom Coyle of the AP. It begins:SOUTH BEND — One by one, seven women attending a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana has an impressive army of ALEC soldiers"

That is a quote from this long centerpiece opinion piece today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, written by Karen...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Jeffersonville disputes insurance contract"

David A. Mann had this long story in the May 10th Jeffersonville News & Tribune. Some quotes:Just days before leaving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Will yet another fiasco finally convince Rahm Emanuel to cancel Chicago's parking meter lease?"

See the post in the Urbanophile blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 11, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "States are moving to set up health insurance exchanges" What about Indiana?

Interesting story this morning on NPR's Morning Edition. The lead-in:States are moving to set up health insurance exchanges — a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Philadelphia revises zoning codes, saying "If We Fix It, They Will Come"

Interesting story by Feather O'Connor Houstoun in Governing begins:Philadelphia's vintage zoning code — adopted in 1952 but amended through variances...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - IDEM submits draft construction/operating permit for Rockport Coal Gasification plant to US EPA for approval

Here is IDEM's 1,012-page draft PSD New Source Construction/Part 70 Operating Permit. You may access the entire document here, but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Friday, May 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Statewide electronic records policy in the works"

Updating two ILB entries from April 25th (here and here), the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorializes today (emphasis from ILB):The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 04, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Clark airport loses eminent domain lawsuit, owes $600,000"

Updating this earlier ILB entry from Jan. 19, 2012, Braden Lammers reports in the Jeffersonville News & Tribune today on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 03, 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State Senator Kenley: Third Grade Reading Exam Represents State Overreach"

Kyle Stokes of State Impact reports today in a story that begins:The chairman of the Indiana Senate’s Appropriations Committee says...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke Energy Reaches Settlement Agreement with Key Consumer Groups on Edwardsport Plant Costs" [Updated]

That is the heading to a Duke Energy news release issued this afternoon. It begins:PLAINFIELD, Ind., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Two good stories today on state tax and finance

"John Gregg's gas tax plan has a history" is the headline to Lesley Stedman Weidenbener's smart analysis in today's Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 30, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Statewide electronic records policy in the works"

This question occurred to me after I posted this entry earlier this evening discussing a statewide email retention policy ......

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Statewide electronic records policy in the works"

An important story by Maribeth Vaughn, Greenfield Daily Reporter ($$), was reprinted yesterday by the Indiana Economic Digest. Some quotes:GREENFIELD...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Law - "Analysis: State attorneys general: New Republican power"

Joan Biskupic, now at Reuters, has this long, interesting story today about federal challenges brought by state attorneys general:Abbott and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's local option income tax system is complex and difficult to administer"

So writes John Ketzenberger , president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, today in an opinion piece in the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Sunday South Bend Tribune focuses on child abuse

Marisa Kwiatkowski and Virginia Black of the South Bend Tribune report today that Indiana Department of Child Services Director...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Sunday Muncie Star-Press focuses on child abuse in a number of stories today

In a long opinion piece today in the Muncie Star-Press, Lisa Nellessen-Lara writes about the incident a year ago where...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's two U.S. Senate candidates differ on meaning of ‘advise and consent’ for court nominees"

Great analysis piece today by Lesley Weidenbener, managing editor of the Franklin College $$$ online publication, The Statehouse File. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Updating again: Unslated judicial candidates file lawsuit against Marion County election boards

Following on yesterday afternoon's entry, the Indianapolis Star this morning reports that:Marion Circuit Judge Louis Rosenberg denied the candidates' request...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Updating: Unslated judicial candidates file lawsuit against Marion County election boards

Updating this entry from earlier today, here is the Marion County Election Board resolution issued this morning. Attorney Paul Ogden,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislative Study Panels Examine Issues in Advance of The 2013 Session"

Here is a good advance look at the legislative studies expected between now and November 2012, written by Libby Cierzniak...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Unslated judicial candidates file lawsuit against Marion County election boards

Updating the April 13th ILB entry, Greg Bowes last evening emailed this information:In response to the lawsuit filed by five...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 20, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Counties Reveal Consequences Of State Budget Error"

Brandon Smith of Indiana Public Broadcasting has a long story today about how the state budget error impacted the counties....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Audit may find more revenue errors, but Daniels says they will be smaller"

Eric Bradner has an interesting story today in the Evansville Courier & Press, reporting Governor Daniels' comments on the recent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Update on David Lott Hardy, fired chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

See brief Indianapolis Star item here, Hardy has filed motion to dismiss indictment, arguments scheduled for June 11th before Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Zoeller investigating political calls made under guise of AG's office

See the story here at Indy Politics....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "U.S. Has A Natural Gas Problem: Too Much Of It"

So John Ydstie of NPR's Morning Edition reported this morning in a 4 min, 23 sec story. A few quotes:There's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Underneath the $526 million error "are hundreds of thousands of individual financial transactions and decades of statutes and politics."

Here are stories updating the April 12th ILB entry headed "Tomorrow is first meeting this year of State Budget Committee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Unslated judicial candidates (and others) file lawsuit against Marion County election boards

Updating earlier ILB entries, including this one linking to the complaint, the Indianapolis Star editorial today is headed "Give outsiders...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana loses as more states gamble on casino revenues: Ohio’s shiny new casinos will cut into Indiana’s take"

Maureen Hayden of CNHI's story today in the Jeffersonville News & Tribune reports that "Ohio’s [projected] windfall spells trouble for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 15, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ind. Gov 't. - "Daniels today named Mike Alley as the new commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue and Mike Ashley as the new chief financial officer of the department"

Well, that can be confusing if you don't read it slowly. From the news release:Alley served as president and CEO...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Unslated judicial candidates file lawsuit against Marion County election boards

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here now are the complaint and the request for preliminary injunction, both filed April 12 in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Should legislators be able to hold two public jobs?"

Indiana isn't mentioned in this national story today from Melissa Maynard of Stateline. But the example cited sounds oddly familiar....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Tomorrow is first meeting this year of State Budget Committee ...

Here is the posted list of State Budget Committee members. Several of the members are retiring from the General Assembly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Unslated judicial candidates file lawsuit against Marion County election boards

Updating this ILB entry from April 9th, according to a press release, Greg Bowes, former Marion County Assessor and current...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth"

The PEW Center on the States has released a new report today - from the news release:A report by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Environment - A commentary on: Merger of pollution boards worries some

Updating this April 8th ILB entry, this morning the Indianapolis Star has an editorial headed "Sounding environmental alarms." Some quotes:In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "St. Joseph County may spend $132,000 on iPads, other improvements"

From Erin Blasko's report in the South Bend Tribune:SOUTH BEND -- The county auditor plans to spend $132,000 on improvements...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - “This is three times now,” she said. “I can understand once, even twice – but the third time?"

That was a quote from an editorial yesterday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, headed "Confidence tested by state errors."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Property tax caps 'devastating' to Indiana municipalities"

Lu Ann Franklin of the NWI Times has this report this evening. Some quotes:GARY | Property tax caps have become...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Marion County Board of Registration Refuses to Comply with Indiana Law Mandating that Voter Registration Lists be Provided to Nonslated Candidates" [Updated]

That was the heading to this post from Ogden on Politics, dated March 17th, 2012. Today Advance Indiana follows up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 09, 2012

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Daniels legacy on line with Ind.'s $205M tax error" - metrics and accountability

"Expect more explaining from the state on revenue" ius the heading to Maureen Hayden's CNHI story today, here appearing in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels legacy on line with Ind.'s $205M tax error" - a recap

Here are a number of ILB entries from Dec. 2011 on "State finds $320 million it didn't know it had."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Environment - Merger of pollution boards worries some

Supplementing the commentary on HEA 1002 in a March 26th ILB post, a story by Rick Callahan of the AP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "No flurry of late pardons: Daniels vows to stay frugal"

Kudos to Niki Kelly and the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for a long Sunday story on a little reported topic,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Geneva eyes own seat-belt law"

Kristin Baron reports in the Decatur Daily Democrat:The town of Geneva is looking into a seatbelt ordinance that would generate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Stale town code Web page causes headaches for Burns Harbor"

The Chesterton Tribune today has this story by Paulene Poparad that should be widely noted:The Burns Harbor Advisory Plan Commission...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana finished 43rd among the states for women’s quality of life"

That is a quote from this editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:“Indiana needs more females in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Youth Group, a support group for gay youth, is now in the spotlight"

Updating a long list of ILB entries, including this most recent one from March 21st, headed "Fallout over gay youth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 01, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana lacks answers on toxicology lab tests used in criminal cases: 30 percent of retested samples from 2007-09 had no trace of drugs"

Lengthy story today by the Indianapolis Star's Tim Evans on the continuing brohaha over the state Department of Toxicology and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 30, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Bose McKinney reimburses Wayne Township $435,000 for handling of superintendent’s contract

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, today's Indianapolis Star has an expanded story today by Alex Campbell and Tim Evans....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Bose McKinney reimburses Wayne Township $435,000 for handling of superintendent’s contract

Reporter Alex Campbell has this post at StarWatch; also at IndyStar. A few quotes:The law firm that represented Wayne Township’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "The Good News & Bad News About The End Of Franklin Township’s Busing Fees"

Interesting article by Kyle Stokes in State Impact. A quote:The Indiana General Assembly outlawed Franklin Township’s busing fees this session,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Time for governor to stop denying DCS failures"

That was the heading to this editorial column yesterday by Jack Colwell in the South Bend Tribune. The long column...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 26, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Sharing concerns about children: Cases raise questions about how police are alerted to possible abuse"

Another lengthy story this Sunday from the South Bend Tribune about the "recent closings of local call centers in favor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "The End of an Era in Indiana: The Wigwam, a nearly 9,000-seat field house in Anderson, Ind., closed in 2011, making this the first season in 50 years that the Anderson High School Indians did not play their home games there."

Ostensibly, this is a sports story, but is it also a story about the demise of Anderson, Indiana. The NY...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor appoints director for Department of Toxicology"

Just released from Governor's office:INDIANAPOLIS (March 23, 2012) – Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed a longtime Indiana State Police laboratory...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Gasification-project leader optimistic about status of state tax incentives"

Updating earlier ILB entries about the controversial proposed coal gasification plant in Rockport, Stuart Cassidy reports today in the Spencer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - As if to show that fears of state government sites going down are real

In the past the ILB has expressed concern that the Indiana Register and the Indiana Administrative Code, which contain the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Fallout over gay youth group's license plate continues: Gay youth support group vows legal fight against state action"

The Indianapolis Star this morning has a much-updated version of its story posted online last evening, both by Mary Beth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: BMV announces that it is suspending the Indiana Youth Group from its Special Group Recognition License Plate Program [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from March 17th, here in case you missed it is WISH TV Jim Shella's post from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Drugs, neglect linked: Custody cases on rise"

This interesting story by Jesse Rininger in the March 18th Evansville Courier & Press begins:Meth-addicted parents coupled with a crackdown...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Critics raise questions about Rockport power plant"

Maybe the headline should have said "Questions continue about proposed Rockport power plant." Here is a very long list of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Dr. Antoinette Laskey resigns in frustration as head of Indiana Child Fatality Review Team: Nationally recognized expert blames lack of support from Daniels administration, conflicts with head of DCS"

Tim Evans reports today in a long story in the Indianapolis Star. Here is a sample:"The recent publicity of 'record...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: BMV announces that it is suspending the Indiana Youth Group from its Special Group Recognition License Plate Program [Updated]

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, a number of Indiana papers have stories today. Here are:Charles Wilson and Tom Coyne of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Monroe County, Benton Township trustee resigns after seeing 2010 audit report"

Updating this ILB entry from March 2nd, the AP is reporting:BLOOMINGTON Ind. (WTW) — The Indiana attorney general's office is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - BMV announces that it is suspending the Indiana Youth Group from its Special Group Recognition License Plate Program

A BMV press release, just issued, begins:INDIANAPOLIS – At the written request of twenty Indiana Senators, the Indiana Bureau of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Daniels has appointed State Sen. Connie Lawson as Sec of State.

Announced this morning at 11:30. Ms. Lawson is from Hendricks County. [Update] Niki Kelly has posted this story on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ind.Law - More on: Check out new blog, the Indiana Property Tax Reporter

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 2, 2012, the new blog is now an even more "must read," as it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - CJ Shepard sends toxicology status report to county judges

Here is an email that went out late yesterday:From: Shepard, Randall Sent: Tue 3/13/2012 4:01 PM To: *Trial Court Judges;...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Religion vs. regulation: Indiana's faith-based day cares caught in between: Operators fear licensing will mean state intrusion; advocates fear for kids' safety"

That headline to this long John Tuohy story in the Sunday, March 11th Indianapolis Star pretty much sums it up....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "School bus fees near the end in Franklin Township"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 10, 2011, Vic Ryckaert reports today in the Indianapolis Star - the long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - “Prior restraint of the news media publishing public records is inconsistent with the First Amendment”

Updating this ILB entry from March 12, which sets out AG Zoeller's press release, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Keep Light Shining on DCS"

A portion of the South Bend Tribune story quoted here yesterday reads:Although DCS records are generally confidential, state law provides...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "'This boy is beat to death' Caller in May pleads 10 times for immediate intervention at Sturgis home."

Here now is the South Bend story the IDCS went to court to try to suppress. It is reported by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 12, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Are daily police logs now being made available to the public adequate under public access law?

Updating this ILB entry from March 4th, the South Bend Tribune, which wrote the story quoted in the March 4th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Deputies at the LaPorte County sheriff’s department may soon be deciding whether or not to engage in a possible lawsuit with a senator"

That quote is from a story in the March 9th LaPorte Herald Argus, reported by Matt Fritz. More from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friday, March 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "'[HEADLINE REMOVED]"

A new story posted this afternoon to the South Bend Tribune website, reported by Virginia Black and Mary Kate Malone,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmakers dropping Rockport issue as session nears its end"

So reported Eric Bradner, the Evansville Courier & Press statehouse reporter who has been following this issue closely, yesterday afternoon....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 09, 2012

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake County recorder's documents go digital"

Bill Dolan reports in the NWI Times in a story that begins:CROWN POINT | Lake County Recorder Michelle Fajman said...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 08, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana regulators to consider unsealing additional Duke documents in probe of Edwardsport power plant" [Updated]

John Russell of the Indianapolis Star today is covering the review by the IURC of the hundreds of sealed documents,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana regulators to consider unsealing additional Duke documents in probe of Edwardsport power plant"

John Russell reports today in a long story in the Indianapolis Star that begins:What critics call one of the most...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 05, 2012

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Are daily police logs now being made available to the public adequate under public access law?

Tom Moor has a story today in the South Bend Tribune titled "Do police need to open up? Some of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Elkhart County: "Questions surface about local inspections for dog breeders"

The regulation of dog breeding businesses is of interest to many, and Angelle Barbazon has a long report today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - What is upcoming in this last week of the General Assembly?

"Lawmakers head to homestretch: Smoking ban among flurry of bills awaiting action," is the headline to Niki Kelly's lengthy story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Bills that would enforce government transparency are dead

Kevin Allen's story was in the Feb. 24th South Bend Tribune. The bills are SB 92 and HB 1093. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Rockport plant tax credit shaping up to be legislative fight"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on the proposed coal gasification plant in Rockport, here are two new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Friday, March 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Higher education finance considerations

The NY Times today had an excellent story, reported by Catherine Rampell, on many of the factors at play in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Monroe County, Benton Township trustee resigns after seeing 2010 audit report"

The current status of HB 1005, relating to nepotism and conflict of interest: it has been returned to the House...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 02, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State Keeps Death Files of Abused Children Secret"

That is a headline from today's NYT about the New York system, not about Indiana or Kentucky (for Ky., see...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ind. Courts - Recap of Charlie White oral argument [Updated]

Eric Berman of WIBC has this recap of this morning's oral argument. [Updated at 1:00 PM] Here is Carrie Ritchie's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's $2 billion unemployment mess"

WISH TV's "investigation into alleged mismanagement of the state's unemployment system," reported by Deanna Dewberry: here is the story from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "The Indiana Supreme Court confirmed Monday that the state Department of Toxicology provided incorrect test results for use in criminal cases" [Updated]

Responding to attorney reader inquiries re today's IndyStar story, the ILB is trying to track down the "report issued by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "The Indiana Supreme Court confirmed Monday that the state Department of Toxicology provided incorrect test results for use in criminal cases"

So begins a tremendous story this morning on the front page of the Indianapolis Star, reported by Tim Evans and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Supreme Court Confronts Key Question in Disputed Elections: Now What?" [Updated]

Another take on the subject of Wednesday's oral argument in the Charlie White case, from Doug Chapin of the Univ....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Court should make Osili secretary of state"

So writes the NWI Times today in an editorial. Some quotes:Now that White has been removed from office for a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "The protection of Indiana children from abuse and neglect"

That is the topic of today's editorial in the Indianapolis Star, calling for:... [creation of] an oversight committee for DCS,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Puncturing gas bill was necessary"

Updating earlier ILB entries, today's Evansville Courier & Press has a column by David Coker on the current status of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Regulating ‘adult’ businesses no simple task"

J. Swygart had this story in the Feb. 24th Decatur Daily Democrat. Some quotes:Members of the Decatur Plan Commission are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 26, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Glossary of Indiana legislative terms

The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus has made available online a useful Glossary of Legislative Terms. A sample:Germane/Germaneness: Relevance of amendment...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Ind. Election Commission meeting Friday

Re: Marathon meeting of Indiana Election Commission set for Friday in House Chambers. Will be live streamed. Here is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "DNR raids Clay County hunting preserve" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 4 headed "Fenced hunting never really dead," and this one from Feb. 1st headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't - Charlie White sentencing

Judge did not reduce the six felonies to misdemeanors. White to serve one-year sentences concurrently, via home detention. Sentence will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Does an officeholder’s absence amounts to official neglect of duties under the statutes?"

On Feb. 19th the ILB posted an entry headed "Once elected, do county officers have to do more than pick...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Zoeller is 3rd Attorney General to Affirm Senator's Status

WRTV6 is reporting:Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller released an advisory letter Thursday that Sen. Richard Lugar's residency arrangements are legal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Amendments to DCS bill die in Indiana House committee"

Updating a long series of ILB entries on DCS issues, the most recent of which is here, Tim Evans reports...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Clark County tax language removed from bill"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 30th, headed "Clark County seeks special property tax; Judge Wentworth hears appeal on property...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Two or four-page county report cost $6,000"

The Muncie Star-Press column, the Walker/Roysdon Report, reported Feb. 18th in a long story that began:Delaware County officials are privately...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White criminal court sentencing this afternoon

Carrie Ritchie of the Indianapolis Star has a story here that begins:Charlie White's words might come back to haunt him...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Tax breaks for Rockport gas plant stripped from bill in Indiana legislature"

Updating earlier ILB entries, Lesley Weidenbener reports this evening in the Evansville Courier & Press in a story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "City governments across the country are threatening to kill the food truck revolution with dumb regulations."

So reports Matthew Yglesias in a story today in Slate. A sample:It’s difficult to know precisely where the line should...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Supreme Court ruling will determine who is next Secretary of State" [Updated]

That was the headline to Eric Bradner's Feb. 15th story in the Evansville Courier & Press. Here are some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Ind. Election Commission meeting Friday [Updated]

Marathon meeting of Indiana Election Commission set for Friday in House Chambers. Will be live streamed. Here is the massive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Marion County today becomes the final county in the state to move to the so-called "hybrid" welfare eligibility system."

Mary Beth Schneider has a long, comprehensive story in today's Indianapolis Star headed With Marion County on board, Indiana's welfare...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 20, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Study: Northern Indiana corruption not so bad "

Gotta love that headline! Teresa Auch Schultz has the story today in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes from the long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Once elected, do county officers have to do more than pick up their paychecks?

Do they even have to live in the county, state, or country? That is the situation addressed in this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "DCS changes set stage for wrangling over options, control"

Virginia Black and Mary Kate Malone have another long story this Sunday in the South Bend Tribune shedding light on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Conflicts shake our confidence"

That is the heading to an editorial in today's Indianapolis Star that begins:In Indiana, a firefighter, police officer or other...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "What do record low natural gas prices mean for states?"

Jim Malewitz, Stateline staff writer, has a long, comprehensive report today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "The state’s new centralized call center has come under fire recently from a number of sources, including judges and child advocates. "

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 12th, IndyStar investigative reporter Tim Evans posts today in the new StarWatch blog on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Many other progressive cities are already on board, like Indianapolis, Chicago, and New York City. "

Adding to the ILB's long list of "chicken underground" entries, including this one from Sept. 15, 2011, headed ""Life is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Vectren: Shale-gas boom makes Rockport, Ind. coal-to-gas deal risky"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here are a number of stories on the House committee testimony yesterday:"Indiana House committee hears testimony...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Clearly, the extensive improvements instituted several years ago in child welfare are not sufficient."

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 12th, the Indianapolis Star today has an editorial referencing its investigative story. Some quotes:How...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Vectren: Shale-gas boom makes Rockport, Ind. coal-to-gas deal risky"

That is the headline to Eric Bradner's story today in the Evansville Courier & Press, that supplements yesterday's ILB entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Natural Gas Prices Plunge, Hurting Wyoming's Budget"

That is the title to this story by Bob Beck was on NPR's Morning Edition this morning. The intro:Wyoming's decade-long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Briefs in IBM case re compelling Gov's testimony?

Oral argument was heard at 9 this morning in State of Indiana v. International Business Machines Corporation. See earlier post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "State won't release toxicology lab results: Only prosecutors told what retesting of samples revealed"

Recall this ILB entry from Feb. 4, 2012, Super Bowl Eve. It began:Buried deep inside this morning's Indianapolis Star, on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Indianapolis Star and South Bend Tribune investigate child abuse reporting and its followup

Another child death, this one powerfully chronicled today in the Indianapolis Star by Tim Evans, in a story headed "Numerous...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 12, 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "City/state nexus in the Charlie White saga"

Check it out at Jon Murray's blog, Deep Fried Politics....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "With so much confusion surrounding the case, the state Supreme Court was right to make it a top priority"

So concluded the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in an editorial published yesterday, Feb. 8th, re the Charlie White case. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 09, 2012

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Jurors were stunned when the defense didn't call any witnesses in the voter fraud trial of Secretary of State Charlie White"

Re the last ILB entry last evening, a reader has written to say to that WRTV's transcipt is at variance...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Jurors were stunned when the defense didn't call any witnesses in the voter fraud trial of Secretary of State Charlie White"

WRTV 6 has a knockout interview with the jury foreman in the Charlie White criminal trial....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - The Supreme Court has granted transfer in Charlie White case

The Supreme Court has granted transfer to accept jurisdiction of two appeals pending in the Indiana Court of Appeals. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Marion County judge grants permanent order blocking state from seizing pay of House Democrats"

Chris Sikich's Indianapolis Star story was posted early this evening. Some quotes:A Marion County judge has granted a permanent order...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Democrats ask court to enforce ruling making Vop Osili Secretary of State"

Carrie Ritchie's story in the IndyStar, filed early this evening, reports:The Indiana Democratic Party has asked the Indiana Court of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Governor received notice from Hamilton Clerk on Feb. 4th at 2:38 AM

Re the question of when the Clerk of the Court in Hamilton County is to notify the Governor of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "'Right to work' bill reveals discord among Indiana General Assembly Democrats"

Tom Lobianco of the AP had a long, insightful, don't miss story this weekend, which was picked up in today's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Nonsensical session" writes FWJG

Some quotes from the long editorial today:Forty years after creating biannual short sessions, any sense that the Indiana General Assembly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Jim Shella reports ...

"Indiana Democratic Party will go the state Appeals Court this afternoon asking that Vop Osili be named Secretary of State."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "For the Love of Children: Does boy's death point to larger problem?"

Virginia Black and Mary Kate Malone of the South Bend Tribune had a lengthy investigative story yesterday that may be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Sentencing date set for Charlie White

Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White speaks on his reaction to the jury verdict and his removal from office by the Governor

From Fox News this morning - a 7:49 minute interview with Charlie White on his reaction to the jury verdict...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 05, 2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "After White's vote-fraud conviction, fight remains over secretary of state's office"

Carrie Ritchie has filed a long story this evening (look for it in tomorrow's Star), describing the incredible legal morass...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't - More on: In early hours of this morning, Charlie White out, Gov. immediately appoints replacement

Updating earlier coverage, here is Charles Wilson's updated AP story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Some thoughts about replacing Charlie White [Updated]

Here is the Governor's press release from 2:51 AM this morning, February 4, 2012: Message from Governor Daniels about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on White conviction

@marybschneider No. It's important to note Alternative Misdemeanor Sentencing still results in a felony conviction and removal from office.— Adam...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State won't release toxicology lab results: Only prosecutors told what retesting of samples revealed"

Buried deep inside this morning's Indianapolis Star, on Super Bowl weekend, is this story by Tim Evans, who has covered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't - In early hours of this morning, Charlie White out, Gov. immediately appoints replacement

Here is the story posted at 5:00 am by Carrie Ritchie of the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 04, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Stories to read while the Charlie White jury is deliberating

Carrie Ritchie in the Indy Star: "Jury deliberating Charlie White's vote-fraud charges." Charles Wilson of the AP: "Ind. election chief's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White declines to testify at his trial"

Here is Carrie Ritchie's story in this morning's Indianapolis Star on yesterday's events in the White election fraud trial. From...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 03, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Both sides rest in Charlie White case

Prosecution rests, #CharlieWhite's attorney is not going to present evidence. We are done with evidence— Carrie Ritchie (@CarrieRitchie) February 2,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Day 2 of Charlie White trial wrap-up; today may mark end of prosecutor's presentation

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 1, Carrie Ritchie's story today in the Indianapolis Star is headed: "Cellphone records to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 02, 2012

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ind. Law - Video archives of 2012 Senate floor action?

You can watch the Senate floor action as it happens via the Senate's live streaming. You can watch the Senate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Prosecutors in Charlie White's trial say documents prove voter fraud"

Here in the Indianapolis Star this morning is reporter Carrie Ritchie's wrap-up of the first day of Secretary of State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Testimony to come today in Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's fraud trial"

The jury has been seated, and now the Indianapolis Star's Carrie Ritchie previews today's opening testimony in the Charlie White...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ind. Court - More on: Clark County seeks special property tax; Judge Wentworth hears appeal on property levy

Updating this Jan. 21st ILB entry, Braden Lammers reports today in the New Albany News & Tribune via a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ind. Law - Still more on: "Hairdressers may have killed bill that would eliminate licensing"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 26th, and this one from Jan. 25th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Lake Council prepares to deny public defenders insurance coverage"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 11th, a long story today in the NWI Times, reported by Susan Brown, is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Another pre-trial story on tomorrow's Charlie White trial

"Political stakes are high as White goes on trial," is the headline of the AP's great story today, here in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Getting caught up on the case against the secretary of state" [Updated]

Carrie Richie has a story today in the Indianapolis Star, setting the stage for "Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Historic electric chair gets preserved"

Indiana's electric chair, now retired, "was based on sketches of Ohio’s electric chair. It was created using parts of Indiana’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Interesting Twitter exchange between reporters just now

Mary Beth Schneider Just blocked by state trooper from going down hallway to my office. Had to run up a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: First hand bad experience with new parking meters!

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, here is attorney Paul Ogden's new post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Historic Indianapolis statue damaged at opening of Super Bowl exhibit"

Ann Keil has the detailed story - in the South Bend Tribune. A quote: "A heavy piece of machinery apparently...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 23, 2012

Ind. Law - RTW on both House and Senate calendars today

#INSen will vote on RTW on final passage today. #INHouse will take up amendments to bill. Hundreds of protesters at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: First hand bad experience with new parking meters!

On Dec. 22, 2011 I posted an entry relating a bad experience with the new parking system in front of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Could deaths of Indiana children have been prevented? Investigation raises questions about whether Department of Child Services could have done more to protect kids"

The Sunday Indianapolis Star has a front-page report by Tim Evans. Beginning with the names of six children, the long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ind. Court - Clark County seeks special property tax; Judge Wentworth hears appeal on property levy

Ben Zion Hershberg has the story in today's Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes from the beginning of the long, involved...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 21, 2012

Environment - More on: Bill would abolish all environmental boards, replacing them with a "rules board" on July 1st

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 16th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published an editorial yesterday headed "Keep IDEM boards."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Clark airport loses eminent domain lawsuit, owes $600,000"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 24, 2011, Ben Zion Hershberg reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Proposed fees questioned in South Bend landlord registry plan"

That is the headline to a lengthy story today by Margaret Fosmoe in the South Bend Tribune. A few quotes:SOUTH...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana unveils its first license plate for gay youth"

See the AP Story here. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's first specialty license plate that benefits gay causes is now available...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "State, Amazon.com, reach sales tax agreement"

Updating this ILB entry from last evening, Ogden on Politics has a good post this morning headed "How is State's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State, Amazon.com, reach sales tax agreement"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 9, 2012, which includes the Governor's press release on the sales tax agreement, and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State Won't Release Amazon Agreement"

WRTV 6 is reporting:State budget officials have refused to release Indiana's much talked about agreement with Amazon.com. In a news...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Universities' State-Subsidized Fiber-Optic Network Runs into Trouble"

Public News Service has an interesting story today that begins:INDIANAPOLIS - Bills have been introduced in both chambers of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Current standing rules of the Indiana House of Representatives

The House Standing Rules are available here on the General Assembly's website. The ILB has used that copy to produce...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 16, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Bill would give county councils more control of funds generated by user fees"

Use of probation fees has been a subject of contention between county government and county courts. Today Ben Zion Hershberg...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Private prisons' populations

Indiana's private prison population rose from 936 in 1999 to 2,817 in 2010. That from a table on p. 4...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 13, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Indiana Association of Cities and Towns focus of FWJG inquiry

Following up on the lengthy story it published last Sunday, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today has an editorial headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Judge Rules in Linda Belork Case"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 4, 2012, one of a long list of earlier entries concerning former Starke County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - How are committee reports handled in the House?

They seemingly pass across the front desk in the blink of an eye, but the process is covered by House...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake Council prepares to deny public defenders insurance coverage"

Bill Dolan reports in the NWI Times today:CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council opened 2012 Tuesday by voting to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: What is next in Charlie White's case, now that Judge Rosenberg has stayed his order pending appeal?

As noted in this ILB entry last evening, the AG yesterday filed a Rule 56(A) Request for Emergency Transfer To...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Greenfield: "Former Mayor Brad DeReamer’s city e-mail account was deleted in his final days in office, wiping out public records and probably violating state law."

That is the intriguing headline to the story posted Jan. 7, 2011 by the Greenfield Daily Reporter. According to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - What is next in Charlie White's case, now that Judge Rosenberg has stayed his order pending appeal?

On Wednesday, Jan. 4th, Judge Rosenberg announced his ruling granting "Motions for Stay of Execution of its Judgment of December...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over IBM's request to question Governor Mitch Daniels"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, here is the Supreme Court's order, filed today, granting the emergency petition to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "State, Amazon.com, reach sales tax agreement"

From a press release just issued:INDIANAPOLIS (January 9, 2012) – Governor Mitch Daniels announced today that the state has reached...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over IBM's request to question Governor Mitch Daniels"

Updating this brief entry from earlier today, Bill McCleery now has a story in the IndyStar site. A quote:The Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Duke CEO's testimony before IURC streamed live at 1 PM today

JohnRussell99 John Russell - "Duke Energy CEO James Rogers to take the IURC witness stand at 1 pm today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over IBM's request to question Governor Mitch Daniels"

shellawish Jim Shella - "State Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over IBM's request to question Governor Mitch Daniels re:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Environment - "Is Bear Run coal mine putting Hoosiers at risk?"

A very long and interesting story today by Heather Gillers, on the Sunday Indianapolis Star front page and continuing on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Association of Cities and Towns focus of FWJG inquiry

"Cities’ lobbyist stays below legal scrutiny: Agency not subject to open government or non-profit rules" is the subject of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Armed with impressive resume, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson faces tall order"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 4, 2012, Phil Wieland reports today in the NWI Times in a story that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 08, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Deaf inmate claims unequal phone access"

Elizabeth Lundblad has this story in the New Castle Courier Times - some quotes:The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 05, 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Perry County judge rules meetings did not violate Open Door Law

This is all the ILB knows about this right now, from WITZ NEWS:January 03, 2012 - The City of Jasper...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Judge Rules in Linda Belork Case"

"Ted" reports today from K99.3 WKVI FM in a story that begins:Jasper County Circuit Court Judge John Potter ruled yesterday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Armed with impressive resume, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson faces tall order"

From the Chicago Tribune, this long Jan. 2nd story by Andy Grimm. Some quotes:It falls to Freeman-Wilson to take on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana governor rescinds Statehouse crowd limits"

Story here from Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press. Here is Mary Beth Schneider's story in the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Statehouse entry restrictions ....

An attorney writes the ILB with a question I can't the answer:As I read your posts on the security changes,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White can remain in office for now [Updated]

That is what Judge Rosenberg ruled this morning, but I haven't seen the opinion yet. Earlier today, the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "I can't let somebody filter who gets to talk to me, and let those who are paid to represent positions be free to talk to me and other people can't."

Here is the complete quote:Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, said he's decided he will not meet with any lobbyist until this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - On Dec. 31st, two protesters arrested at Howard County Courthouse

Here is the long story by Daniel Human of the Kokomo Tribune. Some quotes:Kokomo — A dollar bill taped over...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "None of the bills are available yet for the public to read, though. "

That is how this brief story by Niki Kelly, posted this afternoon on the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette website, ends....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Statehouse capacity of 3,000 would limit protests"

Updating this entry from earlier today, Twitter contains the news that one of the Statehouse elevators has now been converted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Charlie White hearing now set for 10:00 this morning [Updated]

Hearing over, Judge Rosenberg to announce ruling tomorrow on the question of "whether White can stay in office while an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White hearing now set for 10:00 this mornring

From Carrie Ritchie's story this morning in the Indianapolis Star:A judge could decide today how long Indiana Secretary of State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Statehouse capacity of 3,000 would limit protests" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 30, 2011, here are some stories and some reactions to the administration's announcement:"The chilling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Pew: Reviews and Recommendations for State Election Websites 2010"

Thanks to the blog be Specific for this link to the new Pew study, "Being Online Is Still Not Enough,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 02, 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Ind. Law - Your law firm or court plans for Superbowl week?

The Indianapolis Star has a column today headed "Super Bowl FAQ: Answers to your most pressing questions." Among the questions:Q....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 01, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Senator Head chosen as Logansport City Attorney

Jason M. Rodriguez, news editor of the Logansport Pharos-Tribune, reported today:Indiana Sen. Randy Head, who had been representing a group...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 01, 2012

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Statehouse capacity of 3,000 would limit protests"

Alex Campbell's first take on this story in the Indianapolis Star raises many questions. Was there a written news release...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 30, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Carmel retirement community protests bond deal for what it calls a competitor"

Long and comprehensive investigative story today in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Alex Campbell....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 26, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Steelmaker, others oppose Indiana Gasification contract"

For background to this story, start with this Nov. 25, 2011 ILB entry. Keith Benman of the NWI Times reports...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Clark airport loses eminent domain lawsuit, owes $600,000"

Ben Zion Hershberg of the Louisville Courier journal reported this story yesterday afternoon. Some quotes:The Clark County Regional Airport has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "AG to assert legal authority in bringing Recount Commission appeal"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, the AG has now issued this release, that begins:Zoeller: Commission need not meet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Ind. AG to challenge order that Daniels testify "

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 17th, and this press release from AG Zoeller headed "AG seeks to intervene in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Voucher savings? Don't count on it"

Updating this ILB entry dated Nov. 14th, quoting a story in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, where Niki Kelly wrote...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - First hand experience with new parking meters!

This noon a friend and her daughter picked me up and we drove down to Bazbeaux on Massachusetts for pizza....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's Transparency Portal is one of the best websites in the nation for state government records

So reports Dan Carden today in the NWI Times. Some quotes:Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization that evaluates government transparency, said...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Charter school association sues over FWCS building"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Rebecca S. Green and Patrick Svitek report today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette under the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Charter school association sues over FWCS building"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has posted the lengthy press release of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association. A few...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Gov. Daniels will not pursue sentencing reform this year

That is the word from Eric Bradner, reporting Sunday in the Evansville Courier & Press:When Gov. Mitch Daniels rolled out...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Stalwarts share loyalty to Daniels: Agency chiefs to stay through 2nd term"

Good story today from Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on Daniels administration stalwards. The premise:While some agencies...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana businesses are becoming increasingly alarmed that the state's flurry of so-called "social legislation" may be damaging its business-friendly reputation and holding back job growth"

That is the lead (lede) to one of three stories in the Business Section of today's NWI Times, all reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Ind. AG to challenge order that Daniels testify "

Charles Wilson of the AP reported last evening:An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Digging a pension hole: Springfield politics wreaked havoc on retirement code"

From the Chicago Tribune, this story by Jason Grotto and Ray Long about our sister state, Illinois....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Gov. Mitch Daniels must be deposed in IBM lawsuit, judge rules."

Niki Kelly tweets: Gov. Mitch Daniels must be deposed in IBM lawsuit, judge rules. Jim Shella tweets: Judge David Dreyer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Governor Daniels names Anita Kolkmeier Samuel general counsel"

Adding to this ILB entry from earlier this morning, outgoing general counsel David Pippen has written the ILB (and perhaps...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor Daniels names Anita Kolkmeier Samuel general counsel"

From a news release:INDIANAPOLIS (December 16, 2011) – Governor Mitch Daniels announced today that Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, assistant general counsel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - David Pippen's last day on Daniel's staff is tomorrow [Updated]

Mary Beth Schneider has tweeted:Gov Daniels top legal counsel David Pippen's last day is tomorrow. He's leaving to join Bose...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Report from the budget committee meeting

The Star's MBS tweets from Budget Committee meeting:Mary Beth Schneider If legislators had the hard chairs and the audience the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Budget Committee rejects independent audit of $320 million tax discovery" [Updated]

IndyStar has just posted this coverage by Mary Beth Schneider of this morning's State Budget Committee meeting and its decision...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "New Gary, Ind., Mayor Has A Big Job Ahead Of Her"

New Gary mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was the focus of a 4-minute story today on NPR's Morning Edition, reported by Michael...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Three-part national series on backlogged state agencies

Stateline today begins a three-part series with the overall title of "Backlogged: The growing wait for state services":States across the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Richmond Sanitary District customers scramble after billing mistake: Officials asking for money owed but never charged"

Bill Engle reports today in the Richmond Palladium-Item in a long story that begins:Five hundred Richmond Sanitary District customers will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Communities offer alternatives to revolving door of prison"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is part 3 of the Kokomo Tribune's "three-day series examining the issue of minor felony...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "David Lott Hardy, Ex-IURC chairman indicted in Duke ethics scandal"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, John Russell has a lengthy, front-page story in today's Indianapolis Star, putting the indictment in perspective....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "David Lott Hardy, Ex-IURC chairman indicted in Duke ethics scandal"

John Russell reports this morning on the IndyStar website:The former chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has been indicted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Push for prison downsizing focuses on low-level offenders"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is part 2 of the Kokomo Tribune's "three-day series examining the issue of minor felony...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "'Found' revenue calls Daniels' austerity into question"

That is the headline to Eric Bradner's column in the Sunday Evansville Courier & Press. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS — The curious...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Push for prison downsizing focuses on low-level offenders"

That is the headline to this story today in the Kokomo Tribune, written by Scott Smith. From the Editor's Note:This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Attorney for secretary of state asks that recount panel's ruling be considered"

Another in the long list of Charlie White stories -- Charles Wilson of the AP reports on yesterday's hearing on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Drug Tests Botched By State Lab To Be Retested"

Updating this ILB entry from July 26, 2011, Tim Evans reports today in the Indianapolis Star in a story headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Majority of new toxicology board meets in private with law enforcement officials at a motel in Carmel

Updating a long list of ILB entries on the backlogs and errors at the state toxicology lab, including this one...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Windfalls and General Fund Revsions

Yesterday's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette had a long editorial headed "Windfall vs. painful cuts" that begins:Is the $320 million uncovered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 09, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Twenty-seven civilian employees to lose IMPD jobs"

Updating yesterday's entry, a brief story in today's Indianapolis Star reports:City-County Council leaders said Wednesday that they will seek money...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Twenty-seven civilian employees to lose IMPD jobs"

That was the heading to this Nov. 18th ILB entry, referencing an IndyStar story. This afternoon Fox 59 has this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State finds $320 million it didn't know it had"

Mary Beth Schneider has a good story today in the Indianapolis Star explaining in great detail how the State could...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Government-spending info at your fingertips"

The Indiana Gateway for Government Units is the topic of an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 01, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana legislator tells Congress to pass online sales tax"

Lesley Weidenbener in a special to the Evansville Courier & Press, reports in a long story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS — A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Congress should tackle Internet sales tax issue"

Despite the full-court press in the press, perhaps related to the Simon Property Group lawsuit (see Nov. 4th ILB entry),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "The cost of Indiana education: An examination of 275 Indiana school superintendent contracts"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 22nd, the Evansville Courier & Press today has an editorial headed "Public deserves full...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 27, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Gasification plant gets green light, NIPSCO rates could go up"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 22nd, here is John Russell's Nov. 23rd story in the Indianapolis Star, headlined...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "White is a no-show in court"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the Charlie White hearing, two stories today. From Carrie Ritchie's long report in the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Missed Deadline May Have Cost State Millions: State Late Applying For Piece Of $303M In Education Money"

A long Nov. 23rd story from WRTV6 reported:INDIANAPOLIS -- State lawmakers are questioning why the State Student Assistance Commission failed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Charlie White hearing this morning

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, don't miss this commentary from Masson's Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White hearing this morning [Updated]

Some clips from a developing story, here from WRTV6:White had been expected to represent himself during the hearing. [before Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Gasification plant gets green light, NIPSCO rates could go up"

That headline is from a brief story posted on the NWI Times website by reporter Keith Benman:State regulators Tuesday approved...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "AG Zoeller concludes it is unconstitutional for a school corporation to require fees for school bus transportation even if the school system outsources bus service to another entity"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 10th, the Indy Star is reporting:The Franklin Township board voted 3-2 Monday night to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "The cost of Indiana education: An examination of 275 Indiana school superintendent contracts"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 20th on the three-part series by Thomas B. Langhorne of the Evansville Courier &...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Law - Still more on: Municipal bankruptcy: How's that working out for you?

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 20th, John Gramlich today authors a long and useful Stateline Explainer examining "what it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Law - More on: Municipal bankruptcy: How's that working out for you?

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 12th, which quoted a NYT story on the difficulties surrounding municipal bankruptcy, Dan Carden...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The cost of Indiana education: An examination of 275 Indiana school superintendent contracts"

Thomas B. Langhorne of the Evansville Courier & Press reports today on "a Courier & Press examination of 275 superintendent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "County kills vote to trim judges’ pay: Council also rescinds decision to alter police retirement fund"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 4, 2011, Vivian Sade of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Twenty-seven civilian employees to lose IMPD jobs"

The story, reported by William J. Booher and Chris Sikich in today's Indianapolis Star, caught my eye in light of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislators reject plan to 'simplify' state laws"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times has the story today:INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers have turned down a plan intended to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Legislators to be off Thurs. and Fri. before Superbowl Sunday, but not state employees

See the story by Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Ind. State Bar Ass'n. sponsoring "Law School for Legislators"

This sounds fascinating! For legislators and staff only. This should be especially helpful for non-lawyer legislators. CLEs available for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana pensions: A state secret"

Troy Kehoe of WISH-TV aired a very long investigative report last evening on the legal roadblocks to obtaining state pension...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Legislative panel reviewing possible state purchase of iPads for Indiana lawmakers"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 9th, Rick Callahan of the AP reports in a story headed "Indiana legislative panel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Bike lanes continue to confuse drivers, riders"

Updating this entry from Nov. 14th, WTHR 13 had another story last evening, this one about the perils of Illinois...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Voucher savings? Don't count on it"

In this story published Nov. 9th in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Niki Kelly wrote that:Hoosier students are playing a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Drivers unhappy over new Broad Ripple bike lanes"

Five lanes down to three from Broad Ripple to Keystone reports WTHR 13. Watch the video, read the story and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "As a result of a flap over one district's decision to do away with free busing, the consequences of state officials' efforts to force school corporations into new spending habits are on full display"

That is the first sentence of this story today in the Evansville Courier & Press, reported by Eric Bradner. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "James Rogers, Duke's chairman and chief executive, met privately with Gov. Mitch Daniels: Executive tried to keep power plant on track, documents reveal"

Another in a long series of Indianapolis Star stories on the controversy surrounding Duke's Edwardsport plant and the company's relationship...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ind. Courts - Still more on "When did rape stop being rape?"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, which quoted a South Bend Tribune story headed "South Bend schools finalist left last job in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Efforts in Sentencing and Corrections Reform"

Thanks to an entry in Sentencing Law Blog, here is a 26-page, Oct. 27, 2011 Issue Brief from the National...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Interim lottery director moving on, sort of"

Niki Kelly has a new post at the FWJG Political Notebook blog that begins:Gov. Mitch Daniels might not have a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "AG Zoeller concludes it is unconstitutional for a school corporation to require fees for school bus transportation even if the school system outsources bus service to another entity"

Following on this Nov. 4th ILB entry headed "Mom sues Franklin Township schools over bus fees: Mom's suit says charge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Is that really the message that members of the Indiana General Assembly want to send to voters, especially in a state with one of the lowest voter participation rates in the nation?"

The law passed last year that leaves unopposed candidates off the ballot in municipal elections (see list of earlier ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on the new expungement (restricted access) law ...

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 14, and adding to this long list of ILB entries on the topic, Maureen...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. FSSA never completed the process to apply for the federal Medicaid expansion program that would have provided free birth control to low-income mothers who had recently given birth

That even though the General Assembly passed a law six years ago to authorize it. Heather Gillers had the investigative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 07, 2011

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - NE Indiana counties enter debate over wind energy

Angela Mapes Turner of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today takes a long look at regulation of wind turbines. This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - “Traditionally everything is paid by the employer so there is no incentive to shop for prices or be preventive or consider not going to ER if you don’t have to.”

That is a quote from a long story today on the State of Indiana's move to high deductible health insurance,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 06, 2011

Friday, November 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Allen County to revisit vote on salaries: Last-minute cuts stun many, ignite thorny legal issue" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 21, 2011, where the ILB pointed out that a similar effort to cut a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 04, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Outdoor burning has neighbors at odds, city laws in question"

Here is an interesting story from WISH TV's Debbie Knox that aired Tuesday. Some quotes:An Indianapolis woman is taking on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 03, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "New Indianapolis bike lanes causing confusion"

Richard Essex of WTHRTV13 had this report last evening. The comments are also worth reading. Those of us who drive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Homeowners with cemeteries in yards keep history alive"

Long, really interesting feature story about pioneer cemeteries, by Will Higgins of the Indianapolis Star. Plus a nice slide show...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "All about election polls"

The blog Stats Chat, from New Zealand, has an entry today on how to assess the worth of an election...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State archives still waiting for new roof"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 4, 2009, which quoted a 2009 Indy Star story headed "Archives are at the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indy Council's map contract leaves out public"

A well worth-reading in full opinion piece today in the Indianapolis Star, by Julia Vaughn and Erin Kelley. Vaughn is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Too many secrets with Duke"

Following up on its Oct. 20th story, "Many documents on Duke's Edwardsport plant remain hidden from public," the Indianapolis Star...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Steve Johnson, Retired prosecutors’ advocate, drafted back into service on sentencing reform

Maureen Hayden of CNHI has the story, here in the New Albany News & Tribune. Some quotes from the lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Unfortunate story at Indy 6News

Headed "Ethics Scandal Zaps Former Duke Energy Attorney:Scott Storms Stripped Of Law License, Fined," the story from last evening concludes:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Legislative Subcommittee on Barnes v. State to meet Thursday

Updating this entry from Oct 19th, here is a story by Ken Kusmer of the AP on yesterday's meeting. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Move is afoot to collect sales tax from Amazon"

The ILB has received this from the Governor's press office:MEDIA ADVISORY: Letter about online sales tax collection OMB Director Chris...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Marion County declines White's special prosecutor request on Bayhs"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 13th, headed "Still more on: Charlie White, private citizen, files criminal complaint with prosecutor,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Duke Energy, the Edwardsport plant, and the IURC scandal back in news today

"Ethics scandal costs Duke Energy in two rulings" is the headline to this lengthy story by Chris O'Malley in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The Moneyball of Campaign Advertising"

A two-part discussion by John Sides at Nate Silver's Political Calculus blog in the NY Times. Part 1, dated Oct....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Legislative Subcommittee on Barnes v. State to meet Thursday

From the news release issed by State Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford), Chair:WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. WHERE: Senate Chamber,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Move is afoot to collect sales tax from Amazon"

"Lawmakers Want New Amazon Deal To Collect Sales Tax" is the heading to a story that ran last evening on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Butch Morgan, St. Joe Democratic chairman, resigns his position"

Kevin Allen reports today in the South Bend Tribune:SOUTH BEND -- St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Butch Morgan has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "IBM quotes Gov. Daniels' book in lawsuit against Indiana"

Carrie Ritchie reports this afternoon on the Indianapolis Star site:IBM is using Mitch Daniels' new book as ammunition in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: The new expungement (restricted access) law ...

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 14th, which began: "The ILB has received some reader reaction to Article 39 ...",...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Costly microfilm requirement leaves clerk's office 'drowning in paper'"

Dorothy Schneider has the report today in the Lafayette Journal Courier. Some quotes:"We're just drowning in paper," County Clerk Christa...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Ind. gambling exclusion list has 4,200 members"

An AP story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette begins:ANDERSON — Nearly 4,200 people have asked the Indiana Gaming...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Hoosier Lottery director resigns"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 14th, the Oct. 15th Indianapolis Star has an expanded story on the resignation....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Continuing with "2008 Clinton, Obama Indiana primary petitions tainted by forged signatures"

The South Bend Tribune has created a "special reports" page to provide access to all its stories on the 2008...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 16, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Hoosier Lottery director resigns"

Jon Murray has just posted the announcement on the IndyStar site. From the news release issued by the Gov.'s office:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: The new expungement (restricted access) law ...

The ILB has received some reader reaction to "Article 39," posted here earlier this afternoon, relating to the Court's direction...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - The new expungement (restricted access) law ...

Yesterday and again this morning the ILB posted about the meeting of a legislative interim committee looking at the expungement...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "2008 Clinton, Obama Indiana primary petitions tainted by forged signatures"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 12, Erin Blasko of the South Bend Tribune continues the story in this report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Linda Belork’s Lawsuit Moved to Jasper County"

K99.3 WKVI FM reported yesterday in a brief story:A change of venue has been granted by Starke Circuit Court Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on yesterday's meeting of the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee meeting

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has good coverage of the meeting....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Committee meeting today [Updated]

Agenda items include:(1) Discussion of expungement draft. (2) Report from research group concerning data presented to the Criminal Code Evaluation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Update on proposed sentencing revisions

The Indiana Economic Digest on Oct. 12 reprinted a story from the Wabash Plain Dealer on the status of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "2008 Clinton, Obama Indiana primary petitions tainted by forged signatures"

Updating this ILB entry from Sunday, Erin Blasko of the South Bend Tribune continues the story in this report today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Charlie White, private citizen, files criminal complaint with prosecutor

Supplementing yesterday's ILB entry, Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported late this morning in a story headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The steady stream of retirement announcements from the Indiana General Assembly highlights the importance of next year’s legislative contests"

Well worth reading editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White, private citizen, files criminal complaint with prosecutor

6News Indy has the story. They also have a copy of the complaint White filed with the Marion County Prosecutor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Clark council approves budget with special tax increase"

Updating earlier stories, including this one from Oct. 3rd, Ben Zion Hershberg of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports today:The Clark County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Brief filed appealing Recount Commission decision in SOS Charlie White case

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 26th, Marion Circuit Court Judge Louis Rosenberg has now set oral argument on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - The state lottery is a "a separate body politic and corporate from state government," except when it isn't ...

Today the Indianapolis Star had this editorial, headed "Lottery splurges, we lose." News stories last week reported on "the move...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Electoral Regulations at Stake in 13 Secretary of State Races"

That is the headline of this long survey article today in Governing. Some quotes:Many secretaries of state have portfolios that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Poker Inc. To Uncle Sam: Shut Up And Deal"

The ILB has had a number of entries on online poker, the most recent being this one from Aug. 14th,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Move is afoot to collect sales tax from Amazon"

Here is a list of earlier ILB entries on Amazon.com and sales tax collection issues. On Oct. 8, the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "2008 Clinton, Obama Indiana primary petitions tainted by forged signatures"

A long story today in the South Bend Tribune, by reporters Erin Blasko and Kevin Allen, plus Ryan Nees of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "AG files suit in three counties after audits found money was misappropriated"

Two stories from Oct. 4th:"Ex-Court Clerk Needs To Repay $49K: Attorney General Files Suit Against Former Martinsville Official", a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 09, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

Environment - "The Muncie Parks Department's efforts to save money by burning tree waste backfired on Tuesday"

So reports Seth Slabaugh in the Muncie Star-Press earlier this week. More from the long story:Smoke from the fire along...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2011

Ind. Court - Asphalt plant lawsuit and statute of limitations issue

Interesting story yesterday by David A. Mann of the Jeffersonville News and Tribune. Some quotes:JEFFERSONVILLE — Motions for summary judgment,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Big election law bill vs. all inclusive "budget" bills

Andrea Neal, adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, has a column this week on the confusion over the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Preservation advocates push Indiana tax cut's expansion"

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener, now of the Franklin College Statehouse Bureau, has a long story today picked up by the Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indictment puts Philpot's future in jeopardy"

Bill Dolan of the NWI Times reported Oct. 2 in a story - some quotes:CROWN POINT | Lake County Coroner...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Amazon, the retail Goliath retreats (in California)"

A long editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on the internet sales tax collection issue. It begins:With economic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "With mandate money, county expects to stay solvent"

From the Jeffersonville News & Tribune, Braden Lammers reported Sept. 30th:At Thursday’s Clark County Commissioners meeting, Attorney Greg Fifer said...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 03, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "A retirement policy that’s past its prime"

Recalling this ILB entry from Oct. 29, 2009, headed "Flagrant Age Discrimination at IU-Indy School of Law?" the Fort Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 02, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Ordinance on predatory towing passed: Fees capped, other limits placed on companies after complaints of excesses"

This July 19, 2011 ILB entry reported that the Indy City-County Council has passed an ordinance on predatory towing. You...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Fort Wayne City Council heading paperless with iPad

Benjamin Lanka has the report in today's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:Clerk Sandy Kennedy on Wednesday announced her office...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "All Lake County candidates will get a piece of Nov. 8 ballot"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 21, headed "In Tippecanoe County, unopposed to remain off ballots for now," and this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Sellersburg looking into tech insurance"

Here is an interesting item by Braden Lammers of the New Albany News & Tribune:SELLERSBURG — The town of Sellersburg...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Fired prisons chief Ed Buss still talks; Gov. Rick Scott not happy "

Did you follow with interest the ILB entries from Aug. 24th and Aug. 26th on former Indiana Corrections head Ed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Brief filed appealing Recount Commission decision in SOS Charlie White case

Attached is a copy of the brief filed Sept. 23rd in Marion Circuit Court in the appeal of the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Logansport denies it owes money to former firefighters

From the Sept. 25th Pharos-Tribune, this story by Lindsey Ziliak that begins:The city of Logansport denies it owes any money...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2011

Law - A solution without a problem?

A challenge to Indiana's voter ID law was rejected by the SCOTUS, but as more states move to adopt similar...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Names on the ballot, and the "may" issue

The Lafayette Journal-Courier reported this weekend:Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski filed a lawsuit Friday morning in an attempt to force the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP leaders say fix coming for ballot law"

So reports Niki Kelly today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:The good news for vexed election officials around...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 23, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: In Tippecanoe County, "Unopposed to remain off ballots for now"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, apparently yesterday's action by the Tippecanoe County Election Board did not dim the furor....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ind Gov't. - "Lawmakers to consider Indiana's scooter law"

That is the headline to this long WTHR story reported by Sandra Chapman. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is tackling dangerous...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: FSSA to pay Barnes & Thornburg over $8 million thru June 2012

Ken Kusmer's initial AP story, quoted in this ILB entry yesterday, has been expanded. Here is the longer version. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "If your mother says you 'may not' have a piece of candy what did that mean to you?"

Re the "Unopposed to remain off ballots" issue (see most recent ILB entry here), the ILB has received a copy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - In Tippecanoe County, "Unopposed to remain off ballots for now"

So reports Amanda Hamon in this story in the Lafayette Journal-Courier that begins:Despite opposition from local political leaders, county officials...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - FSSA to pay Barnes & Thornburg over $8 million thru June 2012

Here is Ken Kusmer's initial AP story. Some quotes:Indiana's costs for a legal battle over a canceled welfare outsourcing contract...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "In 2010, Indiana ranked 48th in voter turnout"

Following up on this ILB entry from Sept. 15th, here is an 11:30 minute story from the Sept. 17th NPR...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "In 2010, Indiana ranked 48th in voter turnout"

"We're involved, except at ballot box" is the headline to an editorial today in the Indianapolis Star about the results...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Life is sunnyside up for Indianapolis chicken owners"

The ILB's most recent "urban chickens" entry was here, on August 14th. Today Will Higgins of the Indianapolis Star has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Feds say Indiana's error rate for unemployment benefits worst in nation"

So reports Jon Murray of the IndyStar in this just-posted story that begins:WASHINGTON – Indiana makes more errors than any...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "More details of state’s audit of Starke County treasurer released"

The ILB has five earlier entries on the summary removal from office of the Starke County Treasurer. Terry Turner reports...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ind. Courts - Even more on "Richmond Republicans and Democrats joined forces Thursday seeking to halt a revised state law that would leave unopposed candidates off the ballot this fall"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 12, this from an editorial today in the Lafayette Journal Courier:Looks as if Greater...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "New liability law, DNR program combine to help landowners experiencing deer damage"

Some quotes from a Sept. 13 release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife:A new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Complaint Filed Against City of Jasper"

From WITZ AM/FM:September 12, 2011 - A complaint has been filed against the City of Jasper again in as many...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Monday's arrests came as the result of a grand jury inquiry in Union Circuit Court on Thursday and Friday. No other county officials were charged."

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 8th headed "Grand jury inquiry begins today into case of Union County employees," today's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on current Secretary of State Charlie White [Updated]

As readers may recall, acting as his own lawyer, Mr. White filed a motion to transfer the appeal of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Clark drainage board to revisit ordinance"

Braden Lammers reported yesterday in the Jeffersonville News & Tribune:The Clark County Drainage Board may amend a policy concerning drainage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Attorney General Greg Zoeller is arguably Indiana’s second most-powerful elected figure"

That is the caption to a photo of the AG that accompanies this long, balanced story today in the Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Stage Collapse - The 1963 Coliseum Explosion, the end of sovereign immunity, and the enactment of the tort claims statute -- Part I

Nearly 50 years ago, on Halloween night, October 31, 1963, a massive explosion rocked the State Fair Fair Coliseum in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Farmers don't want to pay for drainage

Dorothy Schneider reports in the Lafayette Journal Courier:As Tippecanoe County officials move forward with plans to improve drainage along an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Budget Cuts Lead to University Tuition Increases"

For more, see this post at Doug Masson's Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Legislative panel reviewing possible state purchase of iPads for Indiana lawmakers"

Updating its earlier story in the legislative interest in iPads, the NWI Times has this editorial today headed: "Lawmakers could...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 09, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Grand jury inquiry begins today into case of Union County employees"

Pam Tharp reports today in the Richmond Palladium-Item:LIBERTY, Ind. -- A grand jury will hear evidence beginning today on allegations...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 08, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "IBM: If Daniels can go on book tour, he can testify in lawsuit over Ind. welfare privatization"

So reports Ken Kusmer of the AP in a brief, already widely syndicated story this afternoon - some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Stage Collapse - The 1963 Coliseum Explosion, the end of sovereign immunity, and the enactment of the tort claims statute -- Part II

This is Part II of a two-part series providing hard-to-find background information on the 1963 Coliseum Explosion, the end of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Clarksville officials look at options to avoid public meeting

Interesting item in the Sept. 2nd News & Tribune, reported by David Mann. From near the end of the story,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

Environment - More on "Peppermint farmers from LaPorte, Starke and Pulaski counties just want to be left alone to grow mint and distill its oil"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 1, the ILB has looked a little further into the issue. Last year the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The Indiana Department of Child Services is under fire for returning more than $100 million to the state, a savings that some argue has come at the expense of Hoosier children."

That is the lede to this story Sept. 2nd by Indy 6News....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana’s gambling enforcers stay busy: Special unit hunts bookies, animal fights, charity abuse"

That was the headline to this story yesterday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reported by Niki Kelly. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2011

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Pastime case delayed pending New Albany appeal of preservation case"

A brief story by Daniel Suddeath in the Sept. 1 New Albany News & Tribune:The New Albany Historic Preservation Commission...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 04, 2011

Ind. Courts - More on "Richmond Republicans and Democrats joined forces Thursday seeking to halt a revised state law that would leave unopposed candidates off the ballot this fall"

Updating this ILB entry from Friday, Sept. 2nd, here are a number of stories: An editorial from the Evansville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 04, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Goldsmith quit NYC post after being busted for domestic violence

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star has a front-page story this morning headed "Wife speaks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislative panel reviewing possible state purchase of iPads for Indiana lawmakers"

That is the headline of this story today reported by Dan Carden of the NWI Times. Also today, from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 02, 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Significant changes were made to zoning laws by 2011 General Assembly

A reader sent the ILB this note the other day:Little noticed in the press (unnoticed might be a better description)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Jim Bopp Quits the Charlie White Case"

The ILB posed some questions at the end of this entry yesterday. This morning Secretary of state’s office spokesman A.J....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Goldsmith quit NYC post after being busted for domestic violence [Updated]

See the exclusive story in the NY Post, here. Mary Beth Schneider tweets:Holy moly. Goldsmith quit NYC job because of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "AFL-CIO sues state over state law banning collective bargaining"

Lesley Weidenbener reports this afternoon for The Franklin Online:INDIANAPOLIS – A public employees union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Gov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Jim Bopp Quits the Charlie White Case"

Updating this brief item from yesterday, here is a slightly longer AP story [link fixed]. Some quotes:Embattled Indiana Secretary of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ind. Courts - "Clark County's property-tax lawsuit to be heard Oct. 28"

Ben Zion Hershberg reports this afternoon in the Louisville Courier Journal:The Indiana Tax Court has scheduled a hearing on Oct....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Jim Bopp Quits the Charlie White Case"

So reports Jim Shella, of WISH TV....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Two well-worth-reading education stories

Tom Coyne of the AP had a long story Sunday headed "Ind. vouchers prompt thousands to change schools." It begins:SOUTH...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "A bonding proposal to pay off the state’s unemployment debt to the federal government could save Hoosier businesses hundreds of millions of dollars – if it’s legal."

That is the lede of this Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story reported by Niki Kelly. The story reports that:[T]he...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Farmland values up, set to go higher, experts say"

Updating this ILB entry from June 12, 2011, Justin Mack of the Lafayette Journal Courier reported August 21st:A recent Purdue...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 29, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Buss out as Florida Corrections Head

Updating this ILB entry from Wed., August 24th, here is some reaction from Florida, via an editorial in the St....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper under review following accusations he staked out the home of a sheriff's deputy"

Updating last evening's ILB entry, Diana Penner's story in this morning's Indianapolis Star begins:The Johnson County sheriff has asked the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Steve Johnson will be retiring from IPAC July 1

Updating this ILB entry from June 13th, the ILB has learned (and is the first to report) that David Powell,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper under review following accusations he staked out the home of a sheriff's deputy"

That is the headline to a story this evening reported by Myrt Price of 6News. [More] Here is much more...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Breaking News: Buss out as Florida Corrections Head

From a just-issued press release by Florida Governor Rick Scott:Tallahassee, Fla – Governor Rick Scott announced today that he has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ind. Gov.t. - More on "Speaker Bosma Calls on Hinkle to Resign"

Updating this brief entry from earlier today, here is a comprehensive story from John Krull, reporting for TheFranklinOnline. It begins:Almost...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ind. Gov.t. - "Speaker Bosma Calls on Hinkle to Resign"

Jim Shella of WISH TV has a copy of Bosma's statement....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "A new law that we did not seek and do not need "

Updating this ILB entry from August 18th, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel this morning has this editorial. Some quotes:Members of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmakers face critical state infrastructure needs"

From a story today in the NWI Times reported by Dan Carden:State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, sees a bleak path...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Fountain Square businesses hurt by Cultural Trail construction"

I'm happy to see this story today in the Indianapolis Star, written by Chris Sikich. I go down to Fountain...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Two notable stories on local government bidding today

"Second round of bids saves Monroe County big money on courthouse project" is the heading to this story ($$$) reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Starke County Treasurer Restraining Order Hearing Rescheduled

Updating earlier ILB entries, the most recent from August 17th, K99.3 WKVI FM reported yesterday:A hearing was to have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State prison data used to drive reform legislation under review"

Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, reported in the August 17th Herald Bulletin:Indiana prosecutors who opposed a failed criminal sentencing reform...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Ind. self-policing raises questions on fair probe" [Updated]

Charles Wilson of the AP has a long story this afternoon, here as published via the Atlanta Journal Constitution website,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "New ballot has no place for one-person race"

Interesting story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier, reported by Dorothy Schneider. Some quotes from the long story:Voters who turn...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ind. Courts - "Legal error delays work at Union County Courthouse: General Assembly's failure to set common wages as stalled courthouse drainage project"

Pam Tharp reports today in the Richmond Palladium-Item in a story that begins:LIBERTY, Ind. -- An omission by the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on "Starke County commissioners remove treasurer from office"

Having read and posted links to a number of stories now on the Starke County treasurer issue, I'd venture to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake cop(s) sues to unfreeze property tax levy"

Yesterday there was this story: "Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden has filed a lawsuit asking the courts to require Clark...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Clark County sheriff files "mandate" suit against county for funding

Ben Zion Hershberg has the story in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes from the long story:Clark County Sheriff Danny...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Raising chickens legal in Chicago, and people are crowing about it " [Updated]

A new addition today, from a neighboring state, to the ILB's list of Indiana "chicken underground" entries -- Kara Spak...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Starved State Budgets Inspire New Look at Web Gambling"

That is the headline to this NY Times story by Matt Richtel. Some quotes from the long story:By year’s end...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Another voice on: "State Sen. Tom Wyss wants Indiana’s attorney general to issue an opinion on the legality of the bill before Fort Wayne City Council that would ban city contractors from making political donations to city politicians."

Updating a series of ILB entries, ending with this one August 6th headed "Campaign gift limits violate state law, AG...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 14, 2011

Environment - More on "Purdue poised to cancel coal-fired power plant"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 4, 2011, the Sunday Lafayette Courier & Press has a lengthy feature by Eric...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "City parks simply no place for your firearms"

That is the heading to a letter today in the South Bend Tribune, written by Robert Goodrich and Dr. Thomas...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Starke County commissioners remove treasurer from office"

Updating yesterday's ILB entries (the most recent being here), here are some additional stories on the Starke County treasurer situation....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - COA stays trial court remedy for electioneering [Updated]

Some days the ILB doesn't know all that is going on until she reads about it in a blog located...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Starke County commissioners remove treasurer from office"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, an AP story is now reporting:KNOX, Ind. — The State Board of Accounts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Emails show IURC official lobbied Duke on personnel decision"

John Russell continued the IndyStar series on Duke Energy and the IURC yesterday with another front-page story. The long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State Rep. Phil Hinkle, a Republican, caught in tryst with male escort"

House Speaker Brian Bosma has released this statement:STATEHOUSE— Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) released the following statement in response to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Starke County commissioners remove treasurer from office"

Read the Gary Post-Tribune story by Terry Turner here. Some quotes:KNOX — The Starke County Board of Commissioners, concerned about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Rep. Phil Hinkle, a Republican, caught in tryst with male escort "

IndyStar reporter Carrie Ritchie just tweeted the above; it should have been the headline to today's long, front-page bombshell of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Tax setup creates school disparity: Poor districts need higher rates to get by"

Dan Stockman of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a major story in the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana casinos struggling after years of growth"

Grace Schneider's lengthy story today in the Louisville Courier Journal begins:Indiana's nearly $3 billion a year gaming industry is caught...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 07, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't - More on "Goldsmith Quits as NYC Deputy Mayor After 14 Months"

Long, interesting, and perhaps definitive story in Friday's NY Times, headed "Bloomberg Deputy Hired With Much Fanfare Steps Down," reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 06, 2011

Ind. Gov. - State settles 1998 "federal lawsuit accusing the DNR of violating the federal Clean Water Act, with the state paying $8.5 million, in part, to clean up a mess"

Rebecca S. Green has the story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:More than a dozen years after...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Campaign gift limits violate state law, AG opinion says" [Updated]

Updating three earlier ILB entries, all headed "State Sen. Tom Wyss wants Indiana’s attorney general to issue an opinion on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 06, 2011

Friday, August 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Stll more on: "Sales-tax issues make Indiana attractive to Amazon, but at what cost?"

Adding to the coverage of this issue, the WSJ on Aug. 3rd had this story, headed "Amazon Battles States Over...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 05, 2011

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't - "Goldsmith Quits as NYC Deputy Mayor After 14 Months"

So Javier C. Hernandez reports in the NY Times City Room blog. A quote:Mr. Goldsmith entered office last year with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 04, 2011

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Charlie White hires ex-prosecutor Brizzi" [Updated]

That would be Secretary of State Charlie White. See the brief story here from WISH-TV. The Indianapolis Star reports:Former Marion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Gamblers lose jackpots to pay child support debts"

Nice to see reporter Lesley Weidenbener back, now writing for The Franklin Online. Her long story today begins:INDIANAPOLIS — Casinos...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Sales-tax issues make Indiana attractive to Amazon, but at what cost?"

Updating this ILB entry from July 24th, the Sunday Louisville Courier Journal had a lengthy story by Chris Otts, headlined...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Grant saves historic Ind. newspapers

The AP is reporting:INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana newspapers that captured key moments in history will be digitally preserved through a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke ignored water issue at Indiana plant, consultant says"

Big story today from Chris O'Malley of the IBJ that begins:Regulatory filings alleging Duke Energy Corp. grossly mismanaged construction of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Marijuana law changes could be boon for Indiana"

Dan Carden reports on today's legislative hearing on changing the state's marijuana laws. Some quotes from the NWI Times story:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Drug Tests Botched By State Lab To Be Retested" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from July 20th, that is the headline to this story WRTV 6 is reporting this evening....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "An Example of Marion County Forfeiture Abuse"

See this just-posted item from Ogden on Politics....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Voucher students and the IHSAA"

From an editorial today in the South Bend Tribune:The Indiana High School Athletic Association says it will follow its present...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - So who are your current legislators?

Updating earlier ILB entries on the new legislative districts (see most recent ILB entry here), this story, posted at ValpoLife.com,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Two Sunday stories on Indiana welfare system

Eric Bradner had two "where are we now" stories in the Sunday Evansville Courier & Press: This story, "Ind. FSSA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "BMV fights document deception Eyes rules to stem flow of false titles, registrations"

Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette had this long story Sunday that reports:As fast as the state’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Sales-tax issues make Indiana attractive to Amazon, but at what cost?"

Updating this ILB entry from July 14, 2011, Dana Hunsinger Benbow has a long story in the business section of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana House, Senate differ on timing of new legislative districts"

Updating this ILB entry from July 20th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today on the subject. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "How many governors are using social media?"

Find out here from Stateline, via a comprehensive chart....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Golf carts on public streets a success story in Gibson County

Updating this ILB entry from July 21st, here is another story, this one from Eagle County 99.3FM, is headed "Lawrenceburg...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Golf carts on public streets a success story in Gibson County

ILB readers may recall that the ILB has had many posts on the topic of allowing golf carts on local...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "State Sen. Tom Wyss wants Indiana’s attorney general to issue an opinion on the legality of the bill before Fort Wayne City Council that would ban city contractors from making political donations to city politicians."

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, an editorial today in the FWJG begins:Advocates for an ordinance to ban city contractors...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Advisory panel halts audit of state toxicology lab"

Updating its front-page story from yesterday, the Indianapolis Star today has this editorial that begins:An audit of the state lab...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Porter County RDA fight is over"

According to this story from Bob Kasarda of the NWI Times, the Supreme Court has denied transfer in County Council...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana House, Senate differ on timing of new legislative districts"

Fascinating story, dated July 15th in this Indiana Economic Digest posting, from CNHI's statehouse bureau chief Maureen Hayden. Some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "State Sen. Tom Wyss wants Indiana’s attorney general to issue an opinion on the legality of the bill before Fort Wayne City Council that would ban city contractors from making political donations to city politicians."

Following up on his story yesterday (ILB entry here), Benjamin Lanka of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Advisory panel halts audit of state toxicology lab"

Mark Alesia and Tim Evans report on the Indianapolis Star front-page this morning in a lengthy story that begins:A half-finished...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ind. Decisions - State will not appeal preliminary injunction in immigration law challenge

Updating this ILB entry from June 25th, headed "In rapid succession, federal judges slam the brakes on major elements of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Sen. Tom Wyss wants Indiana’s attorney general to issue an opinion on the legality of the bill before Fort Wayne City Council that would ban city contractors from making political donations to city politicians."

That is the lede to this story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette by Benjamin Lanka. More:In a letter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Commission looks to overhaul state theft laws: Indiana is the only state which doesn’t have monetary threshold in criminal code"

Updating this ILB entry from July 17, 2011, which ended by pointing to a philosophical debate evident from the remarks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Ordinance on predatory towing passed: Fees capped, other limits placed on companies after complaints of excesses"

Updating this May 18th ILB entry, Chris Sikich reports this morning in the Indianapolis Star:The City-County Council on Monday approved...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Study committees tackling two issues state must resolve"

From an editorial today in the Madison Courier:Indiana General Assembly summer study committees are reviewing two issues the state needs...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "When citizens rail against the evils of big government, the work of prosecutors should be thrown into the mix."

That is a quote from an op-ed in today's Sunday Indianapolis Star, written by IU-Indy Law Prof Joel Schumm, which...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Curry raises questions by dropping OmniSource charges"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, which linked to Cory Schouten's story in the IBJ headed "Attorneys to get big...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Legal challenges can cost taxpayers: Suits involving Medicaid, immigration have been filed"

Referencing this story from earlier today, a reader commented:This afternoon I noticed the article concerning some pending lawsuits possibly affecting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "In a stunning reversal, the state's utility consumer agency now says Duke Energy Corp. -- and not its ratepayers -- should shoulder more of $530 million in cost overruns at its coal-gasification plant in Edwardsport"

This morning's Indianapolis Star has an expanded version of John Russell's story, first seen online yesterday afternoon, on the latest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Curry raises questions by dropping OmniSource charges"

Updating this ILB entry from July 14th, Cory Schouten of the IBJ has just posted a "Wow!" story, headed "Attorneys...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Legal challenges can cost taxpayers: Suits involving Medicaid, immigration have been filed"; ILB comments

Sarah Seward of the Franklin College Statehouse Bureau writes in the Clark County News & Tribune:INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana taxpayers could...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White to seek delay in criminal trial

Carrie Ritchie of the IndyStar has the story here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "In a stunning reversal, the state's utility consumer agency now says Duke Energy Corp. -- and not its ratepayers -- should shoulder more of $530 million in cost overruns at its coal-gasification plant in Edwardsport"

Updating this ILB entry from July 9th, which included a copy of the July 1 filing of Barbara A. Smith...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Huntertown did not violate open-meetings law, state says"

The FWJG has now posted online a copy of the June 12, 2011 PAC opinion referenced in this morning's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Huntertown did not violate open-meetings law, state says"

That is the heading to this story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that is confusing to me. Apparently...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: What happens when a state government shuts down

Updating this ILB entry from July 11, following the impact of the Minnesota government shutdown, Slate's Will Oremus writes today,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Curry raises questions by dropping OmniSource charges"

The IndyStar's Carrie Ritchie has the long front-page story today, that begins:When Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry won the election...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ind. Law - Expired FSSA provisions now added back to online Indiana Code

For background, start with this ILB entry from July 10th, headed "More on: General Assembly mistakenly repeals FSSA, effective June...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The irony is that while many sunset provisions were unnecessary, a thorough review of the FSSA would have truly been in order this year – exactly as the original proponents of sunset legislation envisioned"

A FWJG editorial today makes the point that a Sunset review of the FSSA this year would have been a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: What happens when a state government shuts down

Updating our entry from last Thursday, two more interesting reports today on the impact of a state budget shutdown: "Cautionary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana legislators will try different approach to restructuring criminal sentences"

Eric Bradner has a long story this morning in the Evansville Courier & Press on how two state senators are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - What happens when a legislator want to introduce a questionable, or blatantly unconstitutional, law?

When I worked at the Statehouse many years ago, in jobs such as head of the public law division of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: General Assembly mistakenly repeals FSSA, effective June 30, 2011

Updating this morning's ILB entry, what exactly happened? Language from the 2009 budget bill, p. 367, SECTIONS 294 to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "In a stunning reversal, the state's utility consumer agency now says Duke Energy Corp. -- and not its ratepayers -- should shoulder more of $530 million in cost overruns at its coal-gasification plant in Edwardsport" [Updated]

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on Duke Energy, Alex Campbell and Heather Gillers report today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - General Assembly mistakenly repeals FSSA, effective June 30, 2011

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has the great story today. (ILB: The Governor reportedly revived the agency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 09, 2011

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - What happens when a state government shuts down

We've had budget impasses in Indiana, along with speculation about what would happen if the impasse wasn't resolved and government...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 07, 2011

Monday, July 04, 2011

Ind. Decisions - "Senator Slams Judge's Immigration Law Ruling"

Evidently Sen. Delph is not yet done speaking out on Judge Barker's immigration ruling. 6News' Joanna Masse has the story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 04, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Reexamination of charitable property tax exemptions involving Imagine Schools Inc. may disclose that Indiana education dollars are flowing out of state

Updating this ILB entry from April 19, 2011, Vivian Sade has a long story today in the Fort Wayne Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Recount Commission opinion [Updated]

The Indiana Recount Commission has now posted online today's "Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Final Order" in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - National study shows 5% account for almost 50% of medical costs

Here is the story from Michael Winter, USA TODAY:A new survey on health care finds that a small percentage of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "White found eligible to hold Indiana Secretary of State office " [Updated]

Here is Eric Bradner's just-posted Evansville Courier & Press story. [Updated] Here is the final version of the story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Recount Commission votes 3-0 in favor of White - even the Democrat finding he was eligible to run for the office and properly registered to vote.

So tweets Niki Kelly of the FWJG. 9:51 am Carrie Ritchie of the IndyStar tweets: Democratic Recount Commission member Buddy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana voucher program lags weeks before debut "

From an AP report yesterday in the Gary- Post-Tribune, a long story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Weeks before its scheduled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White hearing at 9 am

No live video. But if we are lucky, tweets from reporters:nkellyatJG Niki Kelly Will the Indiana Recount Commission take Charlie...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Ind. Decisions - Sen. Delph Criticizes Judges in Facebook and Twitter entries

Jim Shella of WISHTV News has the story. Quotes:The state Senator who authored Indiana’s immigration reform law has criticism for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Proposed Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law in Charlie White case

Updating this morning's ILB entry, here is a copy of the proposed "Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law" filed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Proposed Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law in Charlie White case

The ILB has received a copy of the proposed "Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law" filed Friday, July 24th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Ind. Law - "The fact that the judge was able to find grave problems with the legislation raises questions about how much consideration -- and how much input from doctors -- went into drafting those two measures in the first place" [Updated]

Re the PPIN opinion issued Friday, Heather Gillers has another story today (see Sat. story here) in the Indianapolis Star....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels’ Signature Privatization Moves Falling Apart"

Fascinating post this morning from Doug Masson of Masson's Blog. [More] See also this related entry from June 23, 2011....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ind Gov't. - "Elkhart County sheriff looks to implement anti-adultery policy"

So reports Emily Monacelli today in this story in the Elkhart Truth. It begins:ELKHART -- Elkhart County's sheriff wants to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Report: Indiana Toll Road operator may default"

Keith Benman had this story yesterday in the NWI Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Budget legislation codifies collective bargaining ban"

Updating this ILB entry from June 4th, Sandra Chapman of WTHR Ch. 13 reported June 24th in a story that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Charlie White decision now will be announced next Tuesday

Updating yesterday evening's post, Carrie Ritchie has a somewhat longer story in today's Indianapolis Star....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ind. Decisions - "In rapid succession, federal judges slam the brakes on major elements of Indiana's strict immigration and abortion laws"

If you don't read the paper version of the Indianapolis Star, you need to click here to see today's front-page....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 25, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White decision now will be announced next Tuesday

Carrie Ritchie has the story here on the IndyStar site. It begins:The Indiana Recount Commission will determine Secretary of State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Winfield town council case should prompt new state law;" Charlie White hearing

So writes the NWI Times in an editorial today:The Winfield Town Council appears poised to boot Michael DeNormandie from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Not allowed to ban guns, library sets down limits"

Faced with the fact that SEA 292 goes into effect next Friday, July 1st, what is a library to do?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Two interesting state finance stories today [Updated]

The first is from Stateline and does not use Indiana to illustrate any of the gimmicks detailed in "Budget gimmicks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Stories today on yesterday's Charlie White hearing

"White grilled on dual residences: At stake, job as secretary of state; felony case looms," from Niki Kelly of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "“Who will watch local, state and national governments? Who will tell us the things we truly need to know if we are to be informed citizens?"

That is the closing of Sheila Kennedy's post today headed "Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights?"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - This is very bad news!

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener's excellent reporting has been quoted often by the ILB, most recently yesterday, re the immigration hearing in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor Daniels announces transition panel for the Department of Toxicology"

In a lengthy press release just issued, Daniels "announced the formation of a three-member panel to oversee the transition of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Sec. of State website makes publicizing tomorrow's videocast of the hearing unnecessarily difficult

Updating this entry from Sunday, the Charlie White hearing tomorrow before the Indiana Recount Commission begins at 9:00 am. Although...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 20, 2011

Ind. Decisions - Judge Rosenberg denies White immunity request [Updated]

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the hearing this morning before Judge Rosenberg, this tweet re today's 8 am hearing:nkellyatJG Niki...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Toxicology lab's fresh start sparks sense of optimism"

That is the headline of this front-page story this morning in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Tim Evans and Mark...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana prisoners will no longer be able to earn a taxpayer-funded bachelor's degree or study liberal arts under a shift in state prison-education policy"

Updating this ILB entry from June 6th on the new state policy, two items:Some quotes from a June 10th editorial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Again: Charlie White saga continues

Updating this most recent entry from June 17th, as Eric Bradner reports today in the Evansville Courier and Press: "This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White saga continues

More legal activities ... Wednesday, the Recount Commission voted "voted not only to allow TV cameras, but also to stream...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "North Carolina GOP Overrides Veto, Axes Planned Parenthood Funding"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Jim Brumm of Reuters writes today:Planned Parenthood said on Thursday it is considering a legal challenge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Allowing cameras in the Indiana Recount Commission’s hearing

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, here is an ILB entry from Sept. 20, 2007 that begins:Updating this entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on: Charlie White seeks to ban cameras from recount commission hearing

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Stephen Key, Hoosier State Press Association, writes today for the IndyStar's opinion blog:Allowing cameras in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Secretary of state's mom plans to sue his prosecutors"

Here is today's story from Robert Annis of the Indianapolis Star....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "North Carolina GOP Overrides Veto, Axes Planned Parenthood Funding"

From the Huffington Post, the story, reported by Laura Bassett, begins:Republican state representatives in North Carolina voted to override Democratic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Charlie White seeks to ban cameras from recount commission hearing

Updating Monday's ILB entry, Carrie Richie reports today in the Indianapolis Star under the headline: "Cameras allowed for White hearing."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Charlie White seeks to ban cameras from recount commission hearing

The State Recount Commission is meeting tomorrow, apparently to take care of items preliminary to its hearing next Tuesday, June...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Rejects Tax Credits For Planned Parenthood"

That is the heading to this news release today from Planned Parenthood of Indiana. A quote:In a June 1 letter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Farmland values up, set to go higher, experts say"

Eric Weddle reported June 10, 2011 in the Indianapolis Star:A Purdue University agricultural economist expects that a report due later...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 12, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ind. Law - Gay pride? For some, this recently concluded legislative session was the final straw

Those are quotes from a long, front-page story today by the Indianapolis Star's Robert King. It begins:As tens of thousands...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White seeks to ban cameras from recount commission hearing

From a story by AP reporter Charlie White, dated May 11, 2011 (my emphases):INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —The Indiana Recount Commission says...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Interesting dispute among state bureaucrats and the locals

From the June 7th Chesterton Tribune, this story by Paulene Poparad that begins:Burns Harbor got ahead of the Indiana State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana sentencing laws to be studied by Legislative committee"

Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has the story here; it begins:State lawmakers will take another look at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Monday, June 06, 2011

Environment - "Supreme Court Declines to Take GE Challenge of Superfund"

Lawrence Hurley reports on the NY Times website today in a story that begins:The Supreme Court decided today not to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 06, 2011

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Budget legislation codifies collective bargaining ban"

The summary of the final budget bill, provided by Speaker Bosma's office on April 29, 2011, included these items on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 04, 2011

Friday, June 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Ameristar, Foundations win on E.C. development agreement"

Keith Benman of the NWI Times reports:INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Gaming Commission by a 6-0 vote on Thursday approved a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 03, 2011

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Don't drive Marion County Library patrons away" ILB observations

An editorial today in the Indianapolis Star notes that visitors are down since the budget cuts:New figures from the Indianapolis-Marion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 02, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Guns OK on city property – but not state"

This item from the Sunday FWJG Political Notebook column by Niki Kelly and Benjamin Lanka:Legislators this year passed a law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "A look at Tippecanoe County Jail Journal & Courier analysis of 1,109 jail complaints finds inadequate responses, conditions"

Lafayette Journal Courier reporter Sophia Voravong looked at grievances filed at the Tippecanoe County jail from 2007 through 2010 to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Broadband service less prevalent in Southern Indiana"

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal has this story today. Some quotes:Broadband Internet service has become more widely...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Proposed city ordinance to target "predatory" towing practices

The ILB is not finding the text of the proposed new Marion County towing ordinance online. But here is a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana offers little regulation for home schooling"

Updating its story from yesterday, the NWI Times has an editorial today calling for a study of home schooling regulations....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Drug and alcohol tests had 'error after error': Emails reveal 7 years of mistakes at state's toxicology lab and show IU was slow to act"

Mark Alesia and Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star report today at length in their continuing series on the state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Georgia provides instant access to 9 years of General Assembly video

From today's Athens Banner-Herald editorial:In a news release issued last week, [Georgia Secretary of State] Kemp announced "the launch of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana offers little regulation for home schooling"

According to this long, surprising story today from Carmen McCollum of the NWI Times, withdrawing a student from school for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 15, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Governor vetoes forfeiture bill

"After veto, forfeiture law remains unclear" is the headline to this long story in this morning's Indianapolis Star by Heather...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State Ethics Commission: Scott Storms Violated Code Of Ethics Former IURC, Duke Employee Fined"

John Russell's updated story in today's Indianapolis Star includes a link to the 10-page final report of the State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Ethics Commission: Scott Storms Violated Code Of Ethics Former IURC, Duke Employee Fined"

Here is the brief story from 6News' Derrik Thomas. John Russell of the IndyStar has this briefer story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Fox and coyote penning should be banned"

Updating this ILB entry from May 8th, Nick Schneider, Assistant Editor of the Greene County Daily World reported yesterday in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Recount panel appealing Ind. election chief ruling"

More Charlie White news, this time from AP reporter Charles Wilson, whose complete story today is available via the Westport...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Recount Commission must move swiftly"

As the NWI Times did in an editorial yesterday, an editorial today in the Indianapolis Star lays out the options...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Internal emails shed additional light on Duke-IURC scandal"

Another amazing story today from John Russell of the Indianapolis Star, that fills in some of the holes in (or...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Fourteen bills remain

Fourteen bills remain to be acted on by Friday, including SEA 215, forfeiture. See ILB entry from Sunday here re...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Governor vetos University Boards of Trustees bill, and signs a number of controversial measures

Here is the updated Bill Watch page. The governor has vetoed HEA 1177, Boards of Trustees for Universities. His veto...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Why Do Few Indiana Women Hold High-Profile Political Seats? Politicians, Experts Weigh In On Gender Discrepancy"

The ILB has written frequently about the fact that there are no women on the five-man Indiana Supreme Court, drawing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Recount Commission must move swiftly"

That is the headline to this editorial today in the NWI Times about the Charlie White election challenges that makes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Online retailer Amazon repays Indiana sales tax policy"

A good story today by the Indianapolis Star's Bruce C. Smith on how Amazon is rewarding Indiana's sale tax policy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 09, 2011

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Fox and coyote penning should be banned"

Updating this ILB entry from May 1st, an Indianapolis Star editorial from May 7th concludes:Hoosiers can comment on the proposed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Tippecanoe County will begin paying a private laboratory to analyze blood samples from people suspected of driving intoxicated for alcohol or traces of drugs"

Updating this long list of earlier ILB entries on problems with the state toxicology lab, Sophia Voravong has this lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Bad bills temper legislative achievements"

That is the title of this May 7th editorial in the IBJ. A sample: "Issues lawmakers decided to make priorities,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones"

Not here, but in San Francisco. The NY Times story by Matt Richtel reports that city officials in San Francisco...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - But Sen. Simpson was there first ...

An item today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Political Notebook column, by Niki Kelly and Benjamin Lanka:In addition to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Daniels has now received all of this session's bills

The last batch was received Friday, May 6th. Here is the complete, dynamic list, showing the bills the Governor has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 07, 2011

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White Releases Rokita Report"

Here are links to the long-awaited "Rokita Report." [More] Mary Beth Schneider tweets:From SOS release: Rokita Report did no interviews...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Starke County Commissioners Approve Ordinance Restricting Weapons at Courthouse"

"Ben" reports in a story at K99.3 WKVI FM that begins:The courthouse is now a weapon-free zone, thanks to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't, - Charlie White report to be released

Carrie Ritchie of the Indianapolis Star has tweeted within the past few minutes:Todd Rokita's report on Charlie White's alleged voter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Recount panel sets deadline for White decision"

Here is a very long list of earlier ILB "Charlie White" entries. Yesterday the State Recount Commission met. Carrie Richie...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The same high-tech tool that tracked and matched terrorist Osama bin Laden is fighting crime right here in Indiana" at the BMV.

The WTHR 13 story by Jennie Runevitch is available here. The story begins:The same high-tech tool that tracked and matched...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 05, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana extends do-not-call list to some cell numbers"

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal has a story this evening that begins:Hoosiers who’ve done away with a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The long-standing assumption has been that the federal government and the states would work together to provide health care for poor patients"

That is a quote from this long story today in the LA Times, reported by David G. Savage, and headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Monday, May 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Controversial utility bill heads to governor"

The ILB has been written about this provision in SB 251 several times, referencing it as CWIP (construction work in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 02, 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana lawmakers are making it clear they couldn’t care less about wind power"

A long report today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, by editorial writer Stacey Stumpf, looks at SEA 251, mentioned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels pushed and pushed for clean coal plant"

A long story in the Sunday NWI Times, reported by Keith Benman. For background, see this long list of ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "NWI legislator hopes to halt fox, coyote penning with new law"

However, no legislation passed. Updating this lengthy ILB entry from Nov. 30, 2010, Skip Hess, outdoor columnist for the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 01, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Daniels says "I will sign" strict abortion bill [Updated]

From his press release:I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now. I...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Updating: Conference committee reports

Updating this earlier entry, CCRs now filed on both gun and immigration bills. Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson tweets:'Take your...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - What is in the final version of HB 1001? [Updated]

Here is a summary of the final budget bill proposal, provided by Speaker Bosma's office. A copy of the CCR...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Outlook gloomy for tool to help broke local governments"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reports:The sponsor of legislation giving financially distressed local governments a tool to avoid bankruptcy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The Campaign Waiting for Mitch Daniels"

A long, interesting story today by Erin McPike in Real Clear Politics. It begins:After Indiana's legislature gavels to a close...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Conference committee reports

Conference committee reports have not been filed, as of this writing, on several controversial bills, including SB 590, immigration, and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana GOP lawmakers drop idea of 'Charlie White rule'"

Eric Bradner reports in the Evansville Courier & Press this morning:House Republicans have scotched the idea of a "Charlie White...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Battle over Planned Parenthood heads to states, starting with Indiana"

That is the headline to this story today by Mark Guarino of the Christian Science Monitor. The subhead: "The Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Where are we now with the budget? [Updated]

Mary Beth Schneider of the IndyStar just tweeted: "Budget negotiators expected to hold public meeting later today to explain what's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Status of budget bill; abortion; education

Niki Kelly of the FWJG has just tweeted: "Tentative budget deal struck. GOP taking the report to caucus to get...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Budget deal expected by midday today"

From the Indianapolis Star:Lawmakers negotiating a new two-year state budget say they expect to have a deal by midday today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Bill to let Daniels replace White hits snag"

Mary Beth Schneider reports today in the Indianapolis Star:The Indiana House is balking at a Senate plan to let Gov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Abortion bill could pass today: Pact to cut off state funds to Planned Parenthood clears way" [Updated]

HB 1210, the abortion restrictions / defund Planned Parenthoood bill, in the form it passed the Senate, has late this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Four Northwest Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday sharply criticized legislation intended to assist financially distressed local governments"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reports this afternoon on the status of SB 105. For background, start with this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Abortion bill could pass today: Pact to cut off state funds to Planned Parenthood clears way"

Maybe it is not as clear as it seemed in this entry. Eric Bradner of the Evansville C&P has just...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Not That Outraged Over Kelo After All"

Just posted on Masson's Blog, this entry. Some quotes:[2005,] the time when the Supreme Court decided the case of Kelo...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Abortion bill could pass today: Pact to cut off state funds to Planned Parenthood clears way"

Heather Gillers of the Indianapolis Star has the story in today's paper. Some quotes from the long story:The state legislature...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Surprises" in the 2009 budget continue to be revealed [Updated]

Remember this ILB entry from Dec. 2, 2009? It was one of a number of entries revealing "surprises" gradually coming...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Judge: Daniels exempt from testifying now in IBM welfare contract lawsuit, but aide isn't"

Ken Kusmer's story today includes this passage:Marion County Superior Court Judge David Dreyer's order said lawyers for Armonk, N.Y.-based...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ind. Gov.t. - "Judge: Daniels exempt from testifying now in IBM welfare contract lawsuit, but aide isn't"

AP story, posted within the hour by the AP's Ken Kusmer, begins:INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels is exempt, for now,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on: Concerns re SB 159

SB 159, about which the ILB posted three entries in mid-April, arrived at the Governor's office today without further amendment....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - The calm before the storm ...

Niki Kelly of the FWJG has just tweeted:Last week of the Indiana legislative session but you wouldn't know it from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Bills in conference

Here is the general link for Bills in Conference. Unfortunately, the bill number links aren't live. Ideally, each bill number...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "With one week to go, there is no telling what’s left to come"

That from this good overview today by Niki Kelly in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, headlined "Finishing kick gets squeezed:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Conference committees make anything possible in last week of session"

A second good story this weekend from Dan Carden of the NWI Times, and another good lede. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS |...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Planned Parenthood funding fight may force Gov. Daniels to choose between social, fiscal conservatism"

Great headline today for this story by Dan Carden of the NWI Times. Even better is the story lede:INDIANAPOLIS |...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Cities losing in legislature"

A must read editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that begins:Cities and towns needed some financial attention from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 25, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Major issues avoid Senate public hearing process"

Deanna Martin of the AP has this story, which is in a number of publications today. Some quotes:Republicans who control...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Parking deal costs city $2.9M: About 15 percent of upfront payment will cover advisory costs"

Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star today looks at the upfront costs of Indy's 50-year lease of its parking meters....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's Assault on Women's Health Is Being Led by a Woman"

That is the heading to an April 21st post by Mark Cassello, an Ivy Tech prof, on the Huffington Post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - John Russell named Indiana Journalist of the Year

John Russell of the Indianapolis Star has been named Indiana Journalist of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Indiana Gasification files for construction and operating permits

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on SB 251, there are a number of related stories in the press today. Eric Bradner...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Tully: GOP intent on killing anti-smoking program"

Take a look at Matthew Tully's column today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:Once again, Republicans in the Indiana Senate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ind. Courts - More on: Secretary of State appeals ruling sending Charlie White case back to recount commission

Here is a longer, more comprehensive version of Charles Wilson's AP story. Ironically, it is in the Bridgeport, Connecticut Post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Rs say it isn't their job to determine if constitution meant it when says rev-raising bills must start in House"

Mary Beth Schneider of the IndyStar just tweeted:Rs say it isn't their job to determine if constitution meant it when...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ind. Courts - Supreme Court grants immediate review in Lake County election case

Late yesterday Bill Dolan posted a story headed "Janiec to appeals court: Count me in or election doesn't count" on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Republicans in the Senate trying to change the rules of the game regarding lawsuit against Charlie White's eligibilty as a candidate"

Updating Monday's ILB entry, re the 2nd reading amendment to HB 1242 (which passed today with four Rs voting against...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Gasification files for construction and operating permits

SB 251, which now includes the CO2 pipeline for the Rockport coal gasification plant (see April 17th ILB entry),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Big day today in the General Assembly

Updating this ILB entry from earlier this morning, here are some quotes from Niki Kelly's story today in the Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Big day today in the General Assembly

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, where I noted that bills that had appeared dead might pop up somewhere else, including in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Is Roe v. Wade Deadletter Law?"

The WSJ Law Blog has now picked up on the Dahlia Lithwick article quoted earlier today in this ILB entry....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Limits on abortion clear Senate: Bill cuts Planned Parenthood funds"

That is the headline of Niki Kelly's report today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on yesterday's Senate action on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Big day today in the General Assembly

If tomorrow is the last day for Third Readings, then today is the last day for 2nd Readings in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Attorney: Steuben County Must Provide Golf Cart For Disabled Camper

This today from WLKI 100.3 in NE Indiana:(ANGOLA) - County Commissioners were told by Attorney Don Stuckey on Monday morning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Reexamination of charitable property tax exemptions involving Imagine Schools Inc. may disclose that Indiana education dollars are flowing out of state

"The tangle of leases and subleases, for-profit management organizations, charter school boards and real estate investors involved in some of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "IBM: Daniels' email shows he had key role in welfare outsourcing deal, should face deposition"

That is the headline to this comprehensive AP story by Ken Kusmer, that also appeared in the WSJournal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Senate revives measure to de-fund Planned Parenthood"

So reported Heather Gillers of the Indianapolis Star late yesterday, in a story that begins:The Indiana Senate has revived a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "In-home care is cheaper than nursing home care. People prefer it. Why won't Indiana invest more in it?"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today has published an opinion piece from Elmer Blankenship...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Republicans in the Senate trying to change the rules of the game regarding lawsuit against Charlie White's eligibilty as a candidate" [Updated]

FWJG's Niki Kelly just tweeted:Senate amendment changes law so if Charlie White is found ineligible, Daniels would appoint replacement rather...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "In-home care is cheaper than nursing home care. People prefer it. Why won't Indiana invest more in it?"

Heather Gillers of the Indianapolis Star wrote this long, eye-opening report for the Sunday edition. It begins:Eight years ago, Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's gasification plant, Daniels said, is 'highly likely to produce savings. If it doesn't, it's a terrific hedge.'"

Continuing his coverage of the Rockport gasification plant project, Ted Evanoff of the Indianapolis Star reported Sunday in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Crime forfeiture bill clarifies assets distribution"

Sophia Voravong's story today in the Lafayette Journal-Courier gives the local take on Senate Bill 215, which seeks to clarify...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 17, 2011

Environment - "Flood closures have cost Horseshoe casino an estimated $14.7 million"

Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal has this long story this weekend. It begins:As the Ohio River swelled out...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards"

That is the headline of the AP story being carried today by Indy Ch. 6 and Ch. 13. The Ch....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Pipeline bill showing signs of rebirth (as is CWIP for nuclear power plants)

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, this is from a communication that went out to Indiana Farm Bureau members:Indiana Farm Bureau policy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Concerns re SB 159

Re the ILB's two recent entries on SB 159, from April 12th and April 13th, a knowledgable reader has just...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Editorial: Next step for sentencing"; More on sentencing

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today, this thoughtful editorial on the failed sentencing reform bill and what should come...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Plan commission votes against Elkhart County zoning ordinance"

Tim Vandenack of the Elkhart Truth gives a good look today at one county's efforts to overhaul their zoning ordinance,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Ex-IURC counsel tells ethics panel he thought he followed the law in seeking job with Duke Energy"

So reports John Russell today in the Indianapolis Star, covering Scott Storms' testimony yesterday before the State Ethics Commission. (Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Pipeline bill showing signs of rebirth

So reports Ted Evanoff of the Indianapolis Star today in a story headlined "Plan could resurrect CO2 pipeline proposal: Earlier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Sentencing proposal based on faulty numbers"

Updating this ILB entry from April 10th, another county prosecutor is weighing in on SB 561, Karen E. Richards, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "For the average citizen, blink and this could be over"

That is a quote from The Indy Star's Mary Beth Schneider today, reporting on yesterday's House Elections Committee meeting yesterday....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - New maps unveiled, little opporunity for public, but would it make a difference anyway?

"Stuck with messy mapmaking" is the headline to an editorial today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:Once the General Assembly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Can HB 561 be saved? Should it be? Will it be? In what form?"

In a long ILB entry on April 10th, the ILB noted that SB 561 was in committee in the House,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Concerns re SB 159

The ILB has received a note from a reader about yesterday's ILB on SB 159 (scroll down for yesterday's entry,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Concerns re SB 159

ILB thoughts: Here is a bill that, IMHO, is destined, if passed, to spend much time in litigation. Why do...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues"

According to this new story in the IBA, reported by Kathleen McLaughlin, SB 292:A bill that would allow gun-permit holders...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana retailers press for online state sales tax"

Hasan Dudar reports for the AP in a long story:INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's retail lobby urged state lawmakers Monday to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Thoughts on the new Marion County prosecutor

The charge of murder against Bei Bei Shuai is pending. A bail hearing will resume Wednesday. This prosecution has caught...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Pennsylvania legislative payroll is bigger than ever"

Pennsylvania has a full-time legislature. This lengthy story today in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, points out some issues:HARRISBURG — During a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Bill would remove legislature from toll road equation"

Updating this ILB entry from April 2nd, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today headed "Panel sets path...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Saving prison costs isn't being ‘soft on crime' "

Can HB 561 be saved? Should it be? Will it be? In what form? "Lawmaker working to give sentencing reform...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Judge Rosenberg's April 7th Decision in the Charlie White election dispute

Here is Judge Rosenberg's April 7th, 11-page opinion in the Charlie White election lawsuit. Some quotes:On April 6,201 I...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "No degree, little experience pay off big "

Updating yesterday's entry, a column by Daniel Brice in the Milwaulkee Journal Sentinel now reports:Brian Deschane - the 27-year-old son...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Critics: Potential problems at toxicology lab weren't disclosed"

Updating this March 31st ILB entry, Indy6 News had a story last evening by Joanna Massee on the progress of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Clarksville council passes new zoning ordinance: Theatair X could face new citations as adult business zones created"

The ILB had several entries about legal clashes over Theatair X in 2009. Today Matt Thacker reports in the New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislature extends final vote deadline to April 21"

From the NWI Times, Dan Carden reports:The Indiana General Assembly has extended the deadline for the House and Senate to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "No degree, little experience pay off big "

Another article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, about Governor Walker - a lengthy "watchdog" column by Daniel Bice that begins:Just in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Monday, April 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Goldsmith changes mind on privatization

Tweets from a few minutes ago, from Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star: Goldsmith was Mr. Privatization in Indy,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana lawmakers on track but now facing deadline pressure: Education, budget, redistricting on list"

Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has an overview of the big issues on the lawmakers' to-do list:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Judge rules in Lake County election dispute

For more on this Lake County election law story, see this column by Mark Kiesling in the Sunday NWI Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2011

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Daniels: I'll veto amended prison bill Changes pushed by prosecutors make cost too high, governor says"

Updating this ILB entry from March 23rd, a long national piece by Greg Bluestein of the AP, headed "State budget...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. "Gas distributors oppose $2.7B Rockport gasification plant"

Fascinating, lengthy story today by Chris O'Malley of the IBJ ($$), based on testimony before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Bill would remove legislature from toll road equation"

"Lawmakers' approval would not be required" is the subhead to this front-page story today by Heather Giller of the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 02, 2011

Friday, April 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Unfunded pension liabilities will pain Indiana for decade"

Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has this story today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Judge rules in Lake County election dispute

Updating this March 30th ILB entry, Chelsea Schneider Kirk reports in the Gary Post-Tribune:George Janiec will appeal Lake Superior Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 01, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Critics: Potential problems at toxicology lab weren't disclosed"

Just got to the end of the great, very, very long toxicology lab scandal story I blogged about this morning....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Critics: Potential problems at toxicology lab weren't disclosed"

Mark Alesia and Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star have another report today on the state toxicology lab scandal. (Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Judge rules in Lake County election dispute [Updated]

Bill Dolan of the NWI Times reported earlier today in a story that began:CROWN POINT | Lake Superior Court Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "HJR 6 – Marriage Discrimination Passes Senate"

That is the heading of this thoughtful entry just posted by Doug Masson of Masson's Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Tweets on incredible House debate in process on abortion restrictions

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, this story today in the Indianapolis Star, headed "Abortion bill changes defeated," about the second reading...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "House GOP just says 'no' to Democrats' amendments"

Good story in the Indianapolis Star this morning, by Mary Beth Schneider and Heather Gillers, describing the House action, now...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Charlie White's case is about much more than indictment"

Updating this ILB entry from March 16th, which linked to all the earlier filings for the April 6th hearing, here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Tweets on incredible House debate in process on abortion restrictions

See the tweets from Mary Beth Schneider here, right now. I'll add them to this entry in a few minutes....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "As if the standoff had never happened, the Indiana House of Representatives picked up Mon. night exactly where it left off five weeks ago"

That is the lede to Eric Bradner's story today in the Evansville Courier & Press. Also, a great photo from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Private Prison Promises Leave Texas Towns In Trouble" [Updated]

I heard this long (nearly 8 minute) NPR story this morning by John Burnett and thought about the parallels to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on Dems returning today

The IndyStar now has an expanded story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - HJR 6 on 2nd reading in Senate right now

And a loud demonstration is going on, with demonstrators chanting "Jobs, not hate." [More] President Pro Temp Long has ordered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "House Democrats packing bags, checking out of Urbana: Return means likely end to five-week walkout"

Niki Kelly and Angela Mapes Turner are reporting here in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:INDIANAPOLIS – House Democrats are packing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - What is happening today in the Senate?

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette had this report yesterday on the week ahead for the General Assembly. I've inserted some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on the John R. Justice student loan repayment program

Updating this ILB entry from March 8, 2011, this Thursday is the deadline for prosecutors, defenders to apply for student...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Redistricting is on the agenda

There have been a number of stories over the past few days on Indiana redistricting for congressional and for state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ind; Gov't. - "Do farms and homes belong in the same neighborhood? Elkhart County wrestles with zoning issues"

Tim Vandenack reports in a long, well-worth-reading story in the Elkhart Truth that begins:Do homes and residential neighborhoods belong in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Daniels: I'll veto amended prison bill Changes pushed by prosecutors make cost too high, governor says"

Updating this ILB entry from last Wednesday, Charles Wilson of the AP reported yesterday in a story that begins:PENDLETON, Ind.—...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Another Indiana attorney loses job over Wisconsin labor issue

An Above the Law entry today begins:What is up with state prosecutors in the Midwest? Over the past year or...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission is recruiting amateur cartographers"

See the story here, by Brian Francisco of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Notable to me is that the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Another Indiana attorney loses job over Wisconsin labor issue

Updating this entry from late yesterday, Vic Ryckaert and Kevin O'Neal report this morning in the Indianapolis Star under the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Statehouse standoff could affect national races"

So reported Kevin Rader of WTHR 13 Eyewitness News last evening. A quote:The governor was honored by Freedom Works, a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on the Wisconsin walkout issues

Updating this entry from March 22nd, about the case in Wisconsin appealing "a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued on March...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Another Indiana attorney loses job over Wisconsin labor issue [Updated]

First it was Indiana Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox. Now it is Johnson County Deputy Prosecutor Carlos Lam. Cox reportedly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Daniels: I'll veto amended prison bill Changes pushed by prosecutors make cost too high, governor says"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here are several editorials today:"Hoosier legislators are fixing prison reform to death " - from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Ind. chief justice: Courts won't act on boycott"

Bob Kasarda reports in the NWI Times:VALPARAISO | Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard told a local Kiwanis group...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Indiana House back in business next week?

Updating yesterday's entry, some stories today: "'Chance meeting' might end legislative standoff: After speaking privately, Bosma and Bauer will consult...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana House back in business next week?

Ch. 13, WTHR.com, is reporting this evening that:Democratic leader Patrick Bauer met with Bosma behind closed doors for about an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana seeks order shielding Daniels from IBM suits"

Updating this ILB entry from March 21st, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today headed "Defend the IBM...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Senate Democrats seek greater transparency in Senate proceedings

Because of the Democrat walkout in the House, many Senate bills which have passed and gone to the House for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels: I'll veto amended prison bill Changes pushed by prosecutors make cost too high, governor says"

The ILB has had a long list of entries on SB 561, the Governor's sentencing reform bill, which passed the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Senate hears budget testimony as Indiana House remains in standoff"

Some quotes from a story dated March 21st, by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal:As Democrats in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Judge orders Indiana to give IBM contract documents"

Carrie Ritchie reports early this evening on the Indianapolis Star website:A Marion Superior Court judge has ordered Indiana to turn...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on the Wisconsin walkout issues

"Attorney General appeals restraining order on labor law" is the heading to a very long March 21st story by Jason...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Go Online, Not Downtown, to Fight a Parking Ticket" (in NYC)

Javier C. Hernandez has the story in today's NY Times. It begins:For years, New Yorkers have hurled obscenities, or simply...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Wisconsin redux: Indiana Democrats flee state in protest"

Mark Guarino, reporting in the Christian Science Monitor, gives a lengthy overview of the Indiana impasse. The subhead tells the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Micky Maurer says a mouthful "

You gotta read it!...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Complete budget hearing agenda posted

The Indiana Senate Democrats have posted this week's schedule for the Senate Appropriations Committee, which will begin hearings on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sees readship rise as a result of the Wisconsin legislative walkout

So writes J-S editor and senior vice president Marttin Kaiser in a Sunday column titled "Behind the Headlines." It begins:Six...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't - "Proceed with caution on maps"

That is the heading to today's lead editorial in the Indianapolis Star. It concludes:Our quarrel would be with any process...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Gay marriage ban needs to be put on back burner"

Mark Kiesing's column in the NWI Times today begins:Watching Indiana legislators debate gay marriage is like watching Nero fiddle while...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Approach recall with skepticism"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Sunday, March 20th editorial on the wisdom of changing the law (or Constitution) to allow...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana seeks order shielding Daniels from IBM suits"

That was the headline of a WTHR 13 story from March 18th. The Indianapolis Star story from the same day,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Coal-gasification venture's investors get a setback in Illinois"

Updating earlier ILB entries re the proposed Rockport coal gasification plant, Ted Evanoff of the Indianapolis Star reports today that:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Senate Rs and House Rs will work on amending stalled bills into house bills in the senate

Latest word: Senate Rs and House Rs will work on amending stalled bills into house bills in the senate. Will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Does Speaker Bosma now have power to garnish both public and private wages? [Updated]

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star just tweeted:In addition to increasing the fines to $350, Bosma now has power...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Charlie White's case is about much more than indictment"

Updating this ILB entry from March 6, 2010, that included at the end:[T]he April 6th hearing is in Marion Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Japan: Could similar disaster happen here?

Indiana doesn't have a nuclear power plant, but several surrounding states do. South Bend Tribune reporter Lou Mumford today looks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Does this letter spell out precisely what it will take for the Democrats to return this session?

Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has posted this letter, hand delivered today, from Rep. Bauer to Speaker...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Secretary of state appoints replacement for top deputy

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, WISH TV is reporting this evening:AJ Feeney-Ruiz is the new communications director for Charlie White. He...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Federal prosecutors: inmate ran Indiana drug ring from prison

Updating this ILB entry from April 20, 2010, this new tweet from KimmieKFOX59:@fox59 breaking:new castle jail inmate wesley hammond convicted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana county hires law firm to keep track of plant"

The county is Knox, the law firm is Ice Miller. The brief AP version of the story is everywhere today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Evan Bayh hired as Fox News contributor"

Fox News "announced Monday they have signed Bayh to become a contributor to the network. Bayh will be a commentator...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Secretary of state appoints replacement for top deputy [Updated]

So reports this story posted on the Indy Star this morning. A quote:Election law attorney Jerold "Jerry" Bonnet has been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "State Auditor Tim Berry Announces Enhancements To State Transparency Portal"

One of the new tools now part of the Indiana Transparency Portal is an expenditure search tool. This tool allows...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Mitch Daniels: Candidate or influencer?"

Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake have this post on the Washington Post's "Morning Fix." A sample:Looking back at Daniels’ recent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Taxing Amazon purchases cost Illinois $$$ [Updated]

So reports Investor's Business Daily in a March 11th story headed "Illinois' Illogical Internet Tax." According to the story, Amazon...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Some noteworthy stories today on walkout

Eric Bradner's Sunday column at Evansville Courier & Press: "Republicans can find ways to move forward." Matt Tully's column today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Mitch Daniels at last night's Gridiron Dinner

From Mike Allen's POLITICO Playbook:THE REPUBLICAN SPEAKER - INDIANA GOV. MITCH DANIELS: "I bring greetings from my beloved Indiana -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Democrats have little hope of undoing laws the GOP majority passes this year. That makes them scared and maybe even a little desperate"

That is a quote from a great weekend column headed "Democrats fear laws they can't repeal" by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Five Indy mayors look back -- and into city's future"

"Five Mayors: An Evening of Insight and Vision," was a "one of a kind event, featuring Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Charlie White gives 13-minute interview to Fox News

Updating this entry from earlier this afternoon; the Indianapolis Star coverage of the 13-minute "exchange with reporters" notes that:At one...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Watch "Indiana Lawmakers" tonight re redistrcting

In this week's episode of Indiana Lawmakers with Jon Schwantes looks at redistricting and I'm told it is the strongest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White gives 13 minute interview to Fox News

Here is the raw video of the interview. White says title of "chief elections officer" is an archaic title; says...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "In Indiana, a case study in ending collective bargaining"

Doug Erickson of Wisconsin State Journal compares the Indiana and Wisconsin systems. Interesting. The long story begins:As Wisconsin residents contemplate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White in court today

Many sources today carry this AP story that begins:NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Indicted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - What the Democrats want

Read Mary Beth Schneider's Indianapolis Star story this morning for details. And see this editorial today in the Fort Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Wisconsin Procedural Skulduggery"

Doug Masson's Blog this morning links to this Madison.com story that describes the process used last evening to pass the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Marion Co. prosecutor Curry creates white-collar crime hotline"

Carrie Richie's Indianapolis Star report begins:Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry has created a hotline people can call to report white-collar...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Tweaking of: Responsibilites for the budget and redistricting

For those interested in the ILB's most recent redistricting entry, I've tweaked it somewhat in an update tacked onto the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Perhaps the end is near?

A recently filed IndyStar story by Mary Beth Schneider begins:House Speaker Brian Bosma said this morning he is optimistic that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Smoking concerns cloud city’s hosting of Big Ten tourney"

Good story from Scott Olson of the IBJ....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "White Accused Of Looking Into Case Before Indictment"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, that ended with a link to the Public Access Counselor's ruling that the Rokita...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Responsibilites for the budget and redistricting [Updated]

The most recent ILB entry (directly below) ended, "there is more to this story" about the congressional redistricting commission....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Responsibilites for the budget and redistricting

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, that ended with this:*ILB: I'm looking for the law that requires the General Assembly to approve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP member worries about voucher bill"

WISH TV's Jim Shella reported yesterday:The school voucher bill that would give disadvantaged students state scholarships to attend private schools...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "White Accused Of Looking Into Case Before Indictment" [Updated]

More on our indicted Secretary of State, Charlie White: Norm Cox of 6NEWS writes:Two special prosecutors have asked the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels threatens Democrats with summer session"

Headline to a Niki Kelly FWJG story posted at noon. Of course, this summer session punishment of necessity would impact...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on the John R. Justice student loan repayment program

The ILB has had a number of earlier entries on this program, but has seen nothing further for some time....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Are Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission minutes adequate?"

This is from the March 7, 2011 issue of the newsletter of Project RAD (Responsible Alcohol Distribution):Project RAD filed this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Responsibilites for the budget and redistricting

Budget. It used to be that every session one could count on numerous stores saying something to the effect that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "More Duke e-mails raise questions"

John Russell continues coverage of the Duke / IURC story today, with a new front-page story headed "More Duke e-mails...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Monday, March 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Dems threaten to stay away from Indiana House for remainder of session"

Here is the story from Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press. A quote:There are now fewer than eight...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Indy launching app for reporting potholes

So reports Francesca Jarosz of the IBJ today. The story says the city has spent $45,000 so far and has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Home school, voucher bills would affect high school athletics: Officials fear they could result in recruiting by schools"

Here is an interesting legislative story in the Indianapolis Star sports section today, reported by Kyle Neddenriep. It begins:As a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana House standoff doesn't have easy fix"

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener's Sunday column in the Louisville Courier Journal yesterday concluded:So for now, I’m at a loss to see...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 07, 2011

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Charlie White's case is about much more than indictment"

That is the headline to Matt Tully's column today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:To fully grasp the importance of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Session clock ticking at Indiana Statehouse: Budget, redistricting top priority list"

Following up on this entry from March 3rd, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press writes today:That means the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 06, 2011

Friday, March 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Gov. Beshear signs corrections overhaul measure"

From the Louisville Courier Journal, Jessie Halladay reports today in a story that begins:FRANKFORT, Ky. – A bill hailed as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats "

That is the headline to a story in today's WSJ....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Charlie White: Hoosier Daddy?

A reader writes this morning:If you watch Kim King's Fox59 report last evening, you'll hear her refer to attorney Dennis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 04, 2011

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Secretary of State Charlie White indicted"

Everyone anticipated this on election day in November. The question was, would he have taken office before it happened, thereby...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Pull the plug on the session?

The word is that because of the upcoming BIG 10 Mens' Tournament here next weekend, resulting in a lack of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Two outside looks at midwest union/education battles

From NPR this morning, Mara Liasson of Morning Edition had this report - audio to be available at 9 am....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2011

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP move on school vouchers could thaw Statehouse boycott"

It looks like this AP report yesterday morning by Deanna Martin may have presented the opportunity the Democrats were looking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't.- "Boycott traditionally used as potent political weapon "

Another history of legislative boycotts story today, supplementing and expanding upon those quoted in this Feb. 26, 2011 ILB entry....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Signs of movement in legislative impasse?

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, quoting an AP story reporting potential narrowing of the school vouchers bill, Niki...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Texting ban; school vouchers

"Indiana Senate panel OKs texting ban despite worries" is the heading to this WTHR story this noon, with video. "Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The spectacle of Democratic state legislators from Wisconsin and Indiana washing their underwear in motel sinks across state lines in order to avoid casting their votes back home is extraordinary"

That is the lede to this newly-posted op-ed column on the Washington Post website....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Of the three governors, Mr. Daniels, who is in his second term, is considered something of a role model for the others"

That is a quote from this Feb. 27 NYT article by Monica Davey and Jeff Zeleny, headed "A Three-Man Band...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "There's too much to lose: With stakes so high, a deal may be out of reach"

Here are some highlights from a lengthy, front-page story in the Indianapolis Star today by Mary Beth Schneider and Heather...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Outmoded language? Details? Substantiation? Transparency?

When taking a look at the most recent printing of this year's budget bill, HB 1001, in putting together the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "The Governor Who Cut His State Down to Size "

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, Steven Greenhouse of the NY Times has a story today headed "Indiana Informs...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana House boycott new twist in long rivalry" [Updated]

Tom Davies of the AP has a great, long story, here today in the Lafayette Journal Courier. A few quotes:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The Governor Who Cut His State Down to Size "

A front-page WSJ story today features Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. A quote from the long story:In any other year, a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Q&A: A guide to the Indiana House standoff"

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener has this "guide" in today's Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes:Q: Are Democrats being paid while they’re off...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - How are legislators paid?

This is a work in progress. Corrections are welcome. This is always a confusing area, sometimes it seems intentionally so....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Union County Attorney: 'Sheriff must live in county'"

Some quotes from an interesting story in the Union County Liberty Herald, reported by Bev Woodruff:Last Thursday, during the Union...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Quote of the Day: Caveat Tweeter"

Following on earlier ILB entries, David Lat of Above the Law, has this brief entry, with links including an ABA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't - More on: House (sans Dems) has convened at 10 am

Updating this earlier ILB entry, WISH TV is now reporting:Bosma announced the House Rules Committee would extend the legislative deadline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't - House (sans Dems) has convened at 10 am [Updated]

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star has just tweeted:This was to have been the day that the next state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - FWJG Sentencing Series continues

Updating this entry from Tuesday, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette sentencing series continues. However, I may have lost my way....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Both parties have bolted at times"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an interesting story today that begins:INDIANAPOLIS – This week’s House Democratic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels vows to make sure lawmakers get work done"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Mary Beth Schneider and Scott Elliott have a long report in today's Indianapolis Star. Here is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Was there undue influence between Duke execs and IURC?"

John Russell continues his Duke / IURC series today with a lengthy front-page Indianapolis Star story headed "Private talks between...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "If it takes special sessions from now to New Year’s, we will hold them and we will send the bill to Leader Bauer and to the Democratic Party of Indiana"

The consensus probably is that Dem. leader Bauer overreached by moving beyond the right-to-work bill to a long laundry list,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Indiana Deputy AG reportedly urges use of live ammunition against Wisconsin protesters [Updated]

Mary Beth Schnieder of the Indy Star has just tweeted that the AG has fired Jeff Cox: "Indiana AG's office...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - List of "still live" House bills

Yesterday 20-some House bills died because the House never got the quorum necessary to convene and so the committee reports...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Indiana Deputy AG reportedly urges use of live ammunition against Wisconsin protesters

Local TV is now reporting the story the ILB posted this morning. 6 News has this noon story that includes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Ball in Bosma's court after Governor speaks

Updating yesterday' entry, WTHR last evening had this story with a list of the House Democrats' demands, including its list...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Deputy AG reportedly urges use of live ammunition against Wisconsin protesters

See the story here. Be sure to read the response by the spokesman for the Indiana attorney general's office, Bryan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Ball in Bosma's court after Governor speaks [Updated]

The Governor gave a brief statement to the press at 3:15 (listen to the mp3 here) indicating that "Republicans should...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Democrats' move could kill 22 bills in House"

Okay, this story from Stephanie Gattman of the Elkhart Truth, posted at noon, explains something I didn't realize. My thought...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "In a legislative session seemingly overflowing with important and emotional issues ... the sentencing proposal is emerging as one of the most contentious and significant"

Here is the anticipated story by Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on the politics behind sentencing reform....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation"

So reports Mary Beth Schneider in the Indianapolis Star in a breaking story that continues:A source said Democrats are headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "In a legislative session seemingly overflowing with important and emotional issues ... the sentencing proposal is emerging as one of the most contentious and significant"

It turns out the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's lengthy story yesterday is but the first in a week-long series. Today's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Down on luck Democrats must nurture next generation"

That is the heading of a thoughtful article today by Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Journal, that builds...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "In a legislative session seemingly overflowing with important and emotional issues – education, redistricting, guns, gay marriage and more – the sentencing proposal is emerging as one of the most contentious and significant"

To understand HB 561 and sentencing reform, begin with Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial page editor Tracy Warner's lengthy analysis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Focus on Indiana's pending budget: (1) Governor's authority to withhold allotments, and (2) judges' pay raise

(1) Governor's authority to withhold spending of money appropriated by lawmakers. Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ind. Courts - "Debate on containing hog virus may yet have long way to go" [Updated]

Fascinating, lengthy story today by Jeff Swiatek in the Indianapolis Star business section. It begins:Three years ago, TDM Farms, one...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ind. Law - Indiana Lawmakers this evening will look at Sentencing Reform

See the details here, at the WFYI page. The blurb:Over the past decade, Indiana's prison system has grown faster than...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Does access to public records include reasonably prompt access?

Updating this entry from earlier today, a long list of new 2011 PAC advisory opinions have been added to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Does access to public records include reasonably prompt access?

Does access to public records include reasonably prompt access to the opinions of the Public Access Counselor? On January 7,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Deadlines for bills in first house looming in General Assembly

Committee meetings are wrapping up in the Senate today. Next Wednesday, February 23, 2011 is the last day for 3rd...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Daniels-backed prison reform is dealt a blow by prosecutors"

Updating this entry from Feb. 15th, the LSA has now posted the new fiscal impact statement based on the revised...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Bill to abolish merit system emerges from committee

SB 273, which may abolish the merit system of employment in at least two state agencies (IDEM and FSSA), effectively...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Daniels-backed prison reform is dealt a blow by prosecutors" [Updated]

Updating this entry from this morning on SB 561, the committeee report filed and ultimately adopted last evening by the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels-backed prison reform is dealt a blow by prosecutors"

The ILB will have more on this story later, but last evening the Senate's Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters Committee,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't, - "La Porte Ordinance would require special permits for churches"

Matt Fritz's story in the Feb. 11, 2011 LaPorte Herald Argus reports:LA PORTE — Churches may not be able to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "New Albany police officer received vacation, holiday pay during suspension"

Harold J. Adams has the story in the Louisville Courier Journal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Clark County auditor receives notice of tort: Former employee claims she was unfairly fired"

Braden Lammers reported Feb. 11, 2011 in the Clark County News & Tribune:CLARK COUNTY — A former Clark County auditor’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't - More on: Bill would allow CWIP for nuclear plants, much more [Updated]

The AP is reporting today that SB 251 has been reported out of committee, 6-2. See earlier entry here. [Updated]...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: The Indiana census data is in

Updating this entry from earlier today, if you are a techie you can now download all the Indiana data here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - The Indiana census data is in

The Gary Post Tribune reported this morning:Indiana has received its census numbers, according to a release from the U.S. Census...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "A Muncie man who pleaded guilty -- but mentally ill -- in a 2005 attack has received no treatment or counseling of any kind during his more-than-four years in prison."

Douglas Walker has the story today in the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:MUNCIE -- A Muncie man who pleaded guilty --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't - Bill would allow CWIP for nuclear plants, much more

The bill is SB 251, introduced as a vehicle "concerning labor and safe," assigned to Senate Rules, and the digest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Monday, February 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Welfare fixes being noticed"

Ken Kusmer of the AP has a story today that begins:INDIANAPOLIS — A year after revamping its troubled welfare intake...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 07, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - What to watch for this week in the General Assembly

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette tweeted last Friday:Next week at the legislature brutally busy - gay marriage;...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 06, 2011

Local Gov't. - "Lake County's waste inspires move for statewide trash agency reforms"

A very long story today in the NWI Times, reported by Marc Chase, begins:An inflated director's salary, bloated budget and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 06, 2011

Friday, February 04, 2011

Ind. Law - More on: Indiana Law on towing of vehicles left on private property

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 1, Indy 6 News had a story last evening headed "Downtown Parking Dispute Could...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 04, 2011

Environment - "Purdue poised to cancel coal-fired power plant"

From a Nov. 17, 2010 ILB entry quoting a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial headed "Purdue has power to change...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 04, 2011

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "The rise of do-it-yourself redistricting"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry announcing that the census data needed for redistricting Indiana would be available next week, Stateline.org has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 03, 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Census Bureau to Release Local 2010 Census Data for Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa and Maryland"

The data needed for redistricting will be released next week, according to this post on the U.S. Census Data page....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ind. Gov't - General Assembly cancelled again today

From the website:The House and Senate will be closed today, and all committees are cancelled for Wednesday February 3rd. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Why doesn't the State of Indiana declare a snow day? Ever?

Jim Shella writes in his blog today:I’m already hearing from state employees who wonder why they have to report for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - A fascinating look at a pre-1851 corporation

This week's subscription-only Indiana Legislative Insight has this item:In a report released last week, "The Office of the Inspector General...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Wood-fired boiler rules postponed till March "

A story by Gitte Laasby in today's Gary Post Tribune begins:State officials were scheduled to adopt Indiana’s first state-wide rules...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - House of Representatives closed today [Updated]

The House of Representatives is closed today, Tuesday. No word yet on the Senate. [Update at 9:12] Jim Shella is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "For Governors, Medicaid Looks Ripe for Slashing"

This long survey article by Kevin Sack from Saturday's NY Times may help provide perspective. It begins:Hamstrung by federal prohibitions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Senate leader promises redistricting hearings across state"

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener reported in the Louisville Courier Journal on Friday:INDIANAPOLIS — Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Timetable for IURC invites scrutiny: Utility watchdog oks short debate period for Rockport project"

Ted Evanoff reports today in the Indianapolis Star:Only months after an ethics scandal rocked the state's top utility watchdog, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 28, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Gary mayoral hopefuls defend bankruptcy "

A story today by Jon Seidel of the Gary Post-Tribune begins:GARY -- At least three of Gary's declared mayoral candidates...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Moody’s to Factor Pension Gaps in States’ Ratings"

This story today in the NY Times business section, reports by Mary Williams Walsh, begins:Moody’s Investors Service has begun to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Bankruptcy bill moving forward"

Updating this entry from Jan. 24th headed "Law would let cities declare bankruptcy," Jon Seidel of the Gary Post Tribune...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: What is the role of the new House Committee on Government Reduction?

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 18, 2011, Jon Seidel of the Gary Post Tribune reports today on the first...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Daniels takes natural gas bet that others refused"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 3, 2011, which links to a still-available IndyStar story from that date that began:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Yet more on: Changes to death certificate system in Indiana

Updating a number of recent ILB entries from around the state, Virginia Ransbottom has a second story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Continuing on with: "Law would let cities declare bankruptcy

As I wrote here yesterday, "The ILB has had a number of entries on this year's SB 105, a bill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Appeals court skeptical of Porter Co. RDA withdrawal request" [Updated]

That is the heading of this story today by Dan Carden of the NWI Times, reporting on an oral argument...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on: Changes to death certificate system in Indiana

Updating a number of recent ILB entries, Virginia Ransbottom has a story today in the South Bend Tribune. Some quotes:A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 21, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Prosecutors group assails proposal to cut prison sentences"

Updating this ILB entry on Jan. 19th, there are several editorials today urging support of the reform plan. "Don't let...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Prosecutors group assails proposal to cut prison sentences"

Updating a long list of entries on the Governor's proposal to reform Indiana's sentencing laws, including this one from Jan....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Unforeseen obstacles in the mix for startup doughnut factory"

Ruth Holliday's blog entry today reminded me that I'd intended to post about this lengthy story from the Sunday Star...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "If not townships, then what? Governor calls for end to system; most legislators favor incremental reform"

That is the headline to a story in today's Bloomington Herald-Times. It is behind a paywall, but here are a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Clark drainage rules violate Indiana law, suit argues"

Ben Zion Hershberg reported in a lengthy Jan. 14, 2011 story in the Louisville Courier Journal:A couple has sued the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Storms didn't make hiring cut for Duke job until Reed got involved

Today, another John Russell / Indianapolis Star story involving Duke Energy and the IURC. Russell interviews Duke's chief executive, James...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - What is the role of the new House Committee on Government Reduction?

There was much fanfare late last year when House Speaker Bosma appointed Democrats to head two House committees. One was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Bill to end lengthy legal battle over high-fenced deer hunting

From a story Sunday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reported by Niki Kelly:Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, wants to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - NYT editorial on "Indiana’s Answer to Prison Costs"

A favorable national editorial today on Daniels' plan. A quote:Governors seeking wisdom on how to proceed could start by looking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Everybody wants reform but hardly anybody wants to be reformed"

That is the CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau's Maureen Hayden's conclusion so far into this, her first session observing the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Targeting townships

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 15th, the Indianapolis Star yesterday published an editorial headed "Wasted Dollars, Broken Trust." It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - A planned day at the races for then-Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Lott Hardy and his wife, and NIPSCO officials

A lengthy story today in the NWI Times, written by Keith Benman, reports:A day after Indiana's top utility regulator approved...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Comprehensive survey of Indiana townships starts Sunday

Enterprising reporters at the Bloomington Herald-Times have created comprehensive databases related to Indiana township government. Take a look at this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Town Council won't appeal ruling in Burns Harbor vs. Burns Harbor case"

I started covering this story on Oct. 14, 2010 -- I was interested in the attorneys' fee aspect. (You may...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 14, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Yet more on: "Law would let cities declare bankruptcy

Updating this list of earlier entries on SB 105, beginning with this lengthy ILB entry on Dec. 18, 2010, a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Governor names Kari Evans Bennett to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC)

From the press release:“The nominating committee presented me with a full slate of qualified candidates and I believe that Kari’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on: "Law would let cities declare bankruptcy

Updating earlier ILB entries, both Region papers have stories today on yesterday's committee hearing on SB 151. Dan Carden reports...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Goldsmith’s Other Bad Snow Day"

Updating earlier ILB entries on former two-term Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, who is now NYC Deputy Mayor in charge of,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Illinois GA passes hike which "would raise the personal income tax-rate by 67 percent and the business income tax rate by 46 percent."

Here is the story today, from the Chicago Tribune's Ray Long and Monique Garcia. It begins:A triumphant Gov. Pat Quinn...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawsuit threatened over Vissing Park work in Jeffersonville"

David Mann reported Jan. 10th in the Jeffersonville News & Tribune in a long story that begins:City officials have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Deal would make Duke No. 1: Buying Progress Energy would create biggest U.S. electric utility"

Today, another in what is now a long list of great John Russell / Indianapolis Star stories involving Duke Energy....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Upcoming addresses

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will deliver his 2011 State of the State address on Tuesday, January 11 to a joint...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "In Illinois, a Giant Deficit Leads to Talk of a Giant Tax Increase"

This long story from Monica Davey of the NY Times, dated Jan. 9th, begins:SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With Illinois’s budget crisis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 10, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Changes to death certificate system in Indiana

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Ella Johnson reports today in the Evansville Courier & Press in a long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "16 Weeks of this to go?"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 6, 2011, Maureen Hayden of the CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau had an entertaining wrap-up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 09, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Changes to death certificate system in Indiana

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 6, 2010, discussing a death certificate changeover to be effective Jan. 1, 2011, all...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 09, 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Hands-On Job Has Deputy Mayor Taking His Lumps"

Updating entries from the end of December 2010 that were headed "Former two-term Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith is making a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 08, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Does access to public records include reasonably prompt access?

The Indiana Public Access Counselor's Office posted yesterday, January 6, 2011, a slew of advisory opinions (at least 40),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 07, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "White sworn in as inquiries go on: State's new top election official denies he committed voter fraud in primary"

Updating this list of ILB entries on the candidacy of Charlie White for Secretary or State, and particularly this entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 07, 2011

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "16 Weeks of this to go?" Some ILB observations

Mary Beth Schneider and Heather Gillers of the Indianapolis Star had the coverage with the best headline re the rocky...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 06, 2011

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Burns Harbor has no standing to sue own BZA, judge rules"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 27, 2010 headed "Town of Burns Harbor in court against itself Monday," yesterday Paulene...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Harrison Sheriff Deatrick's court hearing canceled while judge appointment is decided"

Updating this most recent (June 5, 2010) of a list of ILB entries on former Harrison County sheriff Mike Deatrick,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels takes natural gas bet that others refused"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 31st, the subheading to Ted Evanoff's Jan. 2, 2011 front-page story in the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Star editorial: "Take break from hot button issues"

Here is how the editorial today in the Indianapolis Star, stressing the need for "setting priorities in an emergency," concludes:Still,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana's part-time lawmakers juggle duties with jobs, families"

Kevin Allen of the South Bend Tribune takes a look at what it means to be a part-time legislator today,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 03, 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "E-mails reveal Duke's rising worries: Critics compare saga of cost overruns, setbacks to 1980s nuclear plant fiasco"

Another John Russell story today in the Indianapolis Star relating to "Duke Energy Corp.'s massive power plant in Edwardsport." (Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 31, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Anybody could be in their basement, unload this and draw their own plan, using all the tools we have"

That is a quote from Cathy McCully, who heads the U.S. Census Bureau's redistricting data division, in a Washington Post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Several TV news stories about Marion County prosecutor changeover

Troy Kehoe of WISHTV had a story Tuesday, Dec. 28 headed "New prosecutor terminates six deputies." Some quotes:At least six...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Environment - "Kasich names heads of state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agency"

Aaron Marshall of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the story. Some quotes:COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is open for business. That...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Former two-term Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith is making a name for himself as New York's deputy mayor" [Updated]

That is the headline from a still-available Indy WRTV13 story less than two months old, which reported:He's working to help...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Illness may delay IURC ethics hearings"

So reports the Indianapolis Star's John Russell in this interesting story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Special judge named in Elizabeth clerk-treasurer case"

Updating this ILB entry from Aug. 20, 2010, Grace Schneider reported yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal under the headline:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Law would let cities declare bankruptcy

The Gary Post Tribune has two stories today on SB 105 (still not available), "a proposed bill filed last week...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Law would let cities declare bankruptcy"; and more from the ILB

Updating this important ILB entry from Dec. 18, 2010, which quoted a Dan Carden story in the NWI Times on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 27, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Lake officials still split over insuring sheriff's lawyer "

From the Dec. 24th NWI Times, this story by Bill Dolan that began:CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council couldn't...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 27, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Mounting State Debts Stoke Fears of a Looming Crisis"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 6th, quoting a NYT story, CNBC is reporting "Wave of Muni Defaults to Spur...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "JUSTICE REINVESTMENT IN INDIANA: Summary Report & Policy Framework"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 16th, here are some stories from the weekend: The Dec. 19th (today's) Fort Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Commission will seek your help to draw maps: Citizens group to suggest changes in districts to lawmakers"

Updating this earlier ILB entry from yesterday, Ken Kusmer of the AP reports today:INDIANAPOLIS — A citizen panel backed by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Sylvia A. Smith has worked at The Journal Gazette since 1973 and has covered Washington since 1989. She is the only Washington-based reporter who exclusively covers northeast Indiana."

But alas, no more. Ms. Smith writes today at the end of her Sunday column:After about 1,000 Sunday columns for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Commission will seek your help to draw maps: Citizens group to suggest changes in districts to lawmakers"; and some ILB observations

Following up on this ILB entry from yesterday, Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star reports today on yesterday's redistricting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick filed for bankruptcy Friday"

Sarah Tompkins of the NWI Times reports today in a story that begins:HAMMOND | Former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Law would let cities declare bankruptcy"; and more from the ILB

Dan Carden of the NWI Times has this important story today -- some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS | Broke local governments could ask...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Commission will seek your help to draw maps: Citizens group to suggest changes in districts to lawmakers"; and some ILB observations

Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star has a long story today on redistricting. Some quotes:Legislators and citizens say there...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Bills drafts for implementing Criminal Code changes

Updating the earlier ILB entry about today's Criminal Code Evaluation Commission meeting, here are the bill drafts.PD 4074 - the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "JUSTICE REINVESTMENT IN INDIANA: Summary Report & Policy Framework"

Here is what looks to be the short version of the Pew Report. Maureen Hayden of CNHI has this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor, state leaders endorse results of sentencing study"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Governor Daniels this morning held a meeting on the Pew Report and issued a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Pew study results are in

This press release just received from the Gov. office:Tomorrow, 10 a.m. Governor’s Office Governor Mitch Daniels, state legislators and judges,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Continuing with: "Democrats contest White's election: Petition says he is not eligible to be secretary of state" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 10, re the second meeting of the Indiana Recount Commission, this time held in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2010

Ind. Law - Are Indiana's car insurance minimums too low?

That is the question explored in this story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reported by Rebecca S. Green....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Three IURC finalists recommended to Gov. Daniels

Updating this ILB entry from Friday, Dec. 10th, John Russell of the Indianapolis Star reported Saturday:A nominating committee is recommending...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Criminal Code Evaluation Commission to meet Thursday

The Criminal Code Evaluation Commission will be meeting Thursday, Dec.. 16th at 9:30 am in the House Chambers. An earlier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Even more on: "Democrats contest White's election: Petition says he is not eligible to be secretary of state"

Updating this ILB entry from last Saturday and this entry from last Monday, Dec. 6th on the Indiana Recount Commission's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Ethics issue kills a Duke Energy deal on Indiana plant costs"

Updating this ILB entry from late yesterday afternoon, John Russell's report in this morning's Indianapolis Star begins:Upset by a growing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Ethics issue kills a Duke Energy deal on Indiana plant costs"

That is the headline late this afternoon of a story by John Downey in the Charlotte Business Journal. It begins:Duke...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "The U.S. Census Bureau is just days away from releasing data from the decennial census"

Take a look at this video via the Washington Post that explains how the number of representatives per state is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor names former general counsel to head Alcohol and Tobacco Commission"

From a just-issued press release:INDIANAPOLIS (December 9, 2010) – Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed Mark Massa as the new chairman...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - IURC applicant interviews tomorrow [Updated]

See this Dec. 4, 2010 ILB entry for background. The interviews will be all day tomorrow. The ILB assumes they...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Millions of records going digital" in Fort Wayne

Benjamin Lanka reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Fort Wayne hopes to spend $250,000 to begin digitizing its millions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "IURC review supports law judge's rulings"

Kudos to the IURC for quickly posting online the materials relating to their internal audit of Duke Energy cases...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "IURC review supports law judge's rulings"

So reports The IndyStar's John Russell about the just-completed internal IURC investigation of Scott Storms' rulings while sitting as ALJ...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "School funding hard to figure: FWCS’ budget next year only 54 percent of Indy’s"

In this Dec. 5, 2010 story in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reporter Angela Mapes Turner makes a valiant effort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Second-highest paid executive at Duke Energy Corp. has resigned"

Updating this story from yesterday, today's Indianapolis Star has the expanded, front-page story, headed "E-mail scandal topples Duke Energy's James...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Changes to death certificate system in Indiana

Recently, the Indiana State Department of Health announced that it was closing its walk-in birth and death certificate services. See...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Mounting State Debts Stoke Fears of a Looming Crisis"

This lengthy story this weekend in the NY Times, reported by Michael Cooper and Mary Williams Walsh, is absolutely frightening....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Democrats contest White's election: Petition says he is not eligible to be secretary of state"

Updating this ILB entry from Saturday, Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star attended yesterday's hearing in the State Office Building...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Second-highest paid executive at Duke Energy Corp. has resigned"

John Russell and Ted Evanoff have posted the story this morning on the Indianapolis Star website. Some quotes:The second-highest paid...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 06, 2010

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Some investigative reporters try to keep tabs on competitors by "FOI-ing other peoples’ FOIs"

This ILB entry from May 23, 2010 quoted a Chicago Sun-Times story:In the name of “transparency,” Mayor Daley on Thursday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 05, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Panel whittles list of IURC candidates down to 10"

Not much whittling occurred, however, as the selection commission pared the list from the initial 12 to 10, according to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 04, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "More on: "Democrats contest White's election: Petition says he is not eligible to be secretary of state

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 21st, 2010, re Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker's petition with the Indiana Recount...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 04, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana Senate Democrats, through their blog, The Briefing Room, have stepped up [Updated]

From a Nov. 17, 2010 ILB entry:Updating this ILB entry from earlier this morning, the IBJ is now reporting that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 03, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Medicaid cuts likely in Indiana: Rising costs could force lawmakers to reduce some services"

According to the schedule of State Budget Committee hearings, yesterday was:8:30-9:00 ICHIA 9:00-9:30 Tobacco Master Settlement Fund (SBA) 9:30-11:30 FSSA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 02, 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Another amazing IURC / Duke Energy story today; and some ILB observations

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 28, 2010, today's front-page Indianapolis Star story by John Russell is headed: "IURC reassigns...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana budget leaders target prison population reductions"

Supplementing yesterday's entry quoting LCJ coverage, Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today:During state budget hearings Monday,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "South Bend backyard chicken law probably won’t be decided this year"

Adding to the ILB's list of Indiana "chicken underground" entries is this story today from the South Bend Tribune, reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "NWI legislator hopes to halt fox, coyote penning with new law"

Kathleen Quillligan of the NWI Times has this story today that begins:A Northwest Indiana lawmaker is working on legislation to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke Energy's Assistant General Counsel, State President Fired Over Hiring Flap"

That is the headline to this story by Sue Reisinger in Corporate Counsel. A quote:In a Nov. 8 filing with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana budget leaders target prison population reductions"

Good story, just posted, by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal. A few quotes:INDIANAPOLIS – State budget leaders...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Another amazing IURC / Duke Energy story today

Following on this long list of earlier entries, John Russell reports in a front-page story in the Sunday Indianapolis Star,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - IN.gov uses ChaCha search, as does Indiana University [Updated]

From the State of Indiana website:Improved Search: IN.gov has partnered with Indiana's ChaCha.com, to combine the best search results from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Richard Lugar: "Charting His Own Course Against Prevailing Winds"

Jennifer Steinhauer's article on Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar, will appear in the Sunday NY Times. A quote:Even after the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Town of Burns Harbor in court against itself Monday"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 17, 2010, Paulene Poparad of the Chesterton Tribune had this new story on Nov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: - Good news from House of Representatives

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 17th, which noted: (a) that although the House has said all committee meeting will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 26, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ind. Gov.t. - "Lawmakers’ plate already plenty full"

So opined the Terre Haute Tribune Star in this Nov. 18th editorial:TERRE HAUTE — The legislative session facing the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "E-mails suggest early doubts in IURC ethics case: Messages warned of concerns about Duke's hiring of IURC lawyer"

Another big Indianapolis Star story today, reported by John Russell, on the Duke / IURC connections, adding to this long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Attorney General's Office to defend Prosecutors in suit"

AG Zoeller has just issued this press release, that begins:Standing on the side of law enforcement, the Indiana Attorney General's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "IURC Appointment process differs from most states"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier this afternoon re the IURC selection process, a knowledgeable attorney reader writes:The Star continues...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Continuing saga of politics of trash in Lake county

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 9, which dealt with an executive session meeting of the Lake County Solid Waste...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "IURC Appointment process differs from most states"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 6, 2010, several new items. The Indianapolis Star writes again today, this time via...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Democrats contest White's election: Petition says he is not eligible to be secretary of state"

That is the headline to this Nov. 20th story by Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star. It follows on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Backyard "Chicken Underground" expands to include turkeys

As these ILB entries attest, one of the ILB's favorite entries was this one from Sept. 15, 2009, headed "Chicken...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: - Good news from House of Representatives

Updating this ILB entry from earlier this morning, the IBJ is now reporting that "all Indiana General Assembly committee meetings...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Good news from House of Representatives

From an Indianapolis Star story yesterday:[House Speaker] Bosma said that for the first time all House committee hearings will be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ind. Decisions - The separation of powers, the one subject requirement, and the budget bill, or "Will the Court revamp the process and force the genie back into the bottle?"

Background. On October 20th, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in In the matter of A.B., a Child Alleged...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 15, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Millions of historic state government documents now accessible online"

CNHI reporter Maureen Hayden has this interesting story, available here via the Terre Haute Tribune Star. It begins:TERRE HAUTE —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 15, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: I&M lease fight cost city of Fort Wayne $1.2 million

Fleshing out this Nov. 11th ILB entry quoting a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story on legal and other expenses for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Deficit to rule state hearings on the budget"

Niki Kelly has the report today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The story begins:INDIANAPOLIS – State budget hearings begin...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 12, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Wrecked police cars and parking meters in Indy

Two interesting stories. "Wrecked cruisers cost city over $2.5M" is the headline to this WTHR13 story by Sandra Chapman that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 12, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Continuing with "Porter County cannot leave RDA "

Updating this ILB entry from April 17th, both the Gary Post Tribune and the NWI Times are reporting that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - I&M lease fight cost city of Fort Wayne $1.2 million

So reports Benjamin Lanka today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:FORT WAYNE – Fort Wayne spent more than...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Continuing saga of politics of trash in Lake county

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Marc Chase of the NWI Times reports today in a story headed "Access counselor reaffirms opinion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Former two-term Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith is making a name for himself as New York's deputy mayor"

Kevin Rader has this report at Indy WRTV13. A few quotes from an interesting story:"The issues in Indianapolis and New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Will "social issues" hijack this General Assembly?

Several recent stories offer hints of what may come. Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star had two reports in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "State officials repeatedly have rationalized that the best place to find new state regulators is within the ranks of regulated industries"

An editorial today in the Indianapolis Star on the Duke scandal begins:All three people at the center of a scandal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Continuing saga of politics of trash in Lake county

In this ILB entry from Oct. 5th re the Lake County Solid Waste Management District, the NWI Times reported:In April,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke Energy fires its top Indiana officer" [Updated]

In a story posted on the Indianapolis Star website at 5:07 pm, John Russell reports in a story that begins:Duke...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 08, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Marion County Prosecutor's office prepares for transition

See the story here from WTHR 13 News. A sample:Thursday morning, Curry met with outgoing Republican incumbent Carl Brizzi to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 04, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke CEO denies any inappropriate contact between utility and former regulatory official" [Updated]

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is a report in the LCJ based on Indianapolis Star and AP dispatches. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 04, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Attorney is twice a witness to Lake Republican history"

Neat story today in the NWI Times, by Bill Dolan. It begins:SCHERERVILLE | Dennis Stanton, 74, a Schererville attorney, has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 04, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Watch Duke Energy this morning before the IURC

From the IURC:The Technical Conference in the Duke Energy proceeding (Cause No. 43114 IGCC4-S1) will be webcast at 9:00 a.m....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Inquiry looms as Charlie White wins secretary of state's job"

Carrie Ritchie has this report on the front page of this morning's Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:Questions of alleged voting irregularities...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Three health insurance stories of interest

(1) "Insurance 'death spirals' remain full of life: State seems at a loss to keep companies from closing plans, which...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 01, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Town of Cedar Lake urged to opt out of IURC

Carrie Napoleon of the Gary Post Tribune has a story today that puzzles me. Some quotes:CEDAR LAKE -- Resident concern...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 01, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ind. Courts - "An auditor hired by the state Department of Toxicology is reviewing all of the department's drug test results from 2007-09 -- including those used for criminal convictions -- because of concerns about accuracy"

So begins the Indianapolis Star story today reported by Mark Alesia and Tim Evans. This comes after numerous earlier stories...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 29, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ind. Law - What's happening with fixing the Indiana Code? Part 2

Part 1, posted on Oct. 20th, concluded that after three years there is still no overall plan for successfully...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sports Law - Yet more on: IUPUI Terminates Contract of Women's Basketball Coach [Updated]

Good news. The ILB has obtained and posted a copy of the 15-page Coach Parkinson employment contract referenced in this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "State ends food aid for developmentally disabled"

Charles Wilson of the AP has this story this afternoon. A few quotes from the long story:Indiana has quietly ended...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ind. Law - What's happening with fixing the Indiana Code? Part 1

Last Friday (Oct. 15th) I posted a brief entry promising to bring ILB readers up to date on the issue...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Ind. agency paying law firm $5.25M to sue IBM"

Ken Kusmer of the AP has a big story this afternoon (here is the version in the Chicago Tribune) that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Ind. Ethics Chief Pursues Case Against Utility's Assistant General Counsel"

That is the heading to this story today by Sue Reisinger of Corporate Counsel. The story has been reported here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Auditor candidates want you to see what state spends"

Mary Beth Schneider writes today in the Indianapolis Star in a story that begins:No matter which candidate wins the race...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Burns Harbor Town Council approves funds for BZA attorney"

Updating this ILB entry citing the Oct. 14th Chesterton Tribune, Paulene Poparad has a follow-up story in the Oct. 15,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 17, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "State faces unemployment reckoning"

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reports today:Indiana businesses and state government will soon begin paying millions of dollars in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Burns Harbor Town Council approves funds for BZA attorney"

Paulene Poparad reports in today's Chesterton Tribune: Member Mike Perrine said it was the Burns Harbor Town Council that started...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Nominating Committee is soliciting applications from persons interested in serving the remainder of a four-year term on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC)

Just released from the Governor's Office:Applications will be accepted today through close of business on November 5. After the close...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - FSSA chief Anne Murphy likely leaving

Charles Wilson of the AP is reporting:The Family and Social Services Administration secretary told the commission Thursday that she had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke Energy cases to be audited" [Updated]

The Gary Post-Tribune is reporting:The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will conduct an audit of the Duke Energy Indiana cases that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "E-mails show clubby IURC, Duke"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, the Indianapolis Star has an editorial today headed "Ethics are no laughing matter." The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "E-mails show clubby IURC, Duke"

"Clubby" may understate it. John Russell of the Indianapolis Star has a lengthy, amazing story today, based on e-mails obtained...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Editorials on IURC firing

Updating this Oct. 6, 2010 entry on the IURC firing, here are two editorials published Sunday, Oct. 10th: Fort Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Fort Wayne Senator's "Indy house is a reclaimed beauty"

The Indianapolis Star's "Homefinder" magazine section today features on the cover and inside a much-illustrated story headed "@Home in Meridian...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor accepts BMV Commissioner's resignation"

From a press release just issued:This afternoon, Andy Miller resigned effective immediately as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Motor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 07, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - 6 News: "BMV Head [allegedly] Arrested On Public Indecency Charge" [Updated]

Here is another headline you don't really want to see. [Updated 10/7/10] Here is the front-page Indianapolis Star story this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Here is a headline you really don't want to see

"Regulators postpone Duke hearing amid scandal" It heads this just-posted IBJ story by Chris O'Malley that begins:The Indiana Utility Regulatory...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "IURC Appointment process differs from most states" [Updated]

Tim Evans has this story in the Indianapolis Star today, suggesting that Indiana's utility commissioners might better be elected, or...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Daniels fires chairman of utility regulatory agency"

The Louisville Courier Journal's Lesley Stedman Weidenbener has this coverage today on the IURC firing - the lengthy story begins:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Governor terminates IURC chairman, issues ethics memo to agency heads"

Supplementing two earlier ILB entries from today, Chris O'Malley of the IBJ is now reporting:Duke Energy Corp. placed Mike Reed,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Governor terminates IURC chairman, issues ethics memo to agency heads"

ILB thoughts: I just took at look at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission re its organization, and read this. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Governor terminates IURC chairman, issues ethics memo to agency heads"

This was just released by the Governor's office: [emphasis by ILB] Governor terminates IURC chairman, issues ethics memo to agency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "The Fishers Town Council's actions over the past six months remain in effect even though one of its members moved out of his district, the town attorney said Monday"

That is the lede to this story today by Kevin O'Neal in the Indianapolis Star. More:"For public policy reasons, several...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Continuing saga of politics of trash in Lake county

This spring the ILB linked to a NWI Times series on the politics of trash in Lake County. Bringing you...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Fallout from "Consumer group criticizes Indiana regulator's move to Duke Energy"

Updating two earlier ILB entries, from Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, 2010, here are a few quotes from this commentary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 04, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "We can no longer afford tolerating remnants of the spoils system as the necessary cost of our form of government"

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore R. Boehm spoke from the bench at his retirement ceremony yesterday, September 30, 2010. In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 01, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - AG Zoeller files brief opposing gay marriage in California

On behalf of the citizens of the State of Indiana, the Indiana Attorney General's office is the lead author on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Fallout from "Consumer group criticizes Indiana regulator's move to Duke Energy"

Supplementing yesterday's ILB entry is a long story today by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal headed "Daniels...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Fallout from "Consumer group criticizes Indiana regulator's move to Duke Energy" [Updated]

Wednesday the Indianapolis Star had this story in its business section -- it begins:A consumer group is raising ethical questions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 24, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Group for gay teens sues over denial of license plate: Nonprofit claims BMV's standards violate Constitution"

The ILB has had a long list of entries on issues relating "specialty license plates," such as "God" plates and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sports Law - IUPUI Terminates Contract of Women's Basketball Coach

Here is the news release from the school:IUPUI Athletic Director Michael Moore today announced that the university has terminated without...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Clerk bypasses board to expand early voting: Election Board earlier rejected satellite locations in 2-1 vote"

Bill Ruthhart reports today in the Indianapolis Star:Marion County voters will have two new places where they can cast early...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Environment - "Fort Wayne, state in legal spat over asbestos testing: In lawsuit filed last week, city claims IDEM is misperceiving scope of structure demolitions"

Sarah Janssen reported in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Sept. 18th in a story that began:The city is suing the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ind. Gov't - An observation

Interesting how the tables are turning and the traditional media is following stories originated by local bloggers now -- eg....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't - Interesting open records PAC opinion released today re Paul Ogden request of the Marshall County Prosecutor's Office

Here are some quotes from the opinion, which is dated Sept. 7, 2010:Re: Formal Complaint 10-FC-174; Alleged Violation of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Fort Wayne opens books to online scrutiny"

Benjamin Lanka reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Fort Wayne residents now have the ability to see exactly how...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 10, 2010

Courts - Still more on: "Kansas joins case to head off federal carbon regulation"

Supplementing Wednesday's ILB entry on the amicus brief filed by the Indiana AG in Connecticut v. AEP, and yesterday's ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "As Stadiums Vanish, Their Debt Lives On"

An eye-opening story today on the front page of the NY Times. And yes, Indianapolis is mentioned several times. This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Parking Meters Will Be a Cash Register That Never Stops Ringing for the Vendor"

Over the years, the ILB has had a long list of entries on the privatization of parking meters in Chicago....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Carmel redevelopment no issue"

Chris Sikich reports in the Indianapolis Star:CARMEL, Ind. —Attorney General Greg Zoeller [8/31/10] has issued a nonbinding legal opinion that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - New "Transparency" web site

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courer Journal has a story today headed "New website gives taxpayers a look at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Make a break from prisons"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, the Indianapolis Star today editorializes:If Indiana is out-performing its neighbors when it comes to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Requests from courts are "just one more area that is going to be hard to address during this upcoming long and difficult budget time"

Kathy Kreag Richardson, State Representative District 29, has a column dated August 28th in The Times ("serving Noblesville and Hamilton...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "ACLU of Ohio produces major report on prison growth and problems"

In this August 18th ILB entry, I asked what was happening with the Indiana Pew report project. Today Vic Ryckaert...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 30, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Show us the IPS numbers"

Last year this time the ILB had several entries under the heading "The Indianapolis Public School Board adopted the district's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Northwest Indiana corruption thrives in Chicago's shadow: Nearly 50 officials have been sent to prison in the last decade in neighboring Lake County "

Read the story by Andy Grimm in the Chicago Tribune....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Nursing homes dodge scrutiny: Attorney general has filed 6 complaints out of 300 cases in past 5 years"

Another long investigative story posted today (from the Sunday paper) by the Indianapolis Star team of Heather Gillers and Tim...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - July Unemployment Rates by State

New, from Sara Murray of the WSJ. Has a chart you can sort - Indiana is one of 11 states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 20, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Special judge named in Elizabeth clerk-treasurer case"

Grace Schneider reported Aug. 18th in the Louisville Courier Journal in a story that begins:A judge decided Wednesday to transfer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Some States Are Lacking in Health Law Authority"

Updating this ILB entry from August 15th, here is a press release from HealthCare.gov, which is "A federal government Website...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - " What the heck just happened to Howard County? Officials explain how Chrysler and GM low-balled local taxpayers by exploiting state law"

Interesting story today in the Kokomo Perspective, although I don't claim to understand it all....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "New Albany City Council pay resolution questioned: Salary of elected officials can’t be lowered according to attorney general's opinion" [Updated]

Daniel Suddeath reports in the New Albany News & Tribune:According to an official opinion rendered by former Indiana Attorney General...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "ACLU of Ohio produces major report on prison growth and problems"

This item from Sentencing Law & Policy Blog may be of interest to those interested in Indiana's prison overcrowding and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ind. Decisions - Still more on: ND Judge rules LaPorte must replace crumbling sidewalks

Updating these ILB entries from Jan. 1, 2010 (including a link to the opinion) and Jan. 6, 2010, Stan Maddux...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ind. Law - "Republicans challenge Collins being on [Howard County] ballot"

From a lengthy story yesterday by Tim Turner of the Kokomo Perspective:Politicking by Howard County Republican Party chairman Craig Dunn...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "The Indianapolis Public School Board adopted the district's $448 million budget this week, but don't ask board members for too much detail -- they never saw the actual budget before voting on it"

That headline is from an August 30, 2009 ILB entry. Take a look. Now read this item from Abdul Hakim...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says it has "serious concerns" about Duke Energy Indiana's construction of 630-megawatt coal gasification facility at Edwardsport

Here is the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) press release from August 9, 2010. Some quotes:Duke Energy Indiana's construction...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Neighbors who fought a rezoning request this month to allow for heavy industrial use of property near the planned Hoosier Heartland Corridor are upset that they were late learning about the plans."

So begins a long story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier, reported by Dorothy Schneider, headed "Case puts focus on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Some States Are Lacking in Health Law Authority"

So report Robert Pear and Kevin Sack in this August 14th NY Times story. Some quotes:WASHINGTON — Faced with the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ind. Law - "Maybe elected city leaders now realize they could have helped the situation months and months ago if they simply took a stand regarding Wilder instead of sitting on their hands."

Until now, the most recent ILB entry on Peggy Wilder was this one from June 17, 2010, quoting a report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Indy's traffic lights will soon be greener"

Francesca Jarosz of the Indianapolis Star reports today on Indianapolis' switch to LED traffic lights. A quote:The city is replacing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 09, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Ominous news, if true

From Sunday's NY Daily News, an article by professors Eileen Norcross and Todd Zywicki that is headed "How public worker...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 09, 2010

Friday, August 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Encourage CAFOs, penalize small farmers and meat processors?

This ILB entry from March 13, 2010 began:Doesn't seem right. At my local farmer's market this winter every third...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 06, 2010

Ind. Law - "Indiana seeks to grow health plan once thought doomed"

As I read Ken Kusmer's AP story today, I recalled the great opinion column May 30th, 2010 by Lesley Stedman...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 06, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Budget Chief Tried to Tilt Power to Executive Branch"

This story yesterday by Matt Bai of the NY Times, about current budget chief Peter Orszag, mirrors in some ways...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 29, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmakers warned to prepare now for major health-care changes"

Deborah Yetter of the Louisville Courier Journal reports from the meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "State budget makers avoid analyzing cuts"

Here is part of a long letter state Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) wrote for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:I’m a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Environment - More on "Indiana lawmakers were the only ones in the country to take campaign donations from BP last month"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, which focused on NW Indiana legislators, Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ind. Gov't - Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission. tweaks wind turbine rules

Justin Mark reports today in a long story in the Lafayette Journal Courier in a long story that begins:After a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana contends IBM welfare work was flawed from the start"

Ken Kusmer of the AP reports this afternoon in a story on the on-going lawsuit in Marion County Superior Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Couple working to preserve Indiana county's records"

While the Valparaiso Clerk-Treasurer struggles to find $20,000 to preserve her city's historical records dating back to 1857 (see ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Another judgment call in question"

That is the headline of this editorial today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:The biggest problem in being stuck with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Preserving Valpo records a labor of love for clerk"

Phil Wieland of the NWI Times has this story today: VALPARAISO | The names have faded into history, and now...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Pulling back the curtain on redistricting"

Transparency in redistricting? Michael McDonald and Micah Altman of the Washington Post have an intriguing column today. Some quotes:Every 10...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 09, 2010

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Legislature sets summer study committees "

Updating this ILB entry from June 6, 2010, Dorthy Schneider reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Monday, July 05, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Probe of ex-toxicology chief likely"

Mark Alesia and Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star have a lengthy, front-page story today continuing a series of Star...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 05, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

Ind. Gov't - Still more on the 476 pages’ worth of detailed budget cuts

Updating this ILB entry from June 26th, an editorial in today's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Some officials, to their credit, offered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 02, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ind. Gov. - "Woman may lose horse because of ordinance in barn"

Incredible! First there was the original story. Here is an AP story, with photo, from June 21, 2010. Some quotes:KOKOMO...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Lawmaker defends roles on call center Sought welfare site in Marion, in a building he has a stake in"

Updating this ILB entry, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today building on its Sunday story. It begins:“It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawmaker defends roles on call center Sought welfare site in Marion, in a building he has a stake in"

Angela Mapes Turner of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has this lengthy story today. The detailed and well worth reading...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ind. Law - "Secretary of state could be the key to who controls House"

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal has a story today about how "The winner of the secretary of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ind. Gov't - More on the 476 pages’ worth of detailed budget cuts [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, several reporters have reviewed the information in yesterday's data dump by the Governor's office....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Indiana GOP senators are asking Mitch Daniels to create a state budget 'transparency website.'"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, the Governor has now issued a response to Senator Simpson's request. Late this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 25, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana faces $1.2M food stamp sanctions from feds"

Here is the AP story by Ken Kusmer, as it appears in the Bloomberg Business Week - Some quotes:The federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 25, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana GOP senators are asking Mitch Daniels to create a state budget 'transparency website.'"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here are several stories on the topic: "House speaker wants more accessible government data" is reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana GOP senators are asking Mitch Daniels to create a state budget 'transparency website.'"

So writes Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press on Twitter. For background start with this ILB entry from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Tippecanoe County residents ask for moratorium on wind turbines"

Interesting article today by Dorothy Schneider in the Lafayette Journal Courier:A group of rural Tippecanoe County residents who have lingering...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Online voter registration arrives July 1 "

Bob Kasarda reports today in the NWI Times:As the Indiana Supreme Court wrestles with accusations that the state's voter ID...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 21, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "In