Daniels Signs Smoking Bill; Will Take Effect July 1

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has signed the state’s smoking ban into law. The law prohibits smoking in many public places, including restaurants and other work sites, but includes exemptions for casinos, bars, private clubs and other buildings. Daniels says that although everyone might not have been happy with the bill, it was best to get… Continue reading Daniels Signs Smoking Bill; Will Take Effect July 1

State Sen. Connie Lawson Appointed Indiana Secretary of State

Republican Indiana state Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana’s top elections official. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Lawson’s appointment today. The decision came a day after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that White’s 2010 candidacy was valid despite his Feb. 4 conviction on voter fraud and other felony charges.… Continue reading State Sen. Connie Lawson Appointed Indiana Secretary of State

Daniels Requests Disaster Declaration for Six Indiana Counties

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has asked President Obama to issue a disaster declaration for six southern Indiana counties damaged by last week’s tornadoes to make residents and business owners eligible for federal assistance. Daniels is requesting a declaration for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties. A preliminary assessment has determined that 187 primary… Continue reading Daniels Requests Disaster Declaration for Six Indiana Counties

Indiana General Assembly Winding Down

With information from the Associated Press Indiana lawmakers are working toward final agreement on several tax and spending issues in the last days of this year’s legislative session. House and Senate budget leaders have agreed on a plan to prohibit school districts from charging fees for full-day kindergarten in a bill directing millions of dollars… Continue reading Indiana General Assembly Winding Down

Negotiations Underway On Indiana Smoking Ban

A panel of Indiana House and Senate lawmakers has begun work on a compromise statewide smoking ban. Both chambers have passed smoking ban bills, but the Senate version contains more exemptions, including a loophole for bars and taverns. Rep. Eric Turner, who authored the House measure, says he can’t support another Senate provision that would… Continue reading Negotiations Underway On Indiana Smoking Ban

In Tornadoes’ Aftermath, Relief and Cleanup Underway

People across Kentucky and southern Indiana have begun the process of cleanup and repair from Friday’s massive tornado outbreak that killed more than 30 people in the two states, injured scores of others and left widespread destruction. The Red Cross’s Vicki Eichstaedt has been helping coordinate relief efforts in the devastated community of Henryville, Indiana.… Continue reading In Tornadoes’ Aftermath, Relief and Cleanup Underway

Indiana Death Toll Rises; Daniels To Survey Damage Saturday

The death toll from Friday’s tornadoes that tore across southern Indiana is at least six,  according to various reports.    The state Department of Homeland Security says three of the fatalities occurred in Jefferson County, Indiana, with one recorded in hard-hit Henryville. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will visit the storm-ravaged area Saturday morning.   He issued this… Continue reading Indiana Death Toll Rises; Daniels To Survey Damage Saturday

Indiana High Court Hears Arguments in SOS Succession Dispute

From the Associated Press: Indiana Supreme Court justices peppered both sides with pointed questions during arguments to determine whether ousted Secretary of State Charlie White was ever a legal candidate for the office. Most of the questions during today’s hour-long hearing centered on state laws regarding voter registration and the requirements for the secretary of… Continue reading Indiana High Court Hears Arguments in SOS Succession Dispute

Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over SOS Vacancy

The dispute over who should finish the term of ousted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White moves to the Indiana Supreme Court this week. White can no longer serve as secretary of state following his conviction and sentencing for voter fraud and other felonies. State Democrats and Republicans are at odds over who should finish… Continue reading Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over SOS Vacancy

Three Finalists Picked for Indiana Supreme Court Vacancy

Three finalists have been selected for an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission chose the three from seven semifinalists today. Governor Mitch Daniels now has 60 days to appoint one of them to the vacancy created by next month’s retirement of Chief Justice Randall Shepard. The finalists are: Indiana… Continue reading Three Finalists Picked for Indiana Supreme Court Vacancy