March 30, 2020 •

Indiana Election Commission Suspends Normal Requirements for Absentee Ballots

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The Election Commission has suspended the normal requirements for absentee balloting in the June 2 presidential and state primary elections. Gov. Eric Holcomb postponed the presidential and state primary elections to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Indiana Election […]

The Election Commission has suspended the normal requirements for absentee balloting in the June 2 presidential and state primary elections.

Gov. Eric Holcomb postponed the presidential and state primary elections to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indiana Election Commission Order 2020-37 authorizes the temporary suspension of the state’s statutory absentee voting eligibility requirements.

This will allow all voters to cast their ballots by mail.

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March 24, 2020 •

Indiana Lobby Registration Commission Update

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The Lobby Registration Commission staff will be working from home until April 7 to comply with Executive Order 20-09, issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 24. Certain procedures have been changed until further notice. During this time, any reporting […]

The Lobby Registration Commission staff will be working from home until April 7 to comply with Executive Order 20-09, issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 24.

Certain procedures have been changed until further notice.

During this time, any reporting or lobbying law questions should be emailed to Ed Ferguson at eferguson@lrc.in.gov.

Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and all other inquiries may be submitted by email to Amy Nicholson at amynicholson@lrc.in.gov.

MOUs must include a current phone number and contact name.

Submitters will be contacted via telephone to provide the social security number.

Executive Order 20-09 also extended the expiration date for any state agency-issued license, certification, or permit expiring during the public health emergency to May 22.

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March 20, 2020 •

Indiana Delays Primary to June 2

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Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-07 today, postponing the May 5 presidential and state primary elections to June 2. The governors order is due to the state of emergency he declared on March 6 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-07 today, postponing the May 5 presidential and state primary elections to June 2.

The governors order is due to the state of emergency he declared on March 6 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 13, 2020 •

Indiana Legislature Adjourns

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The second regular session of the 121st General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12, after a 14-hour session. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 25 of the 45 bills received in the last two days of the session. This is including […]

The second regular session of the 121st General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12, after a 14-hour session.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 25 of the 45 bills received in the last two days of the session.

This is including one providing for electronic filing of campaign finance reports by candidates and committees.

Additionally, Holcomb signed a bill preventing the state and political subdivisions from contracting with a “prohibited person”.

This is officially defined as a person designated as posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks.

As a result, the remaining acts passed by the Legislature become law on the eighth day after presentment if Holcomb does not sign or veto them.

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June 12, 2019 •

Judge Blocks Fort Wayne Pay-to-Play Rule Enforcement

Fort Wayne, Indiana City Hall

Allen Superior Court Judge Jennifer DeGroote blocked the city of Fort Wayne from enforcing a pay-to-play ordinance. The ordinance restricts how much money the owners of companies could give elected officials and still bid on city contracts. Under the ordinance […]

Allen Superior Court Judge Jennifer DeGroote blocked the city of Fort Wayne from enforcing a pay-to-play ordinance.

The ordinance restricts how much money the owners of companies could give elected officials and still bid on city contracts.

Under the ordinance companies are forbidden from bidding on a city contract if any owner, partner, or principal who owns more than 10% of the company gave more than $2,000 to the political campaign of a person with the responsibility of awarding contracts.

Judge DeGroote’s ruling stated the ordinance was superseded by state law, specifically the Home Rule Act.

The Home Rule Act grants municipalities the ability to self-govern in areas not covered by the state.

Under state law, elections are the domain of the Indiana Election Commission.

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May 24, 2019 •

Fort Wayne Pay to Play Ordinance Challenged in Court

Fort Wayne, Indiana City Hall

Allen Superior Court Judge Jennifer DeGroote heard arguments on Wednesday in a case focused on a 2018 Fort Wayne City Council ordinance. The ordinance limits financial contributions of contractors and their family members to political campaigns in Fort Wayne. The […]

Allen Superior Court Judge Jennifer DeGroote heard arguments on Wednesday in a case focused on a 2018 Fort Wayne City Council ordinance.

The ordinance limits financial contributions of contractors and their family members to political campaigns in Fort Wayne.

The measure prohibits business entities from bidding on city contracts if any officer, partner, or principal with more than 10% ownership has donated more than $2,000 to a campaign of someone with ultimate responsibility for awarding city contracts.

Kyle and Kimberly Suzanne Witwer filed the suit in April challenging the ordinance and requesting a judge block it’s implementation.

While no ruling was made on Wednesday, both sides must submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law by Friday.

There could be a potential ruling next week.

The main issue being considered at this time is whether state contribution laws make this ordinance unnecessary.

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April 29, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – April 29, 20198

More ethics and campaign finance changes happening at the state level. Check out which states are making moves in today’s NYCU Video Digest!  

More ethics and campaign finance changes happening at the state level. Check out which states are making moves in today’s NYCU Video Digest!

 

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April 25, 2019 •

Indiana General Assembly Adjourns

The first regular session of the 121st Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on Wednesday, April 24. The legislative session lasted 112 days, with adjournment coming five days before the statutory April 29 deadline. During the last day of the […]

The first regular session of the 121st Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on Wednesday, April 24.

The legislative session lasted 112 days, with adjournment coming five days before the statutory April 29 deadline.

During the last day of the session, legislators approved more than three dozen bills including a two-year state budget.

Additionally, the legislature passed a gaming bill that legalizes sports wagering.

The second regular session of the 121st General Assembly is scheduled to convene on January 2, 2020.

An organization day scheduled for November 9, 2019.

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November 7, 2018 •

Mike Braun Unseats U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly has lost his senate seat after an aggressive election contest brought by Indiana State Rep. Mike Braun. Braun, a Republican state politician and businessman, unseated Donnelly in a state heavily supportive of President Trump. As […]

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly has lost his senate seat after an aggressive election contest brought by Indiana State Rep. Mike Braun.

Braun, a Republican state politician and businessman, unseated Donnelly in a state heavily supportive of President Trump.

As part of an effort to keep Republican control of the U.S. Senate, the president held four political rallies in Indiana in support of Braun.

Trump appeared in Indiana in May, two days after Braun won the Republican primary, in August, on Friday, November 2, and again on Monday in Fort Wayne, a day before yesterday’s election.

Braun’s election victory yesterday in Indiana helped the Republicans keep control of the U.S. Senate.

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August 20, 2018 •

Indianapolis Councilor Resigns after Plea Deal

Indianapolis Councilor Jeff Miller has plead guilty to four felony counts of battery on a person less than 14 years old. The plea deal triggers Miller’s resignation from the City-County Council. A special election is not required as the Republican […]

Indianapolis Councilor Jeff Miller has plead guilty to four felony counts of battery on a person less than 14 years old.

The plea deal triggers Miller’s resignation from the City-County Council.

A special election is not required as the Republican Party will call a caucus and choose Miller’s replacement.

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July 2, 2018 •

Fort Wayne Passes Another Pay-to-Play Ordinance

The Fort Wayne City Council passed another bill related to pay-to-play practices. Similar to last year’s pay-to-play ordinance, the City Council overrode Mayor Tom Henry’s veto in a 7-2 vote. The newly passed measure, prohibits business entities, with any officer, […]

The Fort Wayne City Council passed another bill related to pay-to-play practices.

Similar to last year’s pay-to-play ordinance, the City Council overrode Mayor Tom Henry’s veto in a 7-2 vote.

The newly passed measure, prohibits business entities, with any officer, partner, or principal with more than 10 percent ownership who have donated more than $2,000 to a campaign of someone with ultimate responsibility for awarding city contracts, from bidding on city contracts.

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May 15, 2018 •

Indiana Convenes and Adjourns Special Session

The Indiana special session convened and adjourned on May 14, as expected. The special session had a limited agenda and the bills considered could not be amended. The Legislature passed bills related to taxes, school safety, and the takeover of […]

The Indiana special session convened and adjourned on May 14, as expected.

The special session had a limited agenda and the bills considered could not be amended.

The Legislature passed bills related to taxes, school safety, and the takeover of Muncie and Gary schools.

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April 23, 2018 •

Indiana Special Session set for May 14th

Gov. Eric Holcomb called a special session for May 14, 2018. On the top of Holcomb’s list is a school safety spending bill and a bill needed to harmonize state tax code with federal tax code. The special session is […]

Gov. Eric Holcomb called a special session for May 14, 2018.

On the top of Holcomb’s list is a school safety spending bill and a bill needed to harmonize state tax code with federal tax code.

The special session is expected to last one day.

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March 21, 2018 •

Indiana Special Session Likely to be Called

On March 14, the second regular session of the 120th Indiana General Assembly adjourned with several bills pending on the floor. As a result, Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to call a special session for May. On top of the Holcomb’s […]

On March 14, the second regular session of the 120th Indiana General Assembly adjourned with several bills pending on the floor.

As a result, Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to call a special session for May. On top of the Holcomb’s list is a school safety spending bill and a bill needed to harmonize state tax code with federal tax code.

Holcomb plans to set an agenda with Republican legislators before he officially calls a special session.

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