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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March 16, 2018 •

Indiana General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

The second regular session of the 120th Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die very late on March 14, 2018. The final minutes of the session were hectic as lawmakers rushed through bills. Despite the rush, several bills were left pending […]

The second regular session of the 120th Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die very late on March 14, 2018.

The final minutes of the session were hectic as lawmakers rushed through bills.

Despite the rush, several bills were left pending on the floor at the time of adjournment.

As a result, Gov. Eric Holcomb may call a special session to complete unfinished business.

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December 13, 2017 •

Fort Wayne City Council Overrides Veto of Pay-to-Play Ordinance

The Fort Wayne City Council overrode Mayor Tom Henry’s veto of pay-to-play ordinance. Opponents of the ordinance are concerned about the constitutionality of the new law. The ordinance will prohibit contractors who have donated more than $2,000 a year to […]

The Fort Wayne City Council overrode Mayor Tom Henry’s veto of pay-to-play ordinance. Opponents of the ordinance are concerned about the constitutionality of the new law.

The ordinance will prohibit contractors who have donated more than $2,000 a year to an elected official’s campaign from bidding on city projects.

The restriction includes natural or legal persons with a 7.5 percent or more interest in the bidding entity and extends to a bidder’s spouse and any children living in the same household.

The ordinance will become effective on January 1, 2018.

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November 29, 2017 •

Fort Wayne City Council Approves Pay-to-Play Ordinance

The Fort Wayne City Council approved a pay-to-play ordinance on November 28. The ordinance will prohibit contractors who have donated more than $2,000 a year to an elected official’s campaign from bidding on city projects. The restriction includes natural or […]

The Fort Wayne City Council approved a pay-to-play ordinance on November 28. The ordinance will prohibit contractors who have donated more than $2,000 a year to an elected official’s campaign from bidding on city projects.

The restriction includes natural or legal persons with a 7.5 percent or more interest in the bidding entity and  extends to a bidder’s spouse and any children living in the same household.

Mayor Tom Henry has 10 days to sign or veto the legislation.

If approved, the ordinance will become effective on January 1, 2018.

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September 7, 2017 •

Indiana Republicans Choose Replacement for Retiring State Senator

Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley is retiring effective September 30. He represented Senate District 20 for 25 years, and was re-elected in November 2016. On September 6, a Republican caucus selected Victoria Spartz, current chief financial officer of the Attorney […]

Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley is retiring effective September 30. He represented Senate District 20 for 25 years, and was re-elected in November 2016.

On September 6, a Republican caucus selected Victoria Spartz, current chief financial officer of the Attorney General’s Office, to replace Kenley and serve the remaining three years of his term.

Senate District 20 covers portions of Grant, Hamilton, Madison, and Tipton counties.

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April 27, 2017 •

Indiana Adjourns Sine Die

The 2017 Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 22, 2017. Gov. Eric Holcomb has until April 29 to take action on any bills presented to him. In Indiana, if no action is taken within seven days of presentment, […]

Indiana StatehouseThe 2017 Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 22, 2017.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has until April 29 to take action on any bills presented to him. In Indiana, if no action is taken within seven days of presentment, bills automatically become law.

Photo of the Indiana Statehouse by HstryQT on Wikimedia Commons.

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