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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March 27, 2017 •

Chuck Harris Set to Retire from Indiana Lobby Registration Commission

Chuck Harris is retiring as the executive director and general counsel of the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission (ILRC). Harris has served as the executive director and general counsel of the ILRC since January 2011. Harris will retire at the end […]

indianaChuck Harris is retiring as the executive director and general counsel of the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission (ILRC).

Harris has served as the executive director and general counsel of the ILRC since January 2011.

Harris will retire at the end of May 2017.

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January 5, 2017 •

Indiana Bill To Ban Gifts From Lobbyists

Sen. Mike Delph introduced a bill prohibiting Indiana legislators from accepting gifts from lobbyists. The gift ban would include any property with value, including sporting event tickets and anything classified as entertainment. Along with the gift ban, the bill would […]

Indiana StatehouseSen. Mike Delph introduced a bill prohibiting Indiana legislators from accepting gifts from lobbyists. The gift ban would include any property with value, including sporting event tickets and anything classified as entertainment.

Along with the gift ban, the bill would require lobbyists to keep a log of all communication between a lobbyist and legislator, or employees of the general assembly, about a legislative matter. The log would be public record and filed weekly. If passed, the bill would be effective January 1, 2018.

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November 9, 2016 •

Holcomb Wins Indiana

Republican Eric Holcomb defeated Democrat John R. Gregg to become the new governor of Indiana. Holcomb, currently serving as the Lt. Gov., replaced Vice President-elect Mike Pence as the Republican gubernatorial nominee on July 27, 2016. Additionally, Indiana voters approved […]

Indiana StatehouseRepublican Eric Holcomb defeated Democrat John R. Gregg to become the new governor of Indiana. Holcomb, currently serving as the Lt. Gov., replaced Vice President-elect Mike Pence as the Republican gubernatorial nominee on July 27, 2016.

Additionally, Indiana voters approved the only ballot measure on the November ballot. Public Question 1, also known as the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, made it a constitutional right to hunt and fish. Indiana is the 20th state to establish hunting and fishing as a constitutional right.

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July 27, 2016 •

Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Holcomb Picked to Replace Pence

The Republican Central Committee has nominated Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb for governor. On July 27, 2016, 22 committee members, comprised of party insiders and elected officials, choose Gov. Pence’s replacement from four potential gubernatorial candidates. Holcomb beat out U.S. Reps. […]

HolcombThe Republican Central Committee has nominated Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb for governor.

On July 27, 2016, 22 committee members, comprised of party insiders and elected officials, choose Gov. Pence’s replacement from four potential gubernatorial candidates.

Holcomb beat out U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita and state Sen. Jim Tomes.

Photo of Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb courtesy of the State of Indiana website.

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April 13, 2016 •

Indianapolis Council Approves Ethics Reform

The City-County Council passed a proposal earlier this week to amend Indianapolis-Marion County ethics and lobbying laws. The proposal creates employment restrictions and post-employment restrictions for city-county employees and certain officials. A current official, the deputy mayor, and any individual […]

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The City-County Council passed a proposal earlier this week to amend Indianapolis-Marion County ethics and lobbying laws. The proposal creates employment restrictions and post-employment restrictions for city-county employees and certain officials.

A current official, the deputy mayor, and any individual with appointment authority may not be employed by or work as a subcontractor for any person with a contract or arrangement with an agency. Moreover, former employees must wait one year before being employed as a lobbyist following termination of employment with the city or county.

All government contracts will require vendors to certify adherence to the employment restrictions. The proposal also adds things of value to the list of reportable lobbyist gifts and requires lobbyists to list the name of the official, appointee, or employee receiving a reportable gift. Lastly, the proposal amends penalties for lobbyists and their firms for registration, reporting, and ethics violations.

 

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March 24, 2016 •

Lobbying Ordinance Proposed in Indianapolis

Mayor Joe Hogsett has introduced a proposed ordinance to the City Council, intending to update the city’s lobbying laws. The proposed ordinance would require lobbyists to disclose any gift of $25 or more. Additionally, the ordinance would prohibit a current […]

IndianapolisMayor Joe Hogsett has introduced a proposed ordinance to the City Council, intending to update the city’s lobbying laws.

The proposed ordinance would require lobbyists to disclose any gift of $25 or more. Additionally, the ordinance would prohibit a current public official from having an employment contract with any organization doing business with the city. The ordinance would also forbid a former public employee from lobbying within one year following employment. The ordinance also would increase penalties for violations.

If the ordinance is adopted, it will become effective immediately.

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March 11, 2016 •

Indiana General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

The Indiana General Assembly adjourned its 2016 season sine die on March 10. Gov. Mike Pence has until March 17 to take action on any bills presented to him. In Indiana, if no action is taken within seven days of […]

Indiana StatehouseThe Indiana General Assembly adjourned its 2016 season sine die on March 10. Gov. Mike Pence has until March 17 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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August 10, 2015 •

Indiana Governor Ends Contract and Seeks Ethics Investigation

Gov. Mike Pence has cancelled a contract between the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and Express MVA and requested an investigation due to possible ethics violations. Shawn Walters, formerly the BMV chief of staff, had approved Express MVA’s opening […]

Gov. Mike PenceGov. Mike Pence has cancelled a contract between the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and Express MVA and requested an investigation due to possible ethics violations.

Shawn Walters, formerly the BMV chief of staff, had approved Express MVA’s opening of a private license branch in 2010. However, when Walters moved from state employment to become the chief operating officer of Express MVA in 2014, he did not ask the state Ethics Commission if such a move would violate the state’s law requiring a one-year cooling-off period.

In addition to ending the contract, Pence has asked the inspector general to determine if Walters violated any ethics law by accepting a job with Express MVA.

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May 6, 2015 •

Indiana Governor Signs Ethics Bill into Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1002 into law on Monday, May 4. The ethics bill makes changes in the laws governing legislative ethics, lobbyist and legislative liaison reporting, and executive agency ethics. Some changes include expanding disclosure requirements […]

Flag of Indiana.svgIndiana Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1002 into law on Monday, May 4. The ethics bill makes changes in the laws governing legislative ethics, lobbyist and legislative liaison reporting, and executive agency ethics.

Some changes include expanding disclosure requirements on legislators’ statements of economic interests, requiring both houses of the Legislature to adopt a code of ethics, requiring lobbyists to report the name of any legislator who is a close relative, limiting the circumstances in which post-employment restrictions on employees of the executive branch may be waived, and changing post-employment restrictions for state officers, employees, and special state appointees.

All provisions are effective July 1, 2015.

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