3:08 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

As Some Casinos Object, Gambling Legislation Leaves Committee

Some casinos say they can't afford to move on land or have competing racinos employ live dealers.
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Legislation aimed at helping Indiana’s gaming industry stem a sharp decline in revenues passed its first test in the General Assembly when a House committee approved the bill Thursday.

Rep. Tom Dermody’s (R-LaPorte) bill allows Indiana’s riverboats to move inland onto their existing footprint.  And the state’s two racetrack casinos can add table games with live dealers. 

The live table games are capped at half of the number of existing electronic table games.  And for every live table game the racinos add, they must eliminate one of the electronic ones. 

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3:44 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Bill's Training Provision Makes Allies Of Opponents In Sunday Alcohol Debate

Those who've long spoken out against Sunday sales now appear to be forming a coalition of sorts with those in favor of it.
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Indiana liquor stores, once the biggest opponents of legislation legalizing Sunday alcohol sales, are now backing the bill after a House committee made a major change Wednesday.

The original bill simply legalized Sunday alcohol sales.  The amended bill does that too, while creating significant new regulations for non-liquor stores that sell alcohol. 

The measure would require clerks at grocery and convenience stores to undergo the same training that liquor store employees do. 

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6:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Governor Lends His Support To Controversial Religious Hiring Bill

A federal case involving Hobby Lobby stores informs the Indiana bill.
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As the Senate gets ready to discuss reinforcing the Indiana Constitution‘s religious conscience clause, Governor Pence is lending his support to the effort.

Pence made a surprise appearance at a rally for what supporters call the "religious freedom restoration act." 19 states have passed similar laws, requiring the state to show a "compelling interest" for any action that would burden religious belief.

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6:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Insurance Department Meets With Anthem Officials About Data Breach

The Indianapolis-based insurer says social security numbers may have been compromised, but not credit card data.
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The Indiana Department of Insurance says health insurance giant Anthem is doing everything it can to mitigate the effects of a recent data breach.

Anthem announced late Wednesday night it had been the target of a cyber attack that left client and employee information at risk. 

Though the insurer says no medical information or credit card data had been stolen, hackers did gain access to personal information including names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers. 

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6:11 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Manufacturers President Blasts Obama Rules Proposals In Purdue Speech

Jay Timmons lauded manufacturers like GE (pictured), but said the president is holding up the nation's manufacturing economy.
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In a speech that was touted as one which would show Purdue as a leader in the country’s new manufacturing economy, the President of the National Association of Manufacturers Tuesday focused instead on blasting the Obama Administration.

In a speech kicking off a nationwide tour, Jay Timmons spent a single paragraph on technology such as "3-D printing, nanoscale chemistry" and new medicines, but spent several minutes explaining why he feels the White House is working at cross-purposes with business interests.

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