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Indiana Governor Poised To Sign 'Right To Work' Bill

Feb 1, 2012

Update at 3:09 p.m. ET. With a signature, Gov. Mitch Daniels has turned Indianapolis into a right to work state. The governor signed into a law a controversial bill that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union dues, according to the AP.

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The controversial "right to work" bill was approved by the state Senate today with a 28 to 22 vote. Once Daniels signs the bill into law, which he is expected to do later today, Indiana will be the first state in a decade to pass a right to work law.

Congressman Dan Burton will not run for reelection in the 5th Congressional District.  He made his announcement on the floor of the Indiana House Tuesday. 

 

Burton has served in Congress since 1983, but earlier in his career he held seats in both the state House and Senate.  He says he wanted to announce his decision not to run again at the place where his political career began.

Looking back at his career, Burton says he’s been proud of his work as a legislator.

WL Hires New IT Manager

Jan 31, 2012

A former Lafayette city employee has the task of improving West Lafayette’s technology.

The city hired Anthony Newman as its new IT Manager.

He will oversee technology in the departments of emergency services, utilities, and the website outreach programs.

Newman also was a service manager for Roeing Corporation for the past two years.

He says those positions helped him become familiar with the technology needs of local government.

Newman’s position is a new one in the city.

It was created to enhance technology systems.

Wea Creek Orchard Growing

Jan 30, 2012

A Tippecanoe County agriculture business is expanding.

Perry Kirkman petitioned the Board of Zoning Appeals for a special exception that will allow his Wea Creek Orchard to host public events.

He says there is a community need for something like this specifically for people who want to have outdoor gatherings.

Kirkman already had large gatherings at the orchard in violation of its existing zoning.

Area Plan Commission Assistant Director Ryan O’Gara says the panel unanimously approved the request.

Charlie White trial begins today

Jan 30, 2012

The criminal trial of Indiana's secretary of state is expected to begin today.

Charlie White is accused of voter fraud.

Prosecutors say he knowingly registered to vote at his ex-wife's house, while living somewhere else.

The discrepancy was revealed during White's campaign for office in 2010, and caused him to resign from his seat on the Fishers Town Council and pay back his council salary.

He faces charges of voter fraud, perjury, fraud on a financial institution and theft.

Lafayette area residents will have an opportunity to talk to local lawmakers and share their ideas.

The League of Women Voters is hosting a legislative breakfast Saturday, February 11th.

League Publicity Director Deb Schwarte says the goal is to prepare the public for upcoming elections.

She hopes community members as well as Purdue students attend.

So far, two legislators have confirmed they will be there, but as many as six of them may show up.

 

The Indiana House has added more exemptions to its statewide smoking ban, but supporters still think the bill can pass the General Assembly.

The bill originally exempted the gaming floors of gambling facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs.  But in order to help facilitate its passage, bill author State Representative Eric Turner (R-Cicero) expanded the gambling facility exemption to incorporate the entire property, including any bars, hotels or restaurants.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is calling on the General Assembly to get a human trafficking bill passed in time for the Super Bowl, February 5. 

A bill closing gaps in Indiana’s human trafficking laws has been on a fast track through the Assembly.  The Senate passed it unanimously, but it’s been held up by unrest in the House.  Now, with Super Bowl festivities arriving in Indianapolis, Zoeller is urging the legislature to act quickly.

IN House Approves Right-To-Work Bill

Jan 26, 2012

Despite five members voting against it, Indiana House Republicans still garnered enough votes to pass Right-To-Work legislation.

The bill passed by a 54-to-44 vote.

It goes to the Senate, where last week members there approved an identical measure, and then is expected to go to Governor Mitch Daniels desk.

His signature would make Indiana the 23rd state in the nation to adopt a bill banning unions and companies from charging dues to non-union members.

A bill passed by a state senate committee would tell doctors how to administer medications they use to perform abortions. However, some doctors disagree with the legislatively-prescribed protocol.

The bill mandates that drugs used in so-called chemical abortions be administered according to Food and Drug Administration guidelines only.  But some physicians say they prefer using evidence-based, off-label practices, while the F.D.A. protocol requires a dose three times higher than those doctors prefer using.

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