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Indiana House Republicans want to shield their emails from the state public records law after citizen advocacy groups sued to access emails between a lawmaker and lobbyists. 

Attorneys argued the case before the State Supreme Court last week.

One focus of debate centered on an exemption in Indiana’s open records law for “legislative work product.”

The term isn’t defined.

An attorney for the House Republican caucus, Geoffrey Slaughter, says emails between legislators and constituents – including lobbyists – would clearly fall under that exemption.

Truitt To Retire, Clears Path For Others

Jan 26, 2016
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State Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says he will not run for reelection.

Truitt says he’s worked the past eight years serving Indiana families and businesses as the representative from Indiana House District 26, but says he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children.

All 50 state Representatives are up for election this year.

Truitt is announcing his retirement early in the campaign cycle to make way for someone else.

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During testimony Wednesday for the House GOP’s road funding plan, local government leaders applauded the potential influx of money to their communities, but taxpayers’ advocates weren’t happy with the source of that new money-higher gas and cigarette taxes.

All three mayors who spoke at the hearing said they support the bill.

Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott says with a current budget of $6 million a year, the city is still $3 million short of being able to overlay and patch what they already have. And he says the bill's dollar-for-dollar matching grant program would help.

House GOP Roads Funding Plan Fueled By Tax Hikes

Dec 17, 2015
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House Speaker Brian Bosma Wednesday began to reveal the details of his caucus’ comprehensive road funding plan, a proposal that includes tax increases.

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House Republicans have selected Matthew Lehman (R-Berne) as their new majority leader.

Lehman defeated Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) in a Republican caucus after what Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) describes as a friendly discussion.

“In a very respectful discussion from both veteran legislators, both with their own unique talents and characteristics, it was good. It was healthy,” Bosma says.

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Indiana House Majority Floor Leader Jud McMillin – a rising star in the GOP caucus – abruptly resigned Tuesday.  

McMillin was chosen last year by fellow House Republicans to become floor leader, one of the top ranking positions in the caucus.  In a statement, the Brookville Republican says he decided the time was right to pass the torch after five years in the General Assembly.  McMillin, an attorney and former Ohio deputy prosecutor, says he wants to focus all his attention on, in his words, “making his family’s world a better place.” 

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Sixth District Congressman Luke Messer says John Boehner's successor as House speaker needs to find a way to unite Republicans.

Messer acknowledges the present GOP is a “divided party.”  He says House Republicans need to focus on balancing the budget, boosting the economy and opposing what he calls "overreach" by President Obama.

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A key legislator says a review of whether INDOT contractors have been using substandard asphalt could complicate efforts to increase highway funding.

INDOT instructs contractors to use recycled asphalt, and has been testing samples to see if the recipe is causing roads to deteriorate sooner than they should. Depending on how many roads fail those tests, it could cost the state as much as $71 million in extra repaving costs.

House Roads and Transportation Chairman Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) says he's "not super-concerned" about the issue:

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The chairman of one of the most powerful committees at the statehouse won't run for a sixth term next year.

House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) says Republicans have talked to him about other offices, and doesn't rule it out in the future. But he says it's time to step aside for now after 10 years, especially since his son will be a senior in high school next year.

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Legislators are crafting a grant program aimed at improving Indiana‘s sixth-worst in the nation infant mortality rate. Instead of state initiatives to address infant mortality, legislators are hoping local hospitals and doctors have better ideas.

The proposed "Safety PIN" grant gives preference to a handful of areas, including steering more women into prenatal care or getting pregnant women to quit smoking. The PIN in Safety PIN stands for Protecting Indiana‘s Newborns.

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