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Energy Plan Proposals Coming From Pence And Legislators

Dec 17, 2014
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Legislators and the Pence administration are working on an energy efficiency proposal to replace the dismantled Energize Indiana plan.

Gov. Pence says he’ll propose an energy efficiency plan in his State of the State address next month. And House Utilities and Energy Chairman Eric Koch, R-Bedford, says he’s crafting a plan with his Senate counterpart Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis.

Energize Indiana was created by then-Governor Mitch Daniels in 2009 and repealed by this year’s legislature.

Still No GOP Candidate For Indianapolis Mayor

Dec 16, 2014
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Indianapolis Republicans are still without a candidate willing to throw a hat in the ring for next year’s mayoral election.

Republican State Senator Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says he will not seek the mayor’s office in 20-15. In a statement Merritt says he is humbled by the support for a potential candidacy, but that quote—“my responsibilities as state senator and majority caucus chairman are my top priorities”—unquote.

He goes on to say that he would be unable to fully commit to a campaign for the first four months of 20-15, due to his Statehouse responsibilities.

Clark Decides Against Run For Mayor Of Indianapolis

Nov 18, 2014
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Former State Senator Murray Clark has ruled out a run for mayor of Indianapolis next year.

Clark says he got out of town after Greg Ballard‘s announcement he wouldn‘t seek reelection to discuss a possible campaign with his wife. He says he basically decided against it then, and finalized the decision after returning last week.

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A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment.

A year and a half after the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, state lawmakers are ready to enact permanent rules aimed at preventing future tragedies at outdoor events. 

Last session, the General Assembly gave emergency rule-making power to the state Fire Marshal and Department of Homeland Security to develop temporary regulations for outdoor event and stage equipment.  This session, the legislature is prepared to make those rules permanent. 

Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says the new regulations give additional responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security.

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