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RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

It has been three weeks since the story that Gov. Mike Pence was aligning agencies in a way that could lead to requiring out-of-work Hoosiers volunteer as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
Pence denies plans to tie unemployment benefits to forced volunteering

Pence denies plans to tie unemployment benefits to forced volunteering

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence appears to be laying the groundwork to require out-of-work Hoosiers to volunteer as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits, though he denies having plans to do so.

April 20, 2014 10:30 pm Related

Limits on rental property inspections headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | Cities and towns across Indiana, including several region communities, are one signature away from losing their ability to vigorously regulate rental properties within their borders.

March 11, 2014 5:30 pm

Lawmakers ignore McDermott pleas to save rental registration program

INDIANAPOLIS | Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. ran into a stone wall of indifference Wednesday before an Indiana Senate committee, as he fought to save his city's rental property registration and inspection program.

February 26, 2014 4:18 pm

Senate panel limits welfare drug test plan

INDIANAPOLIS | A legislative proposal requiring drug tests for some Indiana welfare recipients was dramatically scaled back Wednesday by a Senate committee due to concerns about cost and effectiveness.

February 19, 2014 6:15 pm

House votes to limit municipal rental inspections

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 67-28 Monday to limit the ability of cities and towns to regulate rental properties in their communities.

February 03, 2014 7:45 pm

Costly drug testing requirement for welfare recipients clears House

INDIANAPOLIS | With little debate, the Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 71-22 on Tuesday to subject the state's 27,000 recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits — mostly single mothers with children — to mandatory drug testing as a condition of receiving cash as…

January 28, 2014 7:02 pm Related


Landlords may get to hire their own property inspectors

INDIANAPOLIS | A House committee gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a revised plan allowing rental property owners to exempt their units from inspection by local government officials.

January 28, 2014 6:45 pm Related


Fatal Hammond fire shapes debate on rental inspections

INDIANAPOLIS | The three children killed this month in a Hammond house fire weighed heavily on Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. on Tuesday as he urged a legislative panel not to limit the ability of local governments to inspect rental properties.

January 21, 2014 5:44 pm Related


EDITORIAL: Drug screening for welfare has failed test

House Speaker Brian Bosma is eager to require drug tests for welfare recipients. It's an idea that has been tested and failed.

January 13, 2014 12:00 am

House GOP wants drug tests for welfare recipients, despite cost

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is poised to take another spin on the welfare drug testing merry-go-round, even though the program's cost will significantly exceed the savings gained from positive tests and a federal judge last month ruled a similar Florida law unconstitutional.

January 10, 2014 6:15 pm

House shoots down guns-in-schools mandate

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House on Thursday backed off a plan to require at least one person in every public school including charter schools carry a firearm at all times.

April 11, 2013 5:15 pm
RICH JAMES: What welfare recipient can afford drug treatment?

RICH JAMES: What welfare recipient can afford drug treatment?

Talk about a loaded question. State Rep. Hal Slager's question is this: Do you believe Indiana, like other states, should implement random drug testing as a requirement to receiving state-funded welfare benefits?

March 06, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Drug testing for welfare doesn't add up

Testing welfare recipients for drug use is a popular cause, but the dollars and cents don't add up.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am

House approves drug testing for some welfare recipients

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 78-17 Monday to spend $2.7 million next year on a drug testing program for some welfare recipients that may save the state $1.5 million in denied benefits.

February 25, 2013 6:03 pm Related


Law allows Hoosiers to resist police acting illegally

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed a law explicitly authorizing Hoosiers to physically resist police if officers are breaking the law.

March 21, 2012 8:30 am

Bill clarifying self-defense rights vs. police approved

INDIANAPOLIS | Despite a determined effort by state Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, to kill it, legislation intended to clarify Hoosier self-defense rights following a controversial Indiana Supreme Court decision was approved Friday by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

March 10, 2012 12:00 am

Ind. House supports right to resist police acting illegally

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House agreed to add a right to resist police to the state's self-defense law Thursday in response to a May 2011 Supreme Court ruling that said Hoosiers never can resist police.

March 01, 2012 4:45 pm

Underage drinkers calling for help may avoid punishment

INDIANAPOLIS | Legislation intended to ensure drinkers get medical attention when they drink too much was approved 95-0 by the Republican-controlled Indiana House Tuesday.

February 14, 2012 4:45 pm

House approves costly plan to drug test welfare recipients

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 73-23 Tuesday to spend up to $1.5 million for a two-year pilot program drug testing welfare recipients, despite projected savings of only $43,000.

January 31, 2012 1:35 pm
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