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Can the IRS require Indiana’s state government to pay a tax penalty just like any other employer? The answer will set a precedent that goes to the fundamental relationship between states and the federal government.
The recent Times editorial “Government meetings aren’t prayer meetings” provides a welcome opportunity to explain why the office of the attorney general files friend-of-the-court briefs on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Boating down the Wabash River near Lafayette on July 16, I witnessed firsthand the broad, winding river’s scenic beauty, but also got a lesson in the environmental challenges the river faces when two Asian carp hurled themselves out of the water and landed in our boat.
The law of the land recognizes the authority of states to license marriage. The majority of states, including Indiana, provide a marriage license only to a man and woman while nine states also allow same-sex couples to receive a license to marry.
Why does the Indiana Attorney General have to be involved in the definition-of-marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court? It’s a fair question I have been asked since the Supreme Court announced Dec. 7 it would hear two marriage-definition cases, potentially setting the stage for a landma…
State attorneys general have expanded their responsibilities for protecting state residents since the early 1990s, when they targeted major tobacco companies for inflicting harm on the public and state treasuries alike. Ever since the national tobacco settlement, residents have expected thei…
During the primary election season there was much discussion regarding whether bipartisanship is a positive or negative attribute as it relates to the work of the U.S. Congress.
The U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 will begin three days of hearings with six hours of oral argument on the constitutional challenge Indiana and 25 other states filed against sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare." This historical lawsuit…
Hoosiers' hearts go out to everyone who lost loved ones or was injured in the Aug. 13 Indiana State Fair stage collapse. It's still too early to determine the cause or to assign all aspects of legal liability, but the summer tragedy does underscore the position of the state as a sovereign entity.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear 5 1/2 hours of oral argument on the lawsuit brought by 26 states, including Indiana, that challenges the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Today marks my 10th year of service for the people of Indiana working in the office of the attorney general. But my career in service to the people of Indiana began much earlier, in 1982, working for then-Senator Dan Quayle in Washington and later in the Bush-Quayle White House as an assista…
To gain and maintain the trust of the public, government must be open and transparent in the way it conducts the public's business. If government officials huddle behind closed doors or refuse to release public records, they won't enjoy the public's trust. And trust is a necessity to govern.
At the Jan. 20 meeting of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority board, I presented my case for the creation of a trusteeship that would oversee the millions of dollars in casino revenue that are intended for the sole benefit of the citizens of East Chicago.
When blessed with the justice system we are privileged to enjoy in Indiana and the United States, it is easy to take for granted the freedoms, rights and protections embodied in our founding principles such as our Constitution. One need only look south to our neighbors in Mexico to see the s…
An Aug. 24 article about nursing home administrators might alarm those who live in Indiana nursing homes or who have loved ones who do.
Since my decision that Indiana would join the multi-state legal challenge to the new federal health care law, many Hoosiers have called or e-mailed my office with questions. Let me now explain why Indiana had to join the challenge.
Two recent editorials in The Times commented on the legal advisory opinion issued by my office regarding the statutory authority of Porter County to withdraw from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. One editorial on Sept. 4 praised the legal opinion while the other on Sept.…
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Should all units of local government join the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission?