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    Brenda is a member of the Economic Development Department and concentrates her practice in the areas of government services and public finance law. She regularly works with cities and towns all over Indiana and advises them in a ...

Posted in Womens Forum

Recently, a group of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys had the opportunity to attend the Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women. More than 1,000 people attended this inaugural event, which was co-founded by Billie Dragoo and Deborah Collins Stephens. Billie and Deborah are both influential Indiana women business leaders who are deeply invested in our community.

The ...

Posted in General

For years, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP has supported the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, or IACT, as a corporate sponsor. However, our attorneys like to go the extra mile when it comes to supporting this excellent organization by offering educational opportunities, as well.

Recently, two Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partners, Sue A. Beesley and Matthew Price, presented at ...

Posted in Government

Indiana’s Nov. 6 election saw a sizable group of new legislators elected to both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Of the 150 lawmakers, four members of the Indiana Senate are preparing to serve their first term, and there are 25 freshman members of the Indiana House.

Posted in Government

Following the elections on Nov. 6, 2012, Republicans hold a supermajority in the Indiana Senate and Indiana House of Representatives. Republicans hold 37 of the 50 seats in the Indiana Senate and they gained nine more seats in the Indiana House to achieve a 69-31 majority. This “quorum-proof majority” gives Republicans enough seats to conduct business in both chambers without any Democratic members in attendance.

Posted in Government

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the expansion of Medicaid envisioned in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was an option, not a mandate for states (see the full text of their opinion here). While upholding the expansion of Medicaid, the Supreme Court limited the power of the federal government to secure compliance by penalizing states that refuse to expand their Medicaid programs. Chief Justice John Roberts said that the federal government could not compel states by cutting off all of the federal money they receive for existing Medicaid programs.

Posted in General

Indiana University Bloomington recently announced a 5.5 percent increase in tuition and fees in response to declines in state funding, and it is not alone among Indiana colleges and universities. What will the continuing decline of state funding for higher education mean for Hoosier students?

Posted in Government

The Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy discussed two important topics at their meeting last week.  They covered the impact commuters have on local option income tax (LOIT) revenue and issues relating to how LOIT is distributed among governmental units.

First, the Commission heard testimony about commuters and the potential impact on LOIT revenue.  When an individual works in ...

Posted in Government

On Monday morning, the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy will meet to discuss the following agenda items:

  1. Commuters and Local Option Income Tax Revenue
  2. Distribution of Local Option Income Tax Revenue between Local Government Units
  3. Issues Relating to Formation of Fire Protection Territories
  4. Impact of Tax Incentive for Logistics and Homeland Security Expenditures
  5. Impact ...
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