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Thank you for being a part of the authoritative policy discussions on issues impacting life and business in Indiana during the 25th Annual BGD Legislative Conference at the Indiana Convention Center on December 14. The impressive lineup of speakers, including 17 elected officials, and a robust agenda helped make this year’s conference the highest attended ever; thank you again to ...

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On Wednesday, United States District Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Later in the day, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a notice of appeal and a request for an emergency stay of the order. It is unclear if or when that stay might be granted.

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A heavily debated bill that would have criminalized a wide variety of activities commonly used by average citizens to expose allegedly improper or unsavory business practices failed in the final days of Indiana’s 2013 legislative session.

Senate Bill 373 would have made it a misdemeanor offense for anyone without a contractual interest in the property of another person to enter ...

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It’s important for cities and towns to legally ensure that a casino developer provides the resources that are necessary to maximize the benefits and minimize the impacts that come along with casino gaming in a new location.

Multiple gaming jurisdictions (both new and mature) all around the country are either contemplating or fully embracing the construction of new casino-resort ...

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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.

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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.

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State, county and local government agencies have been pressed to develop and implement electronic records management programs that not only meet their legal and internal business needs, but also their responsibilities to the public. The Indiana Oversight Committee for Public Records (OCPR) has taken the first step in establishing a state-wide framework for electronic records ...

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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.

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It’s no secret these days that the cost of gas is on the rise. Paying at the pump can really cause a commuter to burn through funds. However, several Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys have made a common practice of getting to work without paying a dime for gasoline, all while reducing their carbon footprint and getting exercise in the process.

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Earlier this year, a new law took effect that expanded the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC) jurisdiction over municipal utilities. The law affects municipal water utilities even if they have “opted out” of the IURC’s jurisdiction. The law also affects municipal sewer utilities even though the IURC does not otherwise regulate them. Specifically, the law ...

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