A U-S District judge has ruled against atheist organization the Center for Inquiry in its bid to strike down Indiana’s marriage statute as unconstitutional.
Marriage in Indiana is a two-step process: receiving a marriage license and making the marriage official. The state’s marriage statute specifies who can perform that second step – the clergy of any religious group and certain government officials like mayors and judges.
As he prepares to leave the US Senate after 36 years, Senator Richard Lugar is being honored for his work curbing nuclear proliferation. Lugar received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award Monday.
The Department of Defense presented the award to Lugar and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn. The Nunn-Lugar program, in place since the early 90’s, is aimed at locating and securing nuclear weapons that went missing after the Soviet Union dissolved.
On Thursday Governor-elect Mike Pence appointed former State Representative Jeff Espich as Senior Advisor for Legislative Affairs.
In a statement, Pence highlighted Espich’s experience with tax and finance legislation, saying it would make him “an invaluable addition to our legislative team.” Espich has served as Chairman of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the State Budget Committee among other leadership roles during his forty years in the state legislature.
With a month still to go this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation Wednesday announced 2012 will set a record for commitments from companies to locate or expand operations in the state. But IEDC CEO Dan Hasler says he’d still like to see more of the commitments turn into actual jobs.
In the wake of the Indiana State Police chief’s comments appearing to support marijuana legalization, a Hoosier political analyst says a shift in the state’s marijuana policy could be moving from theory to fact.
Asked during a state budget committee hearing his stance on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession, State Police Chief Paul Whitesell said he thought the drug should be legalized and taxed. Later, the State Police issued a statement distancing itself from Whitesell’s comments, saying the chief simply understands the theoretical arguments.
Since the mid-1990s, per capita income (as a percentage of national per capita income) has been steadily dropping for residents of Northeastern Indiana. But new data released this week shows the downward trend may have finally turned the corner.
A study committee examining the Department of Child Services wants the General Assembly to establish two, more permanent groups to oversee how the DCS and other agencies are handling child welfare issues in the state.
A report unanimously approved by the study committee Tuesday recommends the creation of a DCS Oversight Committee. Made up of legislators, judges, attorneys and DCS officials, Markle Republican Senator Travis Holdman said the committee would continue the work of the study committee.