May is National Historic Preservation Month. This is the month when federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and other organizations engage in a special effort to instill pride in our histories, promote heritage tourism, and show the economic and social benefits of historic preservation.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Tuesday announced the creation of the Public Integrity Coalition, aimed at helping curb public corruption in Indiana.
Attorney General Zoeller describes his role in the coalition as a “force-multiplier,” facilitating efforts between groups such as the State Board of Accounts and the Association of Indiana Counties along with local government leaders to educate and train public officials and employees on best practices for handling taxpayer dollars.
A study committee this summer will look at streamlining Indiana’s adoption process to further Governor Mike Pence’s goal of promoting adoption in the state.
Legislation passed this year funds a new adoption tax credit, about one thousand dollars per adopted child. It also creates an adoption study committee made up of people with experience in the field, including representatives from the Department of Child Services and adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and judges with adoption case experience.
The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.
Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago. The goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency.
Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.
Governor Mike Pence signed legislation Thursday to create a preschool pilot program he says is the beginning of a new chapter of hope and opportunity for Indiana’s disadvantaged children.
The program will provide anywhere between two thousand and six thousand dollars per child so low-income Hoosier kids in five counties can attend a high quality preschool program. Governor Pence signed the bill at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
Legislation that made its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s desk would halt a state-run energy conservation plan. But a coalition opposing the bill is petitioning Pence for a veto.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Energizing Indiana plan in 2009 to increase the number of energy conservation programs available to rate payers throughout the state. The program also put in place mandatory energy savings benchmarks for private utility companies.
The Senate sponsor of a bill requiring some welfare recipients to be drug tested says he thinks he’s found the right balance for the measure to pass.
The original welfare drug testing bill would have required all welfare recipients to submit to a pre-screening test that determines a likelihood of addiction. Those showing that likelihood would then be subject to a drug test.