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Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review


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The statehouse was busy with candidate filings and the announcement of the State Fair stage collapse report.

With bills crossing over from one chamber to another, legislative action was relatively quiet in the General Assembly this week, but the Statehouse kept busy with the 2012 election filing deadline.

The Democratic primaries for the governor and U.S. Senate races will be uncontested this year, as only former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg and Congressman Joe Donnelly filed to run.

The Republican races feature contests. State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will face six-term incumbent Richard Lugar in the U.S. Senate race. Businessman Jim Wallace is on the ballot against Congressman Mike Pence in the GOP gubernatorial primary – for now.

Wallace’s candidacy is still in question after he reportedly did not turn in enough valid signatures in the 7th district. Any challenges to his placement on the ballot will now be directed to the Indiana Election Commission. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday handed down fines connected to the Indiana State Fair stage collapse investigation.

Mid-America Sound Corporation, which owned and built the roof structure that collapsed, was fined $63,000 by the labor agency. The stagehands union faces an $11,500 fine, and the State Fair Commission was hit for $6,300, which it says it has already paid. But both the union and Mid-America Sound raised objections to the investigation’s results.

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