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Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:00 am

Legislative internships available from GOP

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid, spring-semester internships during the 2018 legislative session to college, graduate and law school students as well as recent graduates.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said the internships with the Senate GOP caucus relate to various fields of study including legislative, legal, policy, communications, multimedia and information technology. Benefits include a $750 biweekly stipend, scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking.

Qualified candidates must be at least a college sophomore. Positions are open to Indiana residents and non-residents who attend a college or university within the state.

Senate internships are full-time positions at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis that begin with a mandatory orientation in late December and conclude at the end of the legislative session in March 2018.

More information and applications for internships with the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus can be found online at

The application deadline is Oct. 31.

Tabled nuisance ordinance arises

The previously tabled nuisance property ordinance will be reintroduced to the Fort Wayne City Council on Sept. 26.

During the council comment portion of Tuesday's meeting, Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, who is sponsoring the proposal, said he planned to reach out to Fort Wayne's area partnerships, including a Southeast Area Partnership meeting last week.

The previous version of the bill, dubbed the Chronic Problem Property ordinance, was tabled in December 2016.

Didier said the focus of the rewritten bill will be to handle nuisances on commercial properties. That focus, Didier said, is why he previously supported tabling a bill sponsored by Councilman Russ Jehl, R-2nd, to limit performance hours at local strip clubs.

“Not that I wouldn't consider bringing Russ' bill back in the future, because I think Russ' bill had a lot of merit to what he was trying to have done,” Didier said. “We tabled the CPP ordinance over a year ago and this is how government works.”

Red-tape requests

Here's your chance to get rid of burdensome and obsolete state requirements for local government.

Rep. Douglas Gutwein, R-Francesville, chair of the House Select Committee on Government Reduction, is teaming up with Accelerate Indiana's Municipalities and the Association of Indiana Counties to seek input from local officials on ways to streamline or eliminate state reporting and information requirements.

“Local officials are in the ideal position to give feedback to lawmakers on state reporting and procedural requirements,” Gutwein said. “While many of these processes improve accountability and transparency at the local level, other requirements could be in desperate need of revision or outright repeal.”

Local officials can submit information via a web-based survey and provide recommendations on whether they should be revised, simplified or eliminated.

Local officials can access the survey online at and must submit their responses by Oct. 31. Gutwein said the data collected will be used to draft potential legislation for the 2018 legislative session.

Training session

The Allen County Democratic Party will have a candidates training session from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at its headquarters at 7301 Decatur Road, Fort Wayne.

Experts will be available to discuss campaign finance, fundraising, field plans and other topics.


Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed and reappointed dozens of Hoosiers to various boards and commissions.

Warsaw resident Gregory Cobb, managing member of Freedom Oil LLC, was reappointed to the Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance Board. His new term expires Aug. 31, 2019.

Journal Gazette reporter Dave Gong also contributed to this report.

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