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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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Special education ‘choice’ program accepting enrollments

By: - June 2, 2023

A program funding disabled child access to private schools and other specialized resources is open for enrollment through September 1, State Treasurer Daniel Elliott’s office announced Friday. “As school choice parents, my family knows firsthand the importance of being able [to] choose what’s best for your child’s educational experience,” Elliott said in a news release. […]

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Banks doesn’t log debt limit ‘no’ vote, despite vow

By: - June 1, 2023

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana failed to log a vote Wednesday night on a controversial debt limit compromise averting a national default, despite public promises that he would vote “no.” “To raise the debt limit $4 trillion dollars more, it just doesn’t make sense to me,” Banks told conservative radio host Tony Katz this […]

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Pence to launch presidential bid

By: - May 31, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to declare his presidential candidacy in Iowa next Wednesday, according to a source close to him, as growing numbers of GOP challengers throw their own hats in the ring. The former Indiana governor has been laying the groundwork for an announcement since at least 2021 — partnering with […]

Black lawmakers caucus to host town halls statewide

By: - May 30, 2023

Indiana’s 15-member Black Legislative Caucus will hold a six-part town hall series in municipalities across the state, the group announced Friday. It billed the events as opportunities for Hoosiers to learn more about legislation passed in the most recent session, which ended in April, and speak ahead of next year’s session. Caucus members plan stops […]

Gambling investigators hope changes aid in animal fighting crackdown

By: - May 29, 2023

Indiana’s gambling investigators regularly bust illegal animal fighting rings, but caring for the evidence — dozens or hundreds of dogs and chickens — as cases wind through the legal system is expensive and intensive. Regulators hope forthcoming legal changes will ease the strain for the groups that pitch in: specifying that bond should include the […]

Spanish now an option at BMV’s self-service kiosks

By: - May 25, 2023

Hoosiers can now register a vehicle, renew a license or more in Spanish at more than 50 self-service kiosks across the state, Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday. “The BMV continues to expand available services and we are excited to offer this option to Spanish-speaking Hoosiers,” Commissioner Joe Hoage said in a news release. […]

DNR law enforcement K-9 program hits 100 dog graduations

By: - May 25, 2023

The Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s law enforcement wing graduated seven canine-handler teams on Thursday, hitting 100 dog graduates across the K-9 conservation program’s 25-year history. Dogs pulled excitedly at their leashes as their handlers loped across the Statehouse’s South Lawn to collect a certificate, a handshake and a celebratory photograph. DNR officials outfitted the canine […]

Indiana Lottery to send expected $362 million surplus back to state

By: - May 24, 2023

Indiana’s lottery expects to send a whopping $361.7 million to state coffers, up 4% from last year’s payout but down from a pandemic-era record-high. “As proven across multiple years, we will work hard to maximize revenue returns to the state and support our shared mission,” said Donald Redic, interim chief operating officer for services provider […]

Draft EPA rule could impact nearly 50 Indiana coal ash dumps

By: - May 23, 2023

Draft federal regulations for toxic coal byproducts could cover nearly 50 exempted dumps spread across 14 locations in Indiana. The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule — released last week — would extend monitoring, closure, and cleanup provisions to certain landfills, ponds and other sites for the first time. “Coal ash,” the catch-all term for particulate matter […]

Students behind revived LGBTQ+ play invite governor, state lawmakers

By: - May 17, 2023

Fort Wayne high schoolers — readying their own production of a cancelled play with LGBTQ+ themes — on Wednesday invited Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the state’s 150 lawmakers to the one and only performance. “Being exposed to stories that acknowledge the LGBTQ experience isn’t something we need to ‘protect’ people from,” four students wrote […]

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State mailing voters for registration list ‘cleaning’

By: - May 17, 2023

Did you find an unexpected postcard in your mailbox recently? Hoosier voters are receiving the tidy black-and-white registration mailers as part of routine voter list “maintenance,” according to Secretary of State Diego Morales’ office. “One of my top priorities is to clean the voter rolls,” Morales said in a news release Tuesday. “These postcards help […]

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Utilities notch legislative wins

By: - May 15, 2023

Indiana’s powerful electric utility companies exited the state’s recent legislative session wielding key legislative victories though it might take years to know the ultimate ramifications. New laws are set to let the state’s existing utilities get first dibs on a billion-dollar slate of new transmission projects, put natural gas plant costs into rates before construction […]