Government & Politics

Hupfer loses RNC co-chair bid

BY: - January 27, 2023

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer lost his bid for Republican National Committee co-chair Friday in a third-round vote. Drew McKissick of South Carolina received 90 votes compared to Hupfer’s 76. On the first two ballots, Hupfer received 52 votes. A third candidate, Mike Whatley of North Carolina, withdrew his name after the second round […]

Indiana tax cap proposal would help homeowners but hurt school corporations

BY: - January 27, 2023

Property owners could get temporary tax relief under a top Indiana lawmaker’s bill that seeks to stymie the impacts of high assessments last spring. A new study projects homeowners’ bills payable this year could increase as much as 15%. That’s more than double what previous reports estimated for the upcoming bills. Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Lizton, […]

Hundreds rally for Public Health Day

BY: - January 27, 2023

Health care workers from across the state gathered at the Statehouse Thursday to push the General Assembly on public health funding – an ask that has repeatedly given legislators pause.  The Governor’s Public Health Commission, spurred by the role local public health departments played in the COVID-19 pandemic, sought to analyze the state’s shortfall and […]

Indiana Senate approves bail denial constitution change

BY: - January 27, 2023

Indiana’s Senate on Thursday approved a constitutional change that would let judges deny bail to anyone they deem “a substantial risk to the public,” as long “the proof is evident, or the presumption strong.” Currently, people accused of all offenses except murder and treason have a right to bail. Proponents — some prosecutors and Republicans […]

Indiana lawmakers roll back school choice bill, advance student literacy initiatives

BY: - January 26, 2023

Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would further expand school choice for Hoosiers but rolled back certain provisions that would have made the program universally accessible. The bill to widen eligibility for the state’s education scholarship accounts advanced 8-5 from the Senate Education Committee. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, joined Democrats in voting against […]

Committee affirms anti-ESG, anti-China pension investing bills

BY: - January 26, 2023

Indiana senators on Wednesday said the state’s pension system should prioritize return on investment in one bill — not environmental and social concerns — even as they advanced another bill requiring the system to divest from China-related investments. Senate Bill 292 would require the Indiana Public Retirement System to make investment decisions for its 500,000 […]

Prior authorizations focus of testimony on health care bill

BY: - January 26, 2023

Health care providers, insurers and legislators agree: health care costs are expensive and reimbursements are confusing in Indiana.  Lawmakers on the Senate Committee for Health and Provider Services considered a bill Wednesday that hopes to introduce a series of fixes to improve health care access for Hoosiers, but opted to continue working on the bill […]

Congressman Jim Banks, a Senate candidate, clarifies anti-abortion ‘travel ban’ stance

BY: - January 25, 2023

Third District Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Banks does want stronger anti-abortion laws but says he doesn’t believe measures banning travel from Indiana to abortion access states like Illinois is the answer.  “Neither (conservative WOWO host) Pat Miller nor I were talking about travel bans,” Banks said Wednesday in an interview with the Capital Chronicle. “I […]

Voting rights stripped from some Hoosiers in bill

BY: - January 25, 2023

Hoosiers convicted of felony vote fraud offenses wouldn’t be able to cast a ballot for 10 years under a bill passed 6-4 by the House Elections Committee Wednesday. The legislation was amended so that misdemeanor offenses wouldn’t count — only felonies. But Democrats tried to remove the suffrage language altogether, with Republicans defending it. “Once […]

COMMENTARY

Indiana lawmakers launch all-out campaign against LGBTQ Hoosiers

BY: - January 25, 2023

The Indiana General Assembly has put forward a slate of hate — an onslaught of bills targeting LGBTQ Hoosiers and singling out trans kids. There is no other way to describe what we are seeing at the Statehouse. This is not one or two bad bills, this is a well-orchestrated, hate-driven campaign to push trans […]

Service members at odds over National Guard court-martial bill

BY: - January 25, 2023

A proposal stripping Indiana National Guard members of the right to refuse non-judicial punishment and demand a trial by court-martial is drawing outrage from some veterans, even as guard leaders say it’ll ensure good order and discipline. The controversy has caused the American Legion of Indiana to withdraw from The Big Four — a coalition […]

Committee advances measure to fund housing revolving fund

BY: - January 25, 2023

A bill establishing a revolving fund known as the Residential Housing Infrastructure Assistance Program advanced in committee Tuesday but still doesn’t have a price tag attached to it.  “We are creating a tool for our communities to provide infrastructure for the housing needs they see fit in their communities, especially workforce housing,” said Rep. Doug […]