Government & Politics

Indiana attorney general files appeal to strike down injunction on the state’s abortion ban

BY: - September 23, 2022

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed an appeal late Thursday night that seeks to throw out an injunction on the state’s near-total abortion ban. Lawyers representing the state are hoping to advance the issue straight to the Indiana Supreme Court.  “Only this court can provide the final word on this hotly contested, high-profile, pure question […]

Supreme Court weighs jurisdiction of juvenile gun case

BY: - September 23, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the case of a young boy who admitted to dangerous possession of a firearm shortly before the jurisdiction of such offenses was upended by the same court. “It’s not whether you can ever prosecute it, it’s where you can,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said.  The 14-year-old defendant, […]

COMMENTARY

Privacy at heart of many state, federal laws

BY: - September 23, 2022

The underlying fight on abortion is about privacy, and specifically whether a woman can make private medical decisions that the government shouldn’t be part of. I am not a lawyer, but what I can say is that while the word “privacy” isn’t explicitly in the Constitution, state and federal lawmakers pass laws based on the […]

Agencies largely mum as committee seeks to reshape their powers

BY: - September 23, 2022

Multiple industry groups testified Thursday before an interim Indiana legislative study committee laying the groundwork to curb state agencies’ rulemaking powers — but just one agency showed up. “I can’t require them to come in,” said Administrative Rules Review Task Force Chair Rep. Steve Bartels, R-Eckerty. “I’ve asked several to come in,” he added. “… […]

$67 million awarded in federal grants to support crime victims

BY: - September 22, 2022

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) awarded $67 million in federal grants to more than 190 public and nonprofit entities through the Victims of Crime Act program. The funding will be used to provide direct services and assistance to crime victims throughout the state. The funding is provided by the Office for Victims of Crime […]

Judge issues preliminary injunction, pausing Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

BY: - September 22, 2022

An Owen County judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday in a lawsuit that seeks to strike down Indiana’s near-total abortion ban — halting the state’s new abortion law that officially took effect Sept. 15.  Judge Kelsey Blake Hanlon, a Republican, said in her ruling that the ban “materially burdens the bodily autonomy of Indiana’s women […]

Indiana lawmakers consider changes to law enforcement record keeping, data sharing

BY: - September 22, 2022

Indiana lawmakers are weighing options for an improved statewide records system that would make it easier for local law enforcement to share crime statistics and information about offenders. Members of a bipartisan interim study committee this week also reviewed new criminal justice data and considered testimony about the need to combat a rise in juvenile gun […]

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob of […]

White House: More than 850K Hoosiers eligible for student loan debt forgiveness

BY: - September 21, 2022

More than 850,000 Hoosiers could see at least some of their federal student loan debt forgiven through President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. Roughly 856,400 Hoosiers are eligible to have at least $10,000 in student loan debt canceled, the White House announced Tuesday. Most of those recipients – about 555,500 – could have up […]

COMMENTARY

Focus on service in Secretary of State race

BY: - September 21, 2022

In the Secretary of State race, the commitment to service matters. I find myself teaching this simple lesson with more enthusiasm lately: elected positions in American government exist as opportunities to serve. “Yea, yea, old man, we know that” is often the expression I see on the faces of my students when I start. Occasionally, […]

Driving cards for unauthorized immigrants back on legislative agenda

BY: - September 21, 2022

The concept earned bipartisan interest and support from lawmakers on an interim study committee, as well as an eclectic array of speakers.

Legislators hear testimony for, against legalizing marijuana

BY: - September 21, 2022

Lawmakers considered the advantages and shortcomings of legalizing certain cannabinoids Tuesday, potentially as a precursor to legalizing the plant itself for recreational use. But the research offered frequently conflicted and the committee abruptly ended, with discussion expected to continue next month. Over the course of four hours, committee members from the interim health committee heard […]