Government & Politics

Bills, bills, bills. What could still pass — and what might die — in Indiana’s 2024 session

BY: and - February 23, 2024

Among the measures awaiting further action are those dealing with property taxes, 13th checks, foreign ownership of agricultural land, limits to the governor’s executive powers and expanded firearm carry rights in the state capitol complex.

1,600 children impacted by key Medicaid cut

BY: - February 23, 2024

Just over 1,600 disabled children receiving services through the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) made up a significant portion of the unexpected expenses that caused a $1 billion Medicaid shortfall — the first time the agency has publicly identified the number of children benefiting from an attendant care program that paid their parents. In […]

GOP backs voting by mail, yet turns to courts to restrict it in battleground states

BY: - February 23, 2024

Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. “We can’t play catch up. We can’t start from behind. We can’t let Dems get a big head start and think we’re going to […]

Changes to Indiana antisemitism bill drain support from many in Hoosier Jewish community

BY: - February 22, 2024

A major change to a bill that would define and ban antisemitism at Indiana’s public education institutions led to a reversal of support and opposition among those who testified on the proposal at the Statehouse Wednesday. In contention is the removal of a definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which […]

Bill sets up cosmetology apprenticeship as licensing alternative to beauty school

BY: - February 22, 2024

Dozens of beauticians, barbers and stylists flooded the Statehouse Wednesday, urging senators to take action on a House bill establishing a cosmetology apprenticeship program but the crowd was evenly split when it came to their views.  Lawmakers appeared more unified than testimony, approving the proposal on a 6-2 vote, with two of the committee’s Democrats […]

Despite changes, bill to end “viewpoint discrimination” still draws ire from college faculty

BY: - February 22, 2024

Indiana’s House Education Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to move a controversial bill that seeks to push speech in college classrooms toward “intellectual diversity.” Debated language from the original draft of the proposal — which would have given House and Senate majority leaders the power to choose some members of the boards of trustees […]

Hoosier Lottery to buy downtown building

BY: - February 21, 2024

The State Lottery Commission of Indiana formalized a resolution Tuesday to pay $9.1 million for a downtown Indianapolis building in which it currently operates. The Hoosier Lottery has leased two floors of the building at 1302 N. Meridian Street since 2011. “The property was designed to accommodate the needs of the Commission when the Commission […]

Banking contracts bill squeaks by in Senate vote

BY: - February 21, 2024

A bill allowing financial institutions to change contract terms on customers without explicit acceptance narrowly passed the Senate Tuesday on a 28-21 vote and now moves one step closer to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1284 is a response to two recent legal cases in which justices sided with Hoosier consumers over banks and credit […]

Bills on ambulance insurance, alcohol and bobcat hunting pass Senate, House

BY: and - February 21, 2024

This legislative roundup runs the gamut, covering ambulances, alcohol, bobcats and cell phones. The bills now head to Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Indiana man who freelanced for Dearborn publication charged with making violent online threats 

BY: - February 20, 2024

An Indiana man, who worked as a freelance reporter for the Dearborn-based Arab American News, is jailed after being charged with making online threats against Jews and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials. Jeffrey Stevens, 41, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was charged last week with a single count of interstate communication of a threat, a five-year […]

Dog breeders, pet stores bill clears Senate

BY: - February 20, 2024

A bill establishing care standards for dog breeders and pet stores that would simultaneously strike local ordinances banning dog sales moves back to the House after passing through the Senate on a 31-18 vote on Monday.  Contentious pet store, ‘puppy mill’ bill reemerges at the Indiana Statehouse Sen. Blake Doriot, the chamber sponsor, described the […]

Indiana environmentalists, manufacturers at odds over bill to protect toxic PFAS chemicals

BY: - February 20, 2024

Environmental advocates sounded alarms at the Indiana Statehouse on Monday over a bill that would change the definition of toxic PFAS chemicals to exempt those which Hoosier manufacturers want to keep using. HB 1399 seeks to carve out more than 5,000 “forever chemicals” from being defined as such by the state and its environmental rules […]