Government & Politics

Hoosiers eye sterilization as abortion ban moves

BY: - August 2, 2022

With an abortion ban almost certain following the Senate passage of a bill on Saturday, some Hoosiers are turning to long-term contraceptives, like IUDs, while others consider a more permanent option: sterilization. Katie McHugh, an obstetrician-gynecologist and abortion provider in Indianapolis, said she has heard more people talking about seeking the procedure since the U.S. […]

Stalled U.S. Senate bill on veterans’ burn pit exposure could be revived this week

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate could be on track to advance a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas with health care and benefits, after a weekend in which outraged veterans camped out on the steps of the Capitol to protest a delay in the legislation. A Senate […]

Doctors, hospitals push back on abortion bill

BY: - August 1, 2022

A Republican-backed bill that would ban virtually all abortions in Indiana enters the next round of debate Tuesday, while hospitals and physicians across the state push back against the proposal. Senators debated the bill for more than three hours on Saturday before voting to advance the bill to the House during a special legislative session. […]

Committee narrows picks for utility regulator commissioner

BY: - August 1, 2022

A nominating committee for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the state’s powerful utility regulator, has sent a trio of picks  to Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration as a member of the agency’s five-person commission. The six-member nominating committee on Friday winnowed a slate of five candidates to three, ultimately voting to recommend: Justin Brugger, chief […]

State likely to continue funding Real Alternatives despite questions over spending

BY: - August 1, 2022

The House proposal to fund an anti-abortion group from Pennsylvania — Real Alternatives — drew scrutiny last week that seems unlikely to impact the $2 million allocation. Real Alternatives operates as a pass-through organization, funneling money to six other entities which operate in 11 counties, mostly in northern Indiana. House Bill 1001 provides $2 million […]

Indiana Senate narrowly advances abortion ban to House

BY: - July 30, 2022

Indiana lawmakers narrowly voted Saturday to advance a Republican-backed bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the state. Senators debated the bill for more than three hours before voting 26-20 on the bill during a special legislative session. That was the fewest number of votes needed to advance the bill to the House chamber, […]

House advances proposal for spending some of $6.1B surplus

BY: - July 29, 2022

The Indiana House on Friday voted 93-2 to use the state’s unexpected surplus to send $1 billion in taxpayer rebates proposed by Gov. Eric Holcomb.  With $6.1 billion in combined reserve accounts, Holcomb called the General Assembly for a special session to redistribute the funds back to Hoosiers in the form of $225 checks. Lawmakers […]

House makes minor amendments to inflation relief, social services bill

BY: - July 29, 2022

House lawmakers accepted minor changes to their inflation relief and social services bill, tweaking programs designed to accommodate an anticipated increase in demand for government support following the anticipated passage of an abortion ban.  The bill, House Bill 1001, includes millions in tax credits for families adopting children, repeals the state’s sales tax on children’s […]

Indiana Republicans vote-down amendment to remove rape, incest exception from abortion bill

BY: - July 29, 2022

Indiana lawmakers voted down a contentious amendment that would have removed exceptions for rape and incest from a Republican-backed bill that seeks to ban virtually all abortions in the state. That was after more than two hours of heated debate on the proposal late Thursday night during a special legislative session. Eighteen Republicans joined Democrats […]

Parental notification law for minors’ abortions goes into effect

BY: - July 28, 2022

A Chicago-based federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Indiana can, for the first time, enforce a law requiring parental notification for minors getting abortions — five years after its passage. Indiana lawmakers passed the requirement in 2017’s Senate Enrolled Act 404. Planned Parenthood and Indiana and Kentucky sued shortly after, leading U.S. District Court […]

Democrat narrowly leads Secretary of State race, poll says

BY: - July 28, 2022

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Destiny Wells had a sliver of a lead over Republican Diego Morales in a poll of 800 likely November voters released Wednesday evening. Illinois-based boutique consulting firm ARW Strategies conducted the poll on behalf of Indianapolis-based political commentator Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. About 31% of respondents went for Wells, while 28% supported […]

Sen. Todd Young’s bill to support U.S.-made semiconductor chips gets Senate approval

BY: - July 28, 2022

A bill to bolster the manufacturing of semiconductor chips in the United States won Senate approval Wednesday after being championed by Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young for several years. U.S. Senators voted 64-33 in favor of the bipartisan-backed bill, which now advances to the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure is expected to pass in […]