Body armor bans come to the forefront
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Calls for new gun restrictions inevitably follow most American mass shootings, including the one that killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket six weeks ago. But in the wake of the Tops supermarket massacre, legislators in several states also have turned their attention to a new target: civilian body armor. Such equipment—including helmets, bulletproof […]
Indiana farmers battle production cost spikes
Indiana farmers are facing steep increases in food production costs brought on by inflation and supply chain holdups.
$13.1 million awarded to help Hoosiers with eviction legal services
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority on Tuesday announced a new $13.1 million partnership with the Indiana Bar Foundation to provide legal services for Hoosiers facing eviction. The foundation responded to a request for proposal and was awarded the money to help Hoosier renters regarding eviction prevention and services. In Indiana, […]
Indiana widens child lead threshold, raises family support
The Indiana Department of Health on Friday adopted an emergency rule expanding what it considers “elevated” lead levels in a child’s blood, and introduced family education and case management for children with the neurotoxin in their blood. “Reducing the blood lead threshold in Indiana has been a years-long process that has required partnerships with healthcare […]
Republic vs. Democracy
INDIANAPOLIS – The 1,800 state delegates to the Republican State Convention last month did more than nominate a slate of candidates in June. Observers took pause when the political insiders called to strip the word democracy from the party’s platform and replace the term with republic, with some wondering if the choice had broader implications. […]
Lower insulin co-pays, list prices targeted in new bipartisan U.S. Senate bill
WASHINGTON — Two key senators have unveiled the details of a bipartisan plan to lower costs for insulin, a lifesaving drug that some Americans have struggled to afford in recent years as prices have skyrocketed. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, and Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, introduced the measure in June, after months of work to […]
As Indiana considers second tax refund, some wonder: where’s the first?
With Indiana lawmakers poised to authorize a second, $225 tax refund to taxpayers in a special session this month, some Hoosiers are still waiting for the first $125 refunds promised late last year. As of June 22, Indiana had issued about $245.6 million in refunds, according to the Department of Revenue. That’s about 45% of […]
Indiana readies $12 million voting machines investment
In March, state lawmakers handed the Secretary of State a July 2024 deadline. That's five years shorter than the previous December 2029 deadline, and will be in time for the 2024 presidential elections.
What will Indiana lawmakers accomplish in special session?
Indiana lawmakers will wait until late July to reconvene for a special legislative session, raising additional questions about what consensus they might reach on inflation relief and abortion restrictions.
Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access
A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico […]
Indiana abortions jumped to multi-year high in 2021
Indiana recorded more than 8,400 abortions in 2021 – the most since at least 2014, according to a state Department of Health report released Friday. The tabulation comes as Indiana lawmakers prepare for a weeks-long special legislative session this month, which will likely narrow access to abortion. Almost 57% of those procedures took place between […]
DCS gains approval for prevention funding
The Indiana Department of Child Services received approval from the Administration for Children and Families for its five-year prevention plan, which allows the state to use federal funding for the first time to deliver prevention services to families with the goal of keeping children safely with their families and out of foster care. The Indiana […]