Brandon Smith

IPBS Statehouse Reporter

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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Republican Todd Rokita has won the race for Indiana attorney general, beating Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Rokita, former Secretary of State and four-term congressman, secures Republican control over the statewide office for the sixth consecutive election. Democrats haven’t won the position since 1996.

  Gov. Eric Holcomb has easily secured a second term in office, winning re-election over challengers Dr. Woody Myers, the Democrat, and Libertarian Donald Rainwater.

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More than 1.7 million Hoosiers have cast their ballots early this election – that’s nearly double the number who voted early in 2016.

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Today is the last day for Hoosiers to register to vote for the 2020 general election.

Hoosiers can register in-person at their county election administrator’s office – they have until the end of the business day to do so. But they have until midnight if they go online to IndianaVoters.com.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) says he’ll be “disappointed” if the federal government provides any financial support for state and local government budgets in future COVID-19 relief packages.

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Indiana religious conservative groups lost again in court Thursday in their multi-year legal battle to discriminate against same-sex couples.

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Indiana will soon send a total of $61 million to Hoosier schools to help them with their technology needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb and Republican legislative leaders want to provide schools with more certainty about funding for at least the first half of the new school year.

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Advocacy groups are suing Indiana over a state law that prevents voters from asking a court to extend polling place hours on Election Day when there are problems voting.

The vast majority of laws passed each year by the Indiana General Assembly take effect either immediately or on July 1.

But there are always a few measures each year that don’t take effect for a few more months.

The General Assembly sometimes delays implementation of new legislation to give more time to adjust to the law’s changes.

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an appeals court to re-examine lawsuits involving two Indiana anti-abortion laws Thursday.

COVID-19 has been “totally devastating” for some Hoosier fireworks companies. One company owner says his business needs help to survive – and a proposal from U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) could be the answer.

The state of Indiana is launching a public service campaign to urge Hoosiers to wear a mask when in public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana will largely press pause on its reopening plan instead of moving to the final phase this weekend.

New Laws Take Effect July 1

Jun 30, 2020

The 2020 legislative session ended in March – but many of the major education and health care measures passed by the state legislature go into effect on Wednesday. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News) Edit | Remove

The 2020 legislative session ended in March – but many of the major education and health care measures passed by the state legislature go into effect on Wednesday. 

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