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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The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus says its “call to action days” – bringing advocates to the Statehouse – are making an impact on the legislature.

Hoosiers likely won’t be getting speeding tickets from highway speed cameras anytime soon. That’s after House Bill 1465 to create a pilot program for such cameras is all but dead this session.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the state regularly communicates with vaccine providers. She said it clarifies the guidelines and cautions sites from violating them before taking punitive action. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana officials announced Wednesday they’re cracking down on clinics that are vaccinating Hoosiers for COVID-19 who are not eligible under the state’s guidelines.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said while COVID-19 numbers are improving, it’s not time for a "mission accomplished" moment. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Hoosiers will live under a COVID-19 public emergency in Indiana for at least another month. That’s after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he will renew the emergency another 30 days, through March.

Sen. Mike Young said there are examples from across the country where prosecutors announced they categorically won't charge people for certain crimes. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana attorney general and special prosecutors would be empowered to take over cases that local prosecutors won’t charge under legislation narrowly approved by the Senate Tuesday.

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) said his chamber needs to take steps forward after the “step backward” last week that culminated with lawmakers having to be physically separated from each other.

Indiana announced Wednesday it will soon open up a new emergency rental assistance program for Hoosiers in need.

(Courtesy of IU Health)

Indiana state health officials say cancellations because of the recent snowstorms have caused a delay in expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis) claims his bill is not about the Marion County prosecutor's decision not to charge people for simple marijuana possession. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Some Indiana Senate Republicans want the state to take over prosecution of crimes that a local prosecutor won’t charge.

Legislation approved by a Senate committee would ban police in Indiana from firing warning shots. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Police in Indiana would be barred from firing warning shots under legislation approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Critics of the rioting bill say it's an overreaction to the Black Lives Matter protests in summer of 2020. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

People involved in protests that turn violent would face new or harsher criminal penalties under legislation easily approved by the Indiana Senate Tuesday.

Several bills on the move during the 2021 legislative session are reactions to executive orders issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The governor’s authority to declare disaster emergencies would be severely restricted under legislation unanimously approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Dr. Caitlin Bernard testified in the House Public Health Committee on legislation to would require doctors like her to tell patients about abortion reversal treatment. (Screenshot of

Indiana doctors would be forced to tell patients their medication-induced abortions can be reversed under legislation approved by a House committee Monday.

Rep. Jim Pressel's (R-Rolling Prairie) bill bans local governments and homeowners associations from shutting down stands – operated by someone under age 18 – that are selling nonalcoholic beverages. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

Indiana lawmakers want to make sure local governments don’t ban children from operating lemonade stands. And there's a bill unanimously approved by the House and on its way to the Senate that does just that.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) is the chief architect of the House Republican budget proposal. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Indiana House Republicans want to spend at least $65 million less on traditional K-12 schools in their state budget plan than Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed.