Brian Bosma

Indiana finished its most recent fiscal year with more money in reserve than it’s ever had.

A committee plans to study how the state manages its forests this summer. The idea came from a failed House motion by Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) that would have set up a task force to look at practices like logging and make recommendations to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Lawmakers Approve Study Topics For Summer Committees

May 21, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Prescription drug prices and rising health care costs, ticket scalping, and adoption subsidies are just some of the issues lawmakers will tackle in study committees this year.

Vaping Tax Bill Dies As 2019 Session Ends

Apr 25, 2019
Exhaling smoke from an e-cigarette. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A bill to impose a tax on the liquids used in e-cigarettes couldn’t make it to the finish line as the 2019 legislative session ended.

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a final agreement Tuesday on what will likely be the state’s next two-year budget.

Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt registered as a lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday. Pruitt signed up as a self-employed consultant under RailPoint Solutions, LLC. 

Holcomb Insists Hate Crimes Debate Isn't Over

Mar 26, 2019
Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks at the 2019 Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb insists this session’s debate over hate crimes legislation isn’t over. And he says he’ll continue to advocate for a more expansive list of victim characteristics in the measure.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants Hoosiers to contact their lawmakers to urge them to pass a hate crimes bill with a list of victim characteristics. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb is staying steadfast in his push for a hate crimes bill that includes a list of victim characteristics.

The Indiana Senate Chamber (FILE PHOTO: Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate passed legislation labeled a bias crimes law Thursday even as many supporters – and one of its co-authors – refuse to support it.

Members of the Indiana House Republican Caucus present their 2019 legislative agenda. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Indiana House Republicans will prioritize driving more dollars to the classroom to help boost teacher pay this legislative session. The caucus rolled out its 2019 legislative agenda Monday.