Elections & Politics

House Approves Expanded Abortion Ethical Exemption

Mar 15, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation to allow Indiana pharmacists to refuse to provide abortion-inducing drugs is a step away from the governor’s desk.

A new study shows hate crimes laws often aren’t utilized. House lawmakers change a school bus safety bill. And a Senate panel advances a bill to loosen restrictions on adoption advertising.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Research

Birch Bayh Senate Office - Senatorial Papers of Birch Bayh, Indiana University

Former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, who authored two amendments to the U.S. Constitution, has died.

Bayh was the author of the landmark Title IX legislation, which leveled the playing field for women in sports and created penalties for gender-based discrimination in education.

Bayh was the Senate sponsor of the never-passed Equal Rights Amendment, but did succeed in adding the 25th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution, which created succession procedures in the event of presidential incapacitation and lowered the voting age to 18.

Indiana adoption attorney Steve Kirsh testifies before a Senate committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

If Hoosiers post online that they’re interested in adopting a child, they’re technically committing a crime in the state of Indiana.

Exonerated Prisoners Bill Faces Changes In Senate

Mar 12, 2019
Roosevelt Glenn, who spent 17 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, addresses a Senate committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A bill to provide payouts for people who were wrongfully incarcerated faces significant changes.

There's a contentious debate in Indiana's 2019 legislative session over whether to enact a hate crimes statute. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

New research from Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute suggests hate crimes laws aren’t used as often as they could be.

Redistricting reform advocates rally at the Statehouse. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Time is running out for Indiana to enact comprehensive redistricting reform before state lawmakers are due to redraw legislative districts in 2021.

Tech leaders engage in the hate crimes debate. A House committee approves an anti-abortion bill. And legislative leaders question DCS’s funding request.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Tech Industry On Hate Crimes

Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services again asked state lawmakers Thursday to increase its funding by nearly $300 million per year.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s public universities made their funding requests to Senate legislators Tuesday as that chamber’s budget hearings are underway.