Elections & Politics

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.

Student-Led Activists Rally For Gun Control

Mar 3, 2019

Student-led gun control organizations like We Live Indy and Students Demand Action gathered at the Statehouse Saturday.

The 2019 legislative session’s first half ended as the House passed the budget, the Senate approved a major gaming bill, and Gov. Eric Holcomb stood firm on hate crimes.

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

House Budget

Statehouse Democratic leaders Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson), left, and Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne), right, say Republicans are "nibbling around the edges" to solve the state's problems. (Tyler Lake/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Statehouse Democrats say Republicans are only “nibbling around the edges” to solve the state’s problems.