Elections & Politics

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.

Bill Would Create Fund For Exonerated Prisoners

Feb 28, 2019
State lawmakers want to give exonerated prisoners money for their wrongful incarceration. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

State lawmakers want to give exonerated prisoners money for their wrongful incarceration.

The legislation is now in the Senate after its unanimous passage by the House.

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.

'Once-In-A-Generation' Gaming Bill Clears Senate

Feb 26, 2019
Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) calls his gaming bill a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for the state's casinos. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

One of the most significant gaming bills since the industry’s beginnings in Indiana easily passed out of the state Senate Tuesday.

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