Elections & Politics

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.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) debates the budget bill with Rep. Vernon Smith (D-Gary). (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House approved the budget bill Monday along party lines.

Republicans and Democrats argued over the two-year spending plan’s so-called “statement of priorities.”

Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis) says a bill to tighten control of the Military Family Relief Fund is a "good first step." (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House unanimously passed legislation Monday to tighten the controls on the state’s Military Family Relief Fund.

The City of Terre Haute could get a casino, if citizens approve it in a public question. (WFIU/WTIU News)
Brandon Smith

A Senate committee Thursday tightened the reins a little on major changes to the state’s gaming industry.

Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) wanted the bill to require grocery stores keep their alcohol in one area. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The House easily approved legislation Thursday that would make dozens of alterations to the state’s alcohol industry.

The House Ways and Means Committee debates the Republican caucus's budget proposal. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House Republican leaders say they’re confident they’ve made a significant education investment in their state budget proposal.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

A Saturday breakfast with lawmakers who represent Tippecanoe County in the Indiana General Assembly generated so many questions from attendees about education that moderators had to offer more time for the legislators to respond.

West Lafayette Rep. Chris Campbell says lawmakers are considering boosting school funding by two percent, but she says that might not be enough.

“At face value, it doesn’t look like the funding is going to be adequate enough to cover things like those pay raises that those teachers much need,” Campbell says.

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) won’t say whether he’ll support President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) won’t say whether he’ll support President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

Mishler Bill Throws Wrinkle Into Gaming Debate

Feb 14, 2019
Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) threw a wrinkle into this session's major gaming debate. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) threw a wrinkle Thursday into this session’s major gaming debate.

A Senate gaming bill would allow Gary to move its existing casino off the waterfront to a more desirable location in the city. And it would allow an unused license in the city to go to Terre Haute, for a new casino there.

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