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The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission Tuesday filed a complaint against Attorney General Curtis Hill in response to the accusations he groped four women last March.

Wind turbines sit on farmland surrounding a home
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Wind energy is a growing industry in Indiana, but not every community is receptive to the development. Tippecanoe County is working on a proposal to ban wind farms, and Montgomery County is in the midst of an intense debate over two proposed farms.

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Foster Parents

Feb 26, 2019
Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) says her bill creates a new definition for long-term foster parent. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Senate approved legislation Monday that aims to improve the relationship between the Department of Child Services and the state’s foster parents.

The measure makes several changes to the way foster parents interact with both the agency and the court system.

Senate Hemp Bill Goes To House

Feb 26, 2019
Hemp plant (Pixabay)
Samantha Horton

A bill that would regulate hemp production in Indiana has passed out of the Indiana Senate.

A hate crimes bill clears the Senate amid outrage. House Republicans unveil their budget proposal. And the House approves an alcohol regulations bill.

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

Hate Crimes Legislation

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.

Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) and Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) discuss a change made to the hate crimes bill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Senate Democrats say their Republican colleagues threw a hate crimes bill “in the trash” Tuesday.

House Republicans Unveil Proposed Budget

Feb 18, 2019
Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) is an architect of the House Republican budget proposal. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana House Republicans want to increase education funding by about 2 percent each year in the new state budget – little more than inflation.

Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says an independent commission would help take politics out of the redistricting process. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Senate Republicans rejected a bid Monday to create an independent commission to redraw Indiana’s legislative district lines.

Hate Crimes Bill Clears First Legislative Hurdle

Feb 18, 2019
The Senate Public Policy Committee considers testimony on a hate crimes bill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A Senate committee approved hate crimes legislation Monday for the third time in four years.

The three-hour hearing featured little new information in the debate.