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Last month, an Indiana House bill that would allow a local St. Joseph County township to leave the South Bend School system caused a shouting match between Black lawmakers and their Republican colleagues at the Statehouse. Proponents say the bill is about convenience, while some opponents say it could harm urban school districts.

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Senate lawmakers dramatically scaled back a plan to restrict the governor’s emergency powers, used extensively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers Aim To End 2021 Session A Week Early

Mar 19, 2021
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Indiana legislative leaders say they want to end the 2021 session more than a week early. And they plan to take the unusual step of moving up their deadlines to do so.

Indiana nursing homes should be open to visitors, with very few exceptions, according to new guidance from the federal government. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Indiana nursing homes should be open to visitors, with very few exceptions, according to new guidance from the federal government.

Landmark Police Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Mar 17, 2021
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Landmark police reform legislation is just the stroke of a pen away from becoming law.

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Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) is Indiana’s new Secretary of State, sworn in Tuesday after the governor picked her to replace retiring Secretary Connie Lawson.


A new study from Indiana University found that jail populations fell by about 32 percent across the state during the height of the pandemic - slightly above the national average. 


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The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus says its “call to action days” – bringing advocates to the Statehouse – are making an impact on the legislature.

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Lawmakers had tense exchanges with members of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration Thursday over legislation that would curb the governor’s emergency powers.

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Indiana lawmakers are pushing local criminal justice leaders to examine more closely why people are incarcerated.

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The state of Indiana’s economic development arm has a new, temporary leader after Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger abruptly stepped down last week.

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Indiana Senate Democrats say Republicans haven’t focused on helping working Hoosiers in the first half of the 2021 session.

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) said his chamber needs to take steps forward after the “step backward” last week that culminated with lawmakers having to be physically separated from each other.

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Indiana will add more hurdles for people seeking abortions under legislation approved by the House Monday.

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Indiana is a step closer to eliminating its license requirement to carry a handgun in public after the Indiana House passed a bill do so Monday.