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Sen. Jim Merritt To Retire From Senate In November

Sep 9, 2020
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State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced Monday he is retiring after 30 years in the legislature. He said he will step down on Nov. 4.

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Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus say Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announced steps on addressing racial inequity are a start – but still far from what’s necessary to fix the state’s pervasive problems.

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A panel of Indiana lawmakers is beginning to recommend changes to the 2021 session to adjust to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But some of the initial recommendations made Monday are short on specifics.

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State lawmakers are preparing for a legislative session in January that must adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A study committee tasked with resolving that issue had its first meeting Thursday.

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Indiana House and Senate Democrats want the governor to call a special session of the General Assembly to meet in August.

Dems say there are critical issues that must be addressed before the legislature’s scheduled return in January.

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Former Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) is officially leaving his Statehouse seat at the end of this month.

Bosma’s departure has been in the works for months since he announced the 2020 session would be his last.

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Indiana faced a $900 million hole in its finances in the fiscal year that ended last month.

The state is covering its shortfall through cuts to state agencies, federal help and its budget reserves - with $1.4 billion still left in state coffers.

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A federal judge permanently struck down a 2018 Indiana anti-abortion law that required doctors to report a long list of so-called abortion complications.

The vast majority of laws passed each year by the Indiana General Assembly take effect either immediately or on July 1.

But there are always a few measures each year that don’t take effect for a few more months.

The General Assembly sometimes delays implementation of new legislation to give more time to adjust to the law’s changes.

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an appeals court to re-examine lawsuits involving two Indiana anti-abortion laws Thursday.

New Laws Take Effect July 1

Jun 30, 2020

The 2020 legislative session ended in March – but many of the major education and health care measures passed by the state legislature go into effect on Wednesday. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News) Edit | Remove

The 2020 legislative session ended in March – but many of the major education and health care measures passed by the state legislature go into effect on Wednesday. 

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will begin charging late fees again July 1.

Late fees had been suspended the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hoosiers protected under the DACA program and their advocates across the state are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to prevent the government from ending it. But their happiness is tempered by the lack of action towards permanent legal protection for the roughly 10,000 Indiana residents.

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Indiana fiscal officials expect the state to fall between $3 to 4 billion short of its current two-year state budget.

A new revenue forecast will come out later this year. But officials at the State Budget Committee meeting Wednesday say they expect a $1.7 billion shortfall this fiscal year (which ends in two weeks) and another roughly $2 billion loss next fiscal year.

Holcomb Wants Supreme Court's Guidance On Curtis Hill

May 12, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb wants the Indiana Supreme Court to clarify what Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license suspension means for his future.

The Supreme Court Monday suspended Hill’s license for 30 days after it concluded he criminally battered four women in 2018.