Indiana General Assembly

Republican legislative leaders aren’t sold on a proposal to lower the minimum age at which a Hoosier could serve in the General Assembly.

Civic Health Index Shows Indiana Needs Improvement

Nov 11, 2019

Indiana’s civic health leaves a lot of room for improvement – that’s the conclusion from the fourth edition of the Civic Health Index, unveiled Monday.

Indiana is gearing up to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

State Representative David Frizzell Resigning

Apr 18, 2019
Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis). (Photo courtesy of Indiana House Republicans)
Brandon Smith

Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) will resign from his seat later this year, halfway through his term. 

Attorney General Curtis Hill says he wants to help people feel safe and comfortable in their communities. Some women say they don't feel safe and comfortable with him in office. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Attorney General Curtis Hill says he wants the General Assembly to focus more this session on crime prevention efforts. It’s a push, he says, to help people feel safe and comfortable in their communities.

Indiana’s battle to collect online sales tax from businesses that don’t have a physical presence in the state will more likely play out in Congress than in the courts, says one economist.

Indiana does collect sales tax from companies such as Amazon, which has seven distribution centers across five counties.

But the state also wants to tax online retailers including Wayfair and Overstock, which don’t – but still earn more than $100,000 a year from Hoosiers.

State lawmakers are discussing whether to a change a 2011 law that prohibits young people brought into the country illegally from accessing in-state tuition at public colleges.

Indiana is one of only three states in the country that specifically makes immigrant students who can not prove state residency or who don’t qualify for a federal program to pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate.

Lawmakers Recommend Delay On New Guardianship Program

Aug 30, 2017

Indiana lawmakers Tuesday recommended a delay in implementation of a new program that would serve as an alternative to guardianships.

When someone is deemed incapable of making certain legal decisions, a guardian is chosen or appointed to help.

The General Assembly is weighing a program called supportive decision-making, in which guardianship becomes less of a binary decision. It’s designed primarily for young adults with intellectual development disabilities, many of whom advocates say should have more control than traditional guardianship allows.

Senate Budget Architect Kenley To Retire This Fall

Jul 5, 2017

Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville), one of the most influential lawmakers at the Statehouse, will retire later this year after 25 years in office. His service includes the last nine sessions as the chamber’s budget architect, chairing the Appropriations Committee.

Kenley was re-elected to another four-year term just last November. But he says he told people on the campaign trail he had two final goals: passing another balanced budget and creating a long term road funding plan.

courtesy Indiana Black Legislative Caucus

Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus will kick off a series of meetings later this month aimed, in part, at convincing Hoosiers that similar issues affect rural and urban areas of the state.

And, says caucus member Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis), the meetings are a way to work across the aisle, too.

“We’re talking about things that would benefit everyone – that are good for everyone – that the conservative side actually authored a lot of this legislation,” Shackleford says.

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