Tim Lanane

Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed a new plan to free up state dollars for teacher pay in his State of the State address Tuesday. That plan could be implemented this year – but Holcomb wants to wait for 2021.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending his timeline to hold off on taking significant statewide action on teacher pay raises until 2021, despite calls from teachers to send more funding support to schools in 2020 when lawmakers aren’t likely to open the state budget.

Lawmakers will likely file legislation in the 2020 session over proposed rules at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for Hoosiers to change the gender on their driver’s license.

Indiana will have a new Speaker of the House in the next few months as Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced his retirement Tuesday.

Gov. Eric Holcomb defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars as he signed a new budget into law. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s next two-year budget into law Monday as he defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars.

As the first half of the 2019 lawmaking session wrapped up, a bill limiting payday lenders died, while another, allowing different types of high-interest loans, passed out of the Indiana Senate.

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.

Rod Bray Chosen To Become New Senate GOP Leader

May 15, 2018
The Senate GOP caucus elected Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville), right, to become the new Senate President Pro Tem. Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), left, will become the new Majority Floor Leader, replacing Bray. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate GOP caucus voted Monday to make Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) the new Senate President Pro Tem.

Bray will replace current leader Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne), who will retire this fall.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Indiana state lawmakers will have to take sexual harassment training under legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday. The measure mandates an hour of harassment training each year.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) notes such training is already required for legislative staff.

“And so it’s time that we take the next step and have one for the members themselves,” Lanane says.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday creates a new crime to charge drug dealers with higher penalties if the person they deliver those drugs to overdoses and dies. But some lawmakers worry the measure will ensnare otherwise innocent people.

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