Travis Holdman

A proposal moving forward at the statehouse would allow school districts to ask voters for a property tax increase specifically to pay for school safety projects.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) is "uneasy" with a bill that gives people $50,000 for each year they were wrongfully imprisoned. (FILE PHOTO: Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Some state senators pushed back Thursday on a bill that provides payouts to innocent people wrongfully imprisoned.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says some Hoosier taxpayers would have seen tax increases without legislation approved during the special session. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Lawmakers approved two substantial tax measures during Monday’s one-day special session.

Many of the provisions sought to conform state tax laws with major policy changes made by the recent federal tax reform bill – which Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says is part of what made a special session necessary.

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The Senate sent legislation to the governor Wednesday to impose new abortion reporting requirements on all doctors and hospitals across the state.

The bill creates a long list of abortion complications. That list ranges from blood clots and cardiac arrest to anxiety and sleeping disorders. And the legislation says if a woman has ever had an abortion, and suffers one of those complications, any doctor or hospital that treats her must report that complication to the state.

Lawmakers Announce Push To Expand Baby Box Locations

Jan 3, 2018

Lawmakers in the 2018 session want to spread the use of so-called “baby boxes” in Indiana. New legislation would expand last year’s law that legalized the devices meant to serve as a more anonymous way for someone to leave an unwanted newborn.

 

Senate lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation to legalize the use of baby boxes, but only in hospitals.

The boxes are meant to be a more anonymous way for someone to leave an unwanted newborn. The bill makes it legal to drop off a baby in a designated box in a hospital without facing child abandonment charges.

Baby Box Legalization Effort Halted In Committee

Feb 13, 2017

 

An effort to legalize baby boxes in Indiana was halted in a Senate committee hearing about the boxes, which are meant to provide mothers an extra layer of anonymity when dropping off unwanted newborns.

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Indiana is now the sixth state to formally request a constitutional convention.

The Constitution gives states the power to force consideration of amendments without going through Congress.

If 34 states pass the same resolution, it forces a convention to vote on which amendments to the states.

Indiana joins Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in calling for consideration of three limits on federal power: a balanced budget amendment, term limits for Congress and federal judges, and congressional power to block federal regulations.

Indiana Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans are proposing what they call an “alternative” to their original legislation protecting the LGBT community from discrimination.

The new bill leaves out transgender Hoosiers as a protected class.

GOP Senator Travis Holdman’s first proposed LGBT bill added sexual orientation and gender identity to Indiana’s civil rights statute, while ensuring certain religious freedom protections. 

Neither side of the debate was happy about the measure. 

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Governor Pence says he's reached no conclusions about legislation to extend civil rights protections to gays and lesbians.

Both parties in the Senate have introduced civil rights bills.

Democrats' bill simply adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.

Pence echoes Senate Republicans, who say protection needs to be paired with safeguards for religious beliefs, but says he's still studying the issue, including the Republican bill which seeks to write both protections into state law.

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