News Editor Rob Burgess heads up our coverage of this year’s Indiana General Assembly and legislation regarding everything from hate crimes and redistricting, to teacher pay and cannabis.  


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The question of whether or not to include protected classes continues to be a sticking point in the push to remove Indiana from the list of five states without hate crimes legislation.

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Everyone agrees Indiana's teachers need to be paid more, but there is little agreement about how to make that happen. Here's where legislation addressing the issue stands so far in the session.

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Advocates for redistricting reform have been trying unsuccessfully to get a bill through the Statehouse. And, with the 2020 U.S. Census coming right up, time is running out.

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Indiana lawmakers like nothing more than legislating ladyparts. Here's what they've come up with so far this session on abortion, pregnancy rights, and maternal healthcare.

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Activists for medical and recreational cannabis in Indiana had been hoping 2019 would be a big year, but so far, it's a political non-starter at the General Assembly. 

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House Education Committee Chair Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, is again championing a bill that would funnel money to Indiana’s charter schools, along with removing other restrictions.

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While most of the truly progressive items this session are doomed to fail, at least 10 bills have us hopeful some good ideas might become law--including an increased minimum wage.

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For more than a decade, bills aimed at creating new redistricting standards have been introduced in both in the Indiana House and Senate but never made it past committee. Advocates hope this year is different.

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Indiana lawmakers approved an updated code of ethics Thursday, making it an ethical violation for state representatives to commit sexual harassment. It's a mostly symbolic move, as the policy appears "shockingly dated" to some.

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Democrats and Republicans have both said increased funding for Indiana educators is on their agenda, but there is little agreement about how to make that happen.

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Redistricting reform and press freedoms suffered setbacks. And, we can't tattoo our eyeballs any longer. But, at least, we can buy beer on Sundays now.

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The final committee chair assignments for the Indiana House of Representatives were announced Monday by Speaker Brian Bosma ahead of the next legislative session that starts Jan. 3, 2019