Stay up-to-date with the latest news out of the Indiana General Assembly. News Editor Rob Burgess heads up our coverage of this year’s and legislation regarding everything from hate crimes and redistricting, to teacher pay and cannabis.  


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Hate Crimes heads to the House this week, after an amended version of the legislation, SB12, passed the Indiana Senate on Thursday by a vote of 39 to 10.

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E-scooters would be classified as bicycles if a bill passed in the House Wednesday makes it to the governor’s desk. HB 1649 also exempts e-scooter companies from financial responsibility for accidents.

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Indiana Senate Republicans gutted a proposed hate crimes bill on Tuesday with an amendment removing protected classes. Immediately after the vote, Gov. Holcomb released a statement criticizing the neutered version.

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Bill 1547 allows girls 16 or older to consent to prenatal, labor, and delivery care—with provision requiring medical providers to make a reasonable attempt to contact parents/guardians.

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A bill to criminalize the safest form of abortion in the second trimester has passed out of the House Public Policy committee following hours of testimony against it last week. 

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Legislative leaders from both parties sparred over topics including hate crimes, school safety, and undocumented students' rights Thursday morning during the 2019 Indiana Latino Legislative Breakfast.

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Indiana Military Veterans Legislative Day brought a large group of veterans to the Statehouse lobbying on a variety of issues including tax deductions, tuition, and gaming.

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The Indiana Election Commission says House Speaker Brian Bosma did not violate state laws when he used campaign funds last year to investigate a former intern he allegedly had a sexual encounter with in the early 1990s.

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Advocates joined lawmakers Monday at the Statehouse in support of several pieces of gun control legislation introduced this session. Meanwhile, the NRA has other items on their agenda.

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A new report highlights the lack of protections under Indiana law for LGBTQ Hoosiers--all of whom remain at risk of being fired, evicted, or denied services because of their sexuality or gender identity.

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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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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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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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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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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