Latest Indiana State General Assembly News

Republican lawmaker aims to gut Indiana's coronavirus limits

Jan. 25, 2021 6:21 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker pushed Monday to strip away much of the authority Indiana’s state and local public health officials have used to impose restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would prohibit health officials from steps such as imposing limits on the number of...

Members of the Indiana House convene in the House chamber in the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The House is meeting in a conference room in the state office building to increase social distancing due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana lawmakers debating public health, personal freedom

Jan. 23, 2021 10:39 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature returned to session, nearly a dozen bills drafted by GOP legislators have sparked debate in the Statehouse over where to draw the line between public health and personal freedom. In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that...

Deal would allow expanded gambling at tribe's Indiana casino

Jan. 23, 2021 9:39 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The tribal casino in South Bend could become a full-fledged competitor to Indiana’s other casinos later this year under a deal reached between state officials and the tribe. The Four Winds South Bend Casino owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi has been limited under...

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a media availability from the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Indianapolis.  Holcomb will have a low-key start to his second term on Monday as the coronavirus pandemic that has dominated the past year continues looming over the state. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Push for Indiana minimum wage increase likely stalled again

Jan. 17, 2021 9:29 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A renewed call by Democrats for an increase to Indiana’s minimum wage isn’t winning over Republicans who control the Statehouse, with the governor saying his goal is to prepare workers for advancing beyond low-paying jobs. The Democratic-backed proposal would unlink...

Bill seeks to make popcorn Indiana's official state snack

Jan. 17, 2021 9:21 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker wants his colleagues to honor Indiana's big popcorn crop by making the grain the state's official snack. Legislation sponsored by Republican state Sen. Ron Grooms of Jeffersonville would designate Indiana-grown popcorn as the Hoosier state's official snack, adding it...

GOP lawmaker pushes bill to prevent renaming of Indianapolis

Jan. 15, 2021 3:14 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban the changing of any Indiana city names in the wake of Native American protests that forced the renaming of professional sports teams. No efforts have emerged seeking to change the name of Indiana or Indianapolis along the lines...

Indiana governor proposes small funding boost for schools

Jan. 13, 2021 3:06 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor on Wednesday proposed a modest increase in school funding for the next two years and restores funding to state universities that was cut when tax revenues plunged early in the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's proposal would increase K-12...

Indiana law enforcement reform bill earns widespread support

Jan. 12, 2021 2:38 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bipartisan bill aimed at increasing police accountability and enacting criminal justice reform received early support from Indiana's legislators, law enforcement leaders and community groups Tuesday, following calls for action from the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus. House Bill...

Michigan City Area Schools volunteers collected nearly 3 tons of donated non-perishables on Saturday, Dec. 19, for the food pantry at the Salvation Army of Michigan City. The Michigan City High School Student Council spearheaded the event in an attempt to make sure the 2 tons they normally collect each year through a districtwide in-school food drive would still be donated, despite all schools having reverted to remote learning. In addition to 2.96 tons of food, the group also collected toys, gift cards and $861 in cash, all in an effort to help the local Salvation Army

Indiana lawmakers advance bills to ensure school funding

Jan. 7, 2021 3:11 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are expediting two similar bills intended to ensure schools receive full funding for all students, regardless of whether they are receiving instruction virtually or in the classroom due to the coronavirus pandemic. The draft bills were filed in the House and Senate at...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jan. 5, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. Jan. 1, 2021. Editorial: A year to rise toward recovery. Communities need good citizens to rally Just as 2020 will long be known as the year when things really fell apart, today is perfect day to pledge that 2021 will be the year when communities pulled it all back together. While there...