Normally, the governor gives the annual State of the State address before a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly inside the Indiana House chamber. But for safety reasons, Holcomb pre-recorded the speech without an audience.
The FBI has warned that potentially violent protests could take place at all state capitols over the next several days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The two grant programs were initially announced last week as part of the House GOP legislative agenda, but the exact funding amounts were not shared at that time.
House Bill 207, authored by Republican Sen. Blake Doriot of Goshen, would change how cities and counties with wheel and vehicle excise taxes in place are required to spend Motor Vehicle Highway funds for the next two years.
The bill would shield businesses and individuals from coronavirus civil liability lawsuits unless there was gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct that could be proven with “clear and convincing evidence.”
On Wednesday during his weekly press briefing, Gov. Eric Holcomb said he is deploying 625 troops to Washington, D.C., from Saturday through Jan. 22.
The $35.2 billion budget, which Office of Management Director Cris Johnston and Budget Director Zac Jackson presented to the State Budget Committee on Wednesday morning, also restores the state’s reserve balance to $2.3 billion each year.
The bill, authored by Republican Rep. Greg Steuerwald, would largely ban the use of chokeholds, penalize officers for intentionally turning off body and vehicle cameras, and make it easier for the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board to decertify bad acting officers.
In brief remarks, Holcomb compared the state’s battle against the coronavirus to the challenges of the Civil War and 1960s civil unrest, saying that in both cases, progress continued through the difficult times.
The state’s first dedicated homeless shelter for young adults who identify as LGBTQ will open its doors this year in Indianapolis, providing services that advocates say are desperately needed.
The list of top priorities for Indiana House Republicans this year includes establishing or beefing up several one-time grant programs aimed at improving public health, expanding rural broadband and supporting small businesses and the hospitality industry.
Senate Bill 168, authored by Republican Sen. Jack Sandlin, would create a five-member board that would oversee and govern the police department.
Senate Enrolled Act 148 would have prevented all local governments from regulating any aspect of landlord-tenant relationships and would have blocked tenant protections that the city of Indianapolis had put in place last spring.
A top Republican wants to make sure lawmakers have a say in whether emergency orders last longer than 30 days—but that requires them to be in session.
During the first day of the 2021 session, House Speaker Todd Huston announced that the chamber will only convene on Thursdays, for now, to limit how often all 100 members have to be in the same room together.
Coronavirus immunity legislation is a top priority this year for GOP lawmakers and business organizations. It is also on Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s legislative agenda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted lawmakers to make a handful of adjustments, such as moving the Indiana House of Representatives to the Government Center South building and installing plexiglass barriers in the Indiana Senate.
The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, which serves 45 counties, recently decided to close its seven field offices, which also served as program and retail spaces, and have its 26 field staff members work in coworking spaces and launch pop-up shops on the weekends to serve members.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that he is extending his executive order that outlines restrictions based on the rate of infection in each county for another three weeks.
Prior to serving as inspector general, Lori Torres was commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor under former Gov. Mitch Daniels and general counsel and deputy commissioner for the Indiana Department of Transportation.