The four-month-long 2023 session that begins in early January will focus on drafting a new state budget, with Democrats calling for a pause on debating contentious social issues after Republican lawmakers pushed through the state’s abortion ban over the summer.
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GOP leaders essentially stayed mum about whether they’ll take another crack at last year’s unsuccessful curriculum bill that sought to restrict what teachers could say about race and racism.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce laid out its agenda as lawmakers prepare to return to the Statehouse next year to craft a two-year budget and consider dipping into the state’s $6 billion surplus to improve public health outcomes, education and workforce development.
Steve Braun represented Indiana House District 24, which includes parts of Boone and Hamilton counties, from 2012 to 2014 before being appointed commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development by Gov. Mike Pence.
The intensifying Republican dominance of statewide politics and heightened Democrat popularity in Indianapolis raise questions about how or when the opposing party can ever win a statewide or citywide seat.
Walker, who represents State Senate District 31, which includes all of Fishers, Geist and parts of Lawrence, had 19,848 votes to Democrat Jocelyn Vare’s 16,128 votes with 95 percent of the ballots tallied.
Three Indiana House districts—new or heavily redrawn by the Legislature in 2020 because of population growth north of Indianapolis—are being contested for the first time.
Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia allow community solar projects. Indiana is not one of them, according to the EPA.
The attorney general is appealing a local judge’s ruling that clinics can resume providing abortions for women who are up to 20 weeks pregnant.
A blue-ribbon commission appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb is recommending that the state spend an additional $242 million a year to help local health departments and school districts make their communities healthier.
The ban was approved by the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature on Aug. 5 and signed by GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb. The ruling comes one week after it took effect.
For the roughly 100,000 undocumented immigrants living in Indiana, getting a driver’s license isn’t possible. Some Hoosier lawmakers are looking to change that.
An interim study committee has been tasked with studying the potential health benefits and consequences of Delta-8, Delta-9 and other THC products, as well as the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana possession.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’s reaching out to Indiana corporate stalwarts such as Eli Lilly and Co. and Cummins Inc., which have expressed displeasure with Indiana’s new abortion law.
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. said Indiana’s new abortion law could hinder its ability to attract diverse scientific, engineering and business talent to the state.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law Friday less than an hour after the General Assembly recessed from its special session.
Data privacy—a topic of keen interest to Indiana’s tech companies—will be on the agenda when the Indiana Technology and Innovation Association hosts its annual conference later this month at 16 Tech.
The commission said more money is needed because the state ranks among the worst in the nation for obesity, smoking, infant mortality and other critical measures, and the life expectancy of Hoosiers has declined in recent years.
An Indiana House committee made significant changes Tuesday to the Republican-backed bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the state.