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Hoosier citizens got their final chance Monday to testify at the legislature on redistricting. And those who showed up at the Senate committee hearing were not supportive of what Republicans have done.

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Indiana House Republicans approved a redistricting bill Thursday that likely maintains GOP supermajorities in the Statehouse and eliminates any competitive races for Congress.

Rep. Tony Cook to retire in 2022

Sep 22, 2021
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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) says he’ll retire in 2022 after his current term at the Statehouse ends.

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Indiana House Democrats proposed an alternative state House redistricting map Wednesday, which was rejected by Republicans.

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Hoosiers brought Indiana lawmakers some specific concerns and recommendations about the proposed state House and Congressional redistricting maps Thursday.

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Indiana House Republican leaders Wednesday defended the redistricting maps they unveiled this week.

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The Senate appropriations committee revived a plan to gradually increase the number of low-income families eligible for financial assistance. It was the subject of a bipartisan vote to amend House Bill 1009 on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. 

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Indiana House Republicans refused to debate a redistricting reform proposal Thursday, using legislative procedure to block an amendment from House Democrats.

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Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) said his chamber needs to take steps forward after the “step backward” last week that culminated with lawmakers having to be physically separated from each other.

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Indiana doctors would be forced to tell patients their medication-induced abortions can be reversed under legislation approved by a House committee Monday.

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A state House bill would require preschools and day care centers to test for lead in drinking water and take action if lead levels are too high. Kids with lead poisoning can have trouble learning, behavioral issues, and poor kidney function. It’s especially harmful to children under the age of 6.

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Thirteen bills addressing state environmental issues will likely never see the light of day. House Environmental Affairs Committee chair, Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville), said he won’t hold hearings for any of the bills assigned to that committee this session.

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Pregnant workers could ask for workplace accommodations under a new bill headed to the Indiana House floor, but employers wouldn’t be required to grant them. Several groups say it’s a start to help expectant mothers and their babies, but doesn’t go far enough.

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Indiana could put speed cameras in highway work zones under legislation unanimously approved by a House committee Monday.

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Small businesses in Indiana are one step closer to having access to additional financial aid from the state. House Bill 1004, passed by the Indiana House Tuesday, will provide funds to help small businesses that have been hit hard during the pandemic.

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The Indiana House unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that will hold police more accountable and significantly improve their training.

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It may get easier for underserved communities with failing septic tanks to get water and sewer systems. A state House bill addressing that issue passed out of committee by a unanimous vote on Tuesday. But the bill doesn’t cover everyone who needs help.

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An Indiana House committee unanimously approved a “historic” police reform bill Tuesday – one that has the support of law enforcement and groups like the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus and the NAACP.

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Indiana House Republicans expanded their supermajority in the 2020 election, going from 67 seats to 71. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the caucus will change how it governs.

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Republicans rejected an effort Tuesday to require House lawmakers to wear masks during the upcoming legislative session.

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Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) announced Monday he is immediately resigning his seat in the Indiana House.

Todd Huston Sworn In As Indiana's Newest House Speaker

Mar 10, 2020
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There was a changing of the guard at the Statehouse Monday as Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) became the new Speaker of the Indiana House.

Huston replaces Rep. Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), the longest-serving Speaker in state history.

Huston was sworn into his new role by Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa, a move in the works for months.

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The Indiana House honored the longest-serving lawmaker in state history Wednesday, Rep. Pat Bauer (D-South Bend).

Lawmakers regularly honor outgoing members – Bauer’s just came with an extra bit of history. Remarks from his colleagues ranged from the humorous, like Rep. Phil GiaQuinta’s (D-Fort Wayne):

“In 1971, you passed your first bill – tax exemption for the aged," GiaQuinta says. "Which might come in handy now.”

To the heartfelt, like Rep. Earl Harris (D-East Chicago)’s, whose father served with Bauer for 33 years before his death.

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It looks unlikely the House will restore employment accommodations for pregnant workers that were stripped out in the Senate last week.

The issue appears headed for a summer study committee even as Gov. Eric Holcomb pushes for more.

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The Indiana House has voted to eliminate the last remaining township assessor offices around the state.

House members voted 53-44 Tuesday in favor of the bill abolishing the 13 township assessor offices that remain in nine counties.

The bill would transfer to county assessor offices those duties for determining the value of buildings and land for property taxes.

The 13 township assessor offices remain after voters decided to retain them in 2008 referendums allowed under a law that abolished more than 950 such offices across the state.

House Committee Makes Dramatic Changes To Gaming Bill

Mar 27, 2019
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