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As lawmakers gather for the ceremonial start of the 2022 legislative session, they’ll welcome a new member to their ranks – Kevin Boehnlein, a southeast Indiana Republican.

Longtime Anderson state senator not running again in 2022

Nov 8, 2021
Tony Sandleben

A long-time legislator from Anderson says he won’t run for re-election in 2022.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, his decision comes after another sitting lawmaker was written into the same district.

In a statement, Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says he feels it is time to step down from serving the citizens of District 25 for over 20 years.

“Representing Madison and Delaware County has been fulfilling and enjoyable — by far the best part has been getting to know people and working with them on important issues impacting their lives."

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The Indiana State Senate will have another new member in the coming weeks. That’s as Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) announced Thursday he’s resigning his seat, effective next week.

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The Indiana General Assembly has two new members, one a Republican and one a Democrat.

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Hoosiers are one stroke of the pen away from having a big part of their political futures locked in for the next decade.

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The Indiana Senate will get a new member before next session. Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) announced Thursday she will resign, effective Nov. 1.

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Indiana Senate Republicans rejected all proposed changes to their redistricting map Thursday that had been prompted by public concerns.

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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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In the midst of a redistricting process they say has been “closed off and restrictive,” Indiana Senate Democrats are holding a series of public input sessions across the state. 

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Indiana State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) announced Friday he will retire next year, opting not to run for re-election.

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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.

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Indiana Senate GOP leaders say they are prepared to make changes to their proposed Senate redistricting map after they get public input next week.

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It appears Indiana Senate lawmakers will approve the state Senate redistricting map without any changes – regardless of what Hoosiers have to say at the only public hearing on that map.

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High school students in Indiana are working with a state lawmaker to craft a bill addressing climate change. The group formed out of frustration that despite multiple protests and letters, Indiana lawmakers haven’t passed climate legislation.


The Indiana Chamber of Commerce expressed frustration that the state Senate is not creating a high enough tax on vaping devices or increasing the cigarette tax. The Senate’s proposed budget rolls back what the House approved earlier this session.

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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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Legislation is inching forward that tells employers they must respond to pregnant workers when they submit written requests for accommodations, but doesn’t require them to grant them. Advocates for pregnant women actively oppose HB 1309 that is headed to the Senate floor following a 6-4 vote in the committee. 

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The Senate approved a bill Monday that allows the General Assembly to call itself into special session during a statewide public emergency – legislation that could be unconstitutional.

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Legislation aiming to crack down on fraud in Indiana’s unemployment system passed a Senate committee vote on Wednesday, but it's unpopular with those who worry applicants making simple mistakes could get caught in the crossfire.

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The Indiana Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to severely limit the governor’s ability to declare public emergencies.

Indiana Senate Rolling Back Some COVID-19 Precautions

Feb 19, 2021
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The Indiana Senate is scaling back some of the COVID-19 precautions it implemented for this year’s legislative session.

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People involved in protests that turn violent would face new or harsher criminal penalties under legislation easily approved by the Indiana Senate Tuesday.

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The governor’s authority to declare disaster emergencies would be severely restricted under legislation unanimously approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Indiana Senate Bill Would Ban Warning Shots By Police

Feb 16, 2021
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Police in Indiana would be barred from firing warning shots under legislation approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

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Some Indiana Senate Republicans want the state to take over prosecution of crimes that a local prosecutor won’t charge.

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Indiana state senators passed a bill on Monday that would create a pilot program to study a financing tool for retiring coal plants early.

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Legislation that would tie the hands of local governments from shifting money away from public safety agencies easily passed a Senate committee.

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Telehealth services temporarily expanded during the pandemic will be permanently expanded under legislation unanimously approved by the Indiana Senate Tuesday.

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It could get easier for landowners who do climate-friendly practices to get some extra cash under a new state Senate bill. The bill would create a state program to help landowners sell carbon credits to businesses like Microsoft and Amazon that want to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

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A bill that would gradually expand assistance for impoverished Hoosiers with children easily passed a committee vote Monday with only two senators opposing it. It now goes to the Senate floor.