State lawmakers will start discussions this week about whether they – and other elected officials – should have to produce personal financial disclosures.        

Craig Mauger is with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. That’s a nonpartisan watchdog organization that follows money in politics.

Mauger says bills up for debate in a state House committee on Wednesday would help the public get a better sense of who their lawmakers are. And see potential conflicts of interest.

“We simply don’t know now. We are on a trust me basis now," Mauger says.

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Democratic governor and Republican leaders announced Friday morning that they've reached an agreement on legislation to cut the country's highest insurance premiums.

A committee plans to study how the state manages its forests this summer. The idea came from a failed House motion by Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) that would have set up a task force to look at practices like logging and make recommendations to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Michigan House Approves E-Cigarette Ban For Minors

May 16, 2019
Cheyna Roth/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, but it is uncertain if she will sign it.

Funding For Doulas Cut Out Of Budget

Apr 25, 2019
Jill Sheridan

A bill to cover doulas under Medicaid passed the Indiana legislature and was signed into law. The money for the measure, however, was stripped out of the budget in the last days of session.

Hemp Regulation Bill Goes To The Governor

Apr 25, 2019
Samantha Horton

Lawmakers in both chambers passed legislation Wednesday that would allow Indiana to regulate the growth and sale of hemp.

Vaping Tax Bill Dies As 2019 Session Ends

Apr 25, 2019
Brandon Smith

A bill to impose a tax on the liquids used in e-cigarettes couldn’t make it to the finish line as the 2019 legislative session ended.

Jeanie Lindsay, IPB News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An effort to change Indiana law so that children as young as 12 could face attempted murder charges in adult court has failed in the state Legislature.

The push came after prosecutors couldn't seek adult charges against the 13-year-old boy who wounded a classmate and teacher at a suburban Indianapolis middle school because no one died in the May 25 shooting . Fourteen is the current minimum age for possible adult charges in attempted murder cases.

A bill that would overhaul career and technical education across the state passed the general assembly Tuesday night. It would create several changes if signed by the governor.

Indiana State Police

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana drivers would face tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses under a bill that's been approved by legislators.

The Indiana House and Senate on Tuesday both voted in favor of the bill letting a judge suspend a driver's license for 90 days the first time someone was convicted of recklessly passing a stopped bus.

Other provisions would create felony offenses to recklessly pass a bus and injure or kill someone.

Indiana Senators passed a bill Tuesday that will provide funding for the state's professional basketball and soccer team facilities.

While lawmakers in the Senate decided the fate of several bills Tuesday, a group of public education advocates wearing red gathered downstairs. Teachers unions, the Coalition for Public Education and Indiana PTA helped organize the event as a near-final push for more money in the state budget as the legislative session winds down.

House Amends Gaming Bill, Seeks Transparency

Apr 11, 2019

After substantial changes were made to this session’s gaming bill, an amendment was added Thursday to increase transparency. It was in response to a report that Gov. Eric Holcomb had met privately with the Gary casino’s CEO.

Senate Passes Stand Your Ground Expansion

Apr 8, 2019
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate approved an expansion Monday of the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

D&E Abortion Ban Headed To Governor's Desk

Apr 2, 2019
Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers sent legislation to the governor Tuesday that largely bans the abortion procedures known as D&Es.