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Secretary of State Sullivan acknowledges fundraising ahead of allowed date

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with Less than two months after being appointed Indiana Secretary of State, Rep. Holli Sullivan has stirred controversy by violating fundraising rules in launching her bid for election to the office in 2022. Gov. Eric Holcomb selected Sullivan, a Republican state representative, as secretary […]

Holcomb sues General Assembly, leaders over new law curtailing his emergency powers

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with Gov. Eric Holcomb filed a lawsuit against the Indiana General Assembly Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court, challenging a  newly enacted law that allows the legislature to call itself into “emergency” sessions. After the House and Senate passed House Bill 1123 earlier this month, Holcomb vetoed the bill, […]

It’s official: Census numbers show Indiana won’t lose a seat in Congress

Follow our coverage of redistricting at The Indiana Citizen The U.S. Census Bureau released its first wave of numbers from the pandemic-delayed 2020 census Monday, and they contained better news for Indiana than for some of its Midwestern neighbors. As in the last congressional reapportionment after the 2010 census, the Hoosier State will not lose […]

John Krull commentary: Call it what it is — a power grab

One former Indiana state legislator called it “a massive (expletive) power grab.” Another told me it was “a back-door way to get to a full-time legislature.” The two former lawmakers are from different parties. The first is a Democrat, the second a Republican. What they were talking about was the 2021 Indiana General Assembly’s decision […]

The session that didn’t end: Plan to reconvene for redistricting raises concerns

Current and former state legislators and a former Indiana Supreme Court justice are raising concerns that a bill to extend rather than adjourn the 2021 session blurs the separation of powers and could have troubling implications for the future. The Indiana General Assembly passed House Bill 1372 late in the session with little discussion or opposition, […]

2021 session recesses after passage of state budget with overwhelmingly bipartisan support

A new Indiana state budget passed both the House and Senate with overwhelmingly bipartisan support Thursday, prompting legislators to end the session praising one another and cheering like kids on the last day of school as they walked out of their chambers for the last time this spring. “It benefits every community across all of Indiana,” […]

Controversial elections bill dies without further action as legislature temporarily adjourns

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with Among the bills that died in the last hours before lawmakers temporarily adjourned their 2021 legislative session Thursday was Senate Bill 353, a bill that at one point was likened to controversial Georgia legislation aimed at absentee voting procedures. Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric […]

U.S. Supreme Court prods Indiana AG to respond in suit seeking no-excuse absentee voting

The Indiana attorney general’s office is being prodded by the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a lawsuit arguing that the state should implement no-excuse absentee voting. The formal request from the high court to the attorney general’s office, first reported in The Indiana Lawyer, relates to a case from Indiana, Tully, et al. […]

Final version of budget bill uses extra funding to boost teacher pay

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with Gov. Eric Holcomb and state legislative leaders on Tuesday announced a final version of the state budget for the next two years, which includes increased funding for teacher pay, broadband and mental health. “I think we’re living in a rare time,” Holcomb said. […]

Author of controversial elections bill hopes to restore changes affecting absentee voting, governor’s authority

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with UPDATE: A conference committee met Monday to discuss Senate Bill 353 but will have to meet again to resolve differences between the versions of the bill passed by the Indiana House and Senate. The committee chair and author of the bill, Sen. Erin […]