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John Krull commentary: Lawmakers behaving badly, again

Something about Black people speaking their minds scares the heck out of conservatives who like to present themselves as staunch defenders of liberty. These rightwing tough guys are so freaked out by free speech that they melt down even when the people who are calling them out don’t have the power to do anything but […]

IndyGo transit system sees future threatened in Senate

A bill that would limit funding for Indianapolis’ IndyGo transit system passed a Senate committee Thursday and will now go to the full Senate for further consideration. Senate Bill 141 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee in a 7-5 vote. The vote was originally tied, 6-6, when Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, changed his vote in favor of […]

Booing, jeering, hallway altercations mar House debate on school district boundaries bill

A bill concerning school district boundaries that some are calling racist sparked an emotional and angry debate in the Indiana House Thursday. GOP legislators jeered from their seats, several walked out of the chamber and a few even clashed in the halls after Black legislators spoke out against the bill. The confrontations broke out on […]

House overwhelmingly passes civics education bill

UPDATE: The Indiana House on Thursday passed a bill requiring that civics education become a required class in middle schools, a change that supporters encouraged as an early step toward improving Indiana’s lagging civic health. The vote on House Bill 1384 was nearly unanimous — 96-1, with only Rep. Timothy Brown, R-Crawfordsville, displaying as a […]

House passes expanded voucher program; bill goes to Senate

The Indiana Senate will now review legislation expanding the state’s school voucher program, already one of the largest in the nation. House Bill 1005, which expands funding for Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program passed the House in a vote of 61-36 Tuesday. This program has provided grants, or vouchers, to allow students across the state to […]

House overrides Holcomb veto; bill barring local regulation of landlord-tenant dealings to become law

The Indiana House voted to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill barring local governments from regulating dealings between landlords and their tenants Wednesday afternoon. The override of Senate Enrolled Act 148 passed by a 67-32 vote and clears the way for the motion to become law. The bill was vetoed in March 2020 […]

Bill amended to give legislature sole authority to reschedule elections, expand vote-by-mail

An Indiana Senate bill that would have set new requirements for voting has been amended instead to give the Indiana General Assembly sole authority to reschedule elections and expand absentee voting as Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Election Commission did with the Indiana primary in 2020. Both the Senate Elections and Rules and Legislative […]

Senate accepts House changes on COVID lawsuit protections; bill heads to Holcomb

The Indiana Senate on Monday concurred with a House amendment to a previously passed Senate bill providing businesses and other institutions with protections against lawsuits due to COVID-19 exposure. The Senate voted 39-7 to concur on Senate Bill 1 as amended by the House, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to sign into law. SB 1, […]

The big money behind the big campaigns: A report from The Indiana Citizen

In our continuing mission to provide accurate and impartial information about the civic life of Indiana, The Indiana Citizen is reporting on the money contributed to the campaigns of key state officials in 2020, based upon the latest round of campaign finance reports filed with the Indiana Secretary of State. The following report was written […]

Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission announces 9 members

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, a shadow panel formed to advise and potentially propose alternatives to this year’s redistricting process in the Indiana General Assembly, has announced a group of nine Hoosiers who will be its members. The commission plans a series of virtual meetings in February and early March, organized by congressional district, to […]