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Second ICRC meeting focuses on far-flung 5th Congressional District

The second virtual public hearing of the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission focused Wednesday evening on the state’s 5th Congressional District, a mix of rural, urban and suburban with communities and interests so diverse that some participants questioned how they all could be represented. The commission, a nine-member “multipartisan” citizens group formed to advise and offer […]

Senate committee begins review of civics education bill

UPDATE: The Indiana Senate on Wednesday began its review of a House-passed bill to require that civics education become a required class in middle schools. The Senate Education Committee chaired by Sen. Jeff Raatz (above), R-Richmond, heard about an hour of testimony on House Bill 1384, all of it supportive although two newly elected Democratic […]

Black Legislative Caucus hosts Call to Action days

After some of its members became the targets of booing, jeering and altercations in the House session on Feb. 18, the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is hosting call-to-action days at the Statehouse. The IBLC hopes those who were involved with the heckling and ignoring of Black legislators as they spoke from the House floor will be […]

First ICRC meeting centers on Marion County district lines

In its first public hearing on how best to redraw congressional and legislative district lines, the newly formed Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission heard Wednesday evening from a succession of Marion County residents who, in the words of one, “want to vote with people of my community, not people who live an hour away from me.” […]

House passes constitutional carry; bill awaits Senate review

Update: A bill that would repeal Indiana’s requirement for a license to carry a handgun passed the Indiana House Feb. 22. Authored by Rep. Ben Smaltz (above), R-Auburn, HB 1369 was advanced to the Senate in a 65-31 vote. Before the vote, legislators spoke in support of and in opposition to the bill, with much […]