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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 TheStatehouseFile.com 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 TheStatehouseFile.com 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 […]

Amended legislation clears the way for reconvened session on redistricting later this year

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com UPDATE: Amended legislation adopted by the Indiana House and Senate on Thursday set the stage for a reconvened session later this year in which lawmakers will redraw congressional and legislative districts. The conference committee report on House Bill 1372, which originally dealt with […]

House, Senate override veto of bill limiting governor’s power; court challenge expected

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com Both the Indiana House and the Indiana Senate voted on Thursday to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of House Bill 1123 which limits his authority to act in emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. The House overrode the veto in a 59-26 vote, and […]

Plans for state budget to be adjusted due to $2 billion in added revenue

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com The April revenue forecast announced Thursday revealed $2 billion more than expected is available to lawmakers as they finalize the state budget, House Bill 1001. The budget that passed out of the Indiana Senate Tuesday contained significant amendments to the version passed by the […]

Bill scaling back wetlands protection is headed to Holcomb

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com A bill scaling back state regulations protecting Indiana wetlands is heading to the governor’s desk after the state Senate voted Wednesday to accept amendments made in the House. Senate Bill 389 would repeal some of the current state law that requires a permit […]

Heavily amended elections bill passes House, returns to Senate; heading to conference committee

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com UPDATE: The primary author of Senate Bill 353 has filed a motion to dissent from amendments made in the House, signalling that it will be up to a conference committee to come up with a final version. Sen. Erin Houchin filed the motion […]

Legislative leaders shed some light on redistricting plans, AP reports

Indiana’s Republican legislative leadership has offered a few details about possible plans for the decennial redistricting process, according to an Associated Press report on Sunday. According to the report, Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston (above) suggested public hearings might be held around the state, and the House and Senate election committees would meet to discuss […]

Holcomb signs civics education bill, seen as an early step toward improving Indiana’s civic health

Follow our legislative coverage at The Indiana Citizen, in partnership with TheStatehouseFile.com UPDATE: Gov. Eric Holcomb on April 8 signed House Enrolled Act 1384 into law. Under the legislation, civics education will become a required class in Indiana middle schools and a 15-member Indiana Civic Education Commission will be established to determine and oversee curriculum. […]

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