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February 15 2021

Secretary of State Lawson announces plans to resign; Holcomb to appoint successor

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Monday she will resign as the state’s top election official, citing a need to focus on her personal health and family after the challenges of 2020.  “I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” Lawson “...”

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February 12 2021

Constitutional carry clears one committee, heads to another for review

Update: A bill to repeal Indiana’s licensing requirement to carry a handgun cleared a House committee Monday. House Bill 1369, authored by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed the House Public Policy Committee in a 9-3 vote after being amended. The bill is scheduled for review by “...”

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February 12 2021

COVID lawsuit immunity bill passes House

The Indiana House on Thursday passed legislation providing businesses, health care providers and other entities protection against lawsuits over COVID-19 exposure. Senate Bill 1, passed earlier by the Indiana Senate, was approved in a 72-21 vote in the House. Because the bill was “...”

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February 10 2021

House committee endorses civics ed requirement for middle schools

An Indiana House committee Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of 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. House Bill 1384 also wo “...”

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February 09 2021

Senate votes to override Holcomb veto of landlord/tenant bill

The Indiana Senate voted Monday to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of 2020 legislation that limited local governments’ authority to regulate dealings between tenants and landlords. This could be the first time Holcomb has a veto undone if the Indiana House also votes to ove “...”

February 08 2021

John Krull commentary: Susan Bayh and the steel behind the smile

When the news broke that Susan Bayh had died, several memories of her floated to the forefront. Strangely, the most prominent one may have been the most trivial. It was from 1992. She and her husband, Evan, were campaigning in Evansville as part of a bus tour with the newly anoin “...”

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February 05 2021

Vote-by-mail, other amendments to elections bills are again voted down along party lines

Indiana lawmakers continued Thursday to debate how to best hold state elections after a presidential election cycle coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The overlap of the last election and a contagious virus prompted many questions about how to balance voter access with “...”

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February 05 2021

Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission announces schedule of public hearings

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan citizens group formed to advise and offer an alternative to the upcoming redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines by the Indiana General Assembly, has announced a schedule of virtual public hearings to d “...”

February 05 2021

Buttigieg confirmed as transportation secretary

Hoosier Pete Buttigieg has been confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation, becoming the first openly gay person to hold a cabinet-level position in the national government. Formerly the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg has put Indiana in the spotlight since ru “...”

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February 05 2021

Young joins COVID relief talks with White House

Senate Republicans and newly inaugurated President Joe Biden are stepping into negotiations around a new COVID-19 relief package for Americans after the deadliest month for the virus to date. While hospitalizations are down and vaccines are being rolled out nationwide, 95,000 Ame “...”