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Indiana’s AG still employed by health benefits firm; shortlist of replacements for Secretary of State Lawson

Importantville, Adam Wren’s newsletter on the intersection of politics, business, and power in Indiana, appears weekly in The Indiana Citizen. *** Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is moonlighting as a strategic policy adviser for the health benefits company that has employed him since 2019, his office confirmed Tuesday morning, raising questions about whether the arrangement violates […]

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 said in a statement. “I have served with […]

Census delays to push redistricting process into late 2021

The U.S. Census Bureau has reported an additional delay in providing states with the population information needed for the decennial redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines, pushing the date back to Sept. 30. Legislative leaders in the Indiana General Assembly announced earlier that the delayed release of information — then expected around July 30 […]

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 the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. *** […]

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 amended before passage in the House, it will now return to the […]

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 would require that a new state commission set standards for civics education in […]

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 override. Holcomb vetoed Senate Enrolled Act 148 in March 2020, saying […]

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 public health. For Indiana’s delayed primary last June, members of the […]

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 discuss the issue statewide. According to a news release from the commission, the public meetings […]