Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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5:24 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Pence Wants to Change Same Sex Marriage Proposal

Governor Mike Pence says he wants HJR-3’s second sentence put back in the amendment after House  lawmakers removed it this week. Pence’s  comments could impact the future of the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex  marriage.

In comments made to WISH-TV in Indianapolis this week, Governor Pence was clear. He wants  lawmakers to end the marriage debate this year and reinsert HJR-3’s second sentence, which outlaws  civil unions.

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5:41 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

HJR-3 Assigned to House Rules Committee

Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Thursday he will assign HJR-3 to the House Rules Committee and hopes to get it to the floor without changes.  HJR-3 is the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

 

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4:44 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Governor Pence Declares Energy Emergency

Governor Mike Pence has declared an energy emergency in Indiana as the state faces a severe propane shortage. He announced Wednesday the state will provide more support for low-income Hoosiers facing increased energy prices.

High demand, extreme winter weather and transportation issues have combined to create a severe propane shortage in Indiana. Pence says the series of steps the state is taking to address the shortage include extending an earlier proclamation easing restrictions on hours of service for propane transporters until March.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Indiana House Passes Amended HJR-3

The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The House Tuesday approved the amended version of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

The House voted Monday to alter HJR-3, taking out the measure’s controversial second sentence banning civil unions.  That version of the amendment passed the House by a comfortable margin Tuesday, 57 to 40. 

The change also restarts the ratification process, potentially putting it on the ballot in 2016, instead of this fall. 

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says simply removing the second sentence isn’t enough:

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Politics & Government
4:06 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

House Votes to Change HJR-3

The empty chambers of the Indiana House of Representatives.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers Monday voted to remove a portion of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.  The change would also restart the ratification process.

Twenty-three Republicans joined 29 Democrats to approve an amendment offered by West Lafayette Republican Representative Randy Truitt removing HJR-3’s second sentence, a portion that banned legal statuses “substantially similar” to marriage. 

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Politics & Government
4:38 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Committee Approves HJR-3, Sets Up Indiana House Vote

Indiana House chambers were packed Wednesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony on HJR-3.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Many of the same faces, much of the same testimony, but a different result – a House committee Wednesday approved the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

The House Judiciary Committee last week took more than three hours of testimony on the proposed amendment known as HJR-3.  But that committee did not take a vote, and after concerns arose that it would not pass the committee, House Speaker Brian Bosma reassigned HJR-3 to the House Elections Committee. 

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Politics & Government
2:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Procedural Move Makes Gay Marriage Vote Likely Soon

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Tuesday he is reassigning the proposed same sex marriage ban amendment to a new committee.  The move is designed to ensure the amendment reaches the House floor.

The proposed same sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3 was initially assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.  But after a more than three hour long hearing last Monday, committee chairman Greg Steuerwald didn’t call for a vote.  

Speaker Brian Bosma says Steuerwald told him he doubts the amendment would have passed the committee and advanced to the House floor.

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4:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Indiana Statehouse Update

Supporters and opponents of the proposed amendment banning same sex marriage are still waiting on a committee to vote on the measure. And Governor Mike Pence made a definitive statement on the  marriage amendment in his State of the State.

The proposed amendment known as HJR-3 made its first legislative stop in the House Judiciary  Committee Monday. Lawmakers heard more than three hours of testimony, but did not take a  vote.

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5:24 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

GOP Poll Shows Hoosiers Want to Vote on Gay Marriage Amendment

Speaker Brian Bosma says a recent poll commissioned by House and Senate Republicans clearly indicates  that Hoosiers want to have their say at the ballot box on the proposed amendment banning same sex  marriage.  

The House and Senate GOP caucuses commissioned a phone survey of registered voters that took place  last week asking Hoosiers for their view on the same sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3.  

53 percent of those surveyed say they support the amendment, contrary to earlier poll numbers put out by  Freedom Indiana, a coalition opposing the measure.  

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6:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pence Supports House Tax Plan

A Pence administration official says the governor supports a House Republican plan that would allow local governments to eliminate a tax on purchases of new business equipment.  

Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the centerpiece of his 2014 legislative agenda.  The levy on business equipment generates about one billion dollars a year for local governments.  House Republicans countered with legislation that would allow county boards to eliminate the tax only on new purchases. 

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