U.S. Senator Dan Coats says he wants to take the politics out of appointing federal judges, proposing a bipartisan commission to fill vacancies. Indiana’s federal system has three vacancies, with another on the way.
To fill judicial vacancies at the federal level, U.S. Senators submit recommendations to the president, who then submits a candidate for nomination to the Senate.
Senator Coats says the system is fraught with politics, particularly when, as in Indiana, the two senators are from different parties.
The Indiana General Assembly is required to complete its work no later than April 29th in the years when they pass a two-year budget. It is quite common for them to work right up to that deadline like they did this year.
As this session ended, people began talking about how memorable this session was. They certainly have some notable legislation and events to point to when they are making their case.
The week of February 23rd includes a legislative milestone for the current session of the Indiana General Assembly. This was the week when bills had to move from one chamber to the other. Theoretically, if a bill failed to be voted out of the chamber of origin, it is not possible for that bill to become law. In other words, those bills are dead. (Click here to see how a bill becomes a law in Indiana.)
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Tuesday officially announced his candidacy for a third term.
Henry says Fort Wayne has never had a Democratic mayor serve three terms in a row – but he’d like to be the first. He’s seeking re-election for another four-year stint in office.
Henry touts accomplishments the City has seen since he took office seven years ago, including a reduction in overall crime, particularly homicide, an improving unemployment rate, and a significant investment in infrastructure.
Election Day was November 4th and the members of the Indiana General Assembly got together on November 18th for Organization Day. Organization Day is the third Tuesday following the first Monday in November. This is the day that legislators take their oaths of office and in the days after that, the leaders announce committee assignments and who would be chairing those committees.
In the past month, you may have heard or read the StateImpact story about the Indiana House Republican Caucus’ legislative priorities for the upcoming session. One of the items that caught people’s attention was that the Republican Caucus wants to “fix” the K-12 school funding formula by reducing the gap between the highest and lowest funded districts. According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the highest funded district receives more than $9,500 per student and the lowest receives approximately $5,500.