Politics & Government

Politics & Government
2:52 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Planned Parenthood Case

Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum.

Hoosier women receiving health services from Planned Parenthood of Indiana will not be at risk of losing that access after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case challenging an Indiana law attempting to halt state funding to the organization.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about the U.S. Supreme Court opting not to take an Indiana case cutting off state funding to Planned Parenthood.

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Politics & Government
2:35 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

State Committee Will Investigate ISTEP+ Issues

State legislative leaders say they’re looking for answers behind recent problems with ISTEP testing that disrupted the exams of thousands of Hoosier students, and they’re forming a study committee to investigate.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about a summer study committee being assigned to investigate recent problems with the ISTEP+ exam.

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Politics & Government
2:06 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Civil Rights Commission Sees New Incidents of Profiling

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission is stepping up its efforts to educate Hoosiers and help prevent racial profiling after a recent spike in reported incidents.

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Politics & Government
2:13 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Legislature Prepares to Set Summer Schedule

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Top state lawmakers will meet at the Statehouse this week to establish the General Assembly’s top priorities for this summer’s study committees, but some are worried about the high number of issues they’ll have to consider this year.

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Politics & Government
1:52 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

New Law Aims to Enhance Police Interaction with Alzheimer's Patients

Advocates for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia say new legislation will help ensure law enforcement know how to deal with that growing segment of the population.

Legislation unanimously approved by the General Assembly was developed largely in response to an incident in Peru, Ind., in which police used a stun gun several times on an elderly Alzheimer’s patient after he became aggressive. 

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Politics & Government
10:10 am
Wed May 15, 2013

BMV Halts Negotiations on Specialty Plates

Three Indiana groups whose specialty license plates were suspended last year have been told negotiations to recover them are off.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Pence and Bosma Put Differences Aside Post-Session

Governor Mike Pence and Speaker Brian Bosma are making nice after a legislative session where their disagreements over Pence’s tax cut proposal were often public.  

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Politics & Government
11:29 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Legislative Session Wraps with Lower Taxes, More Spending on Roads and Schools

This year’s session of the Indiana General Assembly was largely framed by two debates – Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

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Politics & Government
3:33 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Bosma Says Legislature is Done with ACA This Year

Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the legislature is largely finished dealing with implementation of the Affordable Care Act this session.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Indiana Revenue Forecast Projects Income Tax Gains

A new revenue forecast predicts even stronger tax revenue growth for Indiana over the next two years, but House and Senate fiscal leaders say it will not dramatically alter budget negotiations.

The April revenue forecast unveiled Tuesday shows a $290 million increase from December projections, with the biggest predicted gains coming from individual income taxes.  Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley said the new forecast is good news but cautioned against reading too much into it as budget negotiations progress over the next two weeks.

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