Brandon Smith

IPBS Statehouse Reporter

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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Government
3:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

This 'Just IN': Criticism Slows Rollout Of Proposed State News Outlet

The news service was to launch late next month. Now its timeline is more uncertain.
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Pence administration officials say they’ll work with press organizations to carefully evaluate the proposed state news service before it’s unveiled to the public. 

Pence’s communications director Christy Denault says the original intent of the Just IN news service was to serve as a clearinghouse, a “one-stop shop,” for press releases from all state agencies. 

She says the current system, a state news calendar, didn’t display releases from nearly half of the state’s 90 agencies. 

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Health
8:35 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Feds Approve Using Medicaid Money For Pence's HIP 2.0

Governor Mike Pence announces to a crowd at Indianapolis' St. Vincent hospital that HIP 2.0 has received approval from the federal government.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Ask Republican legislative leaders how they’re feeling after the governor announced that, after months of negotiations, Indiana would expand healthcare coverage for its working poor, you’ll get essentially the same answer:

"It’s a really big day for Indiana,” says House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) called it "a remarkable achievement for Indiana.” 

“Oh, very exciting; great day for Indiana,” says House Public Health Committee Chair Ed Clere (R-New Albany).

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General News
9:50 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Indiana License Plates To No Longer Be Made By Inmates

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Hoosier license plates will no longer be produced by Department of Correction inmates.

After a months-long bidding process, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles signed a contract with Intellectual Technology Incorporated for the California-based company to produce the state’s license plates.

That five-year contract began after the state’s contract with 3M, which had previously produced the plates, ended in December.

3M, under its contract, had hired PEN Products, the Department of Correction’s manufacturing program, to make the plates.

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Criminal Justice
4:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Judges Outline Ways To Boost E-filing Of Court Cases

Chief Justice Loretta Rush made e-filing one of her key priorities in this year's State of the Judiciary address.
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The Indiana Supreme Court technology team, led by Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals judge Paul Mathias, has already begun negotiations to purchase the software needed to bring e-filing to all 92 Indiana counties. 

Mathias notes that the federal courts have already moved to e-filing, which he calls a new basic responsibility of government.

“The clerks’ shelf space at the state and local level, the postage, the copying, the collating, a person’s time all along the way -- e-filing will do away with,” Mathias says.

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Committee Approves Alternative To Energy Efficiency Program

Under the proposed Senate bill, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission would be tasked with approving utility companies' energy efficiency plans.
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A state Senate committee approved legislation Thursday creating a new energy efficiency program, which would largely be directed by utility companies, to replace the one lawmakers eliminated last year.

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