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Legislative leaders laid out their vision for the upcoming session as newly elected and re-elected lawmakers were sworn in. It’s the event known as Organization Day, the ceremonial gathering of a new General Assembly each November.

The majority party leaders – this year, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long – called for renewed focus and bipartisanship as they tackle the job of crafting a long-term, sustainable road funding plan. Bosma’s call comes with only one caveat.

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The Tippecanoe County Commissioners voted Monday to endorse a plan to establish a syringe exchange and services program aimed at reducing the spread of hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.

But Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski vented his frustrations after the vote.

One by one, doctors, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, church leaders and a captain from the Fort Wayne police department stepped to the podium to tell the commissioners why Tippecanoe County should create a syringe services program.

Drew Daudelin / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor-elect Eric Holcomb has chosen Earl Goode as his administration’s chief of staff.

Holcomb says filling the chief of staff position is the most important decision he’ll make as governor-elect.

And he says Goode’s perspective on past accomplishments will help the team to move forward. 

“He brings with him unequaled qualifications, both in the private sector and in the public arena, having already served as a Chief of Staff to former Governor Mitch Daniels," Holcomb says. "His experience, his intellect, his insights will prove invaluable.”

Lawsuit Challenging RFRA 'Fix' Moves Forward

Nov 17, 2016

 

A lawsuit challenging local LGBT ordinances and the so-called “fix” to Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law will move forward after a judge denied motions to dismiss the case.

Conservative religious groups the American Family Association of Indiana, the Indiana Family Institute and its political arm are challenging anti-discrimination ordinances in Carmel, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Columbus.

Lawmaker To Propose Total Abortion Ban

Nov 16, 2016

 

A Republican state legislator promises to introduce a bill next session that would ban all abortion in the state of Indiana.

A group called Hoosiers For Life – whose stated goal is to end abortion in Indiana – developed the “Protection at Conception” bill, aiming to classify any abortion as murder under Indiana law.

State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Goshen) appeared in Hoosiers For Life’s recent video about the bill.

The American Legion Honor Guard opened Lafayette’s Veterans’ Day ceremony Friday morning with a rifle salute in Riehle Plaza downtown.

President of the Tippecanoe County Veterans’ Council Tim Hilton led the ceremony. Hilton says he hopes the Trump administration will expand the military back up to what he calls a healthy level.

Residents in East Chicago, Indiana, will get more time, help and money to move out of a lead-contaminated public housing complex.

The federal government announced Friday it has settled a discrimination complaint with the Chicago-based Shriver National Center on Poverty Law about the relocation.

Supreme Court Hears Martial Arts Injury Case At Ball State

Oct 28, 2016

The Indiana Supreme Court gaveled into session at Ball State University on Thursday, hearing a sports injury case in front of an auditorium full of high school students.  Justices say they hear a few cases out of the courtroom each year to show the public what they do.

Patriot Majority USA, the group behind an Indiana voter registration effort currently being investigated by the State Police, wants some records of that investigation unsealed.

More than a month ago, the State Police began investigating the Indiana Voter Registration Project for possible voter fraud.

That came after reports that some registration applications had missing or incorrect information.

Annie Ropeik / Indiana Public Broadcasting

 

Bartholomew County may try the unusual tactic of a residential property tax deduction to ease tensions between large livestock farms and nearby residents.

 

At a property tax appeals board hearing Tuesday, county assessor Lew Wilson says not many Indiana counties have tried using the tax code to tackle the effects of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

 

"I think it’s a little bit of new territory that we’ve got to deal with," he says.

 

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