Government News

Pelath To Step Down As House Democrats' Leader

Nov 20, 2017


Indiana House Democrats will have a new leader after this week. Minority Leader Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) announced Sunday he’ll step down from his post Tuesday.

Pelath will remain in his House seat through the end of his term but he says he won’t run for re-election next year. Pelath and his wife recently had a baby and the Michigan City Democrat says he wants to spend more time with his family.

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Sixteen more families in the Lafayette area are set to receive affordable housing after a federal grant was awarded to the city’s housing authority.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Tenant Based Rental Assistance program will help those families with their rent.

Indiana Senate Democrats Unveil 2018 Agenda

Nov 16, 2017

Indiana Senate Democrats’ agenda for the upcoming legislative session is a retread of many past agendas: expanded voter access measures, a proposed minimum wage increase, and a push for a bias crimes law.

Alcohol Commission Recommends Sunday Sales

Nov 14, 2017

A special panel studying Indiana’s alcohol laws recommends the legislature legalize Sunday alcohol laws – with some limitations. The commission Tuesday postponed any other recommendations.

The alcohol commission voted in support of a preliminary draft for legislation to allow Sunday alcohol sales. The proposal would give liquor, grocery, and convenience stores the ability to sell alcohol for carry-out between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

The head of a special study commission isn’t entirely on board with a recent deal struck between grocery and liquor stores in the ongoing debate over changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws.

Former Indy Mayors Celebrate Legacy Of Richard Lugar

Nov 13, 2017

From right to left – former U.S. senator and Indianapolis mayor Richard Lugar, current mayor Joe Hogsett, and former mayors Greg Ballard, Bart Peterson and Steve Goldsmith. (Photo by Drew Daudelin) 

All living mayors of Indianapolis gathered Monday to celebrate the legacy of former mayor and U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, on the 50th anniversary of his election as mayor.

Lugar served two terms as mayor, starting in 1968. He served as U.S. Senator for Indiana from 1977 to 2013.

Federal legislation that takes effect this week will restore GI Bill benefits to 7,000 veterans affected by the closure of ITT Tech. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), the provision’s author, met with some of those veterans in Greenfield Monday.

The law, the Forever GI Bill, allows veterans to seek benefits at any point in their lifetime and increases education funding. Messer’s provision restores benefits to veterans affected by ITT Tech and Corinthian College closures after August 1, 2015.

October State Revenues Continue Downward Trend

Nov 13, 2017

Total Indiana tax revenues have lagged in each of the four months of the fiscal year that began in July. And October didn’t help, with collections missing the mark by nearly $30 million.

That’s despite sales and individual income taxes which exceeded expectations for the first time this fiscal year – though just barely. And despite that positive month, collections for those two tax categories remain less than expected overall.

Azar Nominated For HHS Secretary

Nov 13, 2017

President Donald Trump announced the nomination of a former Eli Lilly executive as Health and Human Services Secretary Monday. Alex Azar is the latest Hoosier headed to Washington for a post in the federal health sector.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council, representing liquor stores and grocery stores respectively, have partnered to ask the General Assembly to legalize Sunday alcohol sales.

But they're also pushing against legalizing cold beer sales in convenience stores.

The partnership comes as members of Indiana’s Alcohol Commission prepare their final recommendation for state lawmakers.