Governor Mike Pence

Brandon Smith / IPBS

Gov. Mike Pence Wednesday signed two bills into law that give state and local governments an influx of about $1 billion in road funding over the next two years after. 

Most of the legislation’s money is short-term or one-time dollars, and much of the local road funding comes from a one-time distribution of local income tax reserves.  The state’s portion will come from the state budget surplus. 

But Pence says a portion of the bills that redirects some of the state sales tax on gasoline will be more than a short-term answer.

Ivy Tech Community College

Former Lieutenant Gov. Sue Ellspermann faces more than  two dozen competitors in her bid to be the next president of Ivy Tech Community College.

More than 30 people from in and outside Indiana have applied to be the next president of Ivy Tech -- the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college.

So far Ellspermann is the only candidate to publicly declare that she's applied. And while Gov. Mike Pence has endorsed her for the job, Ivy Tech Board Chairwoman Paula Hughes says she doesn't think that hindered others from applying.

Benjamin Chun / HTTPS://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/BENCHUN/

Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Tuesday that eliminates the current statewide student assessment and lays plans for a new one. The law creates a new committee that can alter test format and stakes.

The committee determining the ISTEP replacement will be made mostly of educators, lawmakers and agency heads.

While it can reformat the test, the statewide standards remain the same, so big changes in test questions are unlikely.

Brandon Smith / IPBS

Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday signed more than a dozen bills he says will expand benefits and opportunities for Indiana’s military servicemembers and veterans. 

Former Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Martin Umbarger was one of more than two dozen people gathered around the governor as he signed 13 bills into law. 

Umbarger says he’s particularly pleased with one that expands the Military Family Relief Fund.  That program was originally created to help post-9/11 veterans pay food, housing, utility, transportation and medical bills.  

Dave Dugdale / https://www.flickr.com/photos/davedugdale/

One of the many unsigned bills sitting on Governor Pence’s desk tries to protect homeowners going through the tax sale process from being the victims of fraud. The bill comes as a follow up to a lawsuit from the attorney general.

The legislature and Attorney General Greg Zoeller were able to pass a bill that would ensure the original owner of a home going through a tax sale receives any surplus funds from that sale.

“It really focuses on struggling Hoosier property owners,” Zoeller says.

Gov. Pence Signs 7 Drug-Related Bills Into Law

Mar 21, 2016
jypsygen / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jypsygen/

Indiana will make it easier to get one drug over the counter and harder to get some others, as it tries to get the upper hand against drug abuse.

Gov. Mike Pence has signed seven drug bills into law, including a measure creating a standing prescription at all pharmacies for Narcan, a drug which can quickly reverse a heroin overdose.

State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says in Marion County alone, officers have revived 200 patients with Narcan so far this year.

Courtesy Governor Mike Pence

Governor Mike Pence joins 39 other governors in a bid to keep more National Guard military technicians from becoming federal employees. Section 1053 of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act states that a portion of uniformed employees would need to transition into civilian roles.

State of Indiana

The Pence administration says a primary reason for legislation it’s pushing to enshrine the Healthy Indiana Plan in state statute is to give the state leverage in next year’s negotiation with the federal government over the program’s renewal. 

The bill to codify HIP 2.0 cleared the Senate earlier this session with relative ease.  Its path through the House was a little more difficult as lawmakers there expressed more skepticism about the idea of enshrining the program’s specifics in state law. 

Brandon Smith / IPBS

Eric Holcomb officially became Indiana’s 51st Lieutenant Governor Thursday.  The longtime Hoosier political figure replaces Sue Ellspermann, who left to pursue a job at Ivy Tech.

A veritable who’s who of Indiana government gathered at the Statehouse to watch Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa swear in Eric Holcomb.  The balconies ringing the atrium were crowded with lobbyists, lawmakers and politicos, all to see a ceremony that’s taken place in the middle of a term only twice in the last century. 

Steve Burns / WFIU

Exodus Refugee Immigration is expecting to resettle several Syrian refugee families in Indiana over the next few months, despite Gov. Pence’s continued opposition.

A judge ruled Monday in a civil lawsuit against Gov. Mike Pence, saying that Pence cannot deny state funds to Syrian refugees. The ACLU of Indiana is suing Pence on behalf of Exodus.

Pages