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House Dems Elect Rep. Terry Goodin New Leader

Nov 27, 2017

After the vote, Goodin revealed no details about his political strategy for the 2018 legislative session. But he did indicate a desire to fight gerrymandering. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

About one week after Minority Leader Scott Pelath announced he would step down, House Democrats have a new leader – Rep. Terry Goodin.

After the caucus elected him, Goodin revealed no details about his political strategy for the 2018 legislative session.

House Democrats Set To Choose New Leader Next Week

Nov 22, 2017

Indiana House Democrats will spend their Thanksgiving holiday contemplating who their new leader should be.

Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) recently announced he will step down from the post. The caucus met Tuesday to discuss his replacement but did not take a vote.

Instead, the Democratic members will meet next Monday to choose their new leader.

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.

Attorney General Curtis Hill will continue to live in the Indianapolis area despite the repeal of a law requiring him to do so.

Senate Bill 400 changed two words in the Indiana code: “at Indianapolis” became “in Indiana.” That refers to where the attorney general is required to live.

House Approves Tax-Raising Road Funding Bill

Feb 16, 2017

 

The House approved comprehensive road funding legislation that raises fuel taxes and opens the door to tolling Indiana interstate highways.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the House GOP’s road funding plan follows a simple philosophy: the user pays.

“And those that use the asset more, pay more. Those who use the asset less, pay less,” Bosma says.

House Democrats Unveil Road Funding Plan

Feb 6, 2017


House Democrats unveiled their road funding plan, billing it “No New Taxes.”

The House Republican roads plan uses fuel tax increases, new fees and tolling.

Holcomb: "The State Of Our State Is Sound"

Jan 17, 2017

 

 

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb used his State of the State address to make another pitch for creating a long-term, sustainable road funding plan. But he also continues to avoid specifics on how to pay for that plan.

Legislative leaders have said they want the governor to be a strong voice for the tax increases that are likely to be part of the road funding plan. Holcomb only says that if the state asks Hoosiers to invest more in their infrastructure, the return will be worth it.

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As health groups advocate for the cigarette tax hike in House Republicans' road funding plan, opposition to the bill say that if people stop smoking, the state would receive less money.

Anti-smoking groups argue the opponents should support this one as a public-health measure, but Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says it’s impossible to separate the tax hike from the road repairs it's intended to pay for. 

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The governor’s office confirmed Thursday that Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann will officially step down March 2.  The House and Senate will vote to confirm her replacement, Eric Holcomb, the next day.

Governor Mike Pence announced last week that Ellspermann would leave his administration in pursuit of the top job at Ivy Tech.  After discussions with legislative leaders, the administration targeted Wednesday, March 2 as her final day in office. 

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The vast majority of House Republicans dismissed a Democratic amendment Thursday that would’ve barred employment discrimination against the LGBT community. 

The Democrats’ efforts to keep the LGBT debate alive took the form of an amendment on the House floor to a bill on workforce policies.  The proposed provision would have barred LGBT discrimination in the workplace via hiring, benefits, scheduling and working conditions. 

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