Politics & Issues

10:37 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Senator To Propose Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The announcement comes after a new provision in the federal spending bill, which does away with federal raids in states where medical marijuana is legal.
State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, says she plans to introduce a bill that legalizes medical marijuana in Indiana. The announcement comes after a new provision in the federal spending bill, which does away with federal raids in states where medical marijuana is legal.
6:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Wife Of Deployed Naval Officer Sworn In As State Senator

Amanda Banks, a former public policy expert, was sworn in Tuesday at the Statehouse.
Photo: Senate Republican Media Staff In a historic first for the Indiana General Assembly, Amanda Banks was sworn in Tuesday as the newest state senator, replacing her husband while he's serving in the Navy. Naval officer Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, found out earlier this year he would be deployed to Afghanistan for about seven months, meaning he will miss the entire 2015 legislative session.
5:58 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

New Complaint Accuses WellPoint Of Inflating Premiums

The class-action lawsuit seeks refunds for the alleged inflated premiums.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee A new complaint filed as part of a class-action lawsuit t accuses the Indianapolis-based insurance company WellPoint, which recently changed its name to Anthem, of inflating customers' premiums as part of a large health insurance monopoly. The lawsuit claims WellPoint holds 61 percent of the health insurance market in Indiana as the result of an 'illegal conspiracy.'
5:43 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Group Leaders Form Independent Redistricting Coalition

Leaders of “good government” groups say Indiana can’t wait any longer to explore changing the way it redraws its legislative maps every 10 years.
Indiana's voter turnout in the last election was the lowest in its history and the worst in the country. Common Cause Indiana's Julia Vaughn says that's in part because voters don't have enough choices, noting that 44 out of the 100 state representatives ran unopposed.
10:04 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Indianapolis Aid Worker

The measure expresses condolences to Kassig's family and pays tribute to Peter’s humanitarian work.
Photo: The Kassig Family The U.S. Senate honored Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter Kassig, the Indianapolis native who was beheaded by ISIS militants last month, with a resolution passed yesterday. The resolution was introduced by Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats.
10:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Universities Talk Funding Formula At State Budget Committee

The legislature will begin meeting in January to write a new state budget.
Photo: Flickr Leaders from Indiana's public universities made their biennial trip to the State Budget Committee on Wednesday in advance of a new state budget that legislators will debate early next year. A big part of the universities' presentations is proving to the committee how much work they've put into improving their institutions.
10:48 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Chinese Students Of Scholar With IU Ties Sentenced

Ilham and his daughter, Jewher, were detained in 2013 on their way to Indiana University.
Photo: Courtesy of Eliott Sperling The Chinese government sentenced seven Chinese students of would-be Indiana University visiting scholar Ilham Tohti to three-to-eight years in prison Monday morning. Ilham and his daughter, Jewher, were detained in 2013 on their way to Indiana University, and Ilham was sentenced to life in prison in September for separatism.
10:46 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Indiana Not Appealing Case Of Mentally Ill Death Row Inmate

Michael Dean Overstreet will remain on death row and will be executed if his mental state improves.
Photo: File Photo The Indiana Attorney General is not appealing a court's ruling that a man on death row is not mentally competent to be executed. Michael Dean Overstreet was sentenced to death in 2000 for the 1997 rape and murder of Franklin College student Kelly Eckart.
2:22 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Indiana AG Among 18 Asking Congress For Immigration Reform

Several attorneys general are calling on Congress to take action on immigration reform.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a group of 17 other state attorneys general are calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration legislation. Indiana is one of several states alleging President Obama overstepped his constitutional powers when issuing an executive order on immigration last month.
2:22 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Indiana Workplace Injuries Reach Record Low

The department began recording the numbers as part of its Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in 1992.
Photo: Bureau of Labor Statistics Indiana's workplace injuries and illnesses have reached a historic low, falling to 3.8 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers, according figures released Monday by the Indiana Department of Labor. The 2013 rate is the lowest on record, according to the Indiana Department of Labor's annual report of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses .

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