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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .