Politics & Issues

10:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bill Would Require Ignition Device For Repeat DUI Offenders

The bill has been assigned to the Roads and Transportation Committee. The proposal will get its first hearing on Wednesday.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require ignition interlock devices on the cars of individuals who have been arrested for their second drunken driving offense. The bill would require judges to install the interlocks as a condition for re-instatement of driving privileges. Twenty-four states have implemented a similar mandate.
10:08 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Indiana License Plates To No Longer Be Made By Inmates

After a months-long bidding process, the BMV signed a contract with Intellectual Technology Incorporated for the company to produce the state’s license plates.
Hoosier license plates will no longer be produced by Department of Correction inmates. After a months-long bidding process, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles signed a contract with Intellectual Technology Incorporated for the California-based company to produce the state's license plates. That five-year contract began after the state's contract with 3M, which had previously produced the plates, ended in December.
2:25 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Potential Fight In Corrections Funding

A fight over funding may be looming at the General Assembly between local community corrections programs and the state Department of Correction.
One of the primary goals of the criminal code reform effort that took effect in July was to drive more low-level offenders away from the state prison system and into local community corrections programs. In recognition of that shift, House Republicans this session drafted a bill giving those local programs 50 million dollars a year in grants.
10:05 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Would A Proposed Wine Shipping Bill Help Hoosier Wineries?

Current law says retailers can only ship wine directly to individual customers if there’s been a face-to-face transaction first where their age was verified.
A Senate committee Wednesday unanimously approved legislation allowing wineries to sell directly to consumers over the phone or internet, without a face-to-face interaction. Current law says retailers can only ship wine directly to individual customers if there's been a face-to-face transaction first, at which point their age is verified. Sen.
10:21 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Senate Committee OKs Expanding Rape Statute Of Limitations

Under current law, the statute of limitations to prosecute for rape is five years.
A Senate committee Tuesday approved legislation expanding the statute of limitations in rape cases. Under current law, the statute of limitations to prosecute for rape is five years. Jenny Ewing, a former Indiana resident, says she was raped in 2005 but, in her words, "made the mistake" of not reporting it.
10:17 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Would Require High School Students To Pass Civics Exam

The House Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would require high school students to pass the 100-question civics exam before graduation.
Requiring high school students to pass the same exam as those seeking U.S. citizenship is a cause du jour for some lawmakers around the country - and Indiana is no exception. The House Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill from Rep.
10:11 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Band Of Potawatomi Indians Could Become Casino Competition

The Pokagon Band says it wants a full-fledged casino, but federal law allows it to open a facility limited to electronic bingo machines with no state input.
The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians applied to the Department of the Interior three years ago to build a casino near South Bend. Indiana Gaming Commissioner Ernest Yelton says an environmental study is expected to be complete in another year. Once it is, he says, the state is required to negotiate "in good faith" the terms of operation.
7:48 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

House Ethics Committee To Finalize Proposal Next Week

Lawmakers are responding to ethics scandals of the past year by enacting reforms along two tracks.
Photo: Wikimedia Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, says the House Ethics Committee will meet next week to finalize its proposal for changes to the House ethics rules. Lawmakers are responding to ethics scandals of the past year by enacting reforms along two tracks. One track is ethics reform legislation.
7:44 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Minimum Wage Hike In Indiana Could Be A Tough Sell

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum, but the chances of Indiana following suit aren't great.
Photo: Jashin Lin/WFIU News The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour since 2009. As a result, more states are getting involved to boost the pay for their lowest earners. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum.
11:03 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Indiana Appeals Court Upholds Tort Cap

The Indiana Court of Appeals Wednesday ruled that the state’s tort claims cap – which limits how much money people can sue the state for – is constitutional.
Photo: Jashin Lin (WFIU/WTIU News) The Indiana Court of Appeals Wednesday ruled that the state's tort claims cap - which limits how much money people can sue the state for - is constitutional. The lawsuit revolved around the 2011 State Fair stage collapse.

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