INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers will be looking at prescription drug prices, crime sentences and taxes on vaping liquids in the coming months.
Indiana budget with $2 billion in reserves draws criticism
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's newly approved state budget anticipates the state keeping $2 billion in cash reserves, which Republican leaders maintain keeps the state protected in case of an...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has likely failed in his efforts to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants in...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The leader of the Indiana House is skipping votes on a major gambling-related bill after a casino owner helped arrange a local government contract with his law...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint against Speaker Brian Bosma who was accused of illegally using campaign funds to collect unflattering information...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House Ethics Committee has hired an outside attorney to investigate allegations that House Speaker Brian Bosma used campaign funds to collect unflattering...
Gambling bills clears Indiana Senate, heads to House
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that allows one of Gary's casinos to move to Terre Haute and the other to move inland while permitting sports wagering has cleared the Indiana Senate and is headed...
Election panel won’t probe Bosma’s use of campaign funds
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state election panel won't investigate Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma's use of campaign funds to collect information on a woman who says she performed oral sex on the married Republican lawmaker when she was a legislative intern in 1992.
Indiana Senate backs civics test for high school graduation
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana high school students would have to pass a civics test in order to graduate if a state Senate proposal becomes law.
Senators voted 31-17 on Thursday in favor of requiring students to pass the same test covering American history and government that immigrants take to become U.S. citizens. The requirement would start with the 2020-21 school year.
Republicans pushing target for Indiana schools spending
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislators want to push Indiana school districts toward spending a higher percentage of their state funding on teachers and other classroom costs.
Indiana GOP leaders say money tight for next budget
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Statehouse leaders say they want to increase funding for Indiana's embattled child welfare agency and find a way to pay teachers more, but that money will be tight when they craft the state's next two year budget.
"The budget is going to be more difficult than most people realize," House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday during a forum previewing the upcoming session, which begins in earnest Jan. 1. "It's going to be a very challenging year."
The Latest: House Speaker says money tight for next budget
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a conference previewing the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly (all times local):
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says finances are tight and lawmakers will have limited options when it comes time to write the state's next two-year budget.
Bosma made the remark Wednesday at an annual conference previewing the legislative session, which begins in earnest on Jan. 3.
Top legislators say no forcing out Indiana attorney general
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top Republican legislative leaders don't expect lawmakers will take any action toward removing state Attorney General Curtis Hill from office even though the governor and other state officials have called on him to resign over allegations that he drunkenly groped four women during a party.
House speaker: GOP lawmaker recovering at home after crash
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House speaker says a top-ranking Republican lawmaker is recovering at home more than a month after a serious motorcycle accident in Michigan.
Speaker Brian Bosma said in a statement Thursday that House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown is in therapy and continues to improve. He did not elaborate on the extent of Brown's injuries.
Ex-intern says she had 1992 fling with Indiana house speaker
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman alleges that when she was an Indiana legislative intern in 1992, she performed oral sex on a married Republican lawmaker who has since become the speaker of the state House of Representatives, a published report Wednesday said.
The former Democratic intern told The Indianapolis Star that the sexual act with Brian Bosma was consensual, but that she felt pressured into it. Bosma at the time was in the Republican minority in the House.
House speaker: Top GOP lawmaker in critical condition
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House speaker says a top-ranking Republican lawmaker is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident in Michigan.
Speaker Brian Bosma said in a statement Thursday that House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown is in critical but stable condition and that "the next few days are going to be very important" for the Crawfordsville lawmaker.
Bosma declined to comment Wednesday on Brown's condition out of respect for his family.
High ranking GOP lawmaker badly injured in motorcycle crash
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of the top-ranking Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse was seriously injured Wednesday morning in a motorcycle accident in northern Michigan.
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, of Crawfordsville, was on a trip with fellow GOP state Rep. Mike Speedy when an SUV pulled out in front of him, Republican Speaker Brian Bosma said in a statement.
Speedy, of Indianapolis, was uninjured. But Brown was thrown from his motorcycle in the crash.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Five reviews of the Indiana Department of Child Services cost more than $1.3 million but yielded no state action to address the troubled agency's increasing caseloads.
Indiana governor, legislative leaders call for AG to resign
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the two GOP Statehouse leaders on Thursday called for Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign amid what they called credible claims that Hill drunkenly groped four women, including a lawmaker, at an Indianapolis bar.
House speaker ‘disturbed’ DCS failed to act on past reports
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said Monday that he was "disturbed" after finding out that the state's child welfare agency failed to take action after five different reviews conducted in recent years found problems at the agency.
The revelation was included in a sixth report on the Department of Child Services, which was released in June by a consultant hired by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Indiana House speaker opposes state GOP platform changes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma is the latest powerful GOP leader who doesn't want to change the state Republican Party's platform that favors "marriage between a man and a woman."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers are reviewing state law on juveniles being charged as adults following a prosecutor's decision to keep in juvenile court the case of the alleged shooter who injured a student and a teacher at Noblesville West Middle School.
Bosma said Wednesday, "I think it's important for us to take a thoughtful look at our criminal code and whether changes to the law are appropriate."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The newest appointment to an Indiana commission charged studying the state's alcohol laws may mean cold beer sales won't expand in the state.
House Speaker Brian Bosma appointed former Rep. Bill Davis on Wednesday to lead the Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission. Davis served in the Indiana House from 2004 to 2013.
The commission will meet in the summer to continue its two-year study considering potential changes to the state's alcohol laws.
Indiana lawmakers create study committee on child welfare
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislative leaders announced Tuesday that they will convene a summer study committee to examine systemic challenges faced by Indiana's embattled child welfare agency.
The announcement comes as Democrats have repeatedly attacked majority Republicans for calling a one-day special session this week to complete some unfinished priorities — but doing nothing legislatively to address widely reported problems at the Department of Child Services.
The Latest: Indiana special session to begin May 14
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of a May 14 special session (all times local):
Republican Statehouse leaders and Gov. Eric Holcomb have announced their agenda for what they hope will be a one-day special session on May 14.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are expected back at the Statehouse the week of May 14 for a special session to deal with bills the Republican-dominated Legislature couldn't wrap up last month.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday that Gov. Eric Holcomb will ultimately decide the exact date. But Bosma says he's confident the special session will be short and is aiming to keep it to one day.
Bosma says Republicans will announce additional details Friday.
Hoosiers know there will be a special state legislative session sometime in May, but that's all they know.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and House and Senate leaders haven't announced a date, and we don't know how long it will last.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said in a letter to the editor last week that it will be a one-day special session.
"I'm certainly not happy about it and wish it could have been avoided. But we will make it right for Hoosiers," he said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A high-level Republican staffer in the Indiana House of Representatives has been appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to lead the state's purchasing and property management agency.
The Republican governor announced Tuesday that former House GOP chief of staff Lesley Crane will start her new job next week leading the Department of Administration. Current commissioner Jessica Robertson is joining Purdue University as an assistant director of auxiliary operations.
House Speaker aims for short special legislative session
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's special session in May could be a one-day job in which lawmakers only take up bills that were on the cusp of passing before last week's legislative meltdown, House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday.
"It'll just be critical issues that really need to be dealt with this year," the Indianapolis Republican said of the special legislative session that Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier this week. Bosma added that he wants it to be "short and efficient."
The Latest: Legislative session comes to chaotic close
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the closing day of the Indiana legislative session (all times local):
The Indiana General Assembly's annual session came to a chaotic close as lawmakers blew past their midnight deadline to adjourn with major bills still in play.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and GOP Senate leader David Long blamed each other.
Several issues unresolved as Indiana session nears end
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate abruptly adjourned Tuesday afternoon, with lawmakers leaving a crush of bills that still need final votes for the last day of the annual legislative session.
"They're out for the night?" said Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, who was surprised by the Senate's decision to call it a day. He later needled them from the House floor, suggesting that the chamber adjourned so its members could catch an "early blue plate special."
Ober’s youth the butt of House peers’ jokes
The jokes about Albion GOP Rep. Dave Ober's youthful looks were flying last week when the Indiana House bid him farewell.
Ober is not seeking re-election, and the House honors departing members.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said he mistook Ober for the coffee attendant when he first met him at Walmart: "I thought he was a high school kid working there. He had braces and didn't have the fancy-schmancy hairdo."
Bill letting ‘Dreamers’ to get licenses clears Indiana House
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Young immigrants often referred to as "Dreamers" would no longer be prohibited from obtaining professional licenses under emergency legislation approved Monday by the Indiana House. But while the measure is supported by Gov. Eric Holcomb there are hints it could face opposition in the Senate.
"I know the governor supports it, (but) I'm confident not everyone does," said Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, who voted for the bill.
Committee chairman kills divisive payday lending bill
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chairman on an Indiana Senate committee has killed a payday lending bill that was widely opposed by veterans' advocates and faith groups — including the Indiana House Speaker's own church — who said that it would have legalized lending at rates of up to 222 percent.
Indiana lawmakers weigh ‘opt-in’ requirement for sex ed
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conservative groups urged Indiana lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill that would require parents to "opt in" in order for their children to take sex education classes in public schools.
The proposal, which was debated during a House committee hearing, would require parents to be notified — and give them the opportunity to review — any curriculum dealing with sexual activity, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Indiana Senate approves bill to make firefly state insect
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A firefly would become Indiana's official state insect under a bill approve by the state Senate.
The measure recognizing the Say's Firefly cleared the Senate on a 48-0 vote Tuesday. However, House Speaker Brian Bosma is less enthusiastic about the bill. He was non-committal when asked about its changes of passing.
Indiana township merger bill fails without legislative vote
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal that would have forced government mergers on about 300 small Indiana townships has died in the Legislature without a vote.
The bill wasn't called for a vote by Monday night's deadline for the Indiana House to act on it during this year's legislative session. Republican House leaders had made the proposal one of their top 2018 priorities, but House Speaker Brian Bosma said it didn't gain enough support among GOP legislators from rural districts.
Maybe Attorney General Curtis Hill wasn't listening.
Rep. Chris Judy, R-Fort Wayne, went to the House podium last week to endorse a bill that would legalize the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, by all Hoosiers.
It is non-hallucinogenic and many claim it helps with anxiety, seizures and other pains.
Judy told the Indiana House that he has used CBD since last August for plantar fasciitis and it has helped immensely. At times he had trouble getting up in the morning without it.
Indiana House GOP kills bill to raise smoking age to 21
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Republicans killed a bill on Tuesday that would have increased the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Top Indiana lawmakers put cold beer bills on ice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The top two Republicans in the Indiana Legislature said Thursday that legislation that would overturn an unusual law and allow more stores to sell cold beer is dead this legislative session.
But both conceded the issue won't go away and suggested that a deal could be struck in the coming years.
"A lot of these things take some time," said House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis. "Gradualism is a part of legislative achievement."
Indiana officials say they won’t go overboard to woo Amazon
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top state and city officials pledged Thursday they won't go overboard in what they offer Amazon to lure its second headquarters project to the Indianapolis area.
The Seattle-based online retail giant included Indianapolis on its list of 20 remaining contenders for what the company says will be a $5 billion project that could employ as many as 50,000 people. The city of Gary's long-shot bid didn't make the cut from among 238 proposals across the U.S., Mexico and Canada
Indiana House GOP wants small townships to consolidate
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a third of Indiana's 1,005 townships would be forced to merge with others under a plan proposed by House Republicans.
All townships with populations of less than 1,200 people would be consolidated into others within five years under the legislation announced Thursday, The Indianapolis Star and The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reported. It would affect 309 townships, mostly in rural areas.
Longtime northern Indiana state representative to retire
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A longtime Republican leader in the Indiana House of Representatives is retiring.
Rep. Bill Friend of Macy says he will finish out his term, but won't run again in 2018.
Friend serves as speaker pro tempore and wields the gavel on the House floor when Speaker Brian Bosma is away.
Indiana GOP lawmakers won’t act on child services crisis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The two most powerful Republicans in the Indiana Legislature said they do not plan to take major action to address a growing crisis in the Department of Child Services during this year's session, which kicked off Wednesday.
The move by House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate leader David Long will help shield Gov. Eric Holcomb while his administration regroups from the first major criticism the Republican has received since taking office roughly a year ago.
The Latest: GOP lawmakers look to avoid DCS action in 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the convening of the 2018 Indiana legislative session (all times local):
Republicans who dominate the Indiana Legislature do not plan on taking substantive action during the 2018 session to address the state's troubled Department of Child Services.
Indiana GOP lacks overarching goal in upcoming session
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For the first time in years, Indiana's Republican supermajorities are returning to the Statehouse without a major legislative goal to accomplish during the annual session that begins Wednesday. That leaves a vacuum some plan to fill with contentious issues and debates that GOP leaders have in the past sought to contain.
GOP leaders cast doubt on change to Indiana’s cold beer law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican leaders cast doubt Wednesday on the likelihood of overturning an Indiana law that grants package liquor stores what is essentially a stranglehold on the ability to sell carryout cold beer.
Though that effort appears doomed during the legislative session that begins in January, the same GOP leaders widely anticipate that there will be support to overturn a prohibition-era ban on carryout Sunday alcohol sales.
Indiana House drive to help foster families
The Indiana House kicked off its annual charity drive last week, choosing to highlight the need for foster families.
"Children need a family that loves them and cares for them and gives them an education so that they can get a job and have a good life," said 11-year-old AJ Young. "That is what my parents did for me."
He was a foster child who was adopted by an Indiana couple.