Breaux concerned over Anthem, MDwise withdrawal from ACA marketplace

INDIANAPOLIS – Assistant Senate Democrat Leader Jean D. Breaux (D-Indianapolis) issued the following statement after an announcement that Anthem and MDwise will withdraw from being Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace providers. “It is extremely disappointing and frustrating to hear that Anthem and MDwise – two of our major health care providers in Indiana – will [...]

2017-07-10T09:30:22+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Lanane OpEd: “Is this the best we can do for children in Indiana?”

The 2017 Kids Count Data Report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Indiana Youth Institute ranks Indiana 28th among states for overall child well-being. While there have been some improvements in our state’s rankings, this report signals a clear need for lawmakers to take action in a number of areas and protect [...]

2017-06-21T15:50:25+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Op-Ed: Tallian Responds to Attorney General’s Victorian Assessment

I was dismayed by the recent inflammatory Op-Ed from Indiana’s new Attorney General regarding marijuana reform laws. His portrait of “money-hungry profiteers…with dollar signs in their eyes” lining up at the doors of the Indiana legislature sounds like a firebrand sermon preaching hell-fire and brimstone. Having submitted marijuana reform legislation, and monitored every proposal that [...]

2017-06-05T16:01:51+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

OP-ED: Stoops urges state, local, corporate leaders to act where Trump has failed

During the 2017 legislative session, initiatives sponsored by Statehouse Republicans pushed Indiana further behind regarding renewable energy, curbing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and consequently, made it more difficult for Indiana to contribute in a positive way to our nation’s attainment of the general public health and environmental goals included in the Paris Accord. Earlier [...]

2017-06-05T15:29:38+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|

Interim study committee assigned to address Lanane concern

INDIANAPOLIS—Today, the Legislative Council, a bipartisan and bicameral committee, met to discuss the assignment of study topics for the summer. Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), both members of the Legislative Council, proposed a study of what laws and policies in Indiana would need to be changed [...]

2017-05-25T15:22:43+00:00 May 25th, 2017|

Stoops’ Employment First legislation signed into law

INDIANAPOLIS–Today, Governor Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 390 into law. The legislation’s author, State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) attended the ceremonial bill signing and released the following comments: SEA 390 updates the Indiana Commission on Rehabilitation Services regarding their overall duties, the number of appointments to the commission, as well as establishing a new [...]

2017-05-10T13:49:30+00:00 May 10th, 2017|

Niezgodski: Revised gaming bill moves to governor

INDIANAPOLIS –House Bill (HB) 1350 passed out of conference committee and the full senate with a vote of (32-18) on Friday. HB 1350 is a gaming law tax, specifically dealing with casinos and riverboats across Indiana. HB 1350, authored by Representative Todd Huston, would change the way in which casinos and riverboats are taxed. Before [...]

2017-04-24T15:16:20+00:00 April 24th, 2017|

Misplaced priorities on display in new biennial budget

INDIANAPOLIS –Today, the Indiana General Assembly sent House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, the state’s biennial appropriation bill, to the governor. The expenditures authorized in the bill were hailed and critiqued by State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage), the ranking Democrat on the budget-writing committee in the Senate. “Two items in this budget will have a long-lasting, [...]

2017-04-27T09:00:08+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

Angry legislator, Sen. Tallian, agrees to move road funding bill

INDIANAPOLIS –Today, the Indiana Senate passed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, a long-term road funding bill to address state and local infrastructure. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage), reluctantly voted for the legislation. “If this legislature wants to claim they have passed a bipartisan road funding bill, then they should realize they needed to have everyone [...]

2017-04-21T23:26:29+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

East Chicago referendum to repair school infrastructure

The School City of East Chicago is proposing a referendum in order to repair the districts failing infrastructure. A referendum is the process where the governing body of a political unit (district, county or town) puts a proposed law or policy on the election ballot to allow the voters to decide if it should become a local [...]

2017-04-21T23:28:42+00:00 April 21st, 2017|