Auspicious fiscal closeout achieved through austerity

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, state officials presented the closeout report for Fiscal Year 2017. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage), a member of the State Budget Committee and Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Appropriations Committee made the following comments: “I am happy to see the healthy numbers reflected in the closeout report, presented today. This shows [...]

2017-07-20T10:46:06+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

Breaux: Voter information sharing didn’t start with federal commission, but with Indiana state law

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity is the latest federal overreach that puts Hoosiers’ private information at risk. In reality, President Trump, Vice President Pence and their administration are using this commission to justify the president’s claims of a “rigged election” and his absurd accusation that three to five million people voted illegally in [...]

2017-07-20T10:58:34+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

Democratic legislative leaders urge Gov. Holcomb to immediately share health care data and analyses with Congressional vote on health care looming

INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) penned the following letter to Governor Eric Holcomb to formally request the release of any data or analyses his administration has commissioned regarding the impacts of federal health care policy changes on the state of Indiana.   July 12, [...]

2017-07-12T12:06:59+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

Tallian responds to Kenley’s retirement announcement

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) released the following comments upon hearing the news of Senator Luke Kenley’s retirement from public office: “I have been honored to work with Sen. Kenley for the past several years, both in my position as the Senate Democratic Caucus’ budget designee on the State Budget Committee and [...]

2017-07-10T09:27:52+00:00 July 5th, 2017|

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|