Melton elected to serve on National Conference of State Legislatures’ Executive Committee

INDIANAPOLIS – At the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2018 Legislative Summit in Los Angeles, lawmakers from around the country elected State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) to serve on the 2018-2019 NCSL Executive Committee. “I am proud to be a part of the leadership of a well-respected organization like the National Conference of State Legislatures,” Sen. [...]

2018-08-09T13:19:16+00:00August 6th, 2018|

Lanane: Zay’s comments on racism reflect a disturbing societal trend

INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) had the following comments in response to messages from State Senator Andy Zay (R-Huntington) detailing that racism does not exist. “On all levels I reject the statements made by Senator Zay that racism does not exist. Racism is a very real problem that negatively affects many of [...]

2018-08-01T16:19:06+00:00August 1st, 2018|

Sen. Breaux expresses her condolences to Indiana family in tragic duck boat accident

INDIANAPOLIS—On Monday, Assistant Democratic Leader Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) expressed her condolences for an Indianapolis family who were involved in a tragic duck boat accident while on vacation in Missouri this weekend. “My heart breaks for the Coleman family who tragically lost many of their family members in an accident over the weekend. I can never [...]

2018-07-23T14:41:39+00:00July 23rd, 2018|

Niezgodski letter: Sen. Donnelly, an advocate for Hoosier Farmers

As a previous member of the Indiana House of Representatives and currently an Indiana Senator, I have represented farmers in St. Joseph County for a dozen years. I hear every single day about the struggles facing farmers in Indiana. From high input costs to low market prices, the men and women who produce the food [...]

2018-06-05T13:10:14+00:00June 5th, 2018|

Lanane on BSU takeover of Muncie schools in special session

INDIANAPOLIS - In March, Governor Holcomb stated the special session would be used to give a $12 million loan to the Muncie Community Schools (MCS) and nothing more. However, in a move that has misled the constituents of Muncie, Republican legislative leaders now insist on the complete, irreversible and undemocratic Ball State University take-over contained [...]

2018-04-20T13:47:31+00:00April 20th, 2018|

Lanane Op-Ed: The legislature fails to lead on redistricting reform

Op-Ed: The legislature fails to lead on redistricting reform By Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) Word Count: 483 The 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly will be remembered for its chaotic finish. But just as troubling were the numerous bills that died in the legislature well before the final day. This year, majority [...]

2018-04-06T11:25:41+00:00April 6th, 2018|

Act to expand educational opportunities for veterans signed by governor

INDIANAPOLIS—Today, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1047 was signed by Governor Eric Holcomb. State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond), a co-sponsor of the bill, was present at the bill signing. HEA 1047 stipulates that financial benefits received by a student for serving in the military may not be taken into account as income when determining the student’s [...]

2018-04-04T13:55:03+00:00April 4th, 2018|

Lanane responds to governor’s call for 2018 special session

Today, the governor announced his intention to call the Indiana General Assembly into a special session this May to address issues that legislative leaders failed to pass. Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the follow response to the governor’s decision: “The public shouldn’t have to spend $30,000 a day for a special session.  There [...]

2018-03-23T10:44:35+00:00March 23rd, 2018|

Legislature fails to pass bait-and-switch proposal

Senate Republicans made a bait-and-switch move to replace cannabidiol (CBD) oil legislation meant to assist sick individuals with language to expand the accessibility of firearms. House Bill 1214, which originally would have allowed ailing Hoosiers to use CBD oil to treat pain, seizures, PTSD, Alzheimer’s Disease and other medical problems was stripped of its language [...]

2018-03-23T10:40:07+00:00March 23rd, 2018|

Senate Democrats fight for wins in 2018 session

The 2018 legislative session convened for the final time on Wednesday bringing final action to the hundreds of bills that General Assembly legislators crafted back in January. The Indiana Senate Democrats worked hard to make your voice heard in the Statehouse. And thanks to your input, we were able to implement legislative oversight of the [...]

2018-03-23T10:33:16+00:00March 23rd, 2018|