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+00:00 June 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Lanane comments on unprecedented chaos as legislative session comes to a close

INDIANAPOLIS – In an unprecedented move, the governor’s office and Republican leaders tried to extend the legislative session deadline from midnight to 1 a.m. without any statutory authority to do so. The motion was announced seconds before the deadline to vote on bills and was hastily given to State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) for a [...]

2018-03-23T10:29:50+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

2018 Bill Watch

The 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned early in the morning on March 15, 2018. Five bills that were advancing on Thursday, failed to reach consensus and did not receive an affirmative vote for final passage. All other bills that were passed by the Indiana General Assembly were sent to the governor for [...]

2018-03-23T10:21:36+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Senator Lanane releases comments on President Pro Tem Long’s announced retirement

INDIANAPOLIS–Today, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the following statement after Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) announced his intention to retire later this year: “I have known Senator Long throughout all of my years serving in the Indiana Senate. He has always been a true gentleman, a great legislator for [...]

2018-02-14T09:27:22+00:00 February 14th, 2018|