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June 4, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

I Get Around

All around us, Hoosiers are on the move – as vaccination numbers keep rising, more workers head downtown, restaurants and retailers are rebounding, and Memorial Day weekend even featured the familiar roar of engines from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as live crowds (!) watched Helio Castroneves hoist the Borg-Warner trophy…

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May 11, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Guess who’s back?

As promised, we’re delivering our 2021 legislative “wrap-up” – ironic quotation marks because the General Assembly never actually adjourned, and headed back to the Statehouse on Monday for the usual technical corrections and to override Governor Holcomb’s veto of SB5, complicating local efforts to act during a public health…

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April 23, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

It’s a Wrap

To paraphrase Migos, rain drop, drop top, it’s about time this session stopped. The General Assembly met on Thursday to pass the budget (HB1001) and a few final bills before wrapping up, at least for now (lawmakers still need to reconvene in the fall to tackle redistricting). We’ll follow…

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April 16, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Windows Tinted

It was a hectic week at the General Assembly, followed by a Friday that put all of the happenings at the Statehouse in proper perspective. We decided to delay this update by a day in light of the devastating news, as our thoughts are focused on the families of those…

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April 9, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

One More Road to Cross

Barring any unexpected detours, we’re almost to the end of the road in this rollercoaster of a legislative session. The Senate released its version of the state budget on Thursday as both chambers eye an early adjournment date of April 21st. More issues are coming into focus as we head…

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April 1, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

The Bridge

Putting the “old” in old school – if you can remember the “Bridge Wars” hip-hop beef between MC Shan and KRS-One, you should probably be vaccinated by now. But we’re rewinding back to the ‘80s because bridges are decent metaphors for this week in the General Assembly. There’s a lot…

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March 26, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Spring Again

This first week of spring featured some upbeat news outside the Statehouse, as Governor Holcomb addressed the COVID crisis on Tuesday evening. Among the highlights: Vaccine eligibility expands to all Hoosiers (16+) at the end of March, and we also passed the one million vaccination milestone this week. The statewide…

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March 19, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Grinding Out Wins

As Indy starts our run as the capitol of college hoops over the next few weeks, action at the actual state capital has been a little more muted: As the list of surviving bills is slimmed down and the budget debate shifts from big picture priorities to line-by-line haggling, it…

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March 12, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Working on (our) Fitness

We just checked our DNA tests, we’re 100% ready for warm weather and the chance to go soak in some Vitamin D and outdoor activity (can we livestream committee hearings from the Monon?). But the beginning of spring also brings some sobering anniversaries from 2020: Indiana’s first COVID death and…

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March 5, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Back in the Game

The General Assembly swung back into action this week after a few days of post-third reading respite. House and Senate bills passed around the deadlines were assigned to committees in their second chambers to start the process of hearings, amendments and floor action over again. Even though action on the…

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