Government & Politics

The Indiana Civic Health Index uses data from the census and the U.S. Elections Project to measure how much Hoosiers engage with their government and their community.

For example, one of the questions from the U.S. Elections Project – do you eat dinner with a family member frequently? Nearly 93 percent of Hoosiers said yes in 2016, ranking third in the country.

Hoosiers are more likely to attend public meetings, volunteer in community organizations and interact with their neighbors than in years past.

Poll: Majority Of Hoosiers Support Gas Tax Hike

Oct 23, 2017

More than half of Indiana residents in a recent survey say they support the recent gas tax increase approved by state lawmakers.

The interim study committee on education considered multiple proposals before formalizing recommendations for lawmakers.

One would have allowed students living in the U.S. without legal permission to pay in-state tuition at Indiana colleges and universities. Indiana is one of three states in the country that specifically prohibits that.

But the recommendation failed to garner enough votes.

CAFO Committee Finalizes Report To General Assembly

Oct 19, 2017

A legislative study committee opted Thursday to make limited recommendations to the General Assembly on concentrated animal feeding operations.

CAFOs are large barns that hold hundreds to thousands of animals and their manure. Critics say they diminish air and water quality.

The study committee’s report will recommend expanding public notice requirements for farmers seeking to build a CAFO, says committee chair Senator Sue Glick.

An Indiana study committee panel recommended Thursday the General Assembly explore ways to make voting and voter registration more accessible.

Elections Study Committee Chairman Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus) says he will draft a bill next session to allow a person to register and vote on Election Day. Indiana’s current system cuts off registration about a month before.

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