Special Session?

Special Session?

On this edition of Indiana Lawmakers - Will the pandemic and its mounting economic toll force Hoosier lawmakers to return to Indianapolis before the 2021 Session? Host Jon Schwantes is joined journalists Brandon Smith & Niki Kelly to wrap up the 2020 season.

2020 Session Recap

2020 Session Recap

"Indiana Lawmakers", host Jon Schwantes is joined by Speaker Todd Huston, Leader Phil GiaQuinta, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray and Leader Tim Lanane as they review the just-concluded session.

E-cigarette Legislation

E-cigarette Legislation

Fifteen years ago no one in the US used e-cigarettes, but by 2024 the U.S. e-cig market is expected to reach 16.5 billion dollars. Indiana Legislators are taking action to curb the devices' use among young Hoosiers. On the next Indiana Lawmakers.

Distracted Driving Legislation

This week, the Indiana Senate voted 43-to-4 in favor of legislation meant to discourage distracted driving, by limiting how cell phones can be used. Join us for the discussion on what it means for Hoosier motorists, on the next "Indiana Lawmakers".

Criminal Penalties

How should society deal with people who do bad things? That question has been up for debate ever since "an eye for an eye" gave way to "turn the other cheek." Which direction is the pendulum swinging in the Statehouse? On the next "Indiana Lawmakers".

Indiana Energy Policy

Indiana Energy Policy

In Indiana, should we force the transition from coal to natural gas, and then presumably to renewables such as wind, solar, and biomass? Or allow the open market to decide without government intrusion? Joining host Jon Schwantes to weigh in on the issues are Republican Representative Ed Soliday of Valparaiso, assistant majority floor leader and chairman of the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunication; Democratic Representative Matt Pierce of Bloomington, the ranking minority member of that committee; and Bruce Stevens, President of the Indiana Coal Council, a trade association representing coal producers, coal-reserve holders, and other entities associated with the state's coal industry.

Poor Indiana Health Rankings

Poor Indiana Health Rankings

Indiana ranks in the Top 10 states for smoking, physical inactivity, air pollution, unvaccinated children, cancer deaths, infant mortality, and preventable hospitalizations. Can we fix the problems? We discuss the issues on the next Indiana Lawmakers.

Education Legislation

Education Legislation

Over ten weeks have passed since thousands of teachers converged on the Statehouse for the "Red for Ed Action Day" rally, but their chants continue to resonate. On "Indiana Lawmakers" find out what's at stake regarding education legislation this session.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

This week on Indiana Lawmakers, Jon Schwantes sits down with Republican Governor Eric Holcomb to discuss legislation being considered by the 2020 General Assembly.

Issues Being Debated in the 2020 Session

Issues Being Debated in the 2020 Session

This week on Indiana Lawmakers, Indiana's Legislative Caucus leaders discuss the issues that are up for debate in the 2020 Session. Joining host Jon Schwantes are Brian Bosma, Phil GiaQuinta, Rodric Bray and Tim Lanane.

The Upcoming 2020 Legislative Session

The Upcoming 2020 Legislative Session

A new season of Indiana Lawmakers begins and joining host Jon Schwantes with perspectives on the 2020 Legislative session are four political journalists; Mary Beth Schneider, Eric Berman, Lindsey Erdody, and Brandon Smith.

2019 Indiana Legislative Session Recap

How will the results of the 2019 Indiana Legislative Session affect you and your fellow Hoosiers? Indiana Lawmakers host John Schwantes will pose those questions, not to partisans but to journalists who covered this year's session, day in and day out.

2019 Session Outcomes

2019 Session Outcomes

What will be the results of the 2019 Indiana Legislative Session? Host John Schwantes will ask House Speaker Brian Bosma, House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane.

Indiana Budget Surprises?

Indiana Budget Surprises?

What surprises await in the Indiana Budget? Senators Karen Tallian and Eric Bassler, along with Representatives Greg Porter and Mike Karickhoff, will debate the options, as they join host Jon Schwantes this week on Indiana Lawmakers.

Indiana Gaming Laws

Indiana Gaming Laws

Are changes coming for Indiana Gaming Laws? Host Jon Schwantes discusses the issue with Senator Eddie Melton of Gary; Senator Jon Ford of Terre Haute; Representative Earl Harris Jr. of East Chicago; and Representative Terri Austin of Anderson.

Marijuana Legalization

Should Marijuana be legalized in Indiana for medicinal, and even recreational use? Joining host Jon Schwantes to discuss the issue are Representative Jim Lucas, and Dr. John McGoff, immediate past president of the Indiana State Medical Association.

Criminal Code Reform

How should society deal with people who do bad things? Lawmakers host Jon Schwantes and his guests Senator Jim Merritt, Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger, David Powell of IPAC, and Bernice Corley, with IPDC will discuss the options.

Indiana Redistricting Laws

Indiana Redistricting Laws

This week host Jon Schwantes is joined by Sen. John Ruckelshaus, Representatives Jerry Torr and Justin Moed, & Julia Vaughn, with Common Cause Indiana to discuss talks redistricting laws.

Convention and Sports Facility Expansions

Convention and Sports Facility Expansions

Will convention and sports facility expansions in Indianapolis benefit all Hoosiers? Lawmakers host Jon Schwantes will ask Senator Jack Sandlin, Representative Robin Shackleford, Chris Gahl, of Visit Indy, and Dave Sibley, of White Lodging Services.

Payday Loan Laws

Payday Loan Laws

Should payday loan laws change in Indiana? Host Jon Schwantes will ask Senator Greg Walker, Representative Matt Lehman, Erin Macy, with the Indiana Institute for Working Families, and Matt Whetstone, founder of the lobbying firm 1816 inc.

Education Issues for Indiana Schools

What might be changing for Indiana's schools? Lawmakers host Jon Schwantes will ask Representatives Bob Behning and Greg Porter, both of Indianapolis, Teresa Meredith, President of ISTA, and Chris Himsel, Superintendent of Northwest Allen County Schools.

Indiana Abortion Laws

Indiana Abortion Laws

What might change for Indiana's abortion laws? Host Jon Schwantes will ask Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, Representative Sue Errington, and Shruti Rana of Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.

Indiana's Gaming Industry

Indiana's Gaming Industry

What's next for Indiana's Gaming industry? "Lawmakers" host Jon Schwantes will ask, Rep. Sean Eberhart - Shelbyville, Matt Bell, with the Casino Association of Indiana, Gretchen Gutman, for Cook Group, and John Keeler, for Spectacle Entertainment.

Indiana Gun Laws

Indiana Gun Laws

Should gun laws in Indiana be modified? Catch this week's spirited discussion with host Jon Schwantes, Rep. Ed DeLaney (D), Rep. Jim Lucas (R), Rep. Carey Hamilton (D), and attorney and firearms instructor Guy Relford.