As Indiana lawmakers hit the halfway point of the 2019 Legislative session, Indy Politics gets perspective from various key figures. House Speaker Brian Bosma says if a bias crime bill is going to pass, it will need compromise from all sides. Meanwhile, Kevin Brinegar of the State Chamber of Commerce says while middle ground is possible, bias crime opponents don’t want any list spelled out in the statute.

You can hear both Bosma and Brinegar in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.


Here are some other headlines from the Statehouse halftime…

Hoosiers could legally bet on the Colts, Pacers and other sporting events under an extensive gambling bill approved 38-11 by the Senate today that also reshuffles the casino deck.  (Journal Gazette)

The Indiana Pacers would have some skin in the game under legislation the state Senate approved Tuesday to keep the team in town for another 25 years. (Indy Star)

The Indiana Senate passed legislation Tuesday morning that would boost funding for Indianapolis’ Capital Improvement Board, keep the Indiana Pacers in town for at least another 25 years and provide support for a dedicated soccer stadium for the Indy Eleven.  (IBJ)

A bill that would regulate hemp production in Indiana has passed out of the Indiana Senate.  (WFYI)

A bill that could expand loan products some critics consider predatory narrowly passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday, despite opposition from advocacy groups and a bipartisan group of state senators.  (South Bend Tribune)

Indiana could have a film industry if state lawmakers would make it easier for movie companies to come here.  (WIBC)

The days scrolling through Netflix and queuing up a movie in a lecture hall are coming to an end at Purdue University.  (Journal & Courier)