Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

Pages

Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Pence and Bosma Put Differences Aside Post-Session

Governor Mike Pence and Speaker Brian Bosma are making nice after a legislative session where their disagreements over Pence’s tax cut proposal were often public.  

Read more
Politics & Government
11:29 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Legislative Session Wraps with Lower Taxes, More Spending on Roads and Schools

This year’s session of the Indiana General Assembly was largely framed by two debates – Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

Read more
Politics & Government
3:33 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Bosma Says Legislature is Done with ACA This Year

Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the legislature is largely finished dealing with implementation of the Affordable Care Act this session.

Read more
Politics & Government
1:55 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

School Safety Bill Passes Without Armed Personnel Mandate

The Indiana House Monday passed a school safety bill minus a controversial provision that could have required schools to arm teachers and principals.

The school safety bill creates a $10 million grant fund Indiana schools can use to evaluate existing school safety measures, purchase safety equipment or hire school resource officers –law enforcement with extra training for work in the school environment. 

Read more
Politics & Government
11:43 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Abortion Drug Bill Finalized, Heads to Pence

Indiana Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle), who authored the bill regulating the abortion-inducing drug, RU-486. The bill is headed to Gov. Mike Pence's office.

Legislation regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 is headed to the governor’s desk after the Senate approved changes made in the House.

The original legislation required women receiving RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving the drug.  Changes made in the House allow women to opt-out of viewing the ultrasound or listening to the fetal heartbeat. 

Read more
Politics & Government
10:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Senate approves drug testing for welfare recipients

Hoosiers on welfare could be subject to drug testing under legislation approved by the Indiana Senate Wednesday.

Read more
Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Indiana schools may apply for armed personnel policy exemption

Changes to a school safety bill made in a House committee Tuesday will allow Indiana public schools to opt-out of a requirement that each facility employ armed personnel, but critics say the changes still don’t solve core problems with the bill.

Read more
Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Senator Donnelly changes position on gay marriage

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly Friday publicly announced his support of same-sex marriage, saying he changed his position in light of recent Supreme Court arguments and public discussion. The Democratic U.S. Senator’s support could influence the issue in the Statehouse.

In a statement released on his Facebook page, Senator Joe Donnelly said he opposes amending both the Indiana and U.S. constitutions to ban same-sex marriage, much as a proposed amendment to Indiana’s constitution would do if passed a second time by the General Assembly and then by voters.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Ritz objects to recent changes in a school safety bill

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz does not agree with a recent change to a school safety bill that would require armed personnel in every Indiana public school.

A House committee Tuesday amended a Senate-approved school safety bill to create what the bill calls school protection officers (employees who must carry guns).  The definition includes teachers and principals.  The bill mandates a protection officer in each building, and that’s why State Superintendent Glenda Ritz said she doesn’t support it.

Read more
Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Amended public school safety bill mandates armed protection officers

Changes made Tuesday to a school safety bill would require armed personnel in every Hoosier public school, and those personnel can now be teachers or administrators.

The original bill, as it passed the Senate, encouraged, but did not mandate, Indiana schools to hire school resource officers, trained law enforcement who receive additional training for the school environment.  A House committee Tuesday approved an amendment that creates a new position, school protection officer, and requires each school to have one. 

Read more

Pages