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Episode 86 - April 12, 2024
Ambre and Jason have non-eclipse news to share! We're just a month away from the 2024 Primaries, and AARP is rolling out Video Voter Guides for the gubernatorial contest. And there's an update from the Indiana Behavioral Health Commission, as well as Prosperity Indiana's recent conference.

Episode 85 - April 3, 2024
On this week's episode, Ambre and Jason are joined by special guest Anna Forster, PhD. Anna joined AARP Indiana's volunteer Legislative Team during the 2024 General Assembly. They talk about her experiences in statehouse halls, an upcoming project, and of course, get hyped for Purdue's appearance in the Final Four!

Episode 84 - March 29, 2024
On this episode of The Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, Ambre and Jason are ready for their close-up! They talk about their debut on Indy Now, AARP Indiana's sponsorship of a recent gubernatorial primary debate, and the team's plans around voter engagement.

Episode 83 - March 14, 2024
On this week’s episode of The Legislative Director Talking about Legislative Things, Ambre is packing her bags. That’s right, this year’s legislative session is over, and the Legislative Director has a lot of people to thank before heading to the beach. Who and what are we thankful for this session? A 13th check for retired public servants, new measures curtailing predatory real estate practices, a pilot program expanding mobile integrated healthcare, and every single person, organization, and advocate who helped AARP Indiana secure these incredible victories for older Hoosiers! Oh, and did we tell you we're sponsoring a gubernatorial primary debate? Check it out.

Episode 82 - March 8, 2024
We didn't hear any bell! The 2024 Indiana General Assembly is duking it out in its last round. Can HB 1004 Pension Matters hang on? Could Producer Dan figure out a better metaphor for this political fight? Look, it's been a long, short session. All we know is that time is running out. And, Ambre and Jason take some time to preview what's next for the show.

Episode 81 - March 5, 2024
Ambre and Jason are on the road again. This time it's down in Evansville for a rate case hearing. But they are safely stopped to give you an update on the latest from Southwestern Indiana and then they have HUGE news about dedicated lanes and the Blue Line in Indianapolis.

Episode 80 - February 23, 2024
Legislative Director Ambre Marr and Not the Legislative Director Jason Tomcsi hunker down in the AARP Indiana studio for a quick Indiana General Assembly update. With a storm brewing outside, Ambre and Jason turn to a slate of bills that may need a rescue. Or, in the very least, a decent umbrella, as committee deadlines look more like squalls and less like light sprinkles. Will mobile integrated health, pension matters, and transportation weather the storm?

Episode 79 - February 16, 2024
Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night could keep the team from a legislative event in Fort Wayne this week. Thanks to the smooth driving of friend of the show and Director of Community Engagement Emily Gorman, Legislative Director Ambre Marr and Not the Legislative Director Jason Tomcsi were able to give the latest update from an undisclosed parking lot. Just like the show, this session just keeps rolling along.

Episode 78 - February 9, 2024
The 2024 Indiana General Assembly is taking its mid-semester break, and Legislative Director Ambre Marr found a spot on the beach to kick her feet up. It’s totally not a cheesy Zoom background, and she totally isn’t sitting at her desk combing through a dozen different bills that will see action after the legislative break. Haven’t had a chance to keep tabs on legislation that will impact the 50-plus? This is a great place to start. Oh, and Not the Legislative Director Jason Tomcsi finally gets to live out his dream of coaching the big game.

Episode 77 - February 2, 2024
On episode four of The Legislative Director Talking about Legislative Things, Ambre and Jason talk progress on three bills and a setback on a fourth. Jason recounts his experience with the recently convened Indiana Behavioral Health Commission - a study group AARP Indiana advocated for during the 2023 Indiana General Assembly.

Episode 76 - January 27, 2024
On this week's episode of The Legislative Director Talking about Legislative Things, Ambre and Jason break down AARP Indiana's recent lobby day activity, the Coffee Cart! Get an inside look at how our Legislative Team operates, as well as this week's action at the statehouse. Coffee brewed, issue fact sheets printed, ready to advocate for the 50-plus.

Episode 75 - January 20, 2024
On this week's episode, the gang talks Mobile Integrated Health, an approach to healthcare that reaches people at home - where they want to be! Ambre and Jason also dig into the latest round of the Indiana General Assembly's year's-long transportation tussle as SB 52 advances. The stakes are high for Hoosiers who want reliable transportation AND the option to age in place.

Episode 74 - January 12, 2024
The Indiana General Assembly is back in action, and you know that means we’re ready to start a new season of The Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things! New to the show? Here’s what you need to know: The AARP Indiana Legislative Team is in the thick of advocating on behalf of the 50-plus while at the Indiana Statehouse. Tune in every week to learn about bills we’re engaging on, and find out what’s on the policy menu during our season seven premiere!


Episode 73 - May 5, 2023
It’s over. The 2023 Indiana General Assembly closed for business in the early hours of April 28. When the session ended just before 3 a.m., what did the state’s budget look like? Ambre and Jason analyze the budget decisions made by legislators that will impact Hoosiers for the next two years and beyond. There are reasons for the 50-plus to celebrate – but there is much more work to be done. Get a sense of the road ahead on this week’s episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things. And someone get these staffers some coffee!

Episode 72 - April 22, 2023
On this week's episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, Ambre and Jason dissect five bills the Indiana General Assembly is considering. And once again, there are efforts to put transit expansion in the slow lane. Where's the exit ramp for this issue?

Episode 71 - April 14, 2023
Ambre and Jason dissect HB 1001, the main budget bill being ushered through the Indiana General Assembly. Did AARP Indiana’s funding priorities survive the lawmaking process so far? The team braces itself for the chaos that is the last few weeks of the session.

Episode 70 - April 8, 2023
Fear and loathing infiltrate the show this week when Not the Legislative Director forgets a key task. Also, the team gives an extra glimpse into the day of a Legislative Team Volunteer.

Episode 69 - April 1, 2023
On the latest episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, the team makes quick work as they wait for Ambre's allergy meds to start working.

Episode 67 - March 25, 2023
Ambre and Jason are searching for synonyms on this episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things. There’s good – even great – news about some of the bills we continue to watch this session.

Episode 66 - March 18, 2023
A live show. A legislator guest. A team of volunteers at the Statehouse. Coffee AND pie. This episode has it all!

Episode 65 - March 10, 2023
The crossover episode everyone has been waiting for! Directors of Community Engagement, Emily and Addison, join Ambre and Jason for this week's episode. They talk about what the AARP Indiana team has been up to all over the state and preview a big event next week.

Episode 64 - March 3, 2023
There’s the halftime buzzer! On this episode of the Legislator Director Talking About Legislative Things, Ambre and Jason give a lightning fast rundown on the status of a ton of bills that AARP is watching or has engaged with. Both an APRN bill and anti-transit legislation ended the first half of the session on the bench – will they get any minutes in the second half? Time will tell.

Episode 63 - February 24, 2023
On this week’s episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, Jason and Ambre talk about a couple of bills that have been stopped cold… but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. We’re nearing the halfway point of session, and it’s too early to declare victory. It’s a race against time, especially because Ambre’s computer is dying.

Episode 62 - February 18, 2023
On the latest episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, there's an in-studio guest! Andy Nielsen from the Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute drops by and things get wonky! From housing to installment loans, the team takes a deep dive into legislation. And in a first ever for the show, Jason doesn't have much to add to the conversation.

Episode 61 - February 10, 2023
Ambre and Jason get right down to business and analyze a slew of bills. Our Legislative Team gets a shout-out for their work on behalf of Hoosier renters. Also, Jason is ready for a nap. Can someone get this guy a cup of coffee?

Episode 60 - February 3, 2023
On this week's episode of The Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, Ambre and Jason provide updates on AARP Indiana's priorities at the Statehouse. A couple of our friends make special appearances, and... Jason, is it getting dusty in the studio? Are you OK? Let's try and keep it professional.

Episode 59 - January 27, 2023
It's Public Health Day at the Statehouse and the Legislative Director is in attendance and chats with Indiana Health Commissioner, Dr. Box!

Episode 58 - January 20, 2023
What is going on!? The team is back for a brand new season of The Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things. And they're back in their old confines and ready for 2023 Indiana General Assembly. Sort of. Can we get two tenderloins, please?

Season 6 Trailer
It's time to go back to where it all started. The new season is coming soon!


Episode 57 - May 18, 2022
On this episode of the Legislative Director Talking about Legislative Things, the team takes a break from heavy analysis. On this episode, Ambre and Jason take a few minutes to talk about how you can recognize volunteers in your community. The Golden Hoosier Award and the Andrus Award for Community Service are on the horizon.

Episode 56 - May 12, 2022
On this episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, Ambre and Jason welcome two special guests that help provide analysis on the continuing battle over transit expansion in Indianapolis. It's a LDTLT first!

Episode 55 - April 21, 2022
In this lightning round episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, the team gives a rundown on tax-related bills that will impact older Hoosiers when they become law. Buckle in!

Episode 54 - April 6, 2022
On this episode of the Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things, the team chats about AARP Indiana's victories for healthcare access during the 2022 Indiana General Assembly. The show is back, and now with more boops and beeps!

Episode 53 - March 11, 2022
The 2022 Indiana General Assembly has come to a close. How did AARP Indiana's Legislative Team fair at the Statehouse? Ambre and Jason give a quick overview and tee up part two of Season 5.

Episode 52 - February 24, 2022
The team takes a moment to celebrate a big win in the housing space. Questions still remain about legislation that could impact transit.

Episode 51 - February 11, 2022
The Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things hits the road! On this episode, the team is making its way back from beautiful Fort Wayne. And we learn about two bills that can impact Hoosiers' healthcare.

Episode 50 - February 4, 2022
The 2022 Indiana General Assembly is officially at halftime. What bills still have a chance of becoming law? Why are Ambre and Jason wearing cozy hats? All this and more on today's episode.

Episode 49 - January 28, 2022
The 2022 Indiana General Assembly is speeding towards half-time. It is a short session, after all. And the AARP Indiana staff and volunteers are weighing in heavy on the issues. Can the team keeps things... on track?

Episode 48 - January 22, 2022
Payday lending strikes back and with a different spin! Ambre and the team update everyone on what is going on at the statehouse. There are too many puns.

Episode 47 - January 14, 2021 (Season Premiere)
What is going on? Welcome back to The Legislative Director Talking About Legislative Things. The 2022 Indiana General Assembly is already proving to be a blockbuster. After a quick welcome back to the original Not The Legislative Director, the team gets down to business and talks action at the Statehouse.


Episode 46 - December 6, 2021 (Season 5 Teaser)
Prepare for the next legislative session and season of our podcast/video series, The Legislative Direct Talking About Legislative Things! That is, if the team can stay on script.

Episode 45 - August 12, 2021
You can fry an egg on the sidewalk outside the Statehouse, but inside the General Assembly's summer study committees is where the real cooking is happening. The team gets updates from the Legislative Director about these committees, and we give a special shout-out to a partner organization in Indianapolis.

Episode 44 - July 13, 2021
Let's talk about the American Rescue Plan, housing and utility assistance, and our recent letters to Governor Holcomb.

Episode 43 - June 28, 2021
AARP Indiana invited the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority's executive director, Jacob Sipe, onto the show to answer literally every question we could think of about Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance. This video is nothing but critical information for anyone having challenges with their rent, and in some cases, utilities.

Episode 42 - June 16, 2021
Not the Legislative Director Jason Tomcsi joins us to discuss the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Learn how you or someone you know can help get better Internet with some financial assistance.

Episode 41 - April 30, 2021
Most of the business of the 2021 Indiana General Assembly has concluded. What does that mean for the 50+? Ambre, Mandla, and Addison talk about the state's budget, the outcome of the highly publicized transit battle, high speed internet, and much more.

Episode 40 - March 31, 2021
We're in the home stretch of the 2021 Legislative Session. Let's check in with the team about what's going on at the Indiana General Assembly and what it means for older Hoosiers!

Episode 39 - March 2, 2021
What is going on at the Statehouse? Transit is on AARP Indiana's minds. Let's check in with the Legislative Director to see what's going on with transit legislation and other issues.

Episode 38 - February 11, 2021
It's the season premiere! We catch up with the Legislative Director and AARP Indiana's community engagement team. But where is Jason? We'll find out what "Not the Legislative Director" is up to, as well as what is going on at the Statehouse.

Episode 37 - November 17, 2020
It's the season finale! In this episode there's discussion on Indiana's latest COVID-19 response in long-term care facilities, the upcoming 2021 General Assembly, and some friends of the show come by to chat about the 2020 elections.

Episode 36 - September 11, 2020
In this episode: discussion on the latest letter that AARP Indiana sent to the Governor around CARES Act money, new home office setups, and a brief interruption during recording.

Episode 35 - July 31, 2020
In this episode: new long-term care data, upcoming telephone town halls, and Producer Dan makes an appearance...kind of.

Episode 34 - July 10, 2020
In this episode: an update around COVID-19 reporting in long-term care facilities and attempts to shake off some rust.

Episode 33 - May 22, 2020
In this episode they discuss a letter that AARP Indiana sent to the governor about COVID-19 transparency in long-term care facilities. There's also some shout outs to some Southern Indiana fans.

Episode 32 - May 3, 2020
In this episode: a discussion on communication requirements for nursing homes during this health crisis, an update on Indiana's upcoming primary, Fannie speaks up, and a shout out to our educators.

Episode 31 - April 24, 2020
Part 2 of our 2020 General Assembly recap. In this episode of the remaining wins from the past session are reviewed and some special shout outs!

Episode 30 - April 19, 2020
It's Part 1 of the session recap! Also included in this episode: more coronavirus resources, discussion of the word y'all, and a guest appearance from a canine fan of the show.

Episode 29 - March 27, 2020
The Governor's veto and information that AARP is providing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Episode 28 - March 13, 2020
Session is OVER. Time for a quick update before a much-deserved break.

Episode 27 - March 6, 2020
The waning days of session and your favorite dinosaur.

Special Report Part 2 - Feb. 29, 2020

Special Report Part 1 - Feb. 28, 2020
An amendment to a housing bill (SB 340) is raising concerns for Indianapolis.

Episode 26 - Feb. 28, 2020
Good things. Bad things. Lot's happening at the Statehouse.

Episode 25 - Feb. 21, 2020
Talking Rx transparency and the future of the show.

Episode 24 - Feb. 14, 2020
Road Trip!!!!!!

Episode 23 - Feb. 4, 2020
It's halftime and that requires new uniforms.

Episode 22 - Feb. 1, 2020
Travel away from the office didn't stop our Legislative Director from chatting. This episode is live from the Indianapolis Airport.

Episode 21 - Jan. 24, 2020
Lots of bills. Lots to follow. This extended episode is jammed packed!

Episode 20 - Jan. 17, 2020
It's a short session that is getting shorter by the day. This episode includes a homework assignment.

Episode 19 - Jan. 10, 2020
The new session is underway


Episode 18 - March 15, 2019
The Legislative Breakfast and start of the second half episode.

Episode 17 - March 1, 2019
The Halftime episode.

Episode 16 - Feb. 15, 2019
The Twitter episode.

Episode 15, Part 2 - Feb. 10, 2019
In part two of this episode there's movement on paid family leave and a study on prescription drug prices.

Episode 14, Part 1 - Feb. 8, 2019
The episode that sees the return of a familiar topic and a very special guest.

Episode 13 - Feb. 1, 2019
The episode that was almost canceled due to the extreme cold.

Episode 12, Part 2 - Jan. 25, 2019
The conclusion of the extended episode that talks about testifying on three bills in the same day.

Episode 12, Part 1 - Jan. 25, 2019
The extended episode that talks about testifying on three bills in the same day.

Episode 11 - Jan. 18, 2019
The episode that talks about the General Assembly moving so fast that the Legislative Director doesn't have time to talk about legislative things.

Episode 10 - Jan. 11, 2019
The episode about three things you need to know for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly.

The news season is coming in 2019!


Episode 9 - Aug. 22nd
The episode about the upcoming screenings of the documentary ZERO WEEKS and the importance of flexible workplace leave policies.
Click here for more information about the Zero Weeks tour.

Episode 8 - April 27
The episode talking about Indianapolis Power & Light's efforts to raise rates in Central Indiana.

Episode 7 - March 23rd
Session wrap-up time!

Bloopers - March 9th
Things get a little crazy during session, so here's some highlights of just how nutty it gets. It's time for some outtakes and bloopers!!!!

Episode 6 - March 2nd
The episode where they quickly recap the status of several bills that AARP Indiana is following at the Statehouse.

Episode 5 - Feb. 23rd
Part 1
Part 2
The two-part episode where they talk about bills regarding flu vaccine information, Central Indiana public transportation projects, and physicians orders for scope of treatment. They also discuss small installment loans, advanced practice registered nurses, nutritious food, and a study on voluntary paid family leave.

Episode 4 - Feb. 9th
It's halftime!

Episode 3 - Jan. 26th
The episode where they chat about the latest happenings at the Indiana Statehouse

Bonus Episode - January 24th
The episode where guest star, Mandla Moyo talks transit.

Episode 2 - January 19th
The AARP Indiana Legislative Breakfast edition.

Episode 1 - January 15th
The pilot episode.

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