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Governor picks up pace on bill signings

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continued signing into law measures dealing with everything from adoption to control of feral cat populations as the clock wound down on taking action on bills from the 2014 session.

Pence has one week from the time a bill a reaches his desk to sign, veto or allow the measure to go into law without his signature. State lawmakers finished work during their 2014 session earlier this month and have been awaiting Pence's decisions on some key measures.

He delivered an answer Wednesday afternoon on one key measure, allowing central Indiana counties to decide whether to raise taxes to pay for a mass transit program.

"While I still have reservations about the sustainability of expanded mass transit services, I signed this bill because the General Assembly made significant improvements during the legislative process, bringing to closure years of debate on this issue," Pence said in a prepared statement.

Questions remained Wednesday, however, if he would veto a bill halting the state's energy-efficiency program. The battle has pitted environmentalists and a handful of top companies against the state's manufacturing and utility interests.

Lawmakers ended their 2014 session two weeks ago, but bills have been trickling across the governor's desk since then. Pence planned to hold bill signings throughout the state Thursday on a handful of his top priorities, including a preschool pilot program and new funding for major road expansions.

Outside the high-profile signings, Pence has inked an array of new measures into law. On Wednesday, he approved new regulations for feral cat populations in trailer parks, a series of measures promoting Indiana agriculture and new rules for the inspection of private buses. He also approved a measure that could promote the growth of industrial hemp, a sweeping overhaul of the state's criminal sentencing rules and new rules for unlicensed child care providers that receive government dollars.

He signed into law Tuesday a new tax credit to promote adoption, one of his 2014 agenda items. He also approved the creation of a program for women veterans and a measure encouraging veterans to become teachers.

In addition, on Wednesday, Pence signed into law a bill that creates the Indiana Grown Initiative.

The initiative is intended to promote Indiana agriculture in the state. The law requires a panel to brainstorm ways to market locally grown agricultural products, such as meats and vegetables, and encourage local businesses to sell more products from within the state.

The panel will include representatives from restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets.

The panel also will recommend further legislation that promotes selling Indiana agriculture in the state each year.

To look at many of the bills that made it to Pence, see IBJ's legislative recap.

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  • they have it backwards
    Perhaps the legislature should consider a bill that targets the proliferation of trailers and mobile homes among feral cat populations...makes more sense than most of the legislation considered this session...not much here that will spark job creation or boost the economy...shameful performance by the legislature...

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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

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