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Pence orders Indiana family impact statements

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New Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is telling several state agencies they must consider the impact any new regulations would have on families.

That's among 15 executive orders that Pence signed in the governor's office Monday, a few hours after his inauguration.

Pence proposed the family impact statements during his campaign. He says he wants to ensure that "intact married families" aren't hurt by state rules. He says the reviews aren't meant to disadvantage single-parent or other families.

Another order signed by the Republican governor switches the state board overseeing teacher contract negotiations so that it reports to the governor's office.

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels transferred that board in 2011 to the state schools superintendent's office. Democrat Glenda Ritz took over that office Monday from Republican Tony Bennett.

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  • Noise
    As long as they don't hire consultants to determine the family impact - this is just noise. The real issue here is Pence reducing the responsibility of the newly elected "democratic" superintendent of schools. I wonder how Ritz feels about this?
  • And so it begins...
    He's been in office one day and already he's starting with the social conservative BS. What a waste of resources! How about considering all families? As for his his little switcheroo with teacher contract negotiations, that's equally stupid. People voted in Glenda Ritz to handle these issues. Let her do her job. Oh, well, we have one thing to look forward to. Pence's inevitably poor performance as governor should torpedo his 2016 Presidential campaign hopes. He won't be inflicted on the rest of the nation.
  • That's lovely
    Yes, let's require them to prove that they aren't harming only "intact married families".. or as Pence sees them, the "only decent citizens that I care about in this state". What a joke. Why not demand that state agencies treat everyone equally and that NO ONE is hurt by state rules? What a good Christian man he is *eyeroll*
  • Outrage
    I can't believe there aren't any ardent right-wing types incensed by this rule by executive order.

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