Indiana lawmakers were still working late Tuesday to make deals on key bills about gambling, education and local criminal justice programs with just one day left in the 2015 legislative session.
The Pence administration would be banned from constructing a new, $25 million state archives building along the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis under the budget bill lawmakers plan to approve Wednesday.
Most charter schools would get additional money, teachers would get a $100 tax credit and the governor’s regional cities initiative would be funded under a budget compromise the Indiana House and Senate reached Tuesday.
Carly Fiorina gave a speech Monday to 900 people in Indianapolis. The former CEO of Hewlett Packard is one of more than a dozen Republicans who are running or considering a bid for the presidential nomination in 2016.
The bill's provisions include banning sales to those younger than 18, establishing manufacturing safety standards, and requiring child-proof and tamper-proof caps on containers.
Gov. Mike Pence is underwater and vulnerable to a challenge in 2016, according to a poll released Thursday morning by Howey Politics Indiana.
State lawmakers will have about $213 million less to spend during the next two years than they thought they would when they started working on the next two-year budget.
Christy Denault, who started with Pence during his campaign for governor in 2012, said in a resignation letter that the “time has come for me to devote my energy and time to my family.”
The Senate bill, which passed 36-13, doesn’t allow live dealers to oversee table games at the state’s horse track-based casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville, at least not for five years. And that could be a deal-breaker in the House.
A bill that would provide $20 million to help expand and renovate Michael Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium at IUPUI for the Indy Eleven soccer team passed the Indiana Senate on Thursday.
Indiana Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank.
The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that places new security requirements on e-liquid producers and bans retailers from selling them to minors.
Senate Bill 412, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the costly Energizing Indiana program, which the General Assembly canceled last year over the objections of environmental groups.