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Some of the biggest stories from the Statehouse this week were about bills dying, rather than moving forward.
Two controversial pieces of legislation failed to advance in the General Assembly this week, though one might still be alive. House Speaker Brian Bosma sent a bill that would allow creationism to be taught in public schools to the Rules Committee, a procedural move that essentially kills the legislation.
The bill’s author, Republican Senator Dennis Kruse, says he plans to resurrect the idea in future sessions. A bill mandating drug testing for welfare recipients hit a wall in the Senate this week when it failed to pass out of committee. But Republican Representative Jud McMillin, who authored the measure, says he hopes to add the program into other legislation. Since it passed the House, the bill’s language can be inserted into other bills in conference committee.
Governor Mitch Daniels avoided having to testify in a lawsuit between the state and technology company IBM. Attorneys for both parties argued before the state Supreme Court on Monday. IBM’s lawyer said the governor had relevant testimony over the breach-of-contract suit. But the Supreme Court ruled the governor does not have to give a deposition.