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Indiana Statehouse: A Week In Review

A creationism bill and legislation that would require drug testing for welfare recipients died in the legislature this week.

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The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that Governor Mitch Daniels does not have to testify in the IBM case.

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.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Indiana is run by a bunch of crazies.  How many high tech companies are going to locate to a state with a bunch of ignorant Bible thumping crazies?

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