As Session Ends, Lawmakers Negotiate Final Legislation

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on the week at the Statehouse.

The Senate earlier this session eliminated a pre-k pilot program the House created that would provide vouchers for 1,000 low-income Hoosier children to attend preschool.

But Senate President Pro Tem David Long says there’s now a compromise in the works that could provide a smaller pilot.

The Senate sent legislation to the governor creating a study on Indiana’s sexual assault crisis. Concerns had been raised about the cost of the study, but the Pence administration, working with the bill’s author, allayed those concerns.

The legislation also expands the state’s Lifeline law providing immunity from underage drinking charges for drunk minors who seek police or medical help for any reason.

A bill is headed to the governor’s desk that creates an adoption tax credit. The measure is one of Governor Mike Pence’s priorities.

And legislation regulating mopeds finally passed the Senate after four years of failed attempts. The bill requires drivers of low-powered mopeds to have a license plate and raises the speed limit on the vehicles to 35 miles per hour. It would not require moped drivers to have insurance.

For more, statehouse reporter Brandon Smith joins Indiana Neswsdesk host Joe Hren for a lighting round on key pieces of legislation, including pre-k and the business personal property tax.

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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