With the halfway point of session approaching, the House and Senate went to work this week on some of its key issues, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The week began with action on a measure Hoosier voters could see on their ballots in 2014 as the Senate passed a state constitutional amendment protecting the right to hunt and fish. Supporters say it is necessary to protect a sacred heritage that is under attack. But opponents argue no one is threatening hunting or fishing, and the amendment merely makes it harder to regulate those activities in the future.
The House approved a bill creating the Indiana Career Council, a measure authored by Speaker Brian Bosma and Minority Leader Scott Pelath. They say the Council would bring Indiana’s economic development stakeholders to one table and coordinate the state’s sometimes disjointed job creation efforts.
Both chambers also moved legislation dealing with federal health care out of committee this week. House and Senate Republicans rejected attempts by Democrats to expand the state’s Medicaid program, opting instead for expansion through the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s existing health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers.