Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, plans to sponsor a bill that would boost mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes.
All four state legislative leaders say an increased emphasis on providing early childhood education will be a key focus of the upcoming session.
Tensions continue to build between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the rest of the State Board, but legislative leaders would prefer not to get involved.
Despite GOP assurances to the contrary, the House Minority Leader's prediction comes as Glenda Ritz battles with the State Board of Education.
House Speaker Brian Bosma says the debate about new academic standards has become a 'distraction' and Indiana should leave the Common Core.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he hopes Glenda Ritz and the State Board can work out their differences, but the legislature will intervene if necessary.
Republican leaders say the decision to move forward on the amendment will be made internally by House and Senate Republican caucuses.
Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb and vice chair Sandi Huddleston plan to step down July 9.
The House Speaker says an income tax cut will be part of the final budget.
House Speaker Brian Bosma says the legislature is largely finished dealing with implementation of the Affordable Care Act this session.