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Week In Review: Budget And Abortion-Inducing Drugs

With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, some of the most significant bills were advanced by the House or Senate this week.

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And the House amended a school safety measure to send language mandating armed personnel in each Indiana public school to a summer study committee, effectively pushing the issue back at least a year.

With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, some of the most significant bills, including the budget, were advanced by the House or Senate this week.

The Senate approved its version of the budget, which includes a three percent personal income tax cut and a significant boost to roads funding. The House and Senate will now continue their negotiations over the budget in conference committee.

Another measure headed for the negotiating table expands the state’s voucher program after narrowly passing the Senate. The Senate version requires voucher recipients to spend at least one year in public school and allows kindergarten to count toward that time. It does not go as far as the House’s version, which eliminated the public school attendance requirement entirely.

The Senate sent legislation more strictly regulating abortion-inducing drugs to the governor, who is expected to sign it. The bill will likely force one Indiana facility, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette, to stop dispending the drug.

And the House amended a school safety measure to send language mandating armed personnel in each Indiana public school to a summer study committee, effectively pushing the issue back at least a year. The bill is up for passage in the House Monday.

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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