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House Amends Controversial School Vouchers Bill

The Indiana House amended the controversial school vouchers bill that contributed to the House Democrats’ five-week walkout. As part of the negotiations to bring the Democrats back to the Statehouse, Republicans lowered a cap on the number of vouchers available to 7,500 in the first year and 15,000 in the second year.

LaPorte Representative Tom Dermody said lowering the cap allows the state to examine the process and evaluate its effectiveness. An amendment lowering the income level of families eligible for school vouchers also passed. Democrats offered a number of amendments to significantly change the bill, almost all of which were defeated.

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