Lawmakers returned to Indianapolis this week striving to pass several controversial bills before their statutory deadline March 14th

Program: WVPE Features

Reporter: Marianne Holland, IPBS

Airdate: 03/12/2010

After missing a self imposed deadline last week for ending the session, lawmakers returned to Indianapolis this week striving to pass several controversial bills before their statutory deadline March 14th

 

Statehouse leaders told reporters Thursday night they have worked out draft agreements on unemployment insurance, job creation, and school funding flexibility.  At the time this update was recorded, they were also striving to adjourn the session Friday afternoon. 

 

Earlier this session, the legislature approved a public vote on constitutionally protected property tax caps, as well as a bill reforming lobbyist and legislator ethics.  They also passed two gun bills that allow most people to bring their guns to work if stored in a locked vehicle, and a second one that bans the public from obtaining information about people who have gun carrying permits. 

 

However, no deal was struck to allow land-based casinos or institute a statewide smoking ban in public places.  The General Assembly also failed to approve any changes reforming the process for drawing political maps. 

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