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Appointed Superintendent Bill Heads To Governor

Apr 18, 2017


The House advanced a bill to the governor Tuesday to make the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed, rather than elected position.

The bill as it originally left the House made the state schools superintendent an appointed position beginning in 2021.

Hopes Dim To Raise Indiana’s Cigarette Tax This Year

Apr 18, 2017
(Jill Sheridan/IPB News)

In the last few hours of the legislative session, as lawmakers work out the final details of the budget, the proposed cigarette tax increase faces its last chance to pass.

Few Issues Remain Undecided In Vaping Regulations Bill

Apr 17, 2017


House and Senate authors of new vaping regulations say they’re in 99 percent agreement on the bill as the session’s end draws near.

There’s general agreement in the e-liquid bill about rules that include reporting ingredients to state regulators and certain labeling and bar code requirements.

One of the biggest education bills this session seeks to expand the current pre-K pilot program, but the current version of the bill includes funding a new, home school preschool option.

One part of the bill allocates $1 million per year for digital preschool services for families to use at home.

Gov. Eric Holcomb will soon find out which three candidates he’ll choose from to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker.

Indiana’s Judicial Nominating Commission is made up of the Chief Justice, three members chosen by the governor and three lawyers elected by other lawyers. When a judicial vacancy comes up on the state’s Supreme Court, the commission winnows a field of candidates down to three for the governor to pick from.


A bill advanced by the House this week would allow governments to charge people up to $20 an hour for public records searches that take longer than two hours. Critics argue that the public shouldn’t have to pay to access public records. Former Gov. Mike Pence vetoed a similar measure two years ago.

Prayer In School Bill Heads To Indiana Gov. Holcomb

Apr 13, 2017

Bipartisan legislation that seeks to protect religious freedom for students has been sent to Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The bill by Indianapolis Democratic Rep. John Bartlett says traditional public and charter schools can not discriminate against students or parents because of their religious beliefs. It also asserts students’ right to wear religious clothing and express their beliefs in class writings.

Bartlett has said a lack of faith by teens and young adults has resulted in social ills such as drug use and killings.

Legislation making the state schools superintendent an appointed position is in limbo as the House weighs its options.

FAFSA Filing Deadline is April 15 In Indiana

Apr 13, 2017

This Saturday is the deadline for Indiana students to fill out their application for college financial aid, including the federal Pell Grant.

To receive financial aid for college, students must complete the FAFSA — that’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“Every prospective college student—whether they’re a high school senior or a returning adult—should complete the FAFSA,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said.

School Explores Benefits Of Teaching With Music

Apr 13, 2017


From the parking lot at Tindley Genesis Academy in Indianapolis – you can hear music.

Outside of the school, it’s a dull thumping, but once you enter the front door, drumming, shrieking and synchronized chanting greets you – before the secretary has a chance to say hello.

It’s coming from the gym.

Second through fourth grade classes stand on the sidelines of the basketball court, drumming, dancing and taking turns singing their class chants.

Legislation allowing police to take DNA from anyone arrested for a felony is on its way to the governor’s desk.

The Senate advanced the bill after a lengthy debate about its constitutionality.

Proponents of the measure argue that taking a DNA sample from an arrestee is the same as taking their mugshot or fingerprints. And Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis) says that’s supported by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The author of a bill barring local communities from banning short-term rentals – such as Airbnb – put a clock on final negotiations over the controversial measure.

Rep. Matt Lehman’s (R-Berne) bill – as it currently stands – would limit rentals to no more than 30 days in a row and 180 days total in a year. It would also require owners to have liability insurance.

Gov. Eric Holcomb will soon have to decide whether to sign a bill dealing with parental notification of abortion after the Senate advanced the measure.

Girls under the age of 18 can go to court to get consent for abortion if their parents don’t give that consent.

A new report from the Animal Welfare Institute says Indiana lags in enforcing humane slaughter rules at small, state-inspected meat plants – that it issues citations, but never stops production.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health took issue with that logic, saying its inspectors are doing their jobs.

Indiana’s new revenue forecast is slightly more optimistic about the state’s fiscal picture for the next two years. But House and Senate fiscal leaders say it doesn’t change their budget plans.