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One of the first bills headed to the governor’s desk this session will allow Indiana students to easily carry and apply sunscreen at school.

That’s as some lawmakers grumble about why the bill was necessary.

Lawmakers Weigh New School Coalition Pilot Program

Feb 19, 2018

School coalitions could become a new feature of the state’s education system, as lawmakers consider another pilot program to better prepare students for life after high school.

Indiana lawmakers may codify some existing practices when it comes to cleaning up the state’s voter rolls. And legislation unanimously approved by a Senate committee Monday deals with a part of Indiana law that’s subject to a pending lawsuit.

Indiana uses a multi-state database to find voters who’ve moved. If the Indiana voter’s name and birth date match another state’s records, the state digs further, looking at information such as Social Security number and zip code.

About 11 percent of Hoosiers have diabetes and an estimated third of the state has pre-diabetes.  A new start-up company will breed a rare type of pig used to study diabetes treatments and look for a cure.

The new business partnership between Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine scientists will produce the Ossabaw pigs which are predisposed to diabetes.

GOP Senate Candidates Set For First Debate

Feb 16, 2018

Indiana’s three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate – former state Rep. Mike Braun, U.S.Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville), and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg) – will meet this week in the campaign’s first debate in the lead up to May’s primary.

The GOP primary’s tone has been described by some as nasty and rancorous. University of Indianapolis political science professor Laura Merrifield Wilson says that’s unlikely to change in the debate.

Indiana lawmakers want to create a new crime to dramatically increase penalties for drug dealers if the buyer overdoses and dies.

Under current law, if you give a friend a small amount of Adderall or Ritalin and they overdose and die, you could get up to two and a half years in prison. If proposed legislation passes, you could get up to 40 years.

Senate Education Committee Delays School Finance Bill Vote

Feb 15, 2018

An Indiana Senate committee has decided to postpone voting on a controversial school financials bill because of its effect on Muncie and Gary schools. Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.

Last year, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) singled out Gary and Muncie schools for their financial debts, putting emergency management processes in place.

READ MORE: Can Gary Schools Be Saved By A State Takeover?

Maternal Mortality Bill Moves Forward

Feb 15, 2018

A bill to create a maternal mortality review committee passed a House committee this week. It seeks to determine the reason for Indiana’s high maternal mortality rate – when a mother dies during pregnancy or in childbirth.

These rates are on the rise in many states, including Indiana. Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) proposed a bill this session to investigate the cause.

“Our death rate for moms having babies in our state is twice that of the national average,” says Leising.

House Committee Hears Testimony On Sex Education Bill

Feb 15, 2018

The House Education Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would require schools to make sex education instructional materials available to parents and require parents to opt-in to instruction.

Elkhart Police Department

Jacob Ryan Underwood, 22, from Elkhart has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of a destructive device in an arrest that may have a connection with the pipe bombs found in Mishawaka in late January.

 

Underwood is also accused of watching two other pipe bombs be made and later throwing them out of a car window in Mishawaka.  

Investigators linked Underwood to an explosion outside of his home, and also with assisting in the construction of a pipe bomb.

 


A bill to open up the industrial hemp industry in Indiana passed a Senate panel, even as supporters face pushback from some skeptical lawmakers.

'Soft Skills' Bill Moves Forward In House

Feb 15, 2018

Legislation to improve employability, or soft skills, for Hoosier students is another step closer to becoming law. Those include things like getting to work on time and working well with others.

Ports Of Indiana Land Record Numbers In 2017

Feb 14, 2018

Ports of Indiana officials are hoping a successful 2017 sets the stage for more growth this year.

The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons of cargo in 2017 – a 5 percent increase from the previous year and the second highest annual shipment total between the three ports. This marks the fourth consecutive year the organization exceeded the 10 million ton threshold. Officials estimate the ports generate almost $8 billion in economic development each year.

Committee Debates Potential Changes To Airbnb Bill

Feb 14, 2018

Legislation to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb may undergo some tweaks in the Senate.

The measure prohibits local governments from banning short-term rentals. It does allow locals to require permits for those who use platforms such as Airbnb. And it says municipalities can charge a permit fee of up to $150.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana met Wednesday in Indianapolis. The group received a brief update of what was happening with the state’s independent assessment of the Department of Child Services.

Newly appointed DCS Director Terry Stigdon says members of the review team have conducted many interviews.

“Providers that partners with DCS to provide care that’s needed to children,” says Stigdon. “They have met with legislators as well.”

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