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Easter, Final Four Shortening Timeline To Fix RFRA

Frankie Leon

If Statehouse Republicans hope to meet Governor Mike Pence’s end-of-the-week deadline fix the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, they’ll have to make those fixes Thursday.

That’s because the Easter holiday weekend and the culmination of the NCAA basketball tournament Monday mean lawmakers are about to take a four-day weekend.

House Speaker Brian Bosma maintains the bill never allowed discrimination, but says new language will clarify that point.

Senate President David Long says the language is still in discussion and nothing has been decided.

Though Democrats have called for a full repeal of the bill, they effectively have little say in the process of redrawing the bill, because Republicans hold supermajorities in both houses of the Indiana General Assembly, as well as controlling the governor’s office.