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House Minority Leader Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) gives a floor speech on the 2019 session's opening day. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislative leaders of both parties kicked off the new session Thursday with messages of bipartisanship. But it’s also clear where some of 2019’s dividing lines will be.

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A number of elite schools, including members of the Ivy League, have gotten rid of the need for an ACT or SAT test score to get in. But Purdue President Mitch Daniels says in a recent Washington Post editorial that the West Lafayette campus will not be following suit.

On WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with him, we ask President Daniels why not and have him respond to an editorial in the Purdue student newspaper that points out what its writers think may be hypocrisy on the president’s part regarding how he talks about grade point averages and their worth.

Indiana Public Defender Commission senior staff attorney Derrick Mason discusses a proposed pilot project. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Public Defender Commission wants money for a pilot project that could help change the way parents are defended in court in Department of Child Services cases.

The 2019 legislative session gets underway January 3. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services delivered its funding request earlier this week – asking for $286 million more a year, for the next two years.

DCS Asks For $300 Million More Per Year In New Budget

Dec 10, 2018
Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon addresses the State Budget Committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Department of Child Services says it needs about $300 million more per year in funding than it got in the last state budget.

Child Welfare Agency Proposes Changes To State Law

Sep 19, 2018
The Department of Child Services wants legislators to change some of the laws that govern the child welfare agency. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services wants legislators to change some of the laws that govern the child welfare agency.

Lawmakers debated those proposed changes in a study committee Wednesday.

Governor Holcomb Calls For Special Session

Mar 19, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants lawmakers to act on a few of the issues that died last week when legislators ran out of time. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday he’ll call for a special session of the General Assembly to address some of the issues that died last week when lawmakers ran out of time at session’s end.

It will be the first non-budget special session in 16 years.

An independent consultant’s evaluation of the Department of Child Services has taken small steps in its first month on the ground. The consultant delivered its first progress report on the assessment Thursday – an update that’s yielded more questions than answers.

The evaluation of DCS began Jan. 2 and consultant Sue Steib says it’s expected to end in June. Steib says her group has already identified an agency issue: an ineffective data system.

Baby Box Legalization Effort Halted In Committee

Feb 13, 2017

 

An effort to legalize baby boxes in Indiana was halted in a Senate committee hearing about the boxes, which are meant to provide mothers an extra layer of anonymity when dropping off unwanted newborns.

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Indiana’s Department of Child Services says it’s doing all it can to comply with caseload requirements in state law and that a court can’t order it to do more.

Lawyers for the agency made that case Wednesday before the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Indiana law says the Department of Child Services must provide enough caseworkers so that the average caseload doesn’t exceed 17 children.

All but one of the 19 regions in the state exceeds that standard. Caseworker Mary Price oversees 43 children.

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