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Senate Approves Scaled-Back Animal Cruelty Bill

Apr 10, 2019
Legislation requires animal shelters to humanely euthanize animals.  (Pixabay)
Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers this week approved legislation that aims to sharpen state law surrounding animal cruelty.

But the measure doesn’t go as far as its author originally wanted.

House Ways and Means Co-Chair Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) listens to discussion of the gaming bill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The 2019 session’s major gaming bill underwent a makeover Tuesday in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Montgomery County finally has a comprehensive plan for economic development. Commissioners approved a proposed plan for implementation at their meeting Monday.

The document is a set of guidelines based on surveys and research of the community. Without such a plan, Indiana counties can’t enact zoning or planning. Residents have voiced concerns over the changes zoning might bring to the community. And even on the day it was passed, commissioners heard testimony for and against the plan.

The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Two bills penalizing those who share intimate or pornographic images without a person’s consent cleared the Indiana House.

The two measures create penalties in both criminal and civil court.

Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) wants a two-year moratorium on new power plants while the legislature and utility regulators help craft a comprehensive energy plan for the state. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Republicans in a House committee this week voted to largely halt new power plants in Indiana for the next two years.

The moratorium’s architect says he wants to ensure the state’s energy future is balanced.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed hate crimes legislation into law. Two anti-abortion bills are headed to the governor’s desk. And the Senate approved a measure allowing pregnant minors to make their own health care decisions.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport). (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that ensures Indiana law deals with how volunteer coaches at high schools are disciplined.

Holcomb Signs Hate Crimes Protections Into Law

Apr 4, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb quietly signed into law Wednesday a bill that aims to create hate crimes protections.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

A draft comprehensive plan for Montgomery County was overwhelmingly approved by the county Plan Commission Wednesday, with only one member voting against it. If approved by county commissioners, it will be the first such plan for the county.

Project manager Chris Hamm presented the plan draft to the commission. He says many residents would like to preserve what Montgomery County already has.

“They want the vast majority of Montgomery County to stay rural, to stay agricultural,” he says. “And you can do that as part of this planning process.”

The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to make their own decisions about pregnancy care.

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