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The Indiana House approved a surplus spending bill Monday. It now goes to the Senate.

Senate Democrats Pitch Their Teacher Pay Proposals

Jan 9, 2020

Indiana Senate Democrats offered their plans Thursday to boost teacher pay – in both the short term and the long term.

courtesy Purdue University

Commercial solar power projects in Clinton County could need to meet new standards in order to operate, after the Area Plan Commission passed a solar power ordinance Tuesday.

APC Executive Director Elizabeth Stitzel says it was time to amend the county’s 2015 unified development ordinance with more detailed requirements. She says the new criteria will help mitigate what she calls a “free for all” approach.

A House committee easily approved legislation Wednesday to raise the age to smoke and vape from 18 to 21.

Indiana lawmakers say they’ll push forward with legislation to increase the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

That’s despite Congress already making that change to federal law.

Marijuana advocates gathered outside the Statehouse Monday in support of several bills. Lawmakers who spoke at the rally say they don’t expect legalization this year, but they’re making steps forward. 

Indiana House Democrats say they want the state to invest in “human capital” this year – everything from paid family leave to teacher pay raises and better mental health care access in schools.

The 2020 legislative session begins Monday as lawmakers gather in Indianapolis for a short session, which is slated to end in mid-March.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) will lead his colleagues as Speaker of the House after 2020, but some public education advocates are wary of his ties to a controversial education figure in Indiana. 

More Gaming Industry Changes Possible In Legislature

Jan 2, 2020

Lawmakers in 2019 passed gaming legislation that was called the most transformative measure for the industry in decades.