A year and a half after the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, state lawmakers are ready to enact permanent rules aimed at preventing future tragedies at outdoor events.
Last session, the General Assembly gave emergency rule-making power to the state Fire Marshal and Department of Homeland Security to develop temporary regulations for outdoor event and stage equipment.
This session, the legislature is prepared to make those rules permanent.
Opponents of legislation that would demand some welfare recipients to be drug tested say the bill risks driving children deeper into poverty. The measure cleared its first hurdle towards passage in the Senate Wednesday.
State lawmakers want to help parents find out whether their child’s school is family friendly. Legislation unanimously approved by a House committee Tuesday aims to increase parental involvement in education.
On Monday Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and his Fiscal Policy Group outlined several choices the City could take in order to save community money.
Created in 2012, the Mayor’s Fiscal Policy Group was given the job of identifying options Fort Wayne could pursue in order to avoid fiscal pitfalls in 2014. According to the City, Fort Wayne is the first city in Indiana to form a team of local and state experts to help develop tactics to fight looming budget issues.
Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity is entering the debate in Indiana over Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut. The organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut.
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly said he wants greater focus on preventing suicide among active-duty military service-members and veterans which includes increasing outreach to vets.
Last year, more combat troops took their own lives than died in combat in Afghanistan. And Sen. Donnelly said 43 % of service members who committed suicide never sought help. He said trying to combat the problem of military and veteran suicide needs to involve erasing the stigma of seeking help.
The White House has said as many as 1,000 Indiana children will lose access to early education services because of automatic federal spending cuts. But Head Start won’t start cutting slots right away, and program directors have been told to look for money elsewhere.
State lawmakers say discussion over how best to implement the Affordable Care Act will continue in the second half of this year’s legislative session. But Republican leaders say uncertainty about the financial burden placed on the state by Medicaid expansion likely eliminates that option.
Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly said it appears sequestration cuts will go into effect before a deal is reached in Congress, but negotiations won’t stop with the Friday deadline. Governor Mike Pence said the state is planning for the cuts.
The automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration could include $32 million in education cuts in Indiana, 11,000 furloughed civilian workers from the state’s defense sector and cuts to money for child immunizations and domestic violence prevention.