Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Thursday he will assign HJR-3 to the House Rules Committee and hopes to get it to the floor without changes. HJR-3 is the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.
Governor Mike Pence has declared an energy emergency in Indiana as the state faces a severe propane shortage. He announced Wednesday the state will provide more support for low-income Hoosiers facing increased energy prices.
High demand, extreme winter weather and transportation issues have combined to create a severe propane shortage in Indiana. Pence says the series of steps the state is taking to address the shortage include extending an earlier proclamation easing restrictions on hours of service for propane transporters until March.
A panel of state lawmakers is considering a proposal that would bar Indiana from returning to the nationally-crafted Common Core at the end of a year-long review. Instead, the bill would require Indiana-specific standards.
This is the third year Indianapolis Republican Senator Scott Schneider has filed anti-Common Core legislation. Last year he got lawmakers to agree to a year-long review of the nationally-crafted standards Indiana adopted in 2010.
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Indiana’s education standards include requirements regarding civics and government. But I am a realist. I know that just because a standard exists, there is no guarantee that a student will retain information any longer than it takes to through a test, if that long. Life has an interesting way of providing moments when those things we were required to learn, and forgot, suddenly have relevance. The legislative process is one of those things.
The House Tuesday approved the amended version of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.
The House voted Monday to alter HJR-3, taking out the measure’s controversial second sentence banning civil unions. That version of the amendment passed the House by a comfortable margin Tuesday, 57 to 40.
The change also restarts the ratification process, potentially putting it on the ballot in 2016, instead of this fall.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says simply removing the second sentence isn’t enough:
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers Monday voted to remove a portion of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. The change would also restart the ratification process.
Twenty-three Republicans joined 29 Democrats to approve an amendment offered by West Lafayette Republican Representative Randy Truitt removing HJR-3’s second sentence, a portion that banned legal statuses “substantially similar” to marriage.
Fort Wayne is a diverse community. With nearly 25% non-white residents, it’s one of the most diverse cities in Indiana.
But in 2013, data compiled by the Fort Wayne Commission on African-American Males pointed to a wide achievement gap between black males in Fort Wayne and other men in the community. From education to income to incarceration, they’re generally worse off than their peers. The city received a technical grant from the National League of Cities to keep investigating the issue.
Many of the same faces, much of the same testimony, but a different result – a House committee Wednesday approved the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.
The House Judiciary Committee last week took more than three hours of testimony on the proposed amendment known as HJR-3. But that committee did not take a vote, and after concerns arose that it would not pass the committee, House Speaker Brian Bosma reassigned HJR-3 to the House Elections Committee.
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On November 2, 2013, Tim Bowers fell from a tree stand, leaving him paralyzed and ventilator dependent for the rest of his life.