Indiana hospitals will have to report to the state cases of babies born addicted to drugs under legislation unanimously approved by the House Monday.
The condition is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – newborns exposed to addictive illegal or prescription drugs before they’re born. But just trying to understand the scope of the problem has been difficult, in part because hospitals aren’t required to report the condition.
The Senate sponsor of a bill requiring some welfare recipients to be drug tested says he thinks he’s found the right balance for the measure to pass.
The original welfare drug testing bill would have required all welfare recipients to submit to a pre-screening test that determines a likelihood of addiction. Those showing that likelihood would then be subject to a drug test.
Follow-up legislation to last year’s criminal code overhaul bill is headed to the Senate floor after a committee Thursday added potential funding help for local communities.
The purpose behind the state’s criminal code overhaul was in part to divert low-level offenders away from prison and into local community corrections programs. But so far, the General Assembly hasn’t done much to provide those local programs more money.
Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says, for now, the legislature can begin to address local needs by creating a grant program.
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Surrounded by children at a pre-kindergarten program on the east side of Indianapolis Wednesday, Governor Pence emphasized the need for Indiana to begin providing preschool opportunities for low-income Hoosiers. He says “the time is now” for the legislature to reinstate a pre-k pilot program.
The Senate Education Committee gutted a bill last week that would have provided vouchers for one thousand low-income children in five counties to attend preschool. They replaced it with a study committee on the issue.
Conservatives and liberals spend quite a bit of time arguing about this question. Even when they agree on a role the government is supposed to play, they often will argue about how the government is supposed to play that role.
While the ideological differences between the two parties can explain their varying perspectives on the role of government, the reality is that even those with the same ideology disagree on what they want government to do.
The Senate Environmental Affairs chairman halted the progress of a bill aimed at handcuffing state regulators from enacting environmental standards stricter than the federal government’s.
Legislation authored by Warsaw Republican Representative David Wolkins would bar the Indiana Department of Environmental Management from enacting standards more stringent than those created by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Wolkins says he’s trying to ensure state regulators seek legislative approval before creating stricter rules.