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.
Senate Republicans Monday rejected an attempt to revive a preschool pilot program that had been eliminated in a Senate committee last week.
The House overwhelmingly approved legislation creating a pilot program that would provide vouchers for 1,000 low-income Hoosier children to attend preschool. But the Senate Education Committee gutted the bill, replacing the pilot program with a study committee that will examine specific issues with pre-Kindergarten education.
South Bend Democratic Senator John Broden wants to add the pilot program back into the bill.
Former WBOI host and longtime station volunteer Doug Gruber died Wednesday at the age of 77 after battling complications from several illnesses.
Gruber's distinctive voice helped shape the organization’s musical footprint and overall sound for nearly two decades.
He started as a classical music host for WBNI, but his passion for the likes of Dave Brubeck and others eventually led him to become WBOI’s jazz coordinator and host of the Saturday program “All That Jazz.”
A pilot program aimed at providing pre-kindergarten educational opportunities for low-income Hoosier kids was stripped out of a bill in a Senate committee Wednesday. The program – a major initiative of Governor Mike Pence – was replaced with a mandated study of the issue.
Proposed legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House created a framework for a preschool pilot program. It would have served about a thousand four-year-olds in five counties, with funding to kick in next year.