A Senate committee Wednesday dramatically scaled back the scope of a bill creating a drug testing program for welfare recipients.
Brookville Republican Representative Jud McMillin’s bill originally required all welfare recipients to take a written pre-screening test meant to determine a likelihood of addiction. Recipients who showed that likelihood were then eligible to be randomly drug-tested – with their welfare benefits potentially at risk after several failed tests.
The proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage known as HJR-3 survived the 2014 session but not unscathed, losing its controversial second sentence. And it won’t be on the ballot this fall.
HJR-3’s second sentence, which banned civil unions, was removed by the House because of concerns it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits. The Senate opted against reinserting it. And the Senate ended debate on the issue this year Monday, passing HJR-3 32 to 17.
This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance you (or your special someone) will express your feelings through flowers. They've become so important to the holiday--for retailers and lovers alike--that a mild media panic ensued after some florists reported they might not get their Valentine bouquets out in time.
But when you express yourself with flowers, do you know what you're actually saying?
Opponents of HJR-3 are celebrating what they call a huge victory after the Senate Thursday failed to reinsert the measure’s controversial second sentence.
HJR-3 is the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. HJR-3’s second sentence, which banned civil unions, was removed by the House after concerns it would prohibit domestic partnership benefits.
Indiana State Fair officials say allowing alcohol sales at the annual Fair gives customers what they want, helps the Fair broaden its agricultural showcase and could generate more revenue.
Alcohol is sold at the State Fairgrounds 348 days out of the year – with the only exception being during the State Fair itself, which has been dry since 1946. Legislation proposed by Indianapolis Republican Senator Jim Merritt –who’s a member of the State Fair Commission – would repeal that prohibition.
Supporters of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, are beginning to show up in large numbers at the Statehouse as the debate over the measure continues in the Senate.
The House passed HJR-3 two weeks ago after removing the measure’s second sentence, which would ban civil unions. Monday, it passed a Senate committee.
A Senate committee Monday approved HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. The debate surrounding the measure shifted during Monday’s hearing, focusing more on the restoration of the amendment’s controversial second sentence.
The House removed HJR-3’s second sentence, which bans civil unions, after concerns were raised it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits. Proponents of the measure, including Governor Mike Pence, are calling on the Senate to reinsert that language.