Legislation a Senate committee approved Thursday creates a new Indiana energy efficiency program to replace the one lawmakers eliminated last year. But critics say the bill unfairly favors utilities over ratepayers.
Indiana’s previous program set energy efficiency goals utility companies were expected to meet. Legislation proposed by Indianapolis Republican Senator Jim Merritt – and crafted by Governor Mike Pence’s office – allows utility companies to set their own savings goals. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission would then approve the utilities’ plans.
A Senate committee Tuesday approved legislation expanding the statute of limitations in rape cases.
Under current law, the statute of limitations to prosecute for rape is five years. Jenny Ewing, a former Indiana resident, says she was raped in 2005 but, in her words, “made the mistake” of not reporting it.
Her attacker recently confessed to police, but because the five-year statute of limitations had expired, authorities were unable to prosecute him.
Changes to Indiana’s redistricting system likely won’t take place until at least 2017 under a new proposal from House legislative leaders that would create a redistricting study committee.
The committee would be charged with studying redistricting for the next two years, with a report due in December 2016. Under the bill, the committee would consider several issues, including state and federal redistricting laws, the cost of a reform effort, and redistricting systems in other states.
Governor Mike Pence says he wants the 2015 meeting of the General Assembly to be an “education session,” and the budget Pence proposed Thursday shares that focus.
The proposal contains a $200 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years. That includes about $41 million more specifically set aside for charter schools.
Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that money would be used to increase per-pupil funding by $1,500 and would reduce inequity between funding of charters and traditional public schools.
Governor Mike Pence says he wants the State Budget Committee to release the second half of the Major Moves 2020 fund. That would amount to $200 million dollars for road projects.
Listen to Brandon Smith's story on Gov. Pence's request to release the rest of the money from the Major Moves 2020 fund.
Two years ago, lawmakers put aside $400 million into what they called the Major Moves 2020 fund. It was meant for long-term, future projects. Pence last year secured the release of half of the fund to add lanes to major interstates. The governor Tuesday announced he will ask the State Budget Committee to approve the transfer of the remaining 200 million. He says it will be used for capacity building.
A recent book detailing Mitch Daniels’ near-presidential campaign makes it clear that Cheri Daniels and their kids were the biggest factor in the former governor opting against a run for the White House. As speculation swirls about a potential Mike Pence presidential run, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talked to Indiana First Lady Karen Pence about what she thinks about the issue.
Hoosier First Lady Karen Pence says the struggles of being a family in politics are something she thinks about.