A study committee this summer will look at streamlining Indiana’s adoption process to further Governor Mike Pence’s goal of promoting adoption in the state.
Legislation passed this year funds a new adoption tax credit, about one thousand dollars per adopted child. It also creates an adoption study committee made up of people with experience in the field, including representatives from the Department of Child Services and adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and judges with adoption case experience.
The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.
Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago. The goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency.
Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.
Governor Mike Pence signed legislation Thursday to create a preschool pilot program he says is the beginning of a new chapter of hope and opportunity for Indiana’s disadvantaged children.
The program will provide anywhere between two thousand and six thousand dollars per child so low-income Hoosier kids in five counties can attend a high quality preschool program. Governor Pence signed the bill at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
Legislation that made its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s desk would halt a state-run energy conservation plan. But a coalition opposing the bill is petitioning Pence for a veto.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Energizing Indiana plan in 2009 to increase the number of energy conservation programs available to rate payers throughout the state. The program also put in place mandatory energy savings benchmarks for private utility companies.
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.
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.