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.
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.
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.
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.
The State of Indiana is diverting federal money to help local communities demolish abandoned homes. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the program will help stabilize neighborhoods and reduce foreclosures.
Indiana has the highest percentage of abandoned foreclosed homes in the country, with estimates of more than 50,000 abandoned homes statewide. The state received approval from the federal government to divert $75 million from its Hardest Hit Fund – which helps Hoosiers avoid foreclosure – for a Blight Elimination Program.
(Ed. note: This month, we're launching a series of weekly columns from contributors across the community on topics like health, politics, food and more. This is the second column in our series.)
Indiana’s education standards include requirements regarding civics and government. But I am a realist. I know that just because a standard exists, there is no guarantee that a student will retain information any longer than it takes to through a test, if that long. Life has an interesting way of providing moments when those things we were required to learn, and forgot, suddenly have relevance. The legislative process is one of those things.
The House Tuesday approved the amended version of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.
The House voted Monday to alter HJR-3, taking out the measure’s controversial second sentence banning civil unions. That version of the amendment passed the House by a comfortable margin Tuesday, 57 to 40.
The change also restarts the ratification process, potentially putting it on the ballot in 2016, instead of this fall.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says simply removing the second sentence isn’t enough:
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers Monday voted to remove a portion of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. The change would also restart the ratification process.
Twenty-three Republicans joined 29 Democrats to approve an amendment offered by West Lafayette Republican Representative Randy Truitt removing HJR-3’s second sentence, a portion that banned legal statuses “substantially similar” to marriage.