A House committee Tuesday approved legislation that opponents say will prevent state agencies from enacting much-needed protections. But proponents argue it will help ensure agencies don’t overstep their rulemaking authority.
Advocates for high-fenced deer hunting preserves want lawmakers to finally end the debate over their existence in a battle that goes back a decade. A House committee heard testimony on the bill Monday.
Legislation to legalize and regulate high-fenced deer hunting preserves has failed in past sessions. But Shelbyville Republican Representative Sean Eberhart, the bill’s author, is more hopeful for success after a summer study committee recommended its passage.
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.