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General Assembly enters final weeks with full schedule

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Indiana’s biennial budget is eligible to receive a second reading in the Senate Monday as the Indiana General Assembly enters the final weeks of its regular session.

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the House budget proposal HB 1001 along party lines. The proposal includes cutting individual income taxes by 3 percent which totals about $150 million annually; establishing a Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund with $200 million appropriated yearly for highway expansion projects; and increasing funding to the Department of Child Services by $30 million per year to provide funding for additional caseworkers and hotline improvements.

Other bills scheduled for a second reading in the Senate include:
•    House Bill 1006, making various changes to the criminal code;
•    House Bill 1003, expanding the state’s school voucher program,
•    House Bill 1393, which establishes the Judicial Technology Oversight Committee and increases fees for all civil, criminal, infraction and ordinance violation actions; and
•    House 1482, which allows certain criminal records to be expunged.

In the House Monday, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 224 and SB 225, the measures outlining the appointment of delegates and their duties to an Article V Constitutional Convention.

These two bills along with Senate Joint Resolution 18 were authored by Senate Pro Tem President David Long, R-Fort Wayne. They call for states to convene a Constitutional Convention with the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would limit the commerce and taxing powers of Congress.

The session is scheduled to wrap up April 29.

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