Indiana House approves school safety funding

A bill making an additional $5 million available for safety improvements was approved by the Indiana House as the first major action taken during what’s expected to be a one-day special session.

Posted: May 14, 2018 10:59 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the Indiana Legislature’s special session (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A bill making an additional $5 million available for safety improvements was approved by the Indiana House as the first major action taken during what’s expected to be a one-day special session.

The measure was approved Monday morning on a 96-1 vote. The House also approved a bill that made some technical changes to the state’s tax code, while also offering a tax break to the asphalt industry. The Senate is expected to vote on the bills Monday afternoon.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb requested the school safety funding during the regular session. But the measure was among a handful of bills that died amid infighting among majority Republicans as the regular session ended in March.

House Democratic leader Terry Goodin says the $5 million in safety funding is a pittance, amounting to about $7,000 per school.

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5:40 a.m.

Indiana lawmakers are set to take action on a handful of bills that died in March during a chaotic close to this year’s regular legislative session.

A contentious schools takeover bill and four other measures are up for consideration in what is expected to be a one-day session on Monday.

The Republican-dominated Legislature is also likely to pass a waiver that would prohibit any amendments from being made. The GOP leaders say proposals have been extensively reviewed.

Democrats argue that provisions thrown into some of the bills on the last night of the regular session have not been properly vetted.

Other bills on the agenda include measures to bring the state in compliance to federal tax code changes and make an additional $5 million available for school safety improvements.

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