Here’s a rundown of the latest headlines from the Statehouse.
The Indiana Senate approved its two-year, $34.6 billion state budget proposal Tuesday morning, setting up final budget negotiations between both chambers as lawmakers close out the last two weeks of this year’s General Assembly. (IBJ)
Senate Democrats made one last effort Monday to pass a comprehensive hate crimes law– this time within the state budget. (The Statehouse File)
As Indiana lawmakers prepare to receive the revenue forecast so they can negotiate a budget deal, here are some of the major highlights in both the House and Senate proposals, as well as Governor Eric Holcomb’s proposed spending plan. (Indy Politics)
All teachers authorized to carry guns in school would be forced to first undergo a personality screening and take firearms training under a bill that passed the Senate 32-14. (Journal Gazette)
Some parents of students with disabilities are raising concerns about testing accommodations as the state rolls out its new standardized exam. (Indiana Public Media)
You might not pay more for vaping after all. (WIBC)
A school safety bill has been caught up in a debate about the role schools play in the lives of kids and families, putting in jeopardy some of the recommendations made by a state task force after last year’s Noblesville middle school shooting. (Indy Star)