Local school administrators continue to keep an eye on the state legislative session. Plymouth School Superintendent Andy Hartley updated the school board Tuesday on a few bills making their way through the Indiana General Assembly.
Hoosiers looking for the opportunity to buy alcohol 7 days a week will have to wait for a few more legislative steps to be taken before anything is finalized. According to the Indiana General Assembly Senate Calendar, the bill regarding Sunday alcohol carryout sales for will come before the full Senate on second reading today.
Senate Bill 1, authored by Republican State Senator Ron Alting, would allow package liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. It would also permit restaurants that satisfy the carryout requirements to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday. Continue reading
A local lawmaker’s bill to crack down on child pornography is on its way to the Indiana House of Representatives. Sen. Randy Head’s measure to strengthen penalties for child pornography crimes passed the Senate unanimously on Monday. Continue reading
A bill authored by a local lawmaker to help provide fresh food to underserved areas will move to the full Senate for consideration. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, would allow the State Department of Health to help new and existing businesses and nonprofits offer fresh and unprocessed foods to communities in food deserts, which are underserved geographic areas where affordable and healthy foods are difficult to obtain. Continue reading
A bill authored by a local lawmaker to strengthen the penalties for people convicted of certain child exploitation and pornography crimes is headed to the full Senate for consideration. Sen. Randy Head’s measure would enhance penalties for offenders he describes as the “worst of the worst.” Continue reading
The controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that put Indiana in the national spotlight last year is expected to once again dominate the statehouse. Lawmakers return to work today. Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, says a bill has already been filed seeking to lessen the blow by making amicable measures for everyone concerned. Continue reading
State lawmakers may consider further regulating cold medication sales in an effort to curb Indiana’s methamphetamine epidemic. Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, says that’s one of several priority issues they will consider when they reconvene next week. He notes Indiana is the top state for meth production and says lawmakers need to find ways of harnessing the problem. Continue reading