Government & Politics

 

January’s Indiana tax collections dipped just below expected levels for the first time in three months.

The state took in half a million dollars less than anticipated in January. That’s the fifth time in seven months – of the current fiscal year – the state didn’t meet expectations.

Still, Indiana’s collections are about $35 million ahead of projections through the entire fiscal year, and individual income and sales tax collections are performing better than predicted.

House Votes To Override Pence Vetoes

Feb 9, 2017

 

The House voted to overrule Mike Pence’s last vetoes as governor.

Lawmakers last session approved a bill to delay any new state environmental regulations that are stricter than federal rules, except in emergencies. Pence vetoed that measure last year.

But now, House lawmakers voted 65 to 29 to override that veto.

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his pardon of Keith Cooper, who was wrongfully convicted of robbery nearly 20 years ago. The decision covers one of Cooper’s two convictions.

Holcomb says he’s been reviewing Keith Cooper’s requests since he took office a month ago. And he says he’s convinced of Cooper’s innocence in a robbery conviction from two decades ago.

Bill Aims To Limit Prescriptions Of Opioids

Feb 8, 2017

A proposal that would limit opioid prescriptions passed a Senate committee Wednesday. It is one of 15 measures authored by Sen. Jim Merritt that aim to combat the opioid epidemic.

The bill would limit the prescriptions amount to seven days for first time adult patients and children. Trauma surgeon Dr. Brian Brewer is one of two people who testified that, in his field, that is too limiting.

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