Wrapping up business today at Statehouse
It's a race to the finish as state lawmakers work to wrap up their session by tonight. Several major issues are still on the table.
On Wednesday, lawmakers approved a measure imposing stricter regulations on religious day care centers, following a series of child deaths at daycares throughout Indiana.
Nutritional snacks, time to play outside every day and access to drinking water are among the proposed requirements. Lawmakers are also working on a compromise on a Pre-K for low-income residents. The pilot voucher program would include 2,000 to 2,500 children.
The biggest issue drawing the most attention is a controversial bill to allow properly stored guns in school parking lots. Opponents say the proposal would create easier access to guns and could lead to greater risk of school shootings. Supporters say the measure would protect parents who unknowingly commit a felony if they bring a gun with them to pick up their children.
Republican State Representative Jim Lucas of Seymour says, "It subjected peaceful innocent people to a felony charge...and when you look at what a "D" felony is, I mean, that's someone who possesses child pornography or involuntary manslaughter and I didn't feel that was proper to subject Hoosiers to that charge.">
There's also a proposal being debated at the statehouse to restrict food stamp use to nutritional foods. Also, Republicans are still trying to cut taxes for businesses, possibly phasing out the Business Personal Property tax.
Eyewitness News Political Reporter Kevin Rader will be at the statehouse today and will show you which proposals move on and which ones won't for this legislative session. Watch for his reports tonight on Eyewitness News, as well as here at wthr.com.