Hoosier Lawmakers Start 2014 Session, “Ag Gag” Debate
January 7, 2014 by Hilary Powell & AP
Indiana lawmakers are returning for busy session, meeting the legislature’s quorum minimum to open its 2014 session today, a day late due to a winter storm delay.
Lakeshore’s Hilary Powell was as the Statehouse when lawmakers started 2014’s short session with a packed schedule, as the House and Senate held their first meetings of the session today.
Two issues are ready to dominate the lawmakers’ 10-week meeting: the elimination of a property tax on business equipment and machinery and an effort to place the state’s gay marriage ban in the constitution.
Governor Mike Pence is pushing education measures, including a proposal to expand vouchers to teachers and preschool-aged children.
Other issues include a proposal, which has surfaced in a prior legislative session, to outlaw trespassers dubbed by opponents as the “Ag Gag” bill, which had a hearing today.