2014 General Assembly Adjourns
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Mar 20 2014 4:17PM
The 2014 General Assembly has adjourned with passage of the final priorities from Governor Pence‘s agenda. Legislators approved a preschool pilot program, freed up as much as $400-million dollars in road funding, cut the corporate income tax, and gave counties new options for business tax cuts.
In the session‘s final minutes, the Senate rejected a bill to drug-test welfare recipients with convictions on drug charges on a 24-24 tie. Cedar Lake Republican Sue Landske missed the entire session while undergoing cancer treatment, while Columbia City Republican Jim Banks was absent this week to fulfill a military commitment. That meant the bill not only couldn‘t get the 26 votes needed to pass, but couldn‘t get the 25-25 deadlock that would allow Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann to cast a tiebreaking vote.
The next legislature will convene in November after this year‘s election. But the current legislature may return June 17th for a one-day session if leaders decide to try to override a Pence veto or find technical errors requiring immediate revisions.