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Lanane shocked, Pence refuses to seek federal preschool funds

Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement following reports of the governor’s last minute decision to forgo $80 million in funding towards early learning for Hoosier children.

“I am shocked by this decision. As a strong proponent of early childhood education and the bipartisan efforts, both private and public, to move Indiana ahead last session on this matter. The idea that we would, at this point, abruptly throw this opportunity away is hard to fathom.

“The Governor owes those of us who have labored hard to get our state on board and see the benefits of early childhood education more than just a statement. It seems imprudent that we reject $80 million because of fear of some speculative “pitfalls” and “unproven objectives” perceived attached to them. I fear this is a setback for the advancement of the welfare of the children of our state that we know will be improved by Indiana moving swiftly to implement early childhood education.

“It was assumed all along that obtaining these development grant dollars would be a real achievement for Indiana in moving early childhood education forward.  For the Governor to totally reverse course now calls for a complete explanation of why and exactly how he plans to replace such funding.”

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Final Reports from 2014 Indiana Interim Study Committees

Throughout the summer and fall when the Indiana General Assembly is not in session, lawmakers convene interim committees and commissions to conduct in-depth research and analysis on complex issues facing the state. The recommendations of the committees are likely to become bills when the next legislative session begins in January.  Below are the final recommendations from several interim study committees. This list will be updated as new recommendations are released.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Interim Study Committee on Education

This morning was the final meeting for the Interim Study Committee on Education. The legislators voted to approve their recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly for the 2015 session, adjourning after making final considerations.

Under IC 2-5-1.3-4, the committee was to (1) study the issue of student discipline and the suspension, expulsion, or exclusion of a student from school; (2) examine the issue relating to prekindergarten and early learning; and (3) examine the need for an Early College High School program.

Today’s meeting heard testimony from several witnesses on the need for an Early College High School program. Most testified of the advantages and positive outcomes that Early College High School programs bring to students in Hoosier school corporations who are already taking initiative on such programs.

After the September 16 and October 6 meetings, the committee recognized there is an issue with the reporting of discipline data and recommended additional reporting standards. The committee also recommended finding alternatives to expulsion and suspension for truancy.

While reviewing testimony on pre-kindergarten and early learning, the committee found that the Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) and Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) are adequately preparing to implement Indiana’s early learning pilot program.

More details of the committee findings and recommendations can be found on the Indiana General Assembly website. Continue reading

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LANANE: Indiana finally on the right side of history

INDIANAPOLIS—Today, the United States Supreme Court denied review of the 7th Circuit decision holding that Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.  This denial automatically lifts the stay on the 7th Circuit decision and has the effect of invalidating Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban, as a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the following statement:

“At long last, Indiana is on the right side of history and able to more permanently ensure equal marriage for Hoosiers and their families.

“I am proud to have stood with my democratic colleagues in support of marriage equality and I extend my best wishes to those who will now be able to make the commitment denied to them for so long.

“It is now clear we should no longer pursue this ill-conceived idea of inserting prejudice into our constitution and concentrate on what Hoosiers expect from us; job creation, strengthening public education and the health and safety of our citizens.”

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Interim Committee on Environmental Affairs discusses recycling options

Last legislative session, the General Assembly passed a measure that sets a statewide goal for recycling municipal waste and requires Indiana recycling organizations to post periodic reports on their recycling efforts. The law sets in place a goal for Indiana to recycle at least 50 percent of its municipal waste, and defines municipal waste as any garbage, refuse, industrial restroom waste, office waste or another similar material.

In order to meet this statewide recycling goal, the Interim Committee of Environmental Affairs met on Thursday to discuss the various options and best practices that will reduce municipal waste and increase recycling services in local communities.

Community leaders from various nonprofits and businesses met at the Statehouse to discuss the best practices for paper, glass, aluminum, cardboard, compost, and manufacturing material recycling efforts. Industry leaders recommended policy proposals such as “Pay-as-you-Throw” and single-stream recycling in order to meet the demands of the recycling goal with limited fiscal responsibility to the consumer and taxpayer. Successful policies in states like Minnesota and Delaware were discussed as models for Indiana to follow, with education and outreach playing a pivotal role in each scenario.

PowerPoint presentations heard in the committee can be found below:

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EARLY VOTING IN PORTER, LAPORTE AND ST. JOSEPH COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

PORTER COUNTY

Valparaiso

Porter County Government Center
155 Indiana Ave Ste. 105, Valparaiso IN 46383

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 25 & November 1 only 8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to noon

Portage

North County Government Complex
3560 Willow Creek Rd. Portage, IN 46368

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Saturday, October 25 & November 1 only 8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to noon

Chesterton

Chesterton Town Hall
790 Broadway – Rm. 107 Chesterton, IN 46304

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm

Saturday, October 25 & November 1 only 8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to noon

For more information, go to the Porter County Elections Website. Continue reading

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EARLY VOTING IN MONROE COUNTY

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

MONROE COUNTY

Monroe County Voting Office

401 w 7th Street, Suite 100

Bloomington, IN 47404

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 830am to noon

For more information, visit the Monroe County Government Website.

 

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EARLY VOTING IN LAKE COUNTY

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

LAKE COUNTY

Crown Point

Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office

2293 North Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30 to noon

East Chicago

County Clerk’s Office

3711 Main Street, East Chicago, IN 46312

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

Gary

County Clerk’s Office

15 West 4th Avenue, Gary, IN 46402

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

Hammond

County Clerk’s Office

232 Russell Street, Hammond, IN 46320

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

St. John

St. John Township Assessor’s Office

9155 Wicker Avenue, St. John, IN 46373

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

Winfield

Winfield Township Trustee’s Office

10645 Randolph Street, Winfield, IN 46307

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

For more information, visit the Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Website.

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EARLY VOTING IN DELAWARE AND MADISON COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Delaware County Building

Election Office, 1st Floor Room 100

100 W. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to Noon

For more information, visit the Delaware County Government Website.

MADISON COUNTY

Madison County Government Center, 2nd Floor

16 East 9th Street, Anderson, IN 46016

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday form 8:00am to 4:00pm

Friday, October 31 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to Noon

For more information, contact the Madison County Government Website.

 

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EARLY VOTING IN CLAY AND VIGO COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

Clay County

Clay County Courthouse

609 E. National Ave. Brazil, IN 47834

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed noon to 1:00pm)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Clay County Clerk’s Website.

Vigo County

Vigo County Courthouse

33 South Third Street Terre Haute, IN  47807

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm

Saturda,y October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Vigo County Clerk’s Website.

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Early Voting for Marion County

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person at the Marion County Clerk’s Office or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

Use the Delaware Street entrance for easy access to the office. Reimbursed parking is available at the pay lot on either the north or south side of Market Street at Alabama. You will have to pre-pay the lot’s fee, but it will be refunded to you by presenting a voucher available at the Election Board office.

Marion County

Marion County Clerk’s Office

200 E. Washington St., W122

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Early Voting Hours:

October 7 through October 24

Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm

October 27 through October 31

Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 10am to 5pm

Monday, November 3 from 8am to Noon

For more information, visit the Marion County Clerk’s Website.