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Phil Downs on the Cumulative Effect of Vouchers

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 13:04:15 +0000

Phil Downs, Superintendent of the Southwest Allen County Schools, has a column in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that very patiently works through some of the funding issues with the voucher system in Indiana. Generally, he says that overall state funding of education hasn’t kept up with inflation and, in addition, vouchers have an impact […]

Special Session Coming

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:12:51 +0000

The Governor announced that he will call a special session after the General Assembly ended sine die with the clock having run out on some of his priorities. Indiana law provides that, for a short session, “The second regular session of each term of the general assembly shall adjourn sine die not later than March […]

Beer on Sundays: Emergency Legislation!

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 14:44:25 +0000

At long last, the people of Indiana can buy alcohol for carry out on Sundays. It’s a little amusing that, though the law prohibiting Sunday sales has been an anachronism for decades, the enacting legislation says “an emergency is declared for this act.” The “emergency” language sounds funny under the circumstances, and so I’m not […]

SB 386: Nothing is Dead Until Sine Die – Eliminating Local Control of Mining Operations Resurrected

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:02:07 +0000

Rep. Ellington has proposed an amendment to SB 386 which has to do with funding flood control projects. Rep. Ellington’s amendment would roll the text of HB 1289 which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago into SB 386. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the scope of this language […]

Firearms: Tool versus Cultural Totem

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:05:00 +0000

I doubt this is in any way original to me, and I’ve not thought it through very thoroughly, so take this for what it’s worth. But, it seems to me that there are some people who own firearms as tools, some who own them as cultural totems, and there is probably a fair amount of […]

SB 65: Opt-In to Sex Education

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:24:07 +0000

Sex is a significant aspect of life. People should be educated on the subject. The consequences of not understanding the subject can be significant. I understand that some people have religious concerns surrounding the issue. But, the default should be that we educate our kids on human sexuality. So, SB 65 is definitely a move […]

SB 13: Administration of Overdose Intervention Drugs

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:03:20 +0000

Sen. Glick’s SB 13 is, in my opinion, a good one. It gives Community Corrections and Probation officers similar authority and similar immunity as law enforcement officers currently have with respect to administration of overdose intervention drugs (e.g. Narcan/nalaxone). It requires those with authority to administer those drugs (EMTs, law enforcement officers, firefighters) to receive […]

More gas-soaked wood is not the answer to our fire problems

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:03:15 +0000

Our cities used to have horrible problems with fires because of, among other things, how the buildings were constructed. Building codes were enacted and have reduced our problems with fires considerably. The American people have a fundamental right to property. Sure, those codes infringe upon property rights to some extent. But the government did not […]

SB 11 – SNAP eligibility for drug offenders

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:30:10 +0000

Sen Bohacek authored SB 11 which generally permits those who have been convicted of drug offenses to be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As I understand it, current law prohibits such offenders from getting SNAP assistance — presumably under the general theory that if they weren’t druggies, they’d get a job and […]

SB 8 – Mandatory Cursive . . . Again

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:09:31 +0000

Sen. Leising’s mandatory cursive bill has cleared the Senate again and is now in the house. I’ve covered this ad infinitum, but, just a couple of quick hits: Let educators decide how beneficial, or not, teaching cursive is. If they think it’s helpful, then by all means, let them teach it. There is nothing that prevents schools […]