Time ticks down for Indiana lawmakers to pass legislation this year

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The clock is ticking down for Indiana lawmakers to reach agreement on their major priorities for the legislative session that’s scheduled to end Thursday.

Lawmakers on Wednesday had not yet reached a deal that would fund improvements to the state’s declining infrastructure. Roads funding is a priority for Republican Gov. Mike Pence as well as the GOP-controlled Legislature. House Republicans want a long-term solution that includes gas and cigarette tax increases, but Pence and Senate Republicans have rejected any election-year tax increases.

Still in play are bills that would eliminate the ISTEP exam, govern the release of police body cam videos and restrict the sale of cold medicine used to make meth.

Another bill that might come alive would ban aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome.