Republican lawmakers in Indiana not steering clear of social issues despite pledge

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control Indiana’s Statehouse said they wanted a break from divisive social issues that embroiled the Legislature in recent years.

But with the session half over, it appears what lawmakers are actually taking a break from is their plan to steer clear of social issues.

Republican leaders say their main focus is on big issues, including a long-term plan that would raise taxes to fix Indiana’s crumbling infrastructure. Lawmakers are also writing the state’s two-year budget.

But two divisive abortion bills and a school prayer measure are advancing.

That could set the stage for a dramatic second half.

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