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Pelath: Vaping joins long list of GOP supermajority train wrecks

For immediate release: Aug. 25, 2016   Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City today issued the following statement in the wake of the recent travails following Indiana’s vaping law, which has been blocked in federal court because of concerns that it was unconstitutional: “Outside forces again have had to correct the arrogant sloppiness of our two supermajorities in the Indiana legislature. The courts now say ‘fixes’ to Indiana’s vaping laws have only Read More...

Pence pre-K education effort was big on political points but woefully ineffective

For immediate release: Aug. 19, 2016   INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) says Gov. Mike Pence’s touted efforts to create a pilot pre-K education program in Indiana was big on political points and small on the number of students it helped. “During his first year in office in 2013, Gov. Pence sat on the sidelines as a pre-K pilot bill was defeated by his Republican majorities in the Indiana General Assembly,” explained Dr. Smith, who is the ranking Democrat Read More...

State Budget Committee approves Purdue phenotyping facility

For immediate release: July 29, 2016   INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) said the State Budget Committee approved a $6.25-million project to build a controlled environment phenotyping facility on the West Lafayette campus. During a meeting today in Kokomo, committee members voted for the controlled environment plant imaging facility that will allow phenotypic analysis of field traits. Klinker, who serves on the State Budget Committee, said the project will Read More...