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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Friday, April 29, 2005
Indiana legislative update
Posted 9:41 AM by Luke
Here are some of the significant legislative developments in Indiana from the last several days:

First, after a no-vote earlier in the day, the Indiana House voted at 11:36 p.m. in favor of enacting Daylight Savings Time in the state (51-46). One must wonder how Mitch Daniels persuaded those two votes to switch in such a short span. Either he made some sort of political threat to the switch-overs or he kissed some serious butt. I suspect the latter. Now the Federal Department of Transportation will hold hearings on whether certain parts or all of the state should change to the Central time zone.

The General Assembly also passed a measure increasing the speed limit on Indiana's rural highways, and it awaits Daniels' inevitable signature. The bill would raise the speed limit on certain stretches of interstate from 65 to 70, on some four-lane divided highways from 55 to 60, and on certain divided and limited access highways from 55 to 65. Though the law would authorize the increases to take effect July 1, the state must first conduct road review studies, which could take a few months.

Finally, the Indianapolis city council voted 18 to 11 against a measure that would have banned private employers from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation. The proposal would have excluded churches and certain non-profit entities from its effect. Nothing quite like a little pro-discrimination to bring our city council together.

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