(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Saying “I do” could soon cost a few dollars more for some Hoosier couples.
State Rep. Cindy Noe (R-Indianapolis) has proposed a bill that would increase the cost of a marriage license from $18 to $72 if a couple does not take a marriage preparation class.
In order to save the $54, House Bill 1248 would require husbands- and wives-to-be to participate in an eight hour class covering conflict management, communication, parenting, and financial management.
Noe says the classes could help reduce the state’s divorce rate and strengthen families.
The bill is drawing criticism, however. State Rep. Vanessa Summers (D-Indianapolis) questioned the bill’s scope during a hearing of the House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs
“For someone that doesn’t believe in government intrusion, don’t you think this is government intrusion into the lives of people?” she said.
Noe’s legislation has gone to committee but has yet to receive a vote because she is considering changes. It could be back before committee this week.