(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana’s lawmakers have less than 12 hours to pass a new budget.
If they do not, a special session will be required.
“We have a lot to do before the clock strikes midnight,” Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) said.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have been working Friday to hash out last minute details on the $28 billion, two year budget.
The proposal, titled House Bill 1001, includes a $150 million increase for public K-12 education. $300 million was cut by Governor Mitch Daniels during the economic downturn as tax revenues dwindled two years ago.
One bill is heading to the governor’s desk after being passed Friday.
The House approved a measure allowing the state’s alcohol ID law to only require store clerks to check the identification of people who appear to be younger than 40. It would go into effect July 1.
Indiana’s current ID law requires everybody, whether 21 or 100, to be carded when buying booze. Lawmakers had received numerous complaints about the law from senior citizens.