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8:38 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Indiana General Assembly Ends With Budget Approval

The Indiana General Assembly has approved a two-year, $30 billion budget that gives Gov. Mike Pence a partial victory in his quest for an income tax cut and restores some money cut from education and transportation.

Lawmakers worked into early Saturday to reach final agreement on the budget and other issues, including an expansion of the state's school voucher program and changes to sentencing laws that would require those convicted of the most serious crimes to spend more time in prison.

They rejected efforts to speed up the collection of sales tax from Amazon.com and withdrew a proposal making it illegal to secretly take videos or photographs that could make a business look bad.

The 2013 session lacked the strife of recent sessions dominated by clashes over right-to-work legislation.