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April 17, 2013

Legislature heads into final negotiations stretch

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INDIANAPOLIS —

But the Senate version boosts penalties for marijuana offenses and eliminates some of the judicial discretion in sentencing.

Guns in schools — The House removed a Senate-passed amendment that required schools to have armed personnel on duty during school hours or opt out of the requirement each year.

The House change returns the bill closer to its original language, which creates a matching grant fund for schools to tap to hire police officers trained in school safety.

Gaming — Legislation intended to give Indiana casinos more flexibility and money to compete against out-of-state gaming venues has undergone a myriad of changes.

The House removed a Senate-approved provision that added live table games at horse-track casinos, and added language that diverts $10 million in racino profits to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Common Core — After the House quashed a Senate bill that could have killed the Common Core State Standards for K-12 schools, the Senate amended a House education bill to include language that delays implementation of the uniform education standards used by 45 other states until committees led by the legislature and governor assess the cost of compliance.

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