Indiana lawmakers face big list of bills at session's end

Indiana lawmakers entered what is expected to be the last day of their session on Friday with a hefty list of bills that still must be approved.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he anticipates the day’s floor session will stretch into early Saturday.

Republican leaders reached agreement on a roads funding plan on Thursday that will pump $1.2 billion more a year into infrastructure by raising fuel taxes by a dime and imposing new vehicle registration fees. But they still have to vote on that plan, as well as Indiana’s next two-year budget, which was released to the public early Friday.

The proposed budget includes some wins for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and would boost spending on the state’s preschool program for poor children by $9 million. That’s a victory for the new governor, especially after Senate budget writer, Sen. Luke Kenley, initially offered just a $3 million increase, with an additional $1 million for an online preschool program.

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