Indiana House Catching Up On Legislation

By Scott Sarvay

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Indiana House did some serious catching up on Wednesday.

The Indiana House passed a labor bill that was a sore point during the Democrat walkout.

The measure would let government construction projects costing less than $350,000 to not require union wages.

Republicans originally wanted the threshold raised to $1 million, but agreed to the $350,000 limit as a concession to end the walkout.

No Democrats voted for the bill Wednesday.

And the House didn't stop there.

Republicans took care of one of their biggest priorities by passing a new state budget on a party-line vote.

The 2-year, $28 billion spending plan won't raise taxes, keeps funding for most state agencies and higher education at current levels.

Public education spending will also stay flat, but the budget calls for dividing funds to schools based on enrollment.

Growing schools would get more money, while those with declining enrollment would lose funds.

The budget bill now goes to the State Senate, where committee hearings got started early because of the Democrat walkout.

And the controversial abortion bill also cleared the House.

The measure would ban the procedure after 20 weeks, unless the woman's life is in danger and those seeking abortions must be told human life begins at conception.

The State Senate is now set to take up that bill as well as the school vouchers and labor bills.

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