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After a week consumed by a fix to Indiana‘s religious-objections law, legislators get back to other business next week.

Thursday is the deadline for the House and Senate to bring bills to the floor. Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley will unveil the Senate version of the budget that day, and the Senate is also expected to move a common construction wage repeal forward.

There may also be action on bills which have already reached the floor, but stalled there while leaders focused on finding a solution to the RFRA issue.

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Legislation doubling state funding for domestic violence prevention cleared its first hurdle Wednesday. 

Proposed legislation would provide $5 million a year in the next two-year state budget for domestic violence prevention and treatment programs. 

After a change in committee, the bill would also provide one million a year to help sexual assault victims. 

Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) provided emotional testimony in committee about his own experience with domestic violence – his father threatened and abused his mother when Burton was a small child. 

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In his State of the State address, Governor Mike Pence doubled down on the state’s efforts to be one of the nation’s leaders in the number of charter schools, saying he wants to even out the funding model so charters get more money relative to their traditional public school brethren.

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Indiana’s gaming revenue has been in free fall for a few years, and it’s predicted to continue its drop in the upcoming two-year budget cycle. 

That’s in large part because of increased competition from neighboring states. 

A legislative study committee is proposing changes to the industry that include moving riverboats on land, allowing live dealers rather than electronic table games at racinos, and tax incentives. 

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Purdue officials have presented their capital projects request to the State Budget Committee for the next two-year budget cycle. University Chief Financial Officer Bill Sullivan laid out the numbers for lawmakers Wednesday.