Governor Mike Pence signed an abortion drug regulation measure he says will protect women’s health. However, Planned Parenthood of Indiana says it will likely challenge the law in court.
The signed legislation would require Indiana abortion clinics that only dispense the abortion inducing drug known as RU-486 to adhere to the same physical standards as surgical abortion clinics. That includes bigger door and room sizes and surgical equipment requirements. Only one Indiana facility will be affected – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette.
House and Senate leaders say they’ve reached an agreement on the final two year budget. They say it includes significant increases for education and roads funding.
Though the budget isn’t expected to officially pass until late Friday, House and Senate fiscal leaders have hammered out a deal that includes more than $300 million in funding increases for K through 12 education. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the budget goes beyond the goal of restoring education funding to pre-recession levels.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the legislature is largely finished dealing with implementation of the Affordable Care Act this session.
Both the House and Senate proposed legislation guiding the Pence administration on ways to proceed with implementation of the federal healthcare bill. But the House bill failed to pass and Ways and Means Chair Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) put a halt to the Senate bill, saying legislation passed in 2011 allowing the governor to negotiate for expansion through the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) was adequate.