Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Indiana Senate approves bill making 'ILEARN' new state test

Indiana Senate approves bill making 'ILEARN' new state test

The House of Delegates voted to approve House Bill 1443, which would allow five more licenses to grow and process medical marijuana.

If approved, the Senate bill has the potential to open the door for far more medical marijuana treatment centers than the House proposal (HB 1397).

That version of the legislation passed through the House, but ran into a roadblock in the Senate, due to a rule barring any legislation with similar language to a bill that was defeated from being heard in that chamber during the same session.

Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, one of the co-sponsors of the bill, urged concurrence by his colleagues. The outcome is still up in the air as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has stated in previous press releases "he will not allow the state to legalise marijuana for recreational or medical uses while he is in office".

"There now is a review process that is about to embark on this very issue", she said.

Meanwhile, another, more restrictive proposal to regulate medical pot has been making its way through the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 479 would increase the penalty from a Level 5 felony to a Level 4 for a habitual traffic violator whose driving privileges have been suspended and they cause the death of another person while driving intoxicated from drugs or alcohol.

Shott said DUI laws are unchanged by this bill, so if someone consumes marijuana in some form and it impairs the ability to drive, the person would still be charged.

The Shott-Zatezalo amendment passed by a vote of 51-48.

Before the bill was cleared by the House, it was amended to delineate the expanded jurisdiction areas on a street-by-street basis for each of the three municipalities that now have campus police departments.

In a session where roughly $1.1 billion in state funding for higher education special items could be eliminated in the Senate draft budget, universities could be without a reliable base of funding from both the state and their own students. "If it's not working down the road, certainly we'll think about doing another initiated measure two years from now".

A bill that would remove the state's education chief position from IN ballots passed through one more major hurdle Tuesday. Members of the House Judiciary Committee changed that Wednesday, before sending the bill to the full House. Mark Maynard, R-Wayne, said he couldn't support the bill because he was anxious about West Virginia being in conflict with federal law. The limit for a supply was increased from 45 to 90 days at the committee hearing, but doctors could go above the 90-day limit if they believe it's necessary and the patient will use the dosage as recommended.

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