Indiana House passes budget bill
The Indiana House has voted to pass a new two-year state budget after an impassioned debate that reflected deep divisions among lawmakers.
The Democrat-led House voted 62-37 for the bill, with most of the chamber's 48 Republicans voting for it and most of the 52 Democrats voting against it. The initial tally was 62-36, but Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, petitioned to change his vote to no after he was originally listed as not voting.
The Republican-ruled Senate was expected to pass the $27.8 billion bill and send it to Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is expected to sign it.
Lawmakers faced a midnight Tuesday deadline to pass a new budget or stopgap funding measure to prevent most state government from shutting down.