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Indiana lawmakers address same sex marriage, school prayer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some of the issues expected to be addressed in the current Indiana legislative session include a same sex marriage ban, school prayer, and legalizing marijuana.

After recent events, issues like school safety and gun laws will also be getting a lot of attention.  "We can't allow people who don't have training to carry a handgun," said State Sen. Greg Taylor (D) Indiana.

Besides those issues, tax cuts and how to handle a state surplus will also be keeping lawmakers busy.

This year, with a super majority, Republicans won't need Democrats for a quorum, making the walkouts of the last two years a thing of the past.

There's also a new push for Indiana students to learn cursive handwriting.  The issue has been on the agenda after the state Department of Education in 2011 dropped cursive as a requirement, instead telling districts it expected students to become proficient on the keyboard.

The state Senate's Education Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow on a cursive writing bill.  A similar bill was approved in the Senate last year, but didn't advance in the House.

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