The Indiana House voted 73-18 Tuesday to enact new abortion restrictions aimed at preventing "coerced abortions," which already are banned by Indiana law.
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The House voted 84-8 to set statewide rules limiting where strip clubs, adult bookstores, adult video retailers, adult toy shops or similar businesses focused on sexually explicit products can locate.
The Indiana House voted 92-0 Tuesday to designate the mastodon as the state fossil, setting it up to join other state symbols like the flower (peony), bird (cardinal) and snack (Indiana-grown popcorn).
The legislation authorizes Aberdeen to join Valparaiso even though there are other homes between Aberdeen and the current Valparaiso city limits that would not be included in any annexation.
"This is extra money we've taken from the taxpayers. So our job is to give it back if we don't need it," said state Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, the sponsor of the measure.
House Bill 1130 mandates the governing body of school corporations allow any person physically present at a school board meeting to address the board for at least three minutes.
In 2005, workers digging a pond in Hebron unearthed the bones of at least five mastodons that later were acquired by the Indiana State Museum for cleaning, study and possible future display.