Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 13, 2014

Indiana lawmakers reach deals on roads, preschool

The Associated Press

Indianapolis — Indiana lawmakers headed into the final hours of their 2014 session with plans to approve new spending on roads and preschools, tax cuts for businesses and other measures.

The Senate opened the day Thursday by approving a comprehensive overhaul of the state's criminal code that supporters hope will reduce the overall prison population and improve criminal sentencing.

Other items winning approval include new rules for daycares, tanning beds and stray cats in trailer parks.

The General Assembly was set to wrap up work by the end of the day.

The close of the 2014 session was markedly calmer than the opening battle over gay marriage. Opponents of the constitutional ban on gay marriage won a surprise victory last month when lawmakers opted to keep it off the November ballot.