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General Assembly Adjourns After Final-Day Flurry

Legislators give final approval to new budget, roads plan, alcohol permit freeze

The Indiana General Assembly has approved the state's budget for the next two years, and adjourned until November.

The Senate wrapped up the four-month session a little before 1am by passing a two-year, $32 billionspending plan. The budget increases school funding by a little more than one-and-a-half-percent each year.

The budget vote was the finishing touch on a 15-hour final day which saw legislators send Governor Holcomb a multibillion-dollar road funding plan and an expansion of state-funded preschool, both among Holcomb's priorities for the Session. Lawmakers also set guidelines for the test which will replace ISTEP, and walled off any new carryout alcohol permits for restaurants which don't sell most of their alcohol in-house, while pledging a top-to-bottom review of an alcohol rulebook Senate President Pro Tem David Long calls "antiquated."

Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma say the session was an across-the-board success, highlighted by what both say is a historic infrastructure investment that will enhance Indiana's marketability to businesses.

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