State rifle, proposals by region lawmakers on way to governor

2012-03-06T17:30:00Z State rifle, proposals by region lawmakers on way to governorBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels will soon decide if Indiana has an official state rifle and whether three measures sponsored by Northwest Indiana legislators that also received final legislative approval Tuesday become law.

State rifle -- The Indiana House voted 78-2 to send the governor House Bill 1283, designating the Grouseland Rifle crafted between 1803 and 1812 by John Small, of Vincennes, the official state rifle.

The 5-foot-long rifle featuring silver and brass inlay on its stock and barrel is on display at Grouseland, the Vincennes home of William Henry Harrison when he was governor of Indiana Territory.

The foundation that operates Grouseland would be permitted to sell replicas of the gun.

Child abuse education -- Senate Bill 267, sponsored by state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, requires the Indiana Department of Education develop a curriculum to teach child abuse and child sexual abuse awareness to students in grades two through five.

Parents would have to give permission for their child to participate in the awareness program. The Senate approved the legislation 48-2.

Candidates on ballots -- The Senate voted 39-9 to require all candidates in a local election, even uncontested candidates, be listed on the ballot unless the county election board unanimously agrees to keep them off.

Voter outrage over candidates being dropped from the ballot in 2011 led to the change included in Senate Bill 233, sponsored by state Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake.

Airport boards -- Owners, executives and managers of commercial airline companies could not serve on a board of aviation commissioners under Senate Bill 173, approved 48-0 by the Senate.

The sponsor, state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, said his goal is to prevent conflicts of interest.

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