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State Legislature Short Session Begins

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Indiana State House
Indiana State House

Many Government offices were closed Tuesday but Indiana lawmakers began their 2014 legislative session in Indianapolis.

The House and Senate started their 10 week session where it looks like two issues will be the main focus.

They are the elimination of a property tax on business equipment and machinery and an effort to place the state's gay marriage ban in the constitution.

Gov. Mike Pence says that removing the tax will help the states economy but opponents say it could cause a $1 billion budget hole for cash-starved localities.

Supporters of the gay marriage ban are seeking to amend the constitution to ban not only gay marriage, but civil unions and benefits for same-sex couples.

Opponents have been vocal but as of now it appears that the success of the ban is too close to call.

The Governor also wants an expanded school voucher program, additional aid for charter schools and tax breaks for those who adopt children.

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