Last day of the legislature

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The stage is set for the final day of the 2014 General Assembly and lawmakers are expected to vote on several major issues.

There will be final votes today in both the Indiana House and Senate on the governor’s plan to cut business personal property taxes. The tax on business equipment generates a billion dollars a year statewide and goes to local governments.

In the bill to be voted on today, local governments are given an option to reduce the tax but won’t be required to do so.

As of Wednesday evening, a bill to bring better mass transit to central Indiana was still in limbo.

Lawmakers agreed on a proposal that no longer includes a controversial corporate tax meant to fund improvements in the transit system. It does call for voluntary contributions.

The final version of the transit bill also bans a propsed light rail line from Noblesville to downtown Indianapolis. Instead, the bill would lead to county referenda on higher county taxes to improve bus service.

Legislative leaders say a bill that would allow properly stored guns in school parking lots has support from House and Senate negotiators.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday that negotiators had reached an agreement on the contested firearms bill , which originally sought to allow guns on certain areas of school property.

Supporters say the measure would protect parents who unknowingly commit a felony if they bring a gun with them to pick up their children. Opponents say the proposal would create easier access to guns and could lead to greater risk of school shootings.

Bosma says the revised bill would redefine what constitutes school property, leaving out parking lots. Despite the change in language, he says the bill would have the same effect.

A final vote is expected Thursday.

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