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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Lawmakers at the Indiana Statehouse wrap up the first week of the General Assembly special session. Much of today’s debate has revolved around financial proposals before turning the attention back to abortion this weekend.

After more than six hours of debate on Senate Bill 1 on Thursday, no discussion on the proposed abortion bill today. Instead, lawmakers in the Senate passed Senate Bill 2.

If signed into law, the bill would raise more than $45 million for the Department of Child Services, the Indiana Department of Health and other government agencies. It passed 46-1, which Senator Ron Alting says is a positive development after Thursday’s heated debates.

“That number shows that most of the Senate, if not all of the Senate, is in favor of moving those funds forward to those different entities that need it. [them] to help people,” Alting said.

In the lower room, the House passed House Bill 1001. The bill would allocate more than $58 million to the Department of Health and the Family and Social Services Administration.

The bill’s author, Representative Sharon Negele, is adamant that it will benefit families and children.

However, Democrats such as Representative Chris Campbell argue it doesn’t do enough and is only proposed pending an almost complete ban on abortion.

“Given the impact an abortion ban will have on the state with the restrictions and how that will affect health care in Indiana, we absolutely wanted to introduce as many of those safeguards as possible.” [as possible]’ said Campbell.

Deputy Sheila Klinker hopes that some of the amendments not included in the bill will come back in the next session.

“It’s always a determination that something is going to happen in the next session,” Klinker said, “but I really feel like they’re taking this seriously.”

The House of Representatives will meet again on Monday. The Senate won’t wait that long, though. Tomorrow morning it will hammer to vote on Bill One in the Senate.

Alting says he will not support the bill and is not sure whether it will pass.

“I respect everyone and all their views on this,” Alting said. “I mean, even the Supreme Court was not unanimous. Our religious leaders in Tippecanoe County that I met are not all on the same page. … The vote will be very close. Make no mistake about it.”

Senate Republicans will vote tomorrow at 10 a.m. The session will meet at 10:30 a.m. for a final vote on Senate Bill 1. If passed, the abortion bill will be submitted to the House next week.

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