- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana lawmakers are lending early support to a bill that would create a tax credit for adoptive parents.

Legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday morning would create the tax credit to help offset adoption costs.

Gov. Mike Pence said in his State of the State address Tuesday that he wants to make Indiana the nation’s “most pro-adoption state.”

Bill author Rep. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse says the governor led the drafting of the legislation. The bill comes amid criticism that Pence is vague about policies he wants created by lawmakers.

The bill also would establish a committee to study other states’ adoption programs to improve Indiana policy.

Kubacki says the bill likely will go to the House Ways and Means Committee for review.

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