Local Legislators Host Town Hall Meeting
February 7th — This week marked the halfway point of the 2014 legislative session in Indiana. Lawmakers will have to hurry if they still plan to move forward with new legislation. Senate bills not making it through the chamber by Tuesday are considered dead for this session. 164 of the 419 Senate bills introduced this session are heading to the House for further consideration, and 145 House-passed initiatives will be reviewed by the Senate. Bills which pass both chambers will go to the governor for possible signature into law. Indiana’s Senate Democrats released a summary of their work so far this session, including unsuccessful efforts to amend Senate Bill 1, which would reduce Indiana’s corporate income tax rate and provide an exemption from business personal property tax for businesses with less than $25,000 in assessed value.
Several education issues have been acted on as well, including the passage of bills intended to eliminate Common Core education standards, expand funding for school resource officers, and establish a Division of School Building Physical Security and Safety within the Department of Education.
These topics, along with issues regarding veterans, public safety, and law enforcement, will be up for discussion during a Town Hall meeting Saturday, February 8th in Merrillville. The event begins at noon at the Merrillville Town Hall, 7820 Broadway. Legislators scheduled to participate include Senator Lonnie Randolph of East Chicago, Senator Earline Rogers of Gary, and Representative Vernon Smith of Gary.
Senator Karen Tallian of Portage will also host a Town Hall Meeting Saturday February 8th at noon at the Michigan City Town Hall, 100 E. 4th Street.