Preparing for the 2019 legislative session: What issues are facing our state?

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Preparations are underway for the 2019 legislative session and discussions regarding some of the issues facing Indiana are starting to heat up.

State Representative Bob Morris tells WOWO news, a big subject up for discussion is school safety. “You’ve been hearing a lot about this,” says Morris. “What we need to do is make sure our schools are 100 percent safe for our children.”

Other topics of discussion prior to the 2019 General Assembly range from medical marijuana, property tax assessments, regionalized water systems, robocalls, human trafficking, and the impact of sports gambling.

“It is an issue and a summer study committee topic as well. Just as far as what is the economic impact of sports wagering… you look back years ago, you would have to go to Las Vegas to place your bets or to Atlantic City, so now that’s another very hot topic as well.”

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) tells Inside Indiana Business, “…the interim provides legislators an opportunity to thoroughly vet issues and determine whether to pursue legislation next session. Summer study committees play an integral role in our part-time legislature and help pave the way for lawmakers to address a wide range of issues when we convene again in January.”

The full list of list of summer study committees can be found here. If you would like to stay informed on the discussions, you can follow them here. If you want to hear Fort Wayne’s Morning News host Kayla Blakeslee’s full interview with State Representative Morris, you can listen here.

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