Regionally Speaking, Monday, March 20, 2017

Mar 20, 2017

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Today:   The new Lake County Democratic Party chairman, James Weiser, joins us to talk about the change in leadership, his thoughts about how that change came about and his views on bringing together all local Democrats to meet the challenges that came after the November 2016 election that put Donald Trump into the White House. 

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore reports on the reaction from local Catholics to Pope Francis' indications of openness to the idea of married priests to address a worldwide priest shortage.  And Indiana Public Broadcasting's Drew Daudelin talked to Hoosier pastors after a weekend conference about the role of social service programs in peoples' lives.

Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, joins us to talk about a Senate bill coming up for a hearing in a House committee chaired by Valparaiso Republican Ed Soliday that, if it becomes law, would affect those who rely on solar and wind energy as a way to reduce their utility bills.  Kharbanda also says businesses that offer these alternative energy services could be forced to close and move to other Midwest states.

And we hear from Jill Sheridan about the status of two bills now before state lawmakers -- one of which could become Indiana's first medical cannabis law.