2018 Indiana Legislative session

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Today:  an extended conversation with State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) about the 2018 General Assembly session just ended, a look at the upcoming short, special session next month, and a peek at what Melton may bring to the Legislature in 2019.  We also note what the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus has a  series of town hall meetings this month, including this coming Saturday in East Chicago.

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We turn on the faucet and expect the water to flow freely, but it isn't always that simple a procedure.  The flow is oftentimes interrupted by leaks in antiquated pipes.  Water utilities may not make regular inspections of their piping to search for these leaks.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable, we bring in "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Carmen McCollum to talk about the stories they covered in print and online for the newspaper.  We also bring you an extended conversation with State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) about the efforts to improve the state's water infrastructure improvement.  Besides his work in the Indiana General Assembly, Charbonneau participated in a recent Great Lakes states policy workshop on the issue.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable, we welcome Joseph Pete, business reporter for the "Times of Northwest Indiana," and his Statehouse colleague Dan Carden.  They talk about the stories they wrote that were in print as well as online.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we have "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon to talk about the stories they covered both in print and online.  Much of what they worked on was related to public education, school safety and gun reform.

We also bring you a report from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on the close of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly on Wednesday at midnight and a look at the issues addressed this session.

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Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we call on LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for his stories published and posted this week, as well as stories from "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda.    And we have, on the phone from Brown County, "Howey Politics Indiana" creator and editor Brian Howey for a look at politics around the state and country.

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Today:  it's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, when we ask reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about the stories they covered -- both online and in print.  On this edition, we have "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Dan Carden, Rob Earnshaw and Joseph Pete.

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Today:  A special edition of "Regionally Speaking" of the question-and-answer portion of the Feb. 7, 2018 public forum held at the Glen Theatre in Gary by the members of north Lake County's state legislative delegation. Most of the questions by constituents were about the House bill sponsored by Rep. Earl Harris, Jr., which sought to change the IDEM rules on the distance of a construction-demolition waste site from nearby residential property in the city of Gary.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was also on-hand to answer some questions.

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Today:  on this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we turn to Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune" for her stories, mainly about education and the General Assembly session, and to Jon Gard, who is a reporter for the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."

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Today: a conversation with Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne, about the half-way point in the 2018 General Assembly session.   Bills that originated in the Indiana House had to pass by Monday to make it to the Senate, and Senate-originated bills had to jump through the same hurdles on Tuesday.  He talks about the House bills now headed up for Senate review.

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we bring on "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Dan Carden and Joseph Pete and "Post-Tribune" reporters Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda to talk about the stories they covered and wrote for online and in print.

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Today:  we talk with Valparaiso University School of Law professor Jeremy Telman about this Thursday's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture  on campus.  This year, the guest speaker is professor Henry Richardson III, from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He is a renowned expert on international law, and his insight into how it fits into today's world view will be ompared with Dr. King's own views. 

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Today:   Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda joins us to talk about the HEC's 2018 General Assembly policy priorities -- one of which isn't usually considered an environmental issue.  More information about them all is on the HEC website.

Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities has the first episode of "Green Fleet Radio," a regular Wednesday feature on "Regionally Speaking."  He talks today with two Indiana Department of Environmental Management staffers:  Shawn Beals, the senior environmental manager and his colleague Ryan Clem.

Indiana lawmakers expect the General Assembly will continue to take incremental steps toward addressing the state’s water issues in 2018. The state needs billions in urgent water and wastewater infrastructure repairs.

Some Hoosiers want to see the legislature pass a large water infrastructure funding package, similar to one for roads approved during the 2017 session.

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Today:   We revisit our conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne about the major issues that could come up during the next General Assembly session that is  scheduled to begin January 3rd.

Ellen Szarletta with the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest joins us to talk about the topics for next month's "Senior University" courses offered on the Gary campus.

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MERRILLVILLE - Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says Northwest Indiana has achieved great success and the Region is proof that the rest of the state can achieve that same success.

Crouch, who heads several state departments including the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Housing and Community Development Authority, came to Northwest Indiana on Thursday, November 30th to speak to the members of the Northwest Indiana Forum.  While here, she spoke with Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter/Show Host Sharon Jackson.
 

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MERRILLVILLE - Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch was in the Region Thursday talking to community members about the departments she oversees, infrastructure improvements and the main priorities of the upcoming 2018 Indiana legislative session.
 

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One of northwest Indiana's veteran state legislators is calling the 2018 General Assembly session as his final session.

Dist. 3 Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary) made the announcement on Monday, and he came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about his decision not to seek re-election next year. 

Lawmakers Focus On STEM Education For 2018

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Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, has received a lot of attention at the statehouse lately, and that means the 2018 legislative session could bring major shifts for STEM education throughout the state.

House Education Committee chair Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) says he plans to push for more math and science professionals teaching at the elementary school level.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce emphasized education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, in its plans for the 2018 legislative session. Chamber Vice President of Education, Workforce Development & Federal Relations, Caryl Auslander, says a major focus is on making computer science a prerequisite for high school graduation.

“While there are STEM requirements for high school graduation, there is not a computer science requirement,” Auslander says. “And we believe that needs to change.”

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A group of West Lafayette elementary school students who’ve spent years lobbying lawmakers to honor a state insect just got a powerful ally.

Governor Eric Holcomb says he’ll join them in advocating for the Say’s Firefly once the 2018 legislative session starts in January.

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Today:  we revisit our conversation about the new (to Indiana) idea of a subscription fee to pay for medical care with Portage family practitioner Timothy Ames.  He switched from the traditional medical insurance route for being paid for his services to what is called "direct primary care."  Dr. Ames says this method's popular in other states.

A study committee’s proposed recommendations on short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb include broad policy statements for the General Assembly to consider next session. But the recommendations don’t include specific legislative language, and likely don’t change debate on the issue.

Legislation last session to bar local governments from banning short-term rentals failed to pass.

Indiana manufacturers hope the 2018 legislative session will hone in on workforce and education reforms to help fill jobs.

The state’s top business sector wants lawmakers to realign $1 billion in existing workforce spending and create incentives to attract new workers.