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Indiana Lawmakers Look Back on Short Session

Indiana's primary is just a few weeks away, but before ballots are cast, lawmakers are looking back at some of the big issues during their legislative session. Saturday was the final crackerbarrel session of the year in Clay County, and the packed house had plenty to talk about, even though this was a short session in the statehouse.
Indiana's primary is just a few weeks away, but before ballots are cast, lawmakers are looking back at some of the big issues during their legislative session.   

Saturday was the final crackerbarrel session of the year in Clay County, and the packed house had plenty to talk about, even though this was a short session in the statehouse.

 "There were a lot of things that we dealt with. And that I think was very productive and I was glad to be a part of it," said State Rep. Bob Heaton (R) 46th District.

Another state legislative session is now in the books, and lawmakers are excited about some of the new changes coming to the Hoosier state.
   
One big ticket item up for vote?
   
A multi-million dollar road project, targeting state highways.

"For basically a lot of the interstate work that we are going to have in the next few years, so that's going to create a lot of jobs and so forth," said Heaton.
   
And on the chopping block, the Common Core standards.
   
Indiana was the first state in the country to repeal the guidelines, and now the board of education must create its own bench marks.

"We have a lot smaller schools in particular in the area and we need to be able to do a better job of supporting them and making some improvement in the education system that we have," said Mark Spelbring, Democratic candidate for Indiana's 42nd District.

The legislature also passed a bill eliminating tax on business.

Supporters say it'll bring more industry to the state, but others argue it's not that simple.
   
"I don't think that businesses are going to be attracted to the state of Indiana, our communities need to remain healthy, and can provide good education, good roads, and all those things," said State Rep. Tim Skinner (D) 38th District.

Not everything could reach the governor's desk this session though.
   
Representative Heaton is continuing to work on bringing a sports district to downtown Terre Haute.

"We are still going to be working on that in the coming months and years, but at least we got the conversation started on that so I was pleased with that," said Heaton.

And when it comes to the future issues, lawmakers say you can always count on the budget to be a hot topic

"We are always going to deal with the budget next year. Last year we voted on that and it was a $30 billion budget, so whenever you got that kind of money involved there is a lot of issues to consider down the road," Heaton.

One important issue that never made it to a vote was adding that a gay marriage ban should be placed in the State Constitution.
   
Legislators say they do not know if that bill will resurface next year.
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