IBLC brings statehouse to Terre Haute with special town hall

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) –The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus stopped in Terre Haute Saturday as part of their statewide town hall series.

“We decided about three years ago that we would take our caucus to the people. And in doing so, we’ve traveled to several jurisdictions in the state of Indiana. We’ve been doing it in the summer months,” said Senator Greg Taylor of Indianapolis.

The IBLC is made up of thirteen members from both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“We just travel and go bring it to the community so people can come and talk about issues their having,” Taylor said.

Among those at the town hall were local elected officials and Terre Haute residents.

“As state legislators, they took their time to come over to our community and explain the process of what happens over at the statehouse,” said Rep. Tonya Pfaff.

The meeting covered legislation of interest in many categories including education, military & veteran affairs, and the state budget.

“I follow politics pretty closely. But to hear the leaders talk about laws they were excited about or ones that didn’t happen, it kind of shows me what to look for,” said Marie Theisz, a Terre Haute resident.

The floor was open for asking questions and voicing concerns, which officials said is good for the community.

“The more people that get involved and talk to representatives and senators and any politician, the better our government will be,” said Rep. Pfaff.

For those interested in being part of what’s happening in local and state government, Senator Taylor said it’s very easy to do.

“I always say the first thing you should do is look at your neighborhood associations. Second, churches and your philanthropic communities. Third, get involved with local politics, your city council, your board seats, your board of trustees for your townships. The areas where all the work gets done,” he said.

The next and final stop for the 2019 IBLC tour will be in Hammond.

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