Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says he will call lawmakers back to the Statehouse in mid-May for a special session to address school and tax issues that weren’t able to get out of the regular session earlier this month.
Lawmakers adjourned last week failing to address several school safety and tax-related bills due, in part, to disagreements between the House and Senate.
Holcomb says the issues he wants to address are too important to wait until next year. He wants lawmakers to get $5 million to schools for safety as well as do a safety audit. There is an emergency loan on the table for Muncie schools as well as some necessary changes to Indiana’s tax code to put it more in sync with recently passed tax cuts.
The Governor says he is confident lawmakers can get things done. That sentiment was shared by House Speaker Brian Bosma and outgoing Senate President David Long. Democrats were skeptical saying Statehouse Republicans wasted time on less important issues instead of addressing school safety and problems with the Department of Child Services.
You can hear Governor Holcomb in the Leon-Tailored Audio. Each part runs approximately 16 minutes. He also discusses his administration’s accomplishments from last session, as well new appointments regarding the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.