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January 21, 2014

Legislators discuss Obamacare's impact, marriage amendment

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Senator Leising, likewise, discussed a bevy of Senate Bills she hopes will continue making education a priority in the state.

Senate Bill 113 passed the Senate Education Committee last week and will soon head to the Senate floor for a full vote. Leising has long-supported this bill, which would require children to learn cursive writing.

The Department of Education made learning cursive optional in 2010. Leising contends that cursive writing and cognitive learning are directly linked.

The veteran senator also said she supports SB 111. This bill is intended to delay, for one additional year, any potential changes made to the soil productivity factor by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).

Bringing together agriculture and education, Senator Leising said she supports a bill that would allow students participating in the Indiana State Fair to receive excused absences from school.

Leising also discussed how alcohol is sold at the state fairgrounds throughout the year, but not during the State Fair in August. This prohibition dates back 67 years due to clean-up involving carelessly discarded glass bottles used to house beer at the 1946 State Fair.

Leising said opening up the fairgrounds to alcohol sales would allow Hoosier breweries and wineries an opportunity to sell their wares during the fair, in an environment restricted to those age 21 and over.

Retiring State Senator Johnny Nugent, the elder statesman of Saturday’s group, took the opportunity to give thanks to his fellow legislators as well as the people of southeastern Indiana whom he has served for more than three and a half decades.

“I’ve thoroughly been honored to serve over the last 36 years,” the Cleves, Ohio native said. “That, in my opinion, is the role of the public official.”

Nugent called his fellow panelists “the hardest working members of the General Assembly I have ever seen.” He also took the opportunity to endorse Republican Chip Perfect, a personal friend of Nugent’s, as his replacement when he retires in November.

Perfect, who has formally announced his candidacy for Senate District 43, was in attendance Saturday. Nugent called him “the right person at the right time.”

Congressman Luke Messer’s brief visit also gave him the opportunity to sing the praises of the four Republican legislators who visited Greensburg Saturday.

Messer described the panel of guests as “thoughtful” and “among the very best in the state.”

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com

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