2020 legislative session begins
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2020 legislative session begins


BEN, JULIA?>>THANK.>>>TODAY, LAWMAKERS RETURN TO THE STATE HOUSE.>>FOLLOWING THAT MASSIVE RED FOR ED RALLY IN NOVEMBER, PEOPLE EXPECTED TEACHER PAY TO BE A HOT TOPIC THIS YEAR. NOW IT SEEMS LIKE TEACHERS MAY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR FOR THE RAISE.>>MEREDITH IS LIVE AT THE STATE HOUSE THIS MORNING TO EXPLAIN, AND SHARE THE OTHER BIG TOPICS THIS SESSION. GOOD MORNING.>>Reporter: HEY, GOOD MORNING, BEN AND JULIA. WE EXPECT TO SEE A LOT OF PRESSURE PUT ON LAWMAKERS TO RAISE TEACHER PAY THIS YEAR, BUT REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS SAY THEY MAY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR. NOW, THE GOVERNOR WANTS INDIANA TO BE IN THE TOP THREE IN THE REGION IN TERMS OF TEACHER PAY, BUT HE WANTS TO WAIT FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE TEACHER PAY COMMISSION, AND THOSE ARE NOT EXPECTED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR. WHAT BILLS CAN WE EXPECT DEBATED THIS YEAR? WATCH FOR A BILL BANNING HANDHELD CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING. CURRENTLY, INDIANA BANS TEXTING WHILE DRIVING, BUT POLICE SAY IT’S HARD TO ENFORCE BECAUSE IT’S HARD TO KNOW IF THE PHONE IS IN THE HANDS TO TEXT OR DO SOMETHING ELSE NOT BANNED. THERE’S BEEN BANS FILED DEALING WITH MARIJUANA LAWS IN INDIANA, BUT THAT’S AN UPHILL BATTLE BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR AND TOP REPUBLICANS SAY THEY ARE AGAINST LEGALIZATION IN ANY FORM UNTIL STATE LAW CHANGES. STILL, WE’LL SEE SEVERAL GROUPS RALLYING HERE AT THE STATE HOUSE AT 10:00 THIS MORNING.

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