Sen. Donnelly, state lawmakers discuss key issues affecting Hoosiers

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With this year’s legislative session drawing to a close at the Statehouse, several key pieces of legislation are still being negotiated by lawmakers.

In this week’s edition of “On The Record,” state Senator Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, and state Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, discuss those key issues and legislation they authored regarding alcohol, medical emergencies, and sexual assault.

Watch the video above to see what Rep. Hale and Senator Merritt has to say about their legislation and other big topics at the Statehouse.

This week, House and Senate lawmakers made votes on several major issues ahead of an approaching deadline.

The legislation dealing with preschool education passed the Senate on Thursday, though the Senate version of House Bill 1004 only sends the issue to a study committee. The version passed in the House would have launched a pilot program, giving pre-K vouchers to young children living in poverty.

Another key agenda item for the Governor Pence, transportation funding, also passed the Senate on Thursday in a more watered-down form.

Pence also weighed in Thursday on Merritt’s legislation which would allow some alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair, saying he was “open to it” without declaring an official position.

In the video above, Merritt discusses the legislation, which has been a big topic of conversation on social media.

In the video below, we discuss major national issues with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, including the Affordable Care Act and a bill that would have given expanded benefits to veterans.

The bill failed this week when it didn’t have enough support to clear a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate.