On the Record: Senate leader talks education, Sunday alcohol sales

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 20, 2015) - The Senate’s leading Republican says reforming the board of education is one of his top responsibilities, despite the controversy over the issue this year.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, sat down with FOX59 for this week’s edition of ‘On the Record’ discussing everything from education to Sunday alcohol sales.

“We have a responsibility to make sure the board of education is working properly and right now it is completely dysfunctional,” said Long. “And that’s not acceptable for our school or our kids our parents or for Indiana.”

In the video above, see Long’s comments on the battle over education, and in the video below, see Long’s remarks on issues like Sunday sales, the budget and a controversial bill that would repeal the state’s common construction wage.

The bill is up for a final vote in the House next week, but Long expressed some reservations Wednesday about the process and the bill’s timing.

“Whatever we have to deal with in the Senate, we’ll deal with it, but the timing because there’s been such contentiousness on other issues makes it a little harder, so we’ll see what happens,” said Long.

As for Sunday alcohol sales, Long says he is still waiting to see if the House will be able to pass the bill when it comes up for a final vote on the House floor next week.

“I think the idea of Sunday sales is supported by the public, not a screamingly needed issue, it’s just one that’s been around for a long time and seems to be picking up momentum,” said Long. “We’ll hear whatever the House sends to us and we’ll put our stamp on it.”

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