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2024 Parke County Cracker Barrel

By Mark Spelbring, Sentinel Reporter

Both legislators representing Parke County in the Indiana General Assembly met with voters at the annual Cracker Barrel Session sponsored by Parke County Chamber of Commerce March 3.  State Representative Alan Morrison and State Senator Spencer Deery each spoke briefly and then responded to questions from the 20 citizens in attendance.

Rep. Morrison noted that about 110-120 bills were initially filed on each side of the legislature and said he expected around 180 will finally pass.  He pointed out that the first bill passed and signed by Governor Holcomb was his bill to update wetlands regulation in the state.  Morrison said wetlands are important, but he noted a recent federal decision and said he worked with IDEM, builders, and others on the bill that should clarify some of the state wetland regulations.

Rep. Morrison noted he had worked on an environmental bill related to airports, and also supported a bill on bobcat hunting, but he pointed out that bill simply assigns the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) the responsibility to set up a bobcat hunting program.  He said he felt it was good the legislature didn’t put details in the bill and instead they were leaving that to the experts at DNR.

Rep. Morrison discussed the bill on retention of third graders and said last year about 15,000 of them didn’t pass the test.  He voted for the bill and noted some of the no votes were made by people who think the state needs to do more for the students before they get to third grade.

Senator Deery discussed SB 2 related to childcare and noted it was focused on how to save people money.  He stressed the need for childcare to help get more people into the workforce.

For the full article, see the March 6 edition of the Parke County Sentinel.