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Legislative Leaders Split On Good And Bad Of 2020 Session

Brandon Smith
IPB News

Republican legislative leaders say Indiana made huge gains in health care and education in the 2020 legislative session. But Democrats decry missed opportunities.

House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) cites some accomplishments: loosening regulations on public schools, shielding teachers from penalties over low student test scores, sending more money for career and technical education. And he points to what he calls huge strides in health care transparency.

“This is a work that we will continue to do on this issue," Huston says. "We’re going to spend the interim working with stakeholders to figure out how we can continue to make progress on lowering health care costs.”

But Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says Republicans ignored major issues that Hoosiers are calling for.

“One would be gun safety – nothing on that. Crickets, as they say," Lanane says. "And then also reasonable criminal justice reform by way of reasonable marijuana law reform.”

Lanane says the GOP rejected even public debate on those issues.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.