Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma makes a stop in Evansville. After seeing and hearing about the problem first-hand, Bosma says he's in support of scooter regulation.
At Tri-State Towing's police impound lot, this is where scooters go to die. The debate centered around them, however, has not.
In fact, it's only intensified.
"The requests that we're hearing from the EPD is licensing, registration, insurance," said House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-District 88). "These are the things that were not acted on last year. I think as people learn more about the issue and the resources that are required to follow up in law enforcement, the more likely it is to be regulated in the future."
They've been stolen, crashed, or towed and their numbers are growing.
In 2012, Evansville Police say two-thirds of the scooter drivers involved in crashes were driving on a suspended license. More than 90% of scooter drivers involved in crashes didn't have insurance, according to numbers provided by Evansville Police. This poses a huge burden on the other insured drivers involved in those crashes.
Previous legislation has been introduced at the state level but has repeatedly stalled.
"With a conservative legislature, the general inclination is not to overregulate," Bosma said. "I think that's where a lot of conservative legislators come from. They need to see that it's an issue."
"I'd be more inclined to encourage regulation here based on what I saw today."
If that regulation eventually makes it's way to the corner of Columbia and Garvin, it would find John Hembd, owner of the Scooter Shop.
"I went through safety training with my motorcycle endorsement. I believe there should be something like that, especially for young scooter drivers."
You won't find Hembd bobbing and weaving his way through traffic, nor will you find him in total support of scooter regulation.
"[People] don't really pay attention to the ones that are doing it correctly," Hembd said. "It's only the one that is zig-zagging through lanes and not riding responsible that draws the most attention. They're just helping the opposition to help pass these laws that are going to try to get rid of scooters in the county. They're just giving them ammunition."
"This is not an effort to rid Evansville's streets of scooters," said EPD Sgt. Jason Cullum. "We want the responsible law abiding citizens who choose to use the scooter as their primary transportation -- or just an enjoyment on the weekend -- to be able to do that."
It takes balance to move on two wheels. But to regulate scooters, state lawmakers will have to strike a balance.
House Speaker Brian Bosma has also been meeting with Evansville's top officials to discuss some of the challenges the city is facing. One of those challenges is curbing the meth epidemic.
The county and state are well on their way to another banner year in meth lab busts. There have been bills presented in the past that would make pseudoephedrine prescription only. That's the key ingredient in making meth. However, those bills have repeatedly stalled in the Indiana Statehouse but not if Bosma had his way.
"Despite the fact that my family has a lot of allergies and uses pseudoephedrine quite a bit, I'm a fan of the prescription route," Bosma said. "But there's going to be healthy debate on that in the coming session. The majority view will be to allow the current legislation to go for a while."
That current legislation is SB 496 which was passed this year. It places a more stringent cap on how much pseudoephedrine you can buy on a yearly basis.
Bosma is also weighing in on Right to Work. This comes after a judge declared part of the state's right to work law violates the state constitution. A Lake County judge found that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues. The Indiana Attorney General's Office says the state will appeal the ruling to the Indiana Supreme Court.
"I support the Attorney General's effort to appeal that ruling," Bosma said. "I'm quite confident that the legislation will be upheld as it has been in other states. I'm confident it's making a big difference for Hoosier workers around the state."