Local lawmakers weigh in on possible special session

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(WEHT)- As governors across the country weigh extending stay at home orders, one Indiana State Senator wrote a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb asking him to call a special session of the Indiana General Assembly should he extend his executive order.

“I think it’s an important conversation to have,” says Sen. Victoria Spartz (R- SD 20), “when we created special powers after 9/11, it was really meant to be for a short period of time.” Spartz added that the role of a legislator is to provide checks and balances to the executive branch, no matter who is in office.

Still, there is some hesitation from some local lawmakers about the idea. State Rep. Ron Bacon (R- HD 75) said in a statement “I don’t believe a special session is needed at this point.” Likewise, State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R- SD 50) says she does not see the need for a special session either.

State Rep. Ryan Hatfield (D- HD 77) says a special session is not necessary and says such a session would be costly to Indiana taxpayers.

While Sen. Spartz says Gov. Holcomb’s office has received the letter, she said she has not spoken with Gov. Holcomb yet about it.

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(This story was originally published on April 22, 2020)

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