Holcomb calls for special session to complete ‘unfinished business’

Holcomb special session

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday called state lawmakers back to the Statehouse for a special session to complete what he called “unfinished business.”

The governor called for lawmakers to tackle issues like school funding and school safety as well as federal compliance issues when they reconvene for the special session in May. That business, Holcomb outlined, includes state legislation to:

  • increase funding for the Indiana Secured School Fund by $5 million now and in 2019.
  • allow school corporations to obtain funding advances for school security equipment and capital purchases.
  • provide the Muncie Community School Corporation with a one-time $12 million loan from Common School Fund.
  • conform with federal tax reform changes by updating the state’s conformity date to Feb. 11, 2018.
  • comply with IRS rules to protect federal taxpayer information and assure access to federal tax data.

The General Assembly session ended last week with chaos as bickering Republicans failed to take up some key bills and tempers erupted as they struggled to come to terms. Among the bills left unfinished were measures that would have boosted school safety funding, regulated self-driving cars, eliminated handgun license fees and allowed churchgoers to carry guns to worship services and on school grounds.

Holcomb had requested the additional school safety funding and included the driverless car bill in his agenda for the year.

After the tumultuous end to the session, Holcomb announced that he was open to the possibility of calling lawmakers back to the Statehouse for a special session. He made that official on Monday.

The special session could cost taxpayers around $30,000 per day, Holcomb said. The added expense will be pulled from an already existing fund, using money already set aside, he added.

Holcomb said the special session would be held “sometime in May.”

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