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Legislative brunch addresses community questions

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Posted: Feb 10, 2018 7:30 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)-- Indiana lawmakers addressed some hot topics today.

The Women Voters of Greater Lafayette hosted its Annual Legislative Breakfast today.

Senators and state representatives had the opportunity to answer the community's questions.

Republican State Senator, Ron Aliting, says it's a healthy way to share ideas.

"I think what you experienced here today was democracy at its finest."

Indiana lawmakers, including Senator Alting and Representative Shelia Klinker were in attendance to talk about the current session of the Indiana General Assembly.

The main topics of discussion were the pay day lending and hate crime bills.

Klinker doesn't agree with the lending bill because of the high percentage rates.

"The percentage of what it charges of what they charge you for borrowing is so large sometimes that the people who need it the most are vulnerable and can't pay it back."

While the hate crime bill was in the senate, Alting says it was unfortunately not called for a vote.

Indiana is one of four states that does not have a hate crime bill.

"There's nothing, nothing as bad as a hate crime where these individuals are targeted for the color of their skin, their nationality, their sexual orientation, we are really living in a different world if we don't think this is taking place."

Alting says people should continue to ask questions.

He says these events are a good reminder that lawmakers work for the people and their voices matters.

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