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State Representatives preparing for 2020 session

As the we inch closer to the end of the year local officials are preparing to present new issues in the 2020 House of Representatives session.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 3:27 PM
Updated: Dec 20, 2019 4:49 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—State Representative Sheila Klinker is gearing up for the 2020 session for the House of Representatives.

"I think that we need to address several issues in the State of Indiana,” said Klinker.

Representative Klinker is bringing many issues to the table, including vaping.

"It's dangerous,” said Klinker.

Klinker wants to impose a tax on e-liquids as the state does on cigarettes.

"I think it's very important because we want to save children's lungs,” said Klinker. “We are finding that many of those young people are needing lung replacements and that just isn't available."

Klinker goes on to say that with recent tragedies like the 26 vaping-related deaths in 21 states. She says this is something that needs to happen and could stop an epidemic.

"There's kind of an underground situation occurring here where they put marijuana and add that into the vaping filter,” said Klinker.

Klinker also wants to present a bill for retired police officers.

"Our retired police officers would like to work as school resource officers,” said Klinker.

She said many retired officers want to continuing working in a way that gives back to the community.

"They, in many cases, want to do something else after they retire from the police force,” said Klinker.

Klinker said this bill would benefit underserved areas as well. 

"There are small schools that can't afford a school resource officer,” said Klinker. “Which is usually a police officer."

Representative Klinker will also present a number of mental health bills along with a bill that would mandate teachers bring back cursive writing in their ciriculum. 

The first session will take place on January 6th in Indianapolis.

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