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State Sen. Buchanan embraces first full session

State Senator Brian Buchanan is headed into his first full session at the statehouse.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2019 6:50 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) —State Sen. Brian Buchanan was sworn in last February to replace Senator Brandt Hershman who retired to work in Washington.

He currently serves Indiana's 7th District at the Statehouse. 

Buchanan said he's looking forward to being able to propose bills this time around.

He's working on one that would add a 7th Superior Court to Tippecanoe County.

The Senator said a new court is much needed considering the area's large increase in criminal cases.

"The thresholds of where you need to add another judge has been met, actually, exceeded," said Buchanan.

However, there may be some challenges getting it passed during a tight budget year.

"Because you not only have the judge's salary and you also have their staff you need to add," said Buchanan. "So, there's a fiscal impact on the state level and a fiscal impact on the county level."

Buchanan said filling Hershman's shoes won't be easy. He said he admired how pragmatic Hershman was and hopes to maintain that during his term at the statehouse.

He's serving on three committees this year, Tax and fiscal Policy, Education and Career Development, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources committee.

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