INDIANA NEWS: Lawmakers return Wednesday for General Assembly

Indiana StaehouseINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – State legislators are returning to the Statehouse Wednesday to begin what could be a contentious 120th General Assembly session.

The Republican-dominated Legislature could face fierce debates over issues such as Sunday liquor sales, how to deal with the opioid crisis, redistricting, and repealing the state law requiring licenses to carry handguns in public.

Conservative social activists have attacked Republican Speaker Brian Bosma for not backing a bill that aims to ban abortions by defining human life as beginning when a human egg is fertilized by a sperm. That bill is considered to be constitutionally questionable.

Democrats are once again pushing for a state hate crimes law. They also want an independent commission for drawing congressional and legislative election districts.

Members of both the Indiana House and Senate still have time to submit bills for submission. This session that must end by mid-March.