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Chamber's free lunch with county representatives is Friday

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

State lawmakers representing Shelby County are due to speak at a luncheon Friday sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

A yearly tradition, the Chamber hosts the legislative lunches usually at the midpoint and after the end of the Indiana General Assembly sessions to give the public a chance to hear what’s going on at the Statehouse directly from their elected representatives.

The luncheon is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, but the Chamber needs to know how many will be coming.

“An RSVP is required,” said Executive Director Julie Metz, and preferably as soon as possible. 

Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) are on the agenda for the luncheon which is free and open to the public.

2018 is a “short session” for the state legislature meaning that lawmakers will not have to approve a two-year state budget. Short sessions occur every other year and are generally a time when lawmakers address more debatable issues.

Among the bills that have died in the 2018 General Assembly:

n Eliminating small township government

n Regulating confined animal feeding operations or “factory farms”

n Passing a hate crimes law

n Freedom of the Press for student journalists

n Cold beer sales at grocery and convenience stores

However, bills to allow alcohol sales on Sunday in Indiana, the only state that still prohibits them, are moving forward and are expected to be approved.

In addition, Senate Bill 280, which would legalize the sale of CBD oil derived from cannabis, or marijuana, is still alive.

Supporters say the CBD oil is a medication that does not produce a “high.” Opponents are concerned the bill would open the door for legalized marijuana.

Authored by Sen. Phillip Boots (R-Indianapolis), the Indiana State Senate has passed SB 280. Two similar bills have passed the Indiana House of Representatives – HB 1214 and HB 1137. 

The 2018 legislative session ends March 14.

Doors for the free legislative lunch open at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Maxim Events, 1415 E. Michigan Road.

To RSVP, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 317-398-6647.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

2018 Legislative Luncheon

Where: Maxim Events, 1415 E. Michigan Road, behind Fiddlers Three

When: 11:30 a.m. Friday

Why: Update from state lawmakers on current statehouse session

Public is invited. Luncheon is free but RSVP is required.

To reserve a spot contact the Chamber at 317-398-6647.