INDIANAPOLIS – Late Wednesday evening, the General Assembly closed the curtains for the final time on the 2019 legislative session. Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) gave the following comments upon adjournment of the Senate:

“I commend my colleagues on another hard fought session in the General Assembly. The ending is always bittersweet as we complete our business and return to our districts with our wins and our losses.

“While there were some victories like the addition of protections for coverage of preexisting health conditions in the state budget and the failure of a payday lending bill that would benefit loan sharks in Indiana, I can’t help but reflect on what the legislature failed to accomplish this session.

“I am disappointed that this two-year budget still, after four very long months, does not guarantee a single dime for teacher pay raises. I am also disappointed that Statehouse Republicans prioritized funding for voucher and charter schools over public schools.

“In addition, we made no progress on raising the minimum wage, reforming our election system, fully funding prekindergarten or reforming our marijuana laws, especially for those with serious ailments that could benefit from this alternative treatment option.

“While my fellow colleagues and I in the Senate Democratic Caucus were unable to convince the majority this session to take many of our proposals to improve this state, we will never give up. We will be right back here next year fighting for the visions Hoosiers across the state have elected us to pursue.”