Top state lawmakers will meet at the Statehouse this week to establish the General Assembly’s top priorities for this summer’s study committees.
The Indiana Legislative Council, which governs the legislature when it’s not in session, is meeting earlier than usual this year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says it’s partly to encourage study committees to begin their work earlier as they face what he says is “an inordinate number” of topics.
A fee increase is in store for West Lafayette residents. Council members approved an overhaul of the city’s trash code, including a monthly rate increase from $9 to $16.
The new code also gives residents a shorter window to leave their trash containers on the curb. Residents can put their containers out starting at 5 p.m. the day before collection and must remove them by 11 p.m. after pickup.
Councilor Steve Dietrich (R-At Large) says he fought to make an exception for yard waste.
Following a trip to Turkey last week, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says he does not support the use of American troops on the ground in Syria. He was part of a delegation that also stopped in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Donnelly says he visited with refugees at a camp on the Turkish border and spoke with opposition leaders as well. They told him they don’t want U.S. men and women on the ground.
“They said, ‘All we want is the tools to create success here.’”