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Republican legislative leaders are backing off plans to hastily enact a new Indiana law limiting COVID-19 vaccine requirements at private businesses.
Three-term Lake County Councilman Dan Dernulc, R-Highland, is forgoing a potential fourth term in county government and instead running next year for a seat in the Indiana Senate.
"Employers are in the best position to determine what's best for their workforce," said Patrick Tamm of Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Leaders are calling Indiana lawmakers back to the Statehouse on Nov. 29 for an unusual one-day meeting to consider adopting a plan limiting COVID vaccine requirements at private businesses.
The Indiana Democratic Party is following the lead of Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and advocating for the legalization of marijuana in the Hoosier State.
"This is a sad day for our country when someone can put themselves in harm’s way, declare self defense, and be acquitted," said Roy Dominguez, a defense attorney and former Lake County sheriff.
Hoosier lawmakers are working to bring a swift end to Indiana's COVID-19 state of emergency that's persisted since the first case of the coronavirus was diagnosed in Indiana on March 6, 2020.
"I certainly intend to make sure, in one way or another, we are giving back to people the money that they deserve, that they've earned," said House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers.
The Legislature won't be out of session for long. The 2022 Indiana General Assembly is due to convene at 12 p.m. Region time Tuesday for its annual, ceremonial Organization Day meeting.
State Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said Monday it's been an honor to serve the citizens of District 25 for the past two decades, but he believes now is the time for a new person to step into that role.