After 2 acrimonious sessions, Indiana House Speaker wants to avoid more divisiveness

NDIANAPOLIS — Every legislative session has its own distinct feeling, and Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says the session that will begin Monday is no different.

Comparing the protests and walkouts that marked the last two sessions with partisan conflict, Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said the 2013 session should have a much different feel. With the so-called “right-to-work” law behind them and now a super-majority of Republicans in both chambers, Bosma said this will be a year of budget challenges and possible boosts to education, which could ultimately help the state’s economy.

Bosma is among four lawmakers who now represent parts of Hancock County. While the county is still in one Senate district – District 28, represented by new Republican Sen. Mike Crider – the county was divided into three House districts in 2012. Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield; and Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville; also represent portions of the county.

All four said they’re bracing for a busy, yet quieter session compared to recent years. But with 150 legislators from 92 counties with varying ideas, they’ve come to expect the unexpected.

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