Indiana GOP lacks overarching goal in upcoming session

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican super-majorities are returning to the Statehouse for the annual legislative session without a major goal they hope to accomplish. That leaves a vacuum some want to fill with contentious issues and debates that GOP leaders in the past tried to contain.

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Gov. Eric Holcomb have already issued a call for civility. But it’s unclear if members of their base, or other lawmakers will go along.

Social conservative activists have already attacked Bosma for not taking up constitutionally questionable anti-abortion legislation.

Some members of the House Republican caucus are also pushing to eliminate conceal carry gun licenses, over the objections of law enforcement.

The short 10-week session begins Wednesday.

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