Questions remain about how the next Indiana legislative session will work in the COVID world

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We are just two months away from when state lawmakers convene the 2021 legislative session in Indianapolis.

It’s still not clear if the session will be convened inside the Indiana Statehouse, or at another location to allow for better social distancing in light of the coronavirus pandemic still being a big factor in everyday life.

We’re giving ourselves options. It seems like things change every week,” said Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) to Indy Politics. “We are giving ourselves the option to do it at the State Government Center, which is outside the traditional House chamber because we can do more social distancing, but we’ll see what life looks like in January.”

The coronavirus also has lawmakers putting the powers of the governor under the microscope, according to Huston. Specifically the governor’s emergency powers during a public health crisis, such as the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve got a group within our caucus that we’ve organized that’s looking at that,” he said. “We’ll be looking at that and figuring out what the best path forward is, for both this type of situation and other emergency situations that happen in the future.”

Huston said he believes Gov. Eric Holcomb has done “a great job” of managing the state through the pandemic.

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