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Gov. Holcomb unveils 2018 legislative session agenda

Holcomb will focus with lawmakers on five pillars – the economy, infrastructure, workforce, the state’s drug epidemic and government service.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 10:43 AM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 11:32 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled his 2018 legislative agenda Wednesday morning.

Holcomb will focus with lawmakers on five pillars – the economy, infrastructure, workforce, the state’s drug epidemic and government service.

The goals, administration officials said, will be implemented both administratively and through new legislation.

Holcomb wants to spur economic growth by in part enticing Hoosiers who have left the state to return to Indiana. The governor also hopes to increase education and training that will directly link Hoosiers to new jobs.

In an effort to send a message, administration officials said, the governor will seek legislation to ensure drug-induced homicides are charged with felony murder.

The governor’s drug agenda also would improve the state’s overdose reporting, open new treatment centers and require physicians check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, while also integrating the system.

The administration also is looking to implement a “new parent leave policy” for state government employees.

Much of this, of course, is subject to legislative approval.

This story will be updated.

*This story was originally published by WTTV in Indianapolis. 

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