As I looked back at the last Manning Memo I wrote at the conclusion of the 2020 legislative session as the COVID-19 pandemic was just taking hold, I don’t think any of us could have imagined all that has transpired in the past nine months. This was quite the year, and we are all still dealing with a lot of challenges. But I am proud of our community, and I am proud of Indiana. We are blessed to live in the Hoosier state.
We began the 2021 legislative session last week, although with a few changes. Just like so many community and family events have been altered in the last year, so too must the legislature adapt to the ongoing pandemic. For the foreseeable future, the Indiana House of Representatives will be conducting session just once a week instead of three times. Our committees will also meet on an as-needed basis, and the schedule will vary from week to week. This will require a lot of flexibility from legislators, staff and the public, but I believe the process will remain as transparent as it always has. The House is also meeting together – not in our Statehouse chamber – but in a larger space across the street in Indiana Government Center South.