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As Session Begins Wednesday, Some Bills To Be Fast-Tracked

The new legislative session begins today, and the super bowl arrives in Indianapolis 32 days later. The combination is putting some bills on a fast track.

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A short session of the Indiana General Assembly begins Wednesday.

The Super Bowl is offering Indiana lawmakers an informal deadline to get some bills passed quickly in the 2012 legislative session.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the Super Bowl historically brings increased sex trafficking, and says Indiana laws against it contain a loophole. House and Senate leaders have agreed to push the bill through both chambers before Super Bowl week.

There‘s been talk of pushing through a statewide smoking ban in time for the game. Representative Eric Turner (R-Marion), who‘s introduced a ban for several years, says he wouldn‘t object to a fast-track bill, but says his main concern is to get a bill passed.

Every bill this session will have to compete for attention with a right-to-work bill. A House committee plans a hearing on the bill Friday. But Senate sponsor Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) says he expects the Senate will take up the bill on a normal timeline. Boots has other bills he hopes to pass this session, including legalization of Sunday alcohol sales and some version of local government reform. Despite the clamor over right-to-work, he and Turner both say there‘s no reason that debate should get in the way of their other bills.

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