Sen. Jim Merritt plans to pursue gun violence legislation in response to what he calls a “crisis” in Indiana’s urban areas.
Some measures that passed the legislature this year include a reduction of the business personal property tax and changes to the state's criminal code.
The overhaul aims to divert low-level offenders into local community corrections programs, but lawmakers are debating how to fund those programs.
A bill that shifts low-level, first time offenders away from state prison is estimated to cost local entities $10.5 million a year.
Independent analysts say the overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code will increase the prison population unless offenders are directed towards correction programs.
The U.S. Attorney General's proposal seeks to reduce sentences for low-level drug offenses and place people in rehabilitation facilities instead of prisons.