The Journal Gazette
Sunday, April 14, 2019 1:00 am

General Assembly gets NRA nudge

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

So when will the Indiana legislature finish up the 2019 session?

The statutory deadline to end is April 29, but the anticipated “sine die” has been April 26 since the beginning. Sine die is Latin for “without day” – meaning a final adjournment without an appointed day to resume.

The reason for the early end was because the National Rifle Association will be in Indianapolis for its national convention and it will be hard to find hotel rooms.

But then last week the NRA announced that President Donald Trump will speak to the convention April 26.

That has legislative leaders now looking to April 24 as an anticipated finish date.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said “it's not about the president. It's about 80,000 NRA members and lack of hotel rooms. I'm not going to see the president. I've got stuff I got to do. At least I don't think I am.”

But Bosma promised a 24-hour review of any final budget no matter what day the session ends.

Fort Wayne FOP recognized

The Indiana House passed a resolution last week celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Fraternal Order of Police Indiana Wayne Lodge 14.

Fort Wayne Police Capt. Mitchell McKinney visited the House floor to accept the honor. He told lawmakers that he appreciated the recognition and that the lodge is proud to have helped the community for so many years.

The Fort Wayne FOP chapter was organized 16 days after the end of World War I and remains Indiana's oldest active lodge, said the resolution offered by Fort Wayne Republican Rep. Martin Carbaugh.

FOP Indiana Lodge 14, which began on Nov. 27, 1918, was instrumental to building a network of lodges throughout northeast Indiana and remains active in several community programs including Bicycle Helmet Giveaway Days, Kops 4 Kids, Forgotten Families, and Blue Bucket Brigade.

'Civil' talk May 21

The next program in the Civil Conversations series organized by Advancing Voices of Women will be “Republican Women. Democratic Women. Alike or Different.”

Speakers will be Amy Levander, president of the board of Hoosier Women Forward, and Anne Hathaway, executive director of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

The program will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Registration is available at

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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