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Sunday, June 09, 2019 1:00 am

Banks in France for D-Day commemoration

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, was among members of Congress who attended Thursday's ceremony in Normandy, France, marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Banks joined a delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. A member of the House Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, Banks is an Afghanistan veteran.

In speeches during Thursday's ceremony, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron praised the Allied troops who took part in the invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

“Today was a day to set aside politics and remember the incredible courage and sacrifices of the 'greatest generation' and President Trump's speech did just that,”  Banks said in a statement.

“On a personal level, I appreciate Speaker Pelosi inviting me and all other veterans in Congress to join her for this historic event,” he said. “It was a moving ceremony and tribute that reminds us of America's historic role in the world and that our freedoms are never free.”

The congressional delegation included Ohio Rep. Bob Latta, R-5th, who said in a statement about the Allied forces who stormed the Normandy beaches: “It's a humbling experience to walk where they fought and to imagine what they went through that morning, but it's an important reminder of just how fragile freedom and peace are. I'm honored to be here with my colleagues to pay my respects to those who served and those who died.”

GOP fiscal expert resigns

Longtime Senate Republican fiscal analyst David Reynolds is leaving his post with the General Assembly.

He has been instrumental in crafting the state budget for years as well as work on other fiscal matters. 

Reynolds will join Policy Analytics LLC as senior vice president in July.

The think tank is run by Bill Sheldrake.

Indiana Legislative Insight – a political newsletter – expects Policy Analytics to be involved in fiscal analyses of casino-related matters following a massive gambling bill the legislature passed.

Prosecutors group losing director

David Powell, the executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, will step down from his role this fall after leading the organization for more than eight years.

His last day is Oct. 3, and he will retire Nov. 1. Chris Naylor, the council's current assistant executive director, will succeed him. 

The prosecuting attorneys council assists lawmakers with bills that affect the criminal justice system, and provides training and resources for Indiana's 91 elected prosecutors and their offices.

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