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State rep sends out constituent survey

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Indiana State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) wants to know what the people in District 54 think.

Saunders’ 2018 legislative survey started landing in mailboxes this week. The survey questions cover beer sales, preschool funding, state constitutional amendments and cannabidiol (CBD,) among other topics.

Voters in House District 54 can mail the survey back to Saunders’ office, or they can complete the questionnaire online at www.indianahouserepublicans.com/constituent-survey-hd-54/

Voters can mark Yes, No or Undecided on each question. There is also space to leave additional comments for Saunders.

Question one on the survey asks if people support the carry-out sale of cold beer by retailers other than liquor stores, such as grocery and convenience stores.

The question isn’t about the long-standing issue of Sunday beer sales, but about whether or not stores that already sell warm beer should be allowed to serve it cold.

Question two asks voters how they feel about raising the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21.

Question three asks residents if there are enough resources in their community to treat people suffering from drug addiction.

Question four of the survey asks if people support a law requiring a special election whenever there is a vacancy in a state House or Senate office.

On question five, Saunders asks if his constituents support allowing voters to decide whether or not to eliminate their township government.

Question six notes that Indiana’s Constitution requires that county clerks, auditors, recorders, treasurers, sheriffs, coroners and surveyors be elected positions. The question asks if voters support amending the state constitution to allow the county executive body to appoint all or some of those positions.

Question seven asks if District 54 residents believe that high-quality preschool programs for low-income families should be expanded statewide using taxpayer dollars.

The survey notes that early education can lay a strong foundation for success in the future. The state legislature established and expanded a high-quality, early education pilot program for low-income families. The five-year pilot program is entering its third year and currently serves 20 counties, though Henry County isn’t one of them. 

The survey also stated that Indiana sends nearly $7 billion in education funding directly to public schools, at an average of $6,600 per student. Question eight asks if people support increasing, decreasing or holding flat education funding flat.

The final question on Saunders’ 2018 legislative survey asks whether or not voters believe that Hoosier adults should have the ability to legally buy and possess any hemp-derived or cannabidiol (CBD) products.

Local residents can contact Rep. Saunders’ office in Indianapolis by calling 1-800-382-9841. Surveys are due by Jan. 31.