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Updated: June 19, 2013 6:11AM



MERRILLVILLE — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller held a press conference Friday at the Merrillville Town Hall to discuss new laws his office worked on to help offer more protection to the general public and consumers.

“We had 18 bills this legislative session,” Zoeller said. “Fifteen of those were passed this year. That’s the largest number we’ve ever had that supports the role of the attorney general.”

Bills that the attorney general backed this year included new protections for consumers from false claims of prepaid funeral plans being covered by Medicaid, tighter regulations on pain management clinics that dispense controlled substances, and identifying vehicles that may have been used to produce methamphetamine.

Senate Bill 1, a bill that drew public attention, will allow schools to access a matching grant to pay for school resource officers.”

“That bill will probably be the one to define the last session,” he said. “Within the schools these officers develop strong relationships with students. We’ve seen benefits in other states that these officers immediately help with issues of drugs, weapons, bullying and other problems.”

Zoeller invited local legislators, including Gary Sen. Earline Rogers, Gary Rep. Charlie Brown, East Chicago Sen. Lonnie Randolph, among the Democrats, and Republican Sen. Sue Landske of Cedar Lake. He noted the efforts from both political parties to improve public safety and consumer protection.

“We often hear about the bills where there are disagreements,” he said, “but my point is to show when the legislature crosses party lines to help.”

He said after the news conference that he hopes to address a number of consumer protection issues in next year’s legislative session.



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