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The week ahead

Legislative committees settling in

It’s a busy week at the Indiana Statehouse as legislators tackle study topics in advance of the next session. Meetings Wednesday will focus on utility issues, insurance and economic development.

The Regulatory Flexibility Committee is set to hear from the state’s top regulatory official, James Atterholt. He will present annual reports on the electricity, natural gas, communications and water industries.

The committee also will discuss franchise fees – a follow-up to an unsuccessful effort in the last session to eliminate cable TV franchise fees. The fees provide cities and towns with much-needed financial support for public safety and more and also support public access television programming. Telecommunications companies have pushed for elimination of the fees for years.

The General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Insurance will discuss uninsured motorists on Wednesday.

Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle is committee chairman, and Rep. Matthew Lehman, R-Berne, is vice chairman.

The economic development study committee will focus on policy for the state’s rural communities in its meeting Wednesday.

The committee hearings all begin at 10 a.m. Each can be seen online at

Be a tourist

With Labor Day past, it’s time for Fort Wayne residents to discover the city. The popular “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” opens 12 attractions to residents at no cost on Sunday.

With a passport available at any Tower Bank location, Kroger’s store or the Visitors Center at 927 S. Harrison St., admission is free at the African/African-American Historical Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the History Center and more.