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All-day kindergarten cost is too much, says Sen. Bray

Monday, March 1, 2004

State Sen. Richard Bray says all-day kindergarten is something the state cannot afford.

"We cannot fund educational issues we have already started, so we can't afford this," Bray said at Saturday's cracker barrel political discussion in the YMCA.

Bray told attendees about other issues before the General Assembly.

- He favors a bill that would reverse a State Supreme Court ruling that holds gun owners responsible if a stolen gun is used to injure someone during a crime. The ruling makes it possible for the crime victim to sue the gun owner, Bray said.

- Daylight Savings Time is dead this session.

Brian Deakins asked Bray why the switch to Daylight Savings Time is never approved by the General Assembly.

"The majority of people do not want it, according to my surveys," Bray said.

He added that while the state could pass Daylight Savings Time legislation, the time zone, either Eastern or Central, is decided by the Federal government, not the Indiana General Assembly.

- Curfew

Bray applauded new legislation saying, "We now have an enforceable curfew law."

- Mortgage protection

Indiana has the largest mortgage foreclosure rate in the country, Bray said. He supports a bill that was passed to protect home owners.

Saturday's cracker barrel, sponsored by Clay County Farm Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce, was the only one planned this year, due to the short session of the legislature.

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