State lawmakers looking to finish up Wednesday as adjournment approaches

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Legislators have a few issues left to resolve as they approach Wednesday’s finish line.

Legislators still need to finalize bills on panhandling, surprise billing, a controversial teacher externship requirement, and the future of Attorney General Curtis Hill, among others. The legal deadline to adjourn isn’t until Saturday, so legislators are able — and likely — to work into the wee hours of the morning.

While the bill is one of several prompted by Indianapolis issues, it’s intertwined with a northwest Indiana transit bill.

The bill to increase penalties for selling tobacco to minors is unexpectedly still on legislators’ to-do list. They’ve reopened the bill to tweak the size of a required buffer zone between smoke shops and schools. The revised bill should come to a vote Wednesday.