INDIANAPOLIS — Join Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and CNHI reporters Maureen Hayden and Zach Osowski for an online chat at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Bosma will take questions for 30 minutes from CNHI reporters and online readers about the progress of the General Assembly's session. Visit pharostribune.com to participate.

Lawmakers are confronting high-profile issues including changes to the school funding formula; ethics reform for legislators; a divisive religious freedom bill; a potential end to the prevailing wage; and an outbreak of HIV virus in rural Indiana.

They've taken up those matters in a critical budget-making year, as Bosma leads the House super-majority Republicans through a session that’s seen more than 1,200 bills this year.

Bosma, first elected to the House is 1986, is in his fourth term as Speaker, a role that arguably makes him the most powerful person in the Statehouse when the General Assembly is in session.

Sharp-witted, Bosma’s humor is often self-deprecating, but he’s also poked fun at Republican governors when he’s disagreed with their direction.

Having served in leadership roles when his party was both in and out of power, Bosma has opened the Statehouse doors wider to the public in the digital age: In 2005, he began live-streaming House floor proceedings; later he made every House committee meeting available via the Internet.

During Bosma’s tenure as House majority leader, Republicans have steadily increased their numbers to historic levels. As Speaker, Bosma presides over a fast-moving process with a Churchillian mantra, posted in big print in his Statehouse office: “Keep calm and carry on.”

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