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Area senator to miss week for Navy school

– A northeast Indiana senator will miss the last week of the state legislative session due to a two-week naval deployment.

Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, leaves March 8 for Newport, R.I., to complete his 15-month Navy Supply Corps School training. It is his fourth trip in the past 18 months.

His absences will be marked as excused.

“We’ve known since Senator Banks joined the Navy that he could be called at any time to serve his country,” said Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne. “We are grateful and proud of his commitment and service. He’s taken great care to ensure his bills continue through the legislative process smoothly and that his responsibilities as a state senator are not neglected while he is absent.”

The session is set to end March 14.