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Sen. Banks is excused and reports for duty

Columbia City lawmake r Jim Banks will be excused for the last week of the legislative session.

He is scheduled for duty as a supply corps officer in the Naval Reserve. A Senate spokeswoman said Banks will attend a mandatory two-week training program in Rhode Island.

Banks isn’t the only Indiana elected official facing military duty. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg also has been called up by the Navy. He was leaving today for the Navy Operational Support Center in Chicago before deploying to Afghanistan for an assignment scheduled to last seven months. The 32-year-old mayor is a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and will serve as intelligence officer in Afghanistan.