The 2017 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly produced a plethora of what many elected officials and political observers are hailing as policy wins for the state and Region.

From the future of commuter rail expansion to aid for struggling Gary schools, bills impacting Northwest Indiana were front and center.

When the 2017 session ended late last month, we reached out to Indiana House representatives and state senators, inviting them to detail their perceptions of the session through guest columns.

Today, we begin publishing those assessments through the eyes of House Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville, and Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, both of whom sponsored successful legislation impacting Northwest Indiana this past session.