The beginnings of a response to one of our Region, state and nation's most pressing issues failed to clear the Indiana General Assembly before close of session last week.

Left on the table before the Statehouse lights went dark on the 2018 legislative session was a plan to authorize $5 million in additional school safety funding.

Given the national incidence of mass shootings, many of them involving schools, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is showing appropriate leadership by recalling the Legislature to finish its work in May.

The $5 million proposal is a shallow dive into what needs to be a much deeper conversation and policy considerations for improving safety and security for our schoolchildren.

But it signals a good start, and this is not the type of business that should be left unfinished.

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It also should have been handled within the confines of a 10-week legislative session that lacked the robust schedule of recent years.

Now lawmakers must return to the Capitol building in Indianapolis at an estimated cost of between $15,000 and $30,000 per day to address the school security funding and other business left undone.

Taxpayers should remind their elected officials that we expect them to work within the confines of deadlines as most of us must do in our family lives and places of business.

In this case, the stakes are high. Inaction on a measure to enhance the safety of our children isn't acceptable in any political climate, much less the one in which we currently find ourselves as a nation.

It's time for lawmakers to get back to work and finish the job they were hired at the ballot boxes to complete.


Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Regional News Editor Sharon Ross, Assistant Deputy Editor Andrew Steele.