VanSingel discusses issues with constituents
LAKE COUNTY — State Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, met with constituents in Irons, Luther and Baldwin during his Lake County office hours to discuss state legislation and local concerns on Monday.
Scott Lucas, of Luther, asked about the legalization of recreational marijuana.
“I am thinking the house may approve recreational marijuana before it hits the ballot later this year,” VanSingel said. “If it goes on the ballot, it becomes constitutional and if we want to amend it, we will have to place it on another ballot proposal.”
Lucas said a number of people he talked to were in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.
“About 97 percent of people I have talked to want recreational marijuana legalized, from older people to kids at Ferris and people in town, mostly because of tax revenue captured. I think alcohol is worse and more addictive than marijuana. The major concern would be people driving under the influence of marijuana,” Lucas said.
VanSingel said it will be a hard vote.
“I personally don’t want to see recreational marijuana legalized,” he said.
During VanSingel’s office hours in Baldwin, village resident Denise Smith asked about funding for school security at the state level.
“Last week one of the topics discussed at the school dinner event was school security and there is legislation to partially fund safety officers.
“There is $25 million in the budget as a placeholder,” VanSingel said. “There won’t be enough to fund placing officers in the schools, but it is more for security upgrades.”