Ed Clere

Ed Clere

Representative | District 72

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9753

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h72@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Zach Weismiller

Phone: 317-234-9024

Email: zach.weismiller@iga.in.gov

Thank you for taking your time to visit my web page. In addition to this web page, I have included links to other websites that contain a wealth of information about our district.

It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of District 72. As your state representative, I am committed to achieving our goals of traditional values and limited government.

Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or concerns that you may have about state government.

Sincerely,

Ed Clere
State Representative
House District 72

Indiana House of Representatives: 2008-Present

Committees:

  • Public Health
  • Ways and Means
  • Public Policy

Legislative Appointments:

  • Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for Elderly and Disabled Board (CHOICE)
  • Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission
  • Indiana School for the Deaf
  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corporation

Telephone:

  • (812) 987-4333 (District)
  • (800) 382-9841 (Statehouse)

Married: Amy Clere, Teacher

Education:

  • Floyd Central High School
  • Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Indiana University Southeast

Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Community Activities:

  • YMCA of Southern Indiana 
  • LifeSpan Resources Advisory Council
  • New Albany-Floyd County Habitat for Humanity affiliate
  • Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation
  • Floyd County Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Youth soccer coach

State Representative Ed Clere is serving his fourth term in the Indiana House of Representatives. He represents most of Floyd County, including the city of New Albany and Georgetown. Representative Clere serves on the House Ways and Means, Education and Public Policy committees.

In addition, he is a legislative appointee to the board of Indiana’s CHOICE program, a state-funded program that helps seniors and people with disabilities stay in their home and avoid institutional care. He is also a legislative appointee to the boards of the Indiana School for the Deaf and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corporation, and to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.

A 2010 graduate of the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, a program for newer legislators offered by the Midwestern office of the Council of State Governments, Representative Clere is now co-chair of the program’s steering committee. He also serves on Counsel of State Governments’ (CSG) Health Public Policy Committee; the Health and Human Services Committee of CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference; and the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Health Committee.

Representative Clere coaches youth soccer and serves on the board of the New Albany-Floyd County Habitat for Humanity affiliate and the Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation. He also serves on the LifeSpan Resources Advisory Council and the Floyd County Community Corrections Advisory Board. He is a former member of the board of Develop New Albany, the city’s Main Street organization. An advocate of historic preservation, he serves on a revolving loan committee for Indiana Landmarks, a statewide nonprofit organization. He is a graduate and member of Leadership Southern Indiana.

Representative Clere has been recognized for a number of awards, including Indiana Optometry’s Outstanding Service in the Public Interest Award (2013); Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging Legislative Champion (2012); Rotary Club of New Albany Vocational Service Award (2012); National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Citation for Distinguished Service (2012); Habitat for Humanity of Indiana Volunteer of the Year (2011); and Indiana Chamber of Commerce Small Business Champion (2010).

Representative Clere earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Indiana University Southeast. He has worked as a Realtor since 2001. As a Realtor, he has earned the ABR, CRS and GRI designations and has served on the board of the Southern Indiana Realtors Association. Representative Clere and his wife, Amy, a teacher, live in New Albany. They have five children.

House District 72: Represents most of Floyd County, including New Albany and Georgetown.

[r72] Providence volleyball team honored at Statehouse

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ed Clere (R-New Albany), State Representative Steve Stemler (D-Jeffersonville) and State Senator Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) honored the Providence High School volleyball team for their victory in the 2014 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) class 2A volleyball championship. “Winning a second,

[r72] Rep. Clere serves as MC and honors local senior citizen (5/30/2014)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Start Date: 5/30/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/30/2014STATEHOUSE – Today, State Representative Ed Clere (R-New Albany) served as the master of ceremonies at the 2014 Golden Hoosier Awards in Indianapolis, where a Georgetown resident was honored. The Golden Hoosier Award was established to recognize outstanding seniors for their lifetime of

[r72] Rep. Clere to hold local coffee and conversation meetings (1/21/2014)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Start Date: 1/21/2014 Start Time: 5:30 PMState Representative Ed Clere (R-New Albany) will hold informal “Coffee and Conversation” meetings from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday in February. When: February 1 Where: Coffee Crossing 4212 – Charlestown Road, New Albany When: February 8 Where: Hobknobb Roasting Company – 3700 Paoli

[r72] Legislators congratulate Providence volleyball team on state title (1/13/2014)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Start Date: 1/13/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/13/2014Several local legislators honored the 2013 state champion Providence volleyball team in a resolution on Monday, January 13th at the Statehouse. “The Providence volleyball team displayed tremendous perseverance and teamwork in its run to the state championship,” said State

[r72] Rep. Clere receives top score from Indiana Chamber (6/27/2013)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Start Date: 6/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/27/2013 STATEHOUSE -- State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) is the state’s most pro-economy, pro-jobs legislator, according to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which earlier this week released its annual Legislative Vote Analysis. Clere scored 97 percent for the 2013 legislative session, which

[r72] Rep. Clere prioritized legislation helping grads and current students (4/29/2013)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Start Date: 4/29/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/29/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — The 2013 legislative session has concluded. State Representative Ed Clere (R-New Albany) is pleased to see the success of two of his top priority bills this session: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1005 and HEA 1312. HEA 1005 aims to reduce remedial needs of high

[r72] House Republicans focus on jobs and education (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. Chief Justice Brent Dickson administered the oath of office to the Members, including 25 freshmen. “Just like a responsible

[r72] Ind. Chamber recognizes Rep. Clere for perfect pro-jobs record (7/17/2012 - 7/18/2012)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Start Date: 7/17/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 7/18/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Ind. Chamber recognizes Rep. Clere for perfect “pro-jobs” record STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) as having the strongest pro-jobs and pro-economy

[r72] Rep. Clere: Economic incentives draw Amazon.com, over 1,000 jobs (3/28/2012)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Start Date: 3/28/2012End Date: 3/28/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere: Economic incentives draw Amazon.com, over 1,000 jobs STATEHOUSE – Amazon.com, Inc. announced its plans to locate a new fulfillment center in Jeffersonville, Ind., creating up to 1,050 new jobs by 2015 and approximately $150 million in investment in the state. “We’ve made

[r72] Rep. Clere Supports Assistance for Low-Income Families (3/15/2012)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Start Date: 3/15/2012End Date: 3/15/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere Supports Assistance for Low-Income Families STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1141, co-authored by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), establishes the Mortgage Foreclosure Multistate Settlement Fund and designates money for a state home energy assistance program. Governor Daniels signed

[r72] Rep. Clere supports Court Appointed Special Advocates to combat child abuse (3/6/2012)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Start Date: 3/6/2012End Date: 3/6/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere supports Court Appointed Special Advocates to combat child abuse STATEHOUSE — Rep. Clere (R-New Albany) met with local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers from Floyd and Washington counties Monday. Approximately 350 CASA volunteers from across the state held a rally at

[r72] Helpful Resources for Disaster Victims (3/5/2012)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Start Date: 3/5/2012End Date: 3/5/2012 Floyd County Helpful Resources for Disaster VictimsFollowing the tragic events over the weekend from the tornados in Southern Indiana, many Hoosiers are without food, water and shelter. My heart goes out to these families. Hoosiers from all over Indiana have already been incredibly gracious and helpful in the relief

[r72] Floyd County schools display strong performance (3/1/2012)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Start Date: 3/1/2012End Date: 3/1/2012 Floyd County Floyd County schools display strong performance STATEHOUSE – Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) congratulates two Floyd County elementary schools being honored by the Indiana Department of Education today. S. Ellen Jones Elementary School and Georgetown Elementary School were recognized for being among

[r72] Rep. Clere memorializes Civil War veterans (2/29/2012)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Start Date: 2/29/2012End Date: 2/29/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere memorializes Civil War veterans STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1034, co-authored by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), was signed by Gov. Daniels on Wednesday. The historic cemeteries bill passed out of both chambers with bipartisan support. HEA 1034 will expand the qualifications

[r72] Rep. Clere honors Super Bowl Host Committee (2/15/2012)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Start Date: 2/15/2012End Date: 2/15/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere honors Super Bowl Host Committee STATEHOUSE—Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) along with his colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives took time today to honor members of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and the City of Indianapolis for their efforts in hosting Super Bowl XLVI.

[r72] Rep. Clere: House passes Historic Preservation Tax Credit (2/1/2012)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Start Date: 2/1/2012End Date: 2/1/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere: House passes Historic Preservation Tax Credit STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1111, authored by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), would substantially expand and improve Indiana’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The bill unanimously passed out of the House today and will now move to

[r72] Rep. Clere Reduces Abandoned Properties (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere Reduces Abandoned Properties STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1238, co-authored by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), unanimously passed the House today. The bill seeks to expedite the foreclosure process for abandoned properties. “Vacant and abandoned houses are a big problem for

[r72] Rep. Clere Supports Tax Exemption for Low-Income Families (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 Floyd County Rep. Clere Supports Tax Exemption for Low-Income Families STATEHOUSE – House Bill 1141, co-authored by Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), would restore the sales tax exemption that expired in 2009 for home energy assistance. The bill unanimously passed out of the House today and will now move to the

[r72] Rep. Clere: Hoosiers demand jobs and a stable economy (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011End Date: 11/22/2011Rep. Clere: Hoosiers demand jobs and a stable economy STATEHOUSE — Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), returned to the Statehouse for Organization Day to hear the House Speaker deliver a speech setting the tone for the upcoming legislative session. This year,

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: My column is going away, but I'm not (9/26/2011)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Start Date: 9/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/26/2011My column is going away, but I'm not By the time you read this, I should be in Washington, D.C. I'm chaperoning my son John's 8th-grade class trip this week. It's the only trip to Washington I have planned. A friend recently asked me what office I'm going to run for next. I wouldn't rule anything out, but I'm

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Bridges pose challenges now and later (9/12/2011)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Date: 9/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/12/2011Bridges pose challenges now and later The closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge and related stories are likely to dominate the news for weeks to come. Meanwhile, other important issues will be squeezed out. Topics that receive scant attention even on a slow news day will get none at all. I've devoted all or

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Stay updated and connected (8/30/2011)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Start Date: 8/30/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2011Stay updated and connected In my last column, I mentioned the Aug. 13 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Since then, two more victims have died, bringing the death toll to seven. In addition, dozens were injured, and several remain hospitalized. Numerous investigations and lawsuits will go on for some

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: As summer fades, study process heats up (8/16/2011)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Start Date: 8/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/16/2011As summer fades, study process heats up Two weeks ago, I wrote about legislative summer study committees and the Indiana State Fair. One of the committees scheduled to meet was the State Fair Advisory Committee, which was slated to meet today to discuss strategic planning. If the meeting goes on, its focus

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Things are fairly busy in Indy (8/2/2011)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Start Date: 8/2/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/2/2011Things are fairly busy in Indy If you're tired of the political demolition derby that has been playing out on television over the last several weeks, perhaps a real one would be a nice change of pace. The Indiana State Fair will end Aug. 21 with the Lucas Oil Demolition Derby and fireworks. In the meantime,

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Bean counting paying off for Indiana (7/18/2011)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Start Date: 7/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/18/2011Bean counting paying off for Indiana Indiana ended the recently completed budget cycle in better shape than expected, but money is still tight - for both the state and Hoosier families. With that in mind, the upcoming Indiana State Fair will offer many ways to stretch a dollar, but I'll get to that later.

[r72] Rep. Clere recognized for pro-jobs voting record (7/15/2011)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Start Date: 7/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/15/2011Rep. Clere recognized for pro-jobs voting record STATEHOUSE - The Indiana Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) annual Legislative Vote Analysis recognized Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) for demonstrating conspicuous leadership on specific business issues of critical importance because of his pro-jobs voting record and

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Planned Parenthood facts tell a different story (7/1/2011)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Start Date: 7/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/1/2011Planned Parenthood facts tell a different story The Fourth of July has passed, but the fireworks aren't over. Fireworks can be entertaining, but they can also be harmful, and such is the case with some of the political fireworks that keep going off. It's especially dangerous to set off fireworks in an enclosed

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Next year's session starts now (6/20/2011)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Start Date: 6/20/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/20/2011Next Year's Session Starts Now School may be out for the summer, but it's time to start studying. Legislative study committees start meeting this week. Dozens of committees will consider topics relating to criminal law, economic development, education, the environment, health care, tax policy, transportation

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: The continuing cost of freedom (5/23/2011)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Start Date: 5/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/23/2011The continuing cost of freedom The recent death of Osama Bin Laden was a significant milestone in the war on terror, but the war isn't over. Last year, the week before Memorial Day, I published a list of 163 troops with ties to Indiana who had died in Operation Enduring Freedom, which is the war in

[r72] Clere represents HD 72 with perfect voting record (5/5/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Start Date: 5/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/5/2011STATEHOUSE--Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) walked away this session with a 100 percent voting attendance record, something only a few legislators attained. Out of 647 votes recorded this past legislation session; Rep. Clere was present and voted for each one. "I take very seriously my responsibilities as a state

[r72] Rep. Clere Delivers on Promises (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011STATEHOUSE - The 2011 legislative session has been a session of historic challenges and historic accomplishments. Despite the many road bumps, House Republicans have delivered on the promises they made in 2010. State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) along with other House Republican legislators presented the

[r72] Rep. Clere Puts Dino Buildings Back to Work (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011

[r72] Reps. Clere and Rhoads gets River Ridge bill enacted into law (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011 "Designating the River Ridge Commerce Corridor area as an extra heavy-duty highway will increase economic growth in Southern Indiana, and it's an important tie-in to the Ohio River Bridge Project," said Rep. Clere. The corridor is meant to enhance economic growth in an area that is expected to experience

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: News is good for state, education (4/27/2011)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Start Date: 4/27/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/27/2011Not every recent forecast has been stormy. On April 15, a bipartisan committee of state fiscal experts released an updated revenue forecast suggesting Indiana's financial outlook for the next two years is improving. Through the end of June 2013, Indiana is expected to take in $762 million more than the total

[r72] Rep. Clere: Continuing to Expand on Education Opportunities (4/18/2011)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Start Date: 4/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/18/2011In a rare joint announcement, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) along with Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Governor Mitch Daniels announced their support for an additional $150 million investment in K-12 education emphasizing early learning opportunities for Hoosier

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Hope for the future - newspaper style (4/13/2011)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Start Date: 4/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/13/2011The merger of the Tribune and Evening News has brought about many changes, and this column is no exception. You may have noticed its absence from last week's paper. Newspaper management has decided to cut back my column to publication every other week. I started writing weekly in January 2009 and wrote a

[r72] Progress Continues in House Chamber (3/30/2011)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Start Date: 3/30/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/30/2011As the House got back to business today, Reps. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) and Rhonda Rhoads (R-Corydon) were successful in passing House Bill 1132 and House Bill 1265-bills they both co-authored-out of the House chamber. Both bills passed unanimously out of the House. House Bill 1132 would allow Indiana wineries

[r72] Rep. Clere gets Floyd County park bill passed (3/30/2011)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Start Date: 3/30/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/30/2011Rep. Ed Clere's (R-New Albany) legislation establishing the Floyd County park district passed out of the House today with a 61-32 vote. Many people have contacted me in support of establishing a park district because of their desire for a strong, stable parks system," said Rep. Clere. "This legislation will

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Let's keep things in perspective (3/23/2011)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Start Date: 3/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/23/2011Words matter. Last week, I chided someone for using the word "tragedy" to describe the walkout by Indiana House Democrats, which entered its fifth week yesterday. The walkout is harmful to Hoosiers and damaging to democracy. It could even be called a travesty, but it's not a tragedy. The unfolding crisis in

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: A formula for positive change (3/16/2011)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Start Date: 3/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/16/2011Last Friday, I participated in a town hall meeting at Floyds Knobs Elementary School. Several hundred people attended the meeting, which was organized by a parent group. I was on a panel with Republican state Sen. Ron Grooms of Jeffersonville, Republican state Rep. Rhonda Rhoads of Corydon and Indiana

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Absurd is the word for this walkout (3/7/2011)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Start Date: 3/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/7/2011The walkout by Indiana House Democrats entered its third week yesterday as tensions continued to rise and misinformation proliferated. Only one Democrat, Rep. Steve Stemler of Jeffersonville, had never left. All but two of the other 39 House Democrats remained at a hotel in Urbana, Ill. Some news reports have

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Education issues deserve calm debate (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2011 In many places, traditional public schools are performing well. In other places, there is a lot of room for improvement. A bill that would expand charter schools passed the House last week. There's a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about charter schools, and, as with other issues, the level of

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Time to stop playing around with parks (2/11/2011)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Start Date: 2/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/11/2011 Outside of Indianapolis, which has merged city-county government, Floyd County's city-county parks department is unique. The district would be Indiana's first park district and could be a model for the future. Under the bill, the park district would be overseen by a nine-member commission. The members of the

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: List was just the beginning (2/7/2011)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Start Date: 2/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/7/2011 When the legislature is in session, both the House and Senate meet Monday through Thursday most weeks, with floor sessions - which is when each chamber meets as a body - on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesdays are usually reserved for committee meetings. On rare occasion, such as the governor's State of

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Session need not be an up-and-down time (1/21/2011)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Start Date: 1/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/21/2011 In Ways and Means, we devoted the week to higher education, including presentations from the seven state colleges and universities. We were scheduled to hear a presentation yesterday on Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposed budget. State agencies will make their presentations this week and next. Other committees also

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Delay is taking a toll (1/11/2011)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Start Date: 1/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2011 . Rebuild Spaghetti Junction in the existing location instead of moving it south. . Reduce the East End bridge, roadway and tunnel from six lanes to four, with the option of adding two lanes later as traffic demand warrants. . Complete the Big Four Bridge pedestrian walkway and bike path as an alternative to

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Take a page from here and visit Statehouse (1/4/2011)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Start Date: 1/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/4/2011 It's a full day, starting with an early-morning drive to Indianapolis. Pages receive a tour of the Statehouse, including the governor's office, the lieutenant governor's office, the Supreme Court and the House and Senate chambers. Pages get to sit on the House or Senate floor during session, and they may be

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Harmony will be needed for the budget (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011 The Budget Committee is composed of four legislators - one Democrat and one Republican from both the House of Representatives and the Senate - and the State Budget Agency director, who is appointed by the governor. The Budget Committee meets when the legislature is out of session to provide legislative

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Legislature full of new faces (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011The recent election left many people swearing - including 125 newly elected Indiana legislators who will take the oath of office today. State representatives serve two-year terms, and all 100 House seats are up for election in even-numbered years. State senators serve four-year terms, which are staggered; half

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Let's come to the table on education (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011 Here is a summary of their agenda: Identify and reward great teachers and principals: Give local leaders flexibility to promote excellence. . School leaders must have the autonomy to make the improvements necessary to bolster student achievement and should be held responsible for the performance of their

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Let's hope this bird will fly (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011 Speaker Bosma announced a new committee, the Select Committee on Government Reduction, which will work over the next two years to identify and prioritize opportunities to reduce government regulation in Indiana. Bosma observed that in 1976, the year he graduated from high school, the Indiana Code was five and a

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Recovery is real but slow (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011 The projected increases are primarily the result of rising individual income tax withholdings, which may be a sign that Hoosiers are working more hours and earning more income, despite the persistence of a high unemployment rate. The expectation of modest increases in sales tax revenue is another positive

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Session will require resolve from all (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011 . Get a better education: K-12 education reform will be a top priority this session. Key initiatives will focus on rewarding teachers for performance, directing a greater percentage of education spending to the classroom and expanding educational options for Hoosier families. . Quit smoking: A statewide smoking

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: State government, unwrapped (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011www.in.gov/legislative/2441.htm. Click on the link for the House Ways and Means Committee. Here's the schedule: Today . 1-1:30 p.m. Department of Workforce Development . 1:30-2:15 p.m. Bureau of Motor Vehicles . 2:15-2:45 p.m. Professional Licensing Agency . 3-3:45 p.m. Indiana Department of Transportation .

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Take a page from here and visit Statehouse (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011 It's a full day, starting with an early-morning drive to Indianapolis. Pages receive a tour of the Statehouse, including the governor's office, the lieutenant governor's office, the Supreme Court and the House and Senate chambers. Pages get to sit on the House or Senate floor during session, and they may be

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: We're free to move forward (1/3/2011)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Date: 1/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/3/2011 A week from today is Organization Day, the official kickoff of the legislative session. It's largely ceremonial, with the swearing in of newly elected legislators, official election of the heads of the House and Senate and various housekeeping matters. The session will start in early January and must conclude

[r72] Small business is the backbone of Indiana's economy (9/14/2010)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Start Date: 9/14/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/14/2010 Topics of the bills in the NFIB report included: . Age discrimination . Notice of business closure or mass layoffs . Asbestos . Nutritional information at food establishments . Improper classification of employees . Property tax caps . Unemployment contribution rates Building small businesses and

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Communication will continue (9/1/2010)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Start Date: 9/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/1/2010The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. - Thomas Jefferson I

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: As summer fades, study heats up (8/31/2010)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Start Date: 8/31/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/31/2010Six weeks ago, I wrote about interim study committees - also called summer study committees. Summer may be waning, but the committee schedule is not. The calendar for the next six weeks is full, and legislation will result from many of the more than two dozen meetings. Two weeks after the November election,

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Let's close the door on foreclosure (8/31/2010)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Start Date: 8/31/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/31/2010Indiana is leading the way in many areas, and it is always good to see our state rising in the ranks. On one list, however, I am pleased to report our position is dropping. For most of the last decade, the home foreclosure rate in Indiana was first or second in the nation. As of the first quarter of this year,

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Politics aside, work continues (8/31/2010)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Start Date: 8/31/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/31/2010In case you haven't heard (and who hasn't?) there's an election in November, and it's shaping up to be a big one. In the meantime, there's still plenty of legislative work to do, and we can't afford to put progress on hold because of politics. One of the downsides of two-year terms - I'm in the second year of

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: A great time is a fair bet (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010When I called the Walmart in New Albany to confirm the availability of discount tickets to the Indiana State Fair, the employee with whom I spoke seemed a bit surprised. I got the impression the phone wasn't exactly ringing off the hook with people looking for fair tickets. The fair, which is held in

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: A wrap-up of last year's flooding (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010Whenever there's big news, I always want to know what happens later, after the television cameras are long gone and the story disappears from the headlines. Coverage of the Aug. 4 flooding in Southern Indiana receded and then dried up completely after several months. And now, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: For summer reading, start at the beginning (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Good news suggests better times (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010As I was preparing to write this column, I was reminded of the wisdom of two chairmen. The first was former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who cautioned against "irrational exuberance." I'm going to share news about Indiana's improving revenue situation, and, until I thought of the former chairman's

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Let's build on our success (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority may not be a household name, but households and communities throughout the state benefit from its work. Under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Executive Director Sherry Seiwert, IHCDA leverages hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Many issues end in agreement (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010A Clere view of the Statehouse:Many issues end in agreement Last week, I focused on one important provision in a bill that didn't get much press. To recap, House Enrolled Act 1086 will affect every Hoosier, yet it received little media attention. It was overshadowed by more controversial legislation. One of

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Names to Remember (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010The United States is at war. It's too easy to forget. We're able to go about our daily lives thanks to men and women who volunteer to defend our freedom. On my way to a meeting in Indianapolis last week, I walked by the Indiana OEF-OIF Memorial Wall in the Indiana Government Center South, next to the

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: School funding varies widely (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010This is the second in a series of three columns on K-12 education. Last week, I wrote about the history and status of school funding. Some readers may have been surprised to learn that public schools still receive the lion's share of local property tax revenue; in Floyd County, it's 57 percent. K-12 schools

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Session's over, but work goes on (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010School's almost out, but the legislature is just now getting ready to start its next round of studies. In the meantime, the weeks have been flying by - filled with nonstop activity. Last week was as good as Mom and apple pie - literally.The week started with Mother's Day and ended with apple pie at a church

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: State's top attorney protects us all (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller may not have his cousin Fuzzy's golf game, but he's second to none when it comes to settling the score in favor of Hoosiers.Elected in 2008, the New Albany native serves as the attorney for the state of Indiana. The attorney general represents the state in cases involving

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Stay and play - or get away (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010A Clere view of the Statehouse: Stay and play - or get away "Restart Your Engines." It's Indiana's tourism slogan, and it's good, timely advice. Visit Indiana Week starts Friday, and the state's official tourism website promises to reveal big savings on travel. Go to visitindiana.com to sign up. Tourism is big

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Summertime is study time (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010The Indiana General Assembly isn't scheduled to meet again until Organization Day in November, and the next regular session won't start until January. In the meantime, many topics that are likely to be the subject of legislation next year will be studied over the next two or three months, and you will have a

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: The United States is at war. It's too easy to forget. (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010School is out for the summer, but that doesn't mean there should be a break in the conversation about education. In fact, now - far away from the pressure and politics of a legislative session - is a good time to continue talking about challenges and opportunities in K-12 education. This is the first of three

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Time to knuckle down on education (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2010Tuesday's column was the conclusion of a three-part series on K-12 education. Two weeks ago, I reviewed the history and status of funding. Last week, I looked at how the money is distributed. Education funding is complex. Thank you for wading through it with me. I'll wrap up with some suggestions for moving

Rep. Koch to speak to leadership group (8/30/2010)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Start Date: 8/30/2010 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/30/2010 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE— State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford) will be speaking to the 2010-2011 Leadership Lawrence County Class. The event will take place on: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 5:00 p.m. Otis Park Bath House Otis Park 607 Tunnelton Rd. Bedford, Indiana Rep.

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Where would you prefer to live? (4/27/2010)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Start Date: 4/27/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/27/2010This is a tale of two cities. But first, a little introduction. As usual, controversial topics dominated news coverage of this year's legislative session. Controversy sells. Sound bites don't come from accord. House Enrolled Act 1086 is a good example of the sort of important legislation that doesn't get much

[r72] Rep. Clere scores 100% this session (4/27/2010)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Start Date: 4/27/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/27/2010Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) walked away this session with a 100 percent voting attendance record, something very few legislators attained. Out of 270 votes recorded this past legislation session; Rep. Clere was present and voted for each one. "Serving the people of House District 72 is something I take very

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Jobs and education are the key (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010Despite early predictions of a shorter-than-usual session, the Indiana legislature almost ran out the clock. Sunday was the legal deadline for adjournment, and there's nothing like a hard deadline to drive compromise on difficult issues. Disagreement over a bill to delay an increase in unemployment insurance

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Saving teachers would protect students (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010The topics of conversation were as diverse as the crowd at a second informal forum on education. It's an important and timely subject. With the legislature likely to adjourn by the end of next week, we have precious little time left to take action to prevent teacher layoffs and larger class sizes. Education is

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Signs of things to come (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010A little madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King, But God be with the Clown - Who ponders this tremendous scene - This whole Experiment of Green - As if it were his own! An analysis suggests Emily Dickinson may have been envisioning Indiana's current revenue situation: "The tone of this poem is

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Something to Celebrate? (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010Taxes are due next week, but it's not too early to start celebrating. Huh? What, you're probably wondering, do we possibly have to celebrate about tax time? Well, not tax time itself, but Tax Freedom Day. Today is Tax Freedom Day in Indiana, and national Tax Freedom Day is Friday. I don't think Hallmark has a

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Time for a new tune (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010Last week, I witnessed President Barack Obama, throngs of thousands and fireworks. And it had nothing to do with health care. I also saw Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and every other chief executive - all the way back to George Washington. They all were on stage together in the Hall of Presidents at

[r72] Rep. Clere announces plan to slash sewage increase (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010New Albany's proposed sewage rate increase initially would be cut in half if the city takes advantage of a revised proposal that will be presented at a special Sewer Board meeting Thursday, Feb. 18. State Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said he worked with the Indiana Finance Authority to develop the new

[r72] Rep. Clere brings funding to New Albany (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010 Rep. Clere said he worked on the transfer agreement for almost a year with Indiana Department of Transportation officials and Mayor Doug England. The agreement also includes up to $500,000 in state matching funds that will allow the city to qualify for an additional $2 million in federal money to fund

[r72] Rep. Clere Hosts DAR Official at Statehouse (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) honored Vicky Zuverink, a national chairman of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), during session on Monday.After becoming very involved with genealogy, Zuverink became a member of the organization while researching her own ancestry. She has been a

[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse: Feel free to speak up (4/19/2010)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Start Date: 4/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/19/2010The conversation on education went on last Saturday, but important stakeholders were told to stay away. Six people attended the first of two informal forums on education. Three were teachers, each from a different Christian school. One was my wife, another was a friend and the third I was pleased to meet for

[r72] Let's talk about education (2/10/2010)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse 1/29/10 (2/1/2010)

Monday, February 1, 2010

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[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse 2/1/10 (2/1/2010)

Monday, February 1, 2010

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[r72] A Clere view of the Statehouse 1-12-10 (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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[r72] A Clere View of the Statehouse 3/17/09 (3/17/2009)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Start Date: 3/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/17/2009As a freshman legislator, I feel fortunate to be a member of the House Education Committee. It is difficult to argue that one policy area is more important than any other, but if you were to hold a spitball shooter to my head, I would have to pick education. Good education policy pays dividends forever. Bad

[r72] A Clere View of the Statehouse 3/10/09 (3/10/2009)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Start Date: 3/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/10/2009As if this legislative session wasn't scary enough already, we started the second half amid the specter of zombies and vampires. I'll explain later. Feb. 25 was the deadline for bills to pass out of the chamber where they originated. Bills passed by the House of Representatives are now in the Senate, and

[r72] Democrats Vote to Gut Taxpayer Referenda (3/6/2009)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Start Date: 3/6/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/6/2009 This proposal guts the taxpayer protections enacted in 2008, and will have a negative impact on property taxpayers throughout Indiana. The House Democrat support for this measure in House HB 1730 would create an exception to voter participation and approval in these projects that you could drive a truck

[r72] Session Reaches Halfway Point (3/5/2009)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Start Date: 3/5/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/5/2009 It worries me in many ways. First, it spends much more than the state is likely to bring in. Second, it removes taxpayer protection on state spending. Third, it runs the risk of increasing property taxes by allowing some areas to circumvent the property tax caps. This budget puts Hoosiers' checkbooks, the

[r72] A Clere View of the Statehouse (3/3/2009)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Start Date: 3/3/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/3/2009STATEHOUSE, March 3, 2009 - If the legislative session were a marathon, then last week would have been the halfway point. In the Greek legend on which the marathon is based, the runner collapses and dies upon completing his mission. After three consecutive, lengthy days and nights in session, some members of the

[r72] A Clere View of the Statehouse (2/24/2009)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Start Date: 2/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/24/2009STATEHOUSE, Feb. 24, 2009 - Warning: This column will leave some readers fuming. Last Thursday, I voted for a statewide smoking ban. The bill passed the House of Representatives 70-26 and now goes to the Senate for its consideration. If it passes the Senate and the governor signs it, the bill will become law.

[r72] Nothing about This Budget Deserved a 'Yes' Vote (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/20/2009Nothing about This Budget Deserved a 'Yes' Vote I could not support a budget that takes more money out of Hoosiers' pockets than it should STATEHOUSE - The budget passed by the Democrat majority in the Indiana House of Representatives on Friday is not only a disappointment, it is a disaster. That is why I

[r72] A Clere View of the Statehouse (2/17/2009)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Start Date: 2/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2009STATEHOUSE, Feb. 17, 2009 - In the interest of wrapping up discussion of my survey results, I'm going to jump right in. There were 11 questions on the survey, and I devoted my last two columns to the first five questions. Those columns are available on the Tribune's Web site. Seventy-two percent of those who

[r72] A Clere View of the Statehouse (2/10/2009)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Start Date: 2/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/10/2009STATEHOUSE, Feb. 10, 2009 - The results are in. Last month, I mailed a newsletter to all registered voters in my district. It included a survey with 11 questions on a variety of issues. Thank you to each of you who took the time to respond. The results are based on 1,073 responses. Surveys continue to trickle

[r72] A Clere View of the Statehouse (2/3/2009)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Start Date: 2/3/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/3/2009STATEHOUSE, Feb. 3, 2009 - Did they forget? Last Thursday, the Indiana House of Representatives had an opportunity to give voters a chance to make property tax caps part of the state constitution. We didn't get to vote on the caps, and it looks increasingly likely that neither will our fellow Hoosiers. A

[r72] We Missed a Great Opportunity (1/30/2009)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Start Date: 1/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/30/2009STATEHOUSE - A Democrat procedural maneuver today kept Hoosier voters from being assured the opportunity to vote on adding permanent property tax caps to the Indiana Constitution. Hoosier taxpayers deserve better treatment, said Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany). "Regardless of how they may feel about the property
Rep. Sullivan, Rep. Clere and Dr. Brown attend the ISDH Labor of Love Summit.
Rep. Clere honoring the Providence High School volleyball team at the Statehouse for their victory in the 2014 IHSAA Class 2A volleyball championship
Rep. Clere discusses the syringe exchange program on the last day of session.
Rep. Clere joins Governor Pence along with Rep. Davisson and Sen. Miller for the signing of House Enrolled Act 1269.