Rep. Carbaugh: Celebrating session accomplishments: Ethics Reform

This is part four of a four part series about our 2015 legislative accomplishments. This week focuses on ethics reform.

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Celebrating Session Accomplishments

In the last installment of this series highlighting our legislative accomplishments, I focused on legislation promoting public safety. This week I will discuss legislation that was created to increase government transparency through ethics reform.

In the last installment of this series highlighting our legislative accomplishments, I focused on legislation promoting public safety. This week I will discuss legislation that was created to increase government transparency through ethics reform. 

In a bipartisan-effort, state lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation to ensure the public's trust. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002 strengthens legislative disclosure laws and increases transparency. The bill was created to bolster accountability by enhancing reporting requirements and the disclosure of conflicts of interest. 

Another bill to further promote transparency in the legislative process is HEA 1003. This legislation establishes the Interim Study Committee on Redistricting to evaluate the benefits of changing the method by which we currently establish House or Senate districts.

Every 10 years, state legislators begin redrawing state and congressional districts to accommodate for population changes provided by census data. Creating an independent redistricting commission to draw district lines could help remove politics from this task, making the process more equitable across the state.

The added disclosure laws as well as studying independent redistricting increases the transparency of Indiana's government. I hope you enjoyed learning about some of accomplishments of this session throughout this four part series. If you have questions about legislation from this session or any other concerns, I encourage you to contact my office.

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