Bacon: Halfway through the legislative session

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:46 am

The 2018 legislative session reached the halfway point, and House Republicans made great progress with our top priorities. We passed proposals to address K-12 funding, strengthen Indiana’s workforce, attack the opioid epidemic and increase government efficiency. In addition to these legislative priorities, I am focusing on keeping student athletes safe, preventing the flu in assisted living facilities and reducing government interference in local communities.

I am working to pass legislation that would help educate coaches on how to prevent and respond to heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion causing cardiac arrest is the greatest killer among student athletes. Currently, coaches are trained to identify concussions and cardiac arrest. With this legislation, coaches would be able to recognize the warning signs of heat exhaustion, as well as take quicker action to save lives. 

I also authored a proposal that would require assisted living operators to provide specific information to residents pertaining to influenza and influenza vaccinations. With a national outbreak in flu-related deaths this year, increasing voluntarily vaccinations in high-risk groups is critical to protecting public health. Having this information available to residents will give them an opportunity to prevent the flu and stop it from spreading in their facilities.

Lastly, I authored legislation that would reduce government interference in local matters. This proposal would provide municipalities more opportunities to negotiate terms with property owners when expanding operations outside of their boundaries instead of facing possible annexation. Lessening government involvement will help local communities decide what’s best for them.

At this point, Senate bills moved to the House of Representatives for consideration, and House bills crossed over to the Senate. I am looking forward to continuing to work on our agenda priorities with my House and Senate colleagues for the second half of session.

To keep track of my bills that are moving through the legislative process in the Senate, visit iga.in.gov. If you have any questions or input about these or other proposals that may become new laws, please contact me at 317-232-9833 or h75@iga.in.gov.  

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here.