The Indiana General Assembly recently met for the start of the 2018 legislative session, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. As the 10-week session begins, I look forward to further strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
In our area, there are currently more than 5,200 job openings. With 2017 being a record-breaking year for job commitments, this number is expected to continue growing. To meet the needs of employers and place more hardworking Hoosiers in high-wage jobs, we need to better connect students with future employers and encourage them to complete the training needed in high-demand fields.
The illegal drug epidemic in our state is an ongoing issue that needs to be continually addressed. Last session, we passed legislation strengthening penalties for those involved in manufacturing and distributing of illegal substances, reducing opportunities for addiction, and providing treatment resources for Hoosiers in need. This year, there will be a commitment to building on these efforts, expanding treatment options and improving public health statewide. Many Hoosiers, including children, are impacted by the devastating effects of opioid abuse, and it is a problem we will continue to work on.
In 2017, Indiana was named the No. 1 state for government administration by the U.S. News and World Report. This is an incredible accomplishment for our state and it is a title we want to maintain. This can be done by increasing government efficiency. Continuing to work toward streamlining government reporting requirements will be helpful to Hoosiers, owners of small businesses, and local and state officials.
I will also be bringing forward some legislation of my own this session, including legislation that would require coaches and athletic personnel in schools to be provided information on the signs, prevention and response to heat exhaustion in student athletes. In the past, I have worked on efforts to provide similar training for recognizing and treating concussions, and I believe doing the same for heat exhaustion is another way to keep our young students safe.
Throughout session, it is important that we stay connected. I will continue to provide updates on legislation as it moves through the process, and you can sign up to receive my email newsletters by visiting www.indianahouserepublicans.in.gov/h75. You can track legislation and watch live committee meetings by visiting iga.in.gov. I also encourage you to find me on Facebook to stay up-to-date on more things happening at the Statehouse. As session continues and we begin debating legislation that comes to the House floor, share your thoughts and opinions by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 317-232-9833.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.
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