INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 17, 2015) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) kicked off the start of the new legislative session today for Indiana’s lawmakers.
During his speech in the House Chamber, Bosma outlined House Republican priorities for the upcoming legislative session including the development of a short-term and long-term strategy aimed at maintaining and improving the condition of Indiana’s roads and bridges.
“We must work together to develop a responsible, sustainable and comprehensive plan to protect and improve our state’s infrastructure,” Bosma said. “Investment in roads is an investment in our future, and we look forward to addressing state and local needs with a data-driven, long-term plan that makes sense for Hoosiers.”
Bosma said he is working to identify opportunities to improve teacher quality and retention while attracting more great teachers to the classroom. He said lawmakers will focus on attracting top performing high school students to enter the profession, providing educators with more flexibility and incentivizing college students to teach in Indiana upon graduation.
“Coming from a family of teachers, I know the struggles and challenges our educators face on a daily basis,” Bosma said. “We need to create a culture in Indiana that not only attracts our best and brightest into the teaching profession, but also encourages our highly skilled educators to make this their career.”
The Speaker also underscored his commitment to public safety concerns impacting Indiana, such as the recent uptick of drug-related incidents involving meth and heroin.
“Make no mistake, substance abuse continues to be a major issue impacting our communities,” Bosma said. “While we have made strides to help Hoosiers break the cycle of addiction, we need to build on our reform efforts and find additional ways to address the heart of the problem.”