Every session, my legislative priorities are based on constituent input. Throughout the year, I meet and speak with community members to hear what is on their mind, and right now, one of the easiest ways to weigh in is through my survey.
I recently mailed my 2021 legislative survey, and I encourage all Hoosiers in House District 74 to complete it before Dec. 31. You can either return it by mail, submit it online at IN.gov/H74 by clicking on the red "Take My Survey" button or call my office directly at 317-232-9802.
Constituent feedback not only helps me draft legislation, but it also helps me gauge how our district feels about certain issues. That's why questions concerning health care and public safety are included on my survey, as these are topics that will likely be discussed during the upcoming legislative session and some community members have already brought them to my attention.
One possible program would establish a drug return, reuse and recycle system for medication and medical supplies. Individuals would donate unused, unopened and unexpired prescriptions or medical supplies at pre-approved facilities, and in return, supplies would be redistributed to medical providers, pharmacies and health care providers across Indiana for Hoosiers to purchase at a discount.
Another initiative would institute uniform and enhanced building schematics of public spaces, which could include schools, malls, libraries and stadiums. After-action reports from emergency response situations show public safety professionals could coordinate resources more efficiently, if they have access to floor plans that are easily readable. This would help first responders reach Hoosiers in need of medical assistance quicker or protect individuals against rare threats like active shooters. In addition, I am also working to provide more short-term financial assistance to families of the armed forces by expanding eligibility requirements and cutting bureaucratic red tape.
Session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 4 and will go through the end of April, and it's important we stay connected. The best way to share your input is by completing by survey before the Dec. 31 deadline, and reaching out during session by emailing me at email@example.com or calling 317-232-9802. It's an honor to serve as your state representative, and I appreciate hearing from you.
State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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