Davisson: House Republican Legislative Agenda: Leading Indiana Forward

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Friday, January 15, 2016

Indiana’s 2016 House Republican legislative agenda focuses on funding Indiana’s infrastructure, supporting teachers and students, and curbing the use of illegal drugs in Hoosier communities. We seek to accomplish these goals in an effective, efficient and principled manner throughout the next eight weeks of the legislative session.

Despite being a national leader in transportation infrastructure investment in the past decade, Indiana is facing a 10 percent decline in gas tax collections due to inflation and greater fuel efficiency. Because of this, the state needs about $1.5 billion in additional funding per year to maintain and improve our roads and bridges. Indiana is known nationally as the Crossroads of America, and our infrastructure is fundamental to our economic well-being and quality of life. That is why it is our plan to fund our roads is comprehensive and long-term. Although this year is not a budget year, the General Assembly is moving forward and carefully examining all funding options available to determine the most responsible and sustainable course of action for Indiana.

House Republicans want to ensure Hoosier students receive the best possible education by helping schools recruit the best and brightest to the teaching profession. House leaders are working to establish the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship to incentivize students to become teachers.

I am also committed to supporting educators. This week, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 95-1 in favor of a proposal ensuring last year’s ISTEP scores do not unfairly penalize Hoosier teachers and schools, since the state transitioned to a new, more rigorous test. After passing out of the House of Representatives, House Bill 1003 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Sadly, Indiana is facing an illegal drug epidemic. This session, I will strive to curb the use of meth and heroin in our community. Illegal drug use impacts families, the criminal justice system, our healthcare services, public safety and much more. This is a growing problem that needs to be stopped.

Please reach out to my office with input or if we can help you with a matter at 317-232-9753 or h73@iga.in.gov. You can also sign up to receive my electronic newsletters on my website at www.in.gov/h73.

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Rep. Davisson represents parts of Washington, Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison Counties.