Even amid tremendous changes, Indiana is in a solid position entering the 2021 legislative session. Hoosiers are getting back to work, the state remains fiscally strong and the legislature is working to ensure public health and safety for all Hoosiers. While this session will certainly be different than previous years, I remain committed to working transparently and efficiently as we take a deep dive into important issues facing our communities.
This past year highlighted how important reliable broadband is for students, businesses and Hoosiers. Indiana invested $51 million through its Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program to bring internet service to underserved areas throughout the state, including our communities. This initiative is ensuring education and our economy continue to push forward with as little disruption as possible. As part of our priorities this session, House Republicans are dedicated to expanding rural broadband to help close the digital divide.
We must also help our small businesses, schools, health care entities and others by providing civil liability protections related to COVID-19. We will also pass a balanced state budget while investing in education, public health and public safety, while maintaining prudent reserves and our AAA credit rating. Indiana is fortunate to be in good fiscal health and positioned to bounce back faster than most states because of its conservative budgeting and reserves, which have helped soften the economic impacts of COVID-19.
While this year’s session will look very different, we remain committed to ensuring our fellow legislators and constituents remain safe. This is why we will be meeting outside our traditional House Chamber and limiting the amount of time, at least initially, we convene in large groups. As always, House sessions and committee meetings will be livestreamed on iga.in.gov, and public testimony can be done either in-person or virtually.
These changes will require adjustments and some flexibility among state leaders and staff, but the legislature remains committed to addressing the needs of all Hoosiers. For more information on safety protocols for this session, visit iga.in.gov. Contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-234-2993 with any questions or input. You can also sign up for my regular e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on local and state news and opportunities at in.gov/h73.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.
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