House advances bill providing training for local elected officials

House advances bill providing training for local elected officials

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Monday, January 29, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives passed State Rep. Karen Engleman’s (R-Georgetown) proposal today that would require newly elected county officials to complete five hours of training before taking office.

“Coming into a new position can be challenging and right now most of the required training courses for county offices happen several months into the position,” Engleman said. “There have been cases where newly elected officials don’t understand proper technical procedures and have made mistakes. This legislation would equip them with the basic knowledge of operations before beginning their public service.”

However, failure to complete the training before taking county office doesn’t necessarily prevent the person from assuming that office.

Currently, newly elected officials must complete 15 hours of training courses within their first year and 40 hours of training three years after taking office. Under House Bill 1309, five of those initial 15 hours of training would need to be completed before assuming office.

Engleman’s bill can now head to the Senate for further consideration.

 

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State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) represents House District 70,

which includes portions of Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties.

A high-resolution photo of Engleman can be downloaded by clicking here.

Pictured: State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) presents her legislation requiring newly elected local officials to complete training before taking office on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Engleman’s legislation can now be considered by the Senate.