Miller, Wesco: Bill requiring middle school students to take a civics education course could soon be law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 31, 2021) – Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers could soon be signed into law, according to State Reps. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) and Tim Wesco (R-Osceola).

House Enrolled Act 1384 would require students to take a semester-long civics education course in grades 6, 7 or 8. Miller said young Hoosiers usually take a government class during their senior year of high school, but this legislation is designed to reach students earlier.

"Children need to explore and nourish their curiosity in a way that shapes them for their future," Miller said. "Learning about the fundamentals of our democracy will help young Hoosiers be better prepared to be engaged and get involved as adults."

Wesco, chair of the House Elections and Apportionment Committee, said this legislation comes out of a recommendation from the Civics Education Task Force led by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

"As students grow up and begin to vote on issues impacting their communities and nation, they need to understand the basics of their government," Wesco said. "Learning civics from a young age can help prepare the next generation of strong leaders."

House Enrolled Act 1384 is now eligible to be signed into law by the governor. For more information, visit iga.in.gov

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State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) represents House District 48,

which includes portions of Elkhart County.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21,

which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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