Priorities for the next legislative session

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, November 27, 2020

State lawmakers recently convened at the Statehouse to take the oath of office and start preparations for the next legislative session, which is set to begin Jan. 4. To say our lives have changed since the end of the last session in March would be an understatement.

Some Hoosiers have suffered the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19. Many others have lost jobs and income, while front line workers have labored under tremendous pressure to protect us and ensure we have essential needs during the pandemic. A renewed commitment to public health and a welcoming business climate have long been among my top priorities and will continue to be going forward.

The pandemic has also shown how important reliable broadband is for students, businesses and Hoosiers alike. Internet service is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for education, commerce, work and everyday tasks like paying bills. Indiana invested millions of dollars through its Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program to bring internet service to underserved areas throughout the state including our own communities. That initiative has proven crucial to ensuring our education and jobs can proceed with as little disruption as possible, and will be even more of a priority this next legislative session.

Other issues that will take precedence include supporting small businesses, especially through liability protections so they can remain open and safely bring employees back, and passing a balanced biennial budget making essential investments in areas like education. Indiana is fortunate to be in good fiscal health despite the pandemic through its conservative budgeting and reserves, which have helped soften the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Soon, households will receive my legislative survey touching on these and other important issues facing our state. Contact my office at h73@iga.in.gov or 317-234-2993 with any questions or input. And sign up for my regular e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on local and state news and opportunities at in.gov/h73.

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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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