The 2016 session is in full swing at the Indiana Statehouse and it has already been a very productive two weeks in the House of Representatives. Policymakers are examining numerous important issues including meeting the state’s road infrastructure needs, supporting education, curbing illegal drug use and protecting our gun rights.
House Republicans are prioritizing a responsible, comprehensive and sustainable plan to address our state’s road and bridge funding needs. House Bill 1001 focuses on three principles: fiscal responsibility, data-driven metrics and sustainability. I am committed to supporting a safe and efficient transportation system without creating long-term debt for future generations.
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.
During this short session, we are also focusing on curbing illegal drug use. Lawmakers will work to craft stricter penalties for drug dealers, while creating and implementing better treatment options for drug offenders.
In addition to these priorities, I am working to eradicate current gun laws infringing on our Second Amendment right to “Keep and Bear Arms.”
Individuals need to be able to protect themselves in dangerous situations. When you are walking to your car after work late at night, it’s dark and not many people are around, there’s a possibility that bad things can happen. If you were able to protect yourself with a gun, it will send a signal to potential thieves that there could be consequences from their actions. It is empowering to know that you can protect yourself.
Every lawful person should have the right to carry guns with them anywhere without a restriction and Hoosiers shouldn’t be forced to get the government’s permission to exercise their Second Amendment right. I do not feel that law-abiding citizens need to jump through hoops when trying to obtain a gun license. This is not only unfair, but can be costly to the citizen wanting to purchase and carry a firearm.
Healthy discussions about my legislation are taking place, and as these move through the legislative process, please remain informed and engaged. Visit www.iga.in.gov to watch committee hearings, view session meetings, obtain legislative calendars and read about all the bills under consideration by the General Assembly. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (317)234-9499 with any questions or input.
Rep. Lucas (R-Seymour) represents portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.