The 2012 legislative session is now in its final week. The General Assembly will ‘Sine Die’ in just four days. This final week is dedicated to conference committees and the finalization of bills that were amended in the opposite chamber of origin. Throughout the next few days, we will continue to vet legislation to ensure that we are putting forth the best possible legislation for Hoosier families.
One piece of legislation that is well on its way to being passed is House Bill 1002, which will make state government smaller and more efficient. It streamlines our government by eliminating unnecessary, outdated or duplicative boards, commissions and committees. The bill also reduces the number of gubernatorial and legislative appointments. It was essential that we address the fact that Indiana has too many boards and commissions that are unnecessary and inactive, with many of them not even having held a meeting in years.
Senate Bill 274 also addresses alcohol use and protects a person from being charged with an alcohol related offense if the person was seeking medical help. This bill encourages people who have made bad decisions to seek life saving medical attention. A 2006 study by Cornell University found that during a two year period after the school implemented a similar policy, the number of alcohol related calls for emergency medical services (EMS) increased by 22 percent. The increase in the number of alcohol has been attributed to the new amnesty policy. This bill in many ways acts as a Good Samaritan Law and will save lives.
This session we have covered a vast array of subjects and issues. While each one has been different, they have all been important. We have passed meaningful and important legislation this session that will improve the lives of Hoosiers.