[r40] Accountability is our Responsibility (10/16/2014)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Start Date: 10/16/2014 Start Time: 8:30 AM
Accountability is our Responsibility
Speaker Bosma announces House Republican Legislative Agenda

STATEHOUSE —Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) along with State Representative Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) and other members of the House Republican Caucus unveiled the 2015 House Republican Legislative Agenda. They outlined their plan to increase accountability for all Hoosiers while strengthening Indiana in four major categories: Budget, Education, Ethics and Public Safety.

The state’s biennial budget is up for review next legislative session; passing an honestly balanced budget that does not increase taxes on Hoosiers or place unsustainable financial burdens on future generations serves as the foundation of the House Republican agenda.

“Every two years, the number one priority for House Republicans is passing a fair and balanced budget without raising taxes on Hoosiers,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “This session, we will continue our work to reduce the size and scope of government and invest in strategic priorities while maintaining healthy reserves and a stable surplus.”

House Republicans have a long track record of transparency initiatives. This session, ethics will be added to the list by strengthening disclosure laws, increasing transparency and safeguarding the public trust. 

“As chairman of the Statutory Committee on Ethics, I am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues to increase transparency and maintain public confidence,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “I am eager to continue our work on ethics reform next week at the Statutory Committee on Ethics meeting.”

Even though Indiana’s economic statistics are at an all-time high, public safety continues to be an issue impacting the state. Currently, the state is tied for the third highest amount of police deaths, Indiana is ranked as having the fifth highest infant mortality rate and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)  turned away 1,743  victims due to lack of space at their shelters.

“Public safety is a priority of mine as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “We worked to better protect Hoosiers last session through our sentencing reform initiatives, and I am proud that we will build on those to ensure that Indiana’s worst offenders are kept off the streets. Hoosiers deserve to feel safe in their communities.”

House Republicans will be working with local communities, strategically investing funds and working with the ICADV on multiple issues. The House will also be partnering with ICADV as the Speaker’s charity initiative for the year.