[r73] Davisson's Legislative Update (3/1/2011)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Start Date: 3/1/2011 All Day
End Date: 3/1/2011

Rep. Davisson Legislative Update

We have already finished our seventh week of the legislative session, which means we have House deadlines coming up. Next week we are expected to have all the House bills read and ready to move to the Senate for consideration.  We have been working hard to finish all of our work on time so that we can begin to look over the bills that have come from the Senate chamber. All of this work makes me think of a clever quote by David Bly, when he said that, "Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted." Legislators, in the House, are diligently working to lay the seeds of success so that Indiana's future will shine brightly.

The Young Entrepreneur's Program bill is one of the bills I co-authored and was successful in passing unanimously through the House and will go to the Senate. The bill proposes that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation set up a young entrepreneur's program at various state colleges and universities and plan an auction for students to "sell" their business ideas to local communities. The primary purpose behind the bill is to build an atmosphere where creative business ideas are valued and are acted upon. By doing this, we can help revitalize local communities by implementing these successful business proposals and in turn, create more employment opportunities for Hoosiers. We should capitalize on good ideas and put them in to action.

As vice-chairman of the Public Health Committee, I had the opportunity to listen to House Bill 1030 in committee, which suggests that ephedrine and pseudophedrine be only dispensed with a prescription from a physician. Ephedrine and pseudophedrine are main ingredients of cough medicine, something that many of us use to treat cases of the common cold. However, these two are also used in the production of the illegal drug methamphetamine. Although I believe that the production and distribution of methamphetamines is a significant problem, I do not find myself agreeing with the solution that HB 1030 proposes. Instead, we should pursue options that would allow officials to track the purchase of cough medicine rather than having to go to the doctor every time you have the cold to receive a prescription for a common drug.

I appreciate all of the comments and concerns that I received regarding this issue and value the input you provided. This is an important issue on which I anticipate that we will be continuing to discuss appropriate solutions to tackle what is obviously a growing problem.

Throughout the session, I encourage you to continue to let me know what your thoughts and concerns are regarding this issue and others. Thank you for your continued support.