Completing the Work on Time and on Task
In November, I was elected to serve District 74. To say it has been a whirlwind journey would be an understatement. First, a legislator begins serving midnight of election night, not January 1 as most would assume. During December we had 5 days of training at the Statehouse and desired legislation was to be turned into Legislative Services by mid-December. I submitted three bills. In January session started with a bang. and then came to a near halt with the five week walkout.
House Bill 1251, the Young Entrepreneur Program, passed during the walkout as it made its way through the Senate. It became the third bill signed by the Governor this year. A second bill, HB 1252, was introduced on behalf of Perry County's Jail Committee, County Council and Commissioners providing potential financing for a much needed jail. A third, a pro-life bill which increased informed consent, was combined into what would become HB 1210, some of the strongest pro-life legislation in the nation.
As our colleagues returned, the work resumed on a much accelerated schedule. The Perry County bill passed out of the Senate last week. In addition, I was asked to assist our local and state economic developers in passing legislation to enable the building of a carbon dioxide pipeline, important infrastructure to Indiana. This pipeline will ensure Indiana can productively use the greenhouse gases currently being emitted by power and chemical plants used to enhance oil production in existing oil wells.
HB 1210, the pro-life bill, passed in the final week and will be signed into law by Gov. Daniels promoting informed consent, increased regulations on those who perform abortions, and removes state funding from any organization that provides abortions. This bill, supported by a strong majority of constituents, ensures Indiana protects the sanctity of life.
In addition, I served on the Election and Apportionment Committee which shepherded the development of new House and Congressional maps reflecting the census shifts to Indiana population.
In addition to the bills critical to District 74, we have passed over 100 other bills and a two year budget which I will summarize next week. I look forward to sharing the highlights in a more formal fashion and discussing how these changes will affect our district and the state.
As always, thank you for your continued support and feedback. They tell me I will be a freshman yet another year. However, I can assure you that I have learned much and, at the same time, recognize I have much to learn.particularly from you on how we might continue to chart a prosperous future for Southwest Indiana.
Finally, my prayers and condolences go out to all those who have experienced the dangers and consequences of our spring storms and flooding. If I can be of assistance, please contact me. May the sun shine, the rivers and creeks drain, and the grounds dry out allowing crops and gardens to be planted and grow!
Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand)