[r75] BLT: A different side of the legislature: Recognizing our outstanding Hoosiers (4/28/2011)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Start Date: 4/28/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/28/2011

A different side of the legislature: Recognizing our outstanding Hoosiers

This final week of session brings a slightly different atmosphere to the House. While many bills are having final details worked out in conference committees the House takes a few moments to recognize various groups and people across the state for their contributions and achievements through resolutions.

I was involved in four resolutions this session honoring some very deserving people. One resolution urged the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to rename a portion of Interstate 164 near Evansville the "Mark Shepherdson Memorial Highway" after the INDOT worker who was tragically killed in a traffic accident in a construction zone. Renaming a stretch of the highway will hopefully serve as a reminder for drivers to use extra caution in construction zones when public workers are present.

Another resolution I was proud to be a part of was recognizing the University of Southern Indiana's baseball team for becoming the NCAA Division II National Champions after beating the number-one ranked University of California San Diego. The USI Screaming Eagles had a great season with a 52-14 record that beat the previous school record. One of their players, Brad Vance, was named NCAA Division II Regional Player of the Year and Head Coach Tracy Archuleta also received awards such as the American Baseball Coaches Division II Coach of the year.

We also recognized this session the Reitz Memorial High School girls' basketball team for grabbing the 3A State Championship after a 58-50 win in overtime against Benton Central. They are a tremendous team and all of the members have a great future ahead of them.

Jerry Southwood, 1963 graduate of Evansville Bosse High School, was recognized with a resolution for being inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He led the Bosse Bulldogs to a state championship in 1962 and received many awards and honors in his high school career before going on to play for Vanderbilt University.

I'm proud of these teams and players for all of their accomplishments and for being such great representatives of our community and Indiana as a whole.

As I mentioned in my column last week, this final week of session is filled with conference committees to iron out details in a number of bills. In session we vote to concur on House Bills that have been amended in the Senate or in conference committees. If a concurrence vote passes, the bill moves on to the Governor's desk.

It has been a busy and exciting week and there is still much to do before we Sine Die (adjourn the session) on Friday. I have a few bills that are going through the process this week so I look forward to providing you with the final update on them once everything is settled. I wish everyone the best amid the severe weather and flooding. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)