[R76] Rep. McNamara: Andrew Luck and the General Assembly (8/29/2012)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Start Date: 8/29/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/29/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
Andrew Luck and the General Assembly

It seems Andrew Luck is the real deal. The first-round draft pick has showcased his talents this preseason proving he has what it takes to pick up where Manning left off. During the offseason, the Colts have been very busy as they rebuild the storied franchise following the exit of eventual Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. By hiring a new head coach, a new general manager and signing a multitude of new players to fill the void of those who were released, it is evident that the theme of Colts football this year is “new and improved”. 

Witnessing the evolution of the Colts franchise reminded me of my first experiences as a state representative. Following the 2010 election, I was one of 19 freshmen House members elected to the Republican caucus; a new group to help lead Indiana in a new direction. To represent District 76 and take the voices of Posey, Gibson and Vanderburgh counties with me to the Statehouse has been a humbling experience. 

Despite the recent polarization of our political atmosphere, mostly at the federal level, Indiana has proven that with the right economic policies and fiscal restraint, we can continue to succeed and prosper. 

It is because of the Hoosier spirit, which is engrained in all aspects of life in Indiana, including our football team, that we have gained so much acclaim. Hoosiers know the value of rolling up their sleeves and getting down in the weeds to get things done right. The Colts embody the same principles when it comes to putting in the time and energy to succeed at the highest level while staying under the salary cap. 

Like football, we, at the General Assembly, are also in a form of “pre-season”.  Legislators and a few community experts serve on interim study committees that review legislation and make recommendations to next year’s General Assembly. I serve as a member of the Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions. The committee is tasked with discussing the current status and challenges that our state faces concerning different modes of transportation and how we can expand on the opportunities at hand. 

You may enjoy watching football more than interim committee meetings, but I encourage you to watch the transportation study committee online and the numerous other committees that are already in full swing at http://www.in.gov/legislative. Click the “Study Committees” tab on the left hand side of the browser to access the complete list of summer study committees and their meeting times.

In closing, football season is back, not only for the Colts, but also for our high schools. The students have weathered a hot summer to get ready for their games each week, so be sure to see them in action as there could be a future Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck in the mix.

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Guest column is published in the Posey County News.