[r82]Showing Indiana's dedication to family (4/25/2014)

Friday, April 25, 2014 7:00 pm

Start Date:  4/25/2014  Start Time:  8:00 AM
End Date:  4/25/2014  End Time:  8:00 AM
Showing Indiana’s dedication to family

The other day, I was introduced to a YouTube video created by the Cardstore. It started by introducing a fake job position for a Director of Operations and then began interviewing applicants. The position had outlandish, demanding obligations requiring the hired person to work 135 or more hours a week, remain on call at all times and in turn receive no medical or dental benefits or paid vacations. 

None of the applicants interviewed in the end seemed interested. In fact, most found the position too challenging or unfair. What was the real-life position being described? Motherhood. 

This made me think a lot about what sacrifices my parents have made for me throughout the years, which is what makes a family so powerful in everyday life. This session, the Indiana General Assembly passed several bills that supported families in Indiana. 

One of the inspiring ways we worked to do so was through House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1222, which provides an income tax credit for adoptive parents. By doing so, the General Assembly hopes to reduce additional expenses and encourage prospective parents to consider adoption. 

Adoption not only benefits the adopted children, but forever enriches the life of an entire family. The Adoption Committee will continue to provide Indiana’s Department of Child Services and the General Assembly with more ideas like the adoption tax credit. Adoption is a valuable opportunity, allowing a child to be enveloped into a new family, and a chance to be shown how much they are cherished.

Caring for family isn’t always about children but often extends to elderly or disabled relatives. The CHOICE program is a valuable plan that helps keep elderly citizens in their home rather than in an institutional facility. The state would like to continue assisting families and their loved ones in these situations.  This year, HEA 1391 was written creating a community living pilot program, providing greater flexibility within the administration of the CHOICE program. The purpose of the legislation is to continue aiding the elderly in maintaining their independence. 

Being able to support your family and follow your beliefs is a freedom that Indiana would like to preserve for Hoosiers. As federal healthcare requirements infringe on what organizations are required to offer with insurance, Indiana is giving businesses more options. 

Each of these new laws works to maintain a family-centric perspective for Hoosiers. Whether it is done by creating a safe and independent environment for our elderly or disabled relatives or encouraging prospective families to adopt Hoosier children, I am proud of all we have accomplished for Indiana families in the 2014 session. 


Rep. Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.