STATEHOUSE—Today Gov. Mitch Daniels signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, legislation that calls for smaller state government and HEA 1003, legislation that increases government efficiency and cut costs. House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R – Indianapolis) helped champion this legislation through his creation of the Select Committee on Government Reduction in 2010.
Speaker Bosma created the committee to further the House Republican pledge to protect Hoosier taxpayers. He hoped that the Select Committee on Government Reduction would help create a leaner, more efficient state government. The committee’s accomplishments were present in this year’s HEA 1002 legislation, where more than 20 boards and commissions along with more than 200 bureaucratic appointments were eliminated. In 2011, 17 committees were eliminated through the signing of HEA 1233.
“Smaller government is a better government,” said Speaker Bosma. “The State of Indiana had too many commissions and boards in statute that were determined by the committee to be duplicative, unnecessary, outdated or inefficient.”
The committee also worked on HEA 1003 which allows a member of the governing body of any state agency to participate in an electronic meeting if it meets all requirements of the Open Door Law and a quorum of the governing body adopts a policy regarding electronic meetings. .
“In an effort to help cut costs and increase transparency HEA 1003 should also provide more opportunities for Hoosiers living in the corners of our state to participate in state government. ,” said Bosma.
HEA 1003 also states that if a meeting by electronic communication is conducted, the governing body must have at least two-thirds of the members physically present at the meeting place and can take only roll call votes. Each member of the governing body must also physically attend at least one meeting every year.
HEA 1003 also included language that would strengthen Indiana’s public access laws by allowing judges to levy fines against government officials who intentionally violate these laws. The addition of this language puts a real consequence in place for those officials who personally violate the law.
“This committee was a success for the people of Indiana. We pledged to protect Hoosier taxpayers, and I am proud to say – that with the Governor’s signing of these important bills – we continue to strengthen Indiana,” said Speaker Bosma.