[R89] Rep. Kirchhofer is pleased with a successful legislative session (4/29/2013)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Start Date: 4/29/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 4/29/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM

Rep. Kirchhofer is pleased with a successful legislative session

STATEHOUSE— The 2013 legislative session has come to an end and Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) is pleased to see three of her top priority bills pass through the legislature: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1382, HEA 1518 and HEA 1011.

“It has been an honor to serve as a voice for our community during the 2013 legislative session here at the Statehouse,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “It is very rewarding to guide legislation through the General Assembly that positively impacts not only our community but also our state.”

HB1382 puts Indiana in line with the federal government’s scheduled controlled substances.  Currently, there are many cases where these substances are in question, but because they are usually small isolated incidents, the federal government decided not to use resources to pursue them.  This allows Indiana to pursue those cases on a state level and make it consistent with the federal statute. 

HEA 1518 allows the Indiana State Board of Nursing use funds to hire an education compliance officer.  The education compliance officer will be in charge of carrying out the duties of the board.  Currently, the Indiana State Board of Education is responsible for accrediting nursing programs throughout the state. It takes two years to accredit a nursing program, forcing board members to use their own time in order to fulfill that duty.

HEA 1011 will be heading to a Summer Study Committee to discuss the possible plans for a Mass Transit system in the surrounding Indianapolis areas. According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Origination study, mass transit in Central Indiana will produce more than 7,000 jobs and pay $1.5 billion to workers in its first 10 years. The conference study committee allows both House and Senate members, along with transportation experts to sit down and discuss all aspects of the bill and the ways it will affect the state.

“This session the Indiana House Republicans stayed strong in our resolve to strengthen our education system, expand job opportunities and build on a base of fiscal integrity,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “I look forward to exploring options for our community through legislation like HEA 1011, helping to promote greater job opportunities for Hoosiers and business throughout our great state.”