Rep. Bacon: Making the health of Hoosiers a priority

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, December 9, 2016 8:28 am

As vice chair of the House Committee on Public Health, I can use my experience as a healthcare professional to help vet legislation to ensure it benefits our state. While topics may vary in this committee, our main focus is the health and safety of Hoosiers.

Lawmakers are already filing bills for the upcoming session, which starts on Jan. 4, 2017. The Speaker of the House will begin to assign bills to committees based on topics. Committees are designed so that a group of legislators – with backgrounds and expertise in particular fields – can discuss, debate and work out the details of proposed legislation before it is heard on the House floor by all 100 members.

The House Committee on Public Health, which I have served on for six years, typically examines bills related to vaccinations, healthcare providers and workers, and Indiana’s drug epidemic.

In my leadership role, I am committed to being objective when considering each piece of legislation. During committee hearings, I will work to fully vet legislation and be open minded to all opinions. As a leader, I must be willing to make difficult decisions and only support proposals for new laws that help move Indiana forward.

Each lawmaker invests a lot of time and effort when crafting legislation, and everyone would like to see their bills signed into law. At the end of this session, the most important and only bill that must be signed into law is our state’s biennial budget. This is something that will take the entire session to form and will demand a great deal of our time and attention.

This session we will pass the state’s biennial budget, and I will support proposals that are fiscally responsible for Hoosier tax payers. Indiana is a state that will continue operating within its means while providing for vital public services.

As I work on your behalf, I would like to hear your input to help me best represent Warrick, Spencer and Pike counties. I can be reached at my office via email at h75@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9833.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here.