On Tuesday, I met with fellow legislators at the Statehouse in Indianapolis for Organization Day to kick off the 2017 legislative session. Organization Day occurs annually in November. On this day, we gather together to meet Indiana’s newly elected lawmakers and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. I was also sworn into my role as your state representative, as this day marks the first official meeting of the 120th General Assembly. This session, I want to focus on a long-term funding solution for our roads and supporting a balanced state budget. A personal goal of mine, is to work to increase the safety of young ATV users.
Our area has had too many young lives taken from us from all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents. As a result, I am working with fellow lawmakers and experts on legislation requiring young riders to wear helmets and to be educated on how to properly operate an ATV.
My other goal for the upcoming session is to help keep jobs and employers in Indiana. Since 2013, Indiana’s private sector has grown by 156,200 jobs, with an unemployment rate at 4.4 percent, which is lower than the national average.
To keep this momentum going, I am crafting legislation to try and secure more state contracting jobs for Hoosier businesses. Currently, Indiana has a point system when taking bids to contract out projects to be completed, a business can gain more points if they employ or are owned by a veteran or someone who is of a minority. However, there are some loop holes, which can give an out-of-state contractor the upper hand in winning the bid. My hope is to keep Hoosiers at work and our money in our state with my proposed legislation.
I would like to hear input from our community on these topics. I can be reached at my office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 317-232-9833. I look forward to continuing this discussion as we work to improve the safety of ATV riders and keep Indiana businesses thriving.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.
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