Rep. Cox: Overview of the 2016 Session

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The 2016 session is in full swing at the Statehouse, and lawmakers are busy considering new laws for Indiana. In both the Senate and the House of Representatives, one of the main focuses is education. A few weeks ago, a pair of bills responding to the 2015 ISTEP problems were signed into law.

I supported House Enrolled Act 1003, which ensures that last year’s ISTEP scores do not unfairly penalize Hoosier teachers and schools, after the state implemented a new, more rigorous test. The law prevents 2014-2015 ISTEP scores from being used in annual teacher performance evaluations unless those scores improve the teacher’s performance rating.

Additionally, I supported Senate Enrolled Act 200, which provides that a school’s A-F performance rating for the 2014-2015 school year cannot be lower than the assigned performance grade for the 2013-2014 school year.

Along with supporting both of these policies, I authored three measures that have passed the House and are up for consideration in the Senate.

To provide more transparency to Allen County residents, House Bill (HB) 1040 would require the Indiana Department of Revenue to provide the Allen County auditor an annual report on the amount of supplemental food and beverage taxes collected from each part of our county. This information will help ensure that tax dollars used by Allen County’s Capital Improvements Board (CIB) enjoys full transparency and will provide New Haven, Leo-Cedarville, Grabill and Woodburn more information in preparation of any projects they may present to the CIB.

In the hope of continuing the growth of Indiana’s business climate, I authored HB 1336, which would create a special form of limited liability corporation called a Series LLC. The concept of this new type of business is to create a single LLC that would have separate series, or “cells,” within the LLC. Each separate series may have different assets, managers and structures, with any losses or liabilities legally separate from the others. Various administrative costs would be eliminated with this type of business structure, and a firewall would be created between each separate series that would provide more efficiency, while removing any negative effects on the entire business. This legislation will strengthen Indiana’s reputation as a Midwest destination for capital investment.

Finally, I authored HB 1337, an important pro-life bill that injects a better sense of dignity in the disposition of fetal remains. This higher sense of humanity is crucial to advancing our commitment to the value of life in Indiana.

It’s my great honor to represent our community in the Indiana House of Representatives. I wake up every morning committed to serving our district and the state of Indiana to the best of my ability.

Please contact me at 317-232-9863 or h85@iga.in.gov with any questions or input.

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Rep. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne) represents a portion of Allen County.