Rep. Davisson: Finding solutions this summer

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Monday, June 13, 2016

Though session has ended, work at the statehouse on behalf of Hoosiers goes on throughout the summer. During this interim period, the General Assembly spends the summer and fall months closely examining important issues while serving on interim study committees.

This interim, committees will focus on issues ranging from curbing illegal drug use, to finding a replacement for the ISTEP test. Finding a long-term road funding solution is also a top priority. These study committees are crucial to the legislative process because they allow representatives to meet with experts and listen to public testimony while also conducting an in-depth study of the assigned topics. State senators and representatives serve on the study committees in order to provide a variety of viewpoints, as each member comes from a different background.

For example, the ISTEP review panel consists of members from the General Assembly as well as Hoosier educators. They are gathering testimony from experts on testing and new federal education laws in order to find a suitable replacement for the troubled ISTEP test. This process is important as it provides lawmakers guidance when crafting legislation to benefit our state.

Committee meetings are open to the public and I strongly encourage citizens to attend when possible. If attending, call ahead to the committee chairperson, so a timeslot for personal testimonies can be included on the schedule. Hearings can also be viewed online at iga.in.gov.

There are multiple issues these study committees will explore, and their findings will lead to impactful legislation.

I look forward to addressing significant topics this summer, taking the time to examine issues thoroughly and giving anyone who wishes to voice their opinions the opportunity to do so. As always, feel free to contact me at h73@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9753 with any ideas on how we can better serve our state.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents parts of Washington, Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.

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