STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2016) – The House of Representatives voted today in support of a proposal sponsored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would develop the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse (ICCDA).
Senate Bill (SB) 271 would require the newly established commission to identify ways for state agencies and local programs to coordinate and create a comprehensive plan to address substance abuse through treatment, prevention and law enforcement. The ICCDA would replace the Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana.
“In order to respond to the state’s drug crisis, we must continue coordinating state and local efforts,” McNamara said. “The members would be required to submit a report on their work to the legislative council and the governor each year and are accountable for creating roles, responsibilities and performance standards for the local coordinating councils. It is important that we strengthen our stance against drugs in our communities in order to reduce crime and fight addiction in Indiana.”
McNamara said the proposed 18-member ICCDA is being formed at the request of Gov. Mike Pence, and would be a long-standing governing body solely dedicated to addressing drug abuse in Indiana.
Visit www.iga.in.gov for more information on SB 271.
Rep. McNamara (R-Evansville) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.