Session is off to a great start

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, January 15, 2015

The first two weeks of the legislative session have come and gone, and we are off to a great start. Even though this is a longer session, we need that extra time in order to review, debate and pass a budget that will operate Indiana for the next two years, which is an enormous task.

With the bill filing deadline behind us, and as the Vice Chair of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to properly vet the bills assigned to our committee. As of now, more than two dozen bills have been assigned, covering a wide variety of topics ranging from; adjusting the criminal code in Indiana, increasing public safety for Hoosiers and evaluating expungement the law to list a few.

As always, my goal is Vice Chair is to ensure that every bill is evaluated fairly and thoroughly and that the decisions we make are in the best interest of Hoosiers. All committee hearings are open to the public and can be viewed online. If you are interested in watching a committee meeting, visit our website at iga.in.gov and click on the ‘Watch Live’ tab on the bottom of the page.

The focus of this session is not only the biennial budget but education as well. The governor recently gave his State of the State Address, sharing his vision to move Indiana forward. As a longtime advocate for Hoosier students, I applaud his commitment to improve the quality of education our state as well as increasing funding for schools across Indiana. I will always advocate for the Career and Technical Training (CTE) program in schools, so we can invest in our future and provide our students with the tools necessary to get the most out of college and career.

It is imperative that our students enter the workforce or college with the skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy. Being a lifelong teacher, I understand how important preparation is to a child’s success later in life, and I look forward to building on that foundation, improving our schools for Hoosier students.

While many issues will be addressed this session like the budget and education I need to know what issues matter most to you and your family. In order to increase transparency and for your convenience, the House Republicans have launched a new, user-friendly website. By visiting www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com, you can find information about our district, how to contact me and resources for session as well as the interim. I look forward to hearing from you and keeping you informed about what is going at the Statehouse.

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Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She serves as the Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code Committee and is a member of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction Committee.