This session, I joined fellow legislators in supporting sound policies to build on Indiana’s fiscal strength while also addressing the needs of House District 93.
We successfully passed laws aimed at improving roads, strengthening education, and better serving and honoring Hoosier veterans. Lawmakers also worked to curb illegal drug use.
IN order to combat the meth epidemic, which has plagues families and communities across Indiana, I authored a new law to help keep key meth ingredients out of the wrong hands. Below, I have highlighted several pieces of legislation I supports this session to make Indiana a stronger, safer place to live. To learn more about work being done at Statehouse, please sign up to receive my email updates by clicking here.
Promoting a Healthier Indiana
- Creating a savings program that Hoosiers with disabilities can use for disability-related costs without placing other benefits at risk
- Implementing a variety of telemedicine practice standards and remote prescribing rules to provide convenience to Hoosiers
- Increasing the safety of Hoosiers with developmental disabilities by providing bracelets or identification cards to those who request them
Improving Public Safety
- Allowing the Department of Child Services to intervene and serve children who are victims of human trafficking
- Posting names and records of individuals convicted of child abuse on an online registry maintained by the state court system
- Increasing penalties for individuals profiting from human trafficking and those who knowingly visit places in violation of trafficking laws
Improving our Roads
- As the Crossroads of America, our roads and bridges help drive our economy and support Hoosier jobs. This session, I voted in favor of a plan addressing our state’s immediate road funding needs while remaining committed to helping pass a long-term plan next year.
- Our legislation directs more than $800 million to state and local roads over the next two years while giving city and county governments additional tools to address their road funding needs. We also started the important process of steering more of the sales tax on gasoline to roads, instead of the general fund.
- A newly created task force will work this summer to recommend responsible and sustainable long-term funding options for the state and locals before session in January.
- This plan ensures we maintain our roads and bridges now while taking a strong step toward a long-term solution for preserving and improving Indiana’s infrastructure.
- Our children’s academic achievement is crucial to our state’s future, and I am committed to supporting our local schools, teachers, students and their families.
- Indiana students will no longer take the state’s troubled ISTEP test after July 2017. A panel of experts, a majority of whom are educators, will assist lawmakers this summer in identifying a better way to measure student achievement. I also supported new laws protecting schools and teachers from being unfairly penalized for the expected drop in 2015 ISTEP scores after the state recently transitioned to new, more rigorous standards.
- Effective teachers are one of the most important factors in student success. Top-performing high school students interested in the teaching profession could qualify for a newly created college scholarship. The Next Generation Scholarship will provide participants with up to $7,500 per year, if they commit to teaching in Indiana schools for at least five years.
Curbing Illegal Drugs
- To combat Indiana’s growing drug epidemic, I supported new laws focused on stemming the tide of addition while assuring the worst drug dealers are kept behind bars. A criminal convicted of dealing meth or heroin, who also has a prior conviction for dealing controlled substances, would serve at least 10 years.
- As the nation’s top meth-producing state, I voted to restrict criminals’ access to medicine with pseudoephedrine (PSE), a key ingredient in meth. I authored a new law that will prevent individuals convicted of a meth-related felony from purchasing medications containing PSE without a prescription. The bill would not affect law-abiding Hoosiers who do not have a meth-related conviction on their record.