Legislative session off to a fast start

Written by woody on January 15th, 2020

The 2020 legislative session kicked off this month, and we are hitting the ground running. This year is a short session, so lawmakers must conclude our business by mid-march. Already, several bills are moving through the legislative process, including two proposals supporting students, teachers and schools.

During the first week, I voted for legislation that would limit any potential negative impact of student scores on educators and schools during the transition to a new statewide test. We also considered a proposal that would empower local schools to determine how student exams are used when evaluating teachers. Both of these bills are now being considered by the full House of Representatives. These are timely issues as schools recently transitioned from ISTEP to ILEARN, and I know conversations surrounding student assessments and teacher evaluations will continue throughout session.

I am also working on several other proposals, including one that would provide students access to affordable dental care, and another that would build on a law I authored last year ensuring property owners are not left on the hook for renters’ unpaid utility bills. Visit iga.in.gov to learn about all the bills being considered for potential news laws and to follow the legislative process. 

This year is bittersweet because this will be my last legislative session serving as state representative for our community.

I recently announced I will retire in November after fulfilling my current term. Serving our community over the last 31 years is one of the greatest privileges of my life. My top priority has always been and continues to be doing what’s best for the citizens of Johnson County, and working together to make Indiana the best state to live, work and raise a family.

Together, we have helped Hoosiers – especially children – across the state by supporting students with dyslexia, establishing bullying prevention programs in schools and increasing accountability within the child welfare system. Without people in our community bringing their concerns to my attention, we would not have been able to address these critical issues.

As I complete my final year as state representative, I remain committed to keeping you and your family informed. Throughout session, I will continue providing updates to our community through multiple avenues, including my regular e-newsletter, which you can sign up to receive at www.in.gov/h58. Questions and feedback on potential new laws can also be emailed to h58@iga.in.gov, or give me a call at 317-234-9447.



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