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[s26] Sen. Eckerty Joins Fellow Lawmakers to Discuss Policy Issues in Local Communities

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 23, 2012) — State Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) joined 37 lawmakers representing Indiana, other Midwestern states and Canada to participate and later graduate from the Council of State Governments’ Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD), Aug. 10 through 14.


The 18th annual legislative training program, which was held in Madison, Wis., gave Ecerkty the chance to further develop leadership skills, analyze public policy issues and examine how to boost the economy.


“This was an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other legislators and share ideas on how to better serve our communities,” Eckerty said. “As a new senator, I greatly appreciate input and advice from other lawmakers. Learning the experiences of other states always helps us in the Indiana General Assembly serve our constituents more effectively.”


BILLD is held in partnership with the University of Wisconsin’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Courses and seminars are conducted by La Follette faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders and professional development experts. In addition to courses designed to foster leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including corrections and the regional economy.


“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation,” said Illinois State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, BILLD Steering Committee Co-Chair. “The legislatures in the region have benefited greatly from the skills their members have gained through this unique educational experience. Many of the graduates now hold leadership positions in their states.”


Founded in 1933, the Council of State Governments is a non-partisan organization focused on assisting and advancing state government. For more information, go to