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Senate Republicans Discuss 2017 Session Priorities

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2017) ― Members of the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus today announced their priorities for the 2017 legislative session.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said Senate Republicans are eager to get to work on the major issues facing Indiana.

“Our state is moving in the right direction, but there is more work to be done,” Long said. “We will work together this session to find a long-term road funding plan that enables our economy to continue growing in the years ahead. We will also work to support our teachers and students, protect taxpayers and fight drug abuse in our state.”

Long was joined in the Senate Chamber by members of the Senate Republican Caucus to discuss their 2017 priorities.

·       Pass another balanced two-year state budget (Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville):

Fund Indiana’s priorities, including education, roads and public safety, while maintaining our record of fiscal responsibility

 ·       Create a long-term road funding plan (Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield):

Support our growing economy by finding new funding sources to pay for Indiana’s $1 billion-per-year long-term road funding needs

·       Pass a balanced budget amendment (Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek)

Give Hoosiers the chance to approve an amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would prohibit state spending from exceeding state revenue unless two-thirds of the General Assembly deems it necessary to use emergency spending measures

·       Fight opioid abuse (Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis):

Attack the opioid-abuse epidemic through a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, enforcement, treatment and data collection

·       Replace the outdated ISTEP exam (Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn)

Support the replacement of Indiana’s outdated statewide ISTEP exam with a shorter, more effective test to measure student growth and achievement

·       Improve Career & Technical Education in the school funding formula and fix the overall structure of workforce development (Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen)

Ensure the funding formula for high school CTE courses supports schools in preparing students for the 21st century economy, and reform Indiana’s overall workforce development efforts

·       Fix Indiana’s e-liquids law (Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport)

Reform the regulations for e-liquids manufacturers to ensure a fair and level playing field, while maintaining strong consumer protections

“There is a lot of work to be done in the coming months on all of these issues, but our caucus is up to the challenge,” Long said. “We have a great opportunity this session to make a positive impact on Indiana for years to come.” 

The General Assembly reconvened for the 2017 session last week and, by law, must end no later than April 29.

 

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