THE RAATZ ROUNDUP
Submitted for use on Jan. 16, 2022
Word Count: 295
By State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond)
The first week of the 2023 legislative session is in the books, with bills filed and the government's commitment to making Indiana a greater place to live, work and raise a family reaffirmed.
Senate Republicans outlined maintaining fiscal responsibility, improving our mental and public health infrastructure, reducing health care costs, supporting public safety and securing data privacy as initiatives for the next four months.
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush also emphasized increasing public trust, improving public safety and promoting economic development as constitutional responsibilities of the state's judicial system during the State of the Judiciary address.
In the midst of it all, I filed several bills addressing various topics, including education and health.
I have received a lot of constituent feedback regarding the quality of education our children are receiving, many of whom believed high school students should take a financial literacy course. This is why I am authoring Senate Bill 35, which would enact a focused approach to increasing financial literacy education.
Additionally, to improve early literacy opportunities in the state, I am authoring Senate Bill 340, which would provide free books to children who haven't entered the classroom yet.
As session progresses, I look forward to continuing to advocate for policies that are in the best interest of Hoosiers and collaborating with my colleagues to develop our economic, health and educational systems.
All bills must first be considered by assigned committees before moving to the full Senate. Committee hearings, legislative calendars, agendas, vote tallies and proposed legislation can be viewed online by visiting iga.in.gov.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the legislative session, feel free to contact me at Senator.Raatz@iga.in.gov or 317-233-0930.
State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) with Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush following the State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, Jan. 11.