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Senate Republicans celebrate passage of 2024 agenda focused on reading skills, child care access, fiscal responsibility and health

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2024) – Indiana Senate Republicans completed the 2024 legislative session today and celebrated the successful passage of the caucus agenda focused on improving Hoosier students' reading skills, child care access, government accountability and upgrading water lines to protect Hoosiers' health.

"I am pleased to have completed another productive session that delivers results for Hoosiers," said Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville). "We addressed a number of issues in our agenda, including providing more support so our students have the foundational reading skills they need to succeed and taking steps to make child care more accessible. We also built upon our track record of fiscal responsibility and passed a measure to help improve our water infrastructure across the state. I'm proud of the work my colleagues and I have accomplished and look forward to the positive impact these and other new laws will have on our state."

Improving Hoosier students' reading skills

Senate Enrolled Act 1, authored by State Sen. Linda Rogers (R-Granger)

WHAT: Ensure Hoosier students get the best reading education by providing Science of Reading instruction, committing to early detection and remediation for students not reading at grade level, and as a last resort, retaining those students who are not reading well enough to move on to fourth grade

WHY: Nearly 1 in 5 Hoosier third graders lack basic reading skills. Ensuring students can read is the single most important thing Indiana's education system can do so students can be successful.

Child care access and affordability

Senate Enrolled Act 2, authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso)

WHAT: Increase the number of child care providers in Indiana by eliminating red tape

WHY: Lack of child care access and affordability is a big hurdle for many Hoosiers who want to enter the workforce. Increasing child care access and affordability will ensure more Hoosiers who want to enter the workforce can do so while making sure their families are taken care of at the same time.

Fiscal responsibility, government accountability

Senate Enrolled Act 4, authored by Senate Majority Floor Leader Chris Garten (R-Charlestown)

WHAT: Set up an ongoing process to review and return unused state government funds to the General Fund, enable state agencies to lower or eliminate fines and fees more quickly

WHY: Elected officials have a duty to the public to be good stewards of taxpayer money, no matter how small or large the amount. SEA 4 honors that commitment by identifying $40 million in unused funds in state government accounts and making them of better use to Hoosiers. Likewise, if a government agency wants to reduce a fine or fee, it should be able to do so with the least amount of resistance.

Upgrade lead pipes to protect Hoosiers' health

Senate Enrolled Act 5, authored by State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford)

WHAT: Enable utility companies with Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission-approved lead line service replacement plans to replace lead pipes more quickly and in a more cost effective way

WHY: There are more than 265,000 lead water lines still in use in Indiana. Since lead pipes are known to cause severe health problems in children and adults, SEA 5 would enable utility companies to replace them quickly, efficiently and at a lower cost.

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