Editorial

Indiana Senate is adjourned ‘sine die’

Sunday, May 7, 2017
ERIC BASSLER Indiana Senate

The Senate is now adjourned “sine die” – which signifies the end of the 2017 Indiana General Assembly.

Before session began, my fellow legislators and I set our priorities, which included finding a long-term, sustainable road funding plan, keeping our state budget balanced, replacing the ISTEP exam and improving our workforce development efforts. Now that session is over, here is a review of some of the major bills that achieve these goals:

· House Enrolled Act 1001 sets Indiana’s new two-year state budget. The budget is balanced, provides for a $345 million increase in K-12 education and maintains prudent rainy-day reserves.

· House Enrolled Act 1002 establishes a sustainable, long-term road funding plan to maintain and improve Indiana’s transportation infrastructure for years to come.

· House Enrolled Act 1003 replaces the outdated ISTEP test with a new exam that will take less time away from classroom instruction while providing faster results and giving high school students multiple options to earn a high school diploma with new, additional consideration for career and tech education students.

· Senate Enrolled Act 198 increases per-student funding for high-school Career and Technical Education courses in high-wage, high-demand job fields and establishes a new grant program to provide financial aid for adult students working toward a job certificate in a high-value industry.

It is my hope that these bills will continue to make Indiana a great place to live, work and raise a family. Despite the legislative session concluding, lawmakers will be busy during the summer and fall months serving on study committees and getting ready for next year’s legislative session.

In the months to come, I look forward to spending time in my district and hearing thoughts and reactions from those I serve in regard to recently passed legislation.

As always, contact my office directly with your questions and concerns by email at Senator.Bassler@iga.in.gov or by phone at 800-382-9467.