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[r29] Column: Session at a glance, focusing on job creation
Start Date: 1/22/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/22/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Session at a glance, focusing on job creation

With supermajorities in both the House and Senate, some Hoosiers have been fearful of an “overreach” by the majority. The tone has been set since the end of the election cycle that bipartisanship will continue to be a vital component in crafting legislation and maintaining the stature of the “People’s House.” The integrity of the institution and the legislative branch as a whole is of high importance to me as we debate the issues that matter most to Hoosiers.

House Bill 1002, authored by Speaker of the House Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and co-authored by Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), epitomizes the willingness of the House leaders to cooperate and work together on the number one, most pressing issue facing Indiana: jobs. Too many Hoosiers are out of work or underemployed, and this piece of legislation intends to remediate the employment picture for Hoosiers. 

HB 1002 will create the Indiana Career Council, which is tasked with increasing the cohesion and collaboration between education, career training and job skills development. The council specifically works with government agencies and organizations to accomplish four main goals. The council will:
  1. Help develop a structure among different participants around the state in the areas of education, job skills, development and career training. 
  2. Prepare the state’s education and skill development system to better fit the state’s job market and career system. 
  3. Oversee the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System, a database to track employment information. 
  4. Submit recommendations to the General Assembly regarding changes to the state’s education, job skills and career training system.  
These efforts are intended to increase coordination and information sharing among varying levels of government and public and private organizations that are involved in those related areas. Workforce development tools and resources need to be more tailored to address current economic conditions in Indiana, filling Hoosier job openings. Currently, there are 2.4 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs available for ever unemployed Hoosier. We can do more to connect the right worker with the right job.

I am incredibly encouraged by the contents of this bill and all the work that has gone into it as we bridge the skills gap facing Hoosier workers and employers. With bipartisan support, HB 1002 and the rest of the job creation bills on our agenda will make a difference for countless small businesses and Hoosier families. 

In the House, over 500 bills were filed by the 100 legislators and now committee chairman will be reviewing them and deciding which bills will be heard. For those of you who have internet access you will be able to follow bills of interest at www.in.gov/legislative.

Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State Address, on January 22, charts the direction for Indiana and the priorities moving forward. The work will be carried out in the House as committees hear testimony and hash out the inner workings of every bill and proposal. Wednesday was the first full committee day, and some of the bills have already moved to be discussed before the entire chamber. Amendments will be filed and the final version of the bills will ultimately be voted on. 

In the first two weeks, we have been busy getting our new members comfortable with the legislative process and working and meeting with Governor Pence to make his transition a seamless one.  I look forward to the many issues we will be reviewing and will keep you informed. I encourage all of you to stay engaged in the legislative process as bills move out of committee, be heard on the House floor and potentially sent to the Senate Chamber. If you have not filled out my legislative survey yet, please mail it back to me at the Statehouse or fill it out online at www.in.gov/h29. Stay tuned for more!

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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