The 2019 legislative session kicked off this month and House Republicans are already working toward their legislative priorities, which include investing in our youth, workforce and future.

Legislators are working to further protect Hoosier youth with a proposal for a new law that would help reform the Department of Child Services, and another that would reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate by engaging at-risk expecting mothers in early prenatal care. Another proposal addresses school safety concerns, and would increase physical security and mental health resources for students.

House Republicans are working to strengthen their commitment to students and teachers by incentivizing school corporations to shift dollars from operational expenses to teacher pay. To support the success of current and future teachers, other bills would improve professional development and mentoring programs.

While Indiana’s pro-growth policies and economic performance are ranked among the best in the nation, the state remains among the bottom third in most human capital and workforce rankings. To bolster Indiana’s workforce and talent pipeline, a bill would encourage early and continuing career exploration and navigation, reinvigorate career and technical education courses and encourage completion of certifications or postsecondary credentials. Another proposal would help honor Hoosier veterans while incentivizing them to stay and put their skills to work in Indiana.

Multiple resources are available to help you stay informed as new laws are being considered this session. Track legislation, watch committee meetings and view session live on the Indiana General Assembly’s website. Stay up-to-date with your local representative by signing up to receive electronic newsletters.

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