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[r23] Friend Report: Work continues, community engaged at Third House
Start Date: 1/24/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/24/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Friend Report: Work continues, community engaged at Third House

Legislators communicate with their constituents in various ways.  One of the best ways to interact is at a Third House meeting, typically sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.  On Saturday, January 19, I attended a Third House in Logansport and spoke to a very receptive group of people.  Senator Randy Head (R-Logansport) and Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) were also in attendance and spoke about our current session.  

Much of what we presented had to do with the budget and its importance to all Hoosiers.  The budget will provide the financial framework for Indiana and will continue to be discussed throughout session.  Because the budget must originate in the House, the Ways and Means Committee holds hearings to listen to university presidents and all department heads as they justify their budget requests.  At this point in the session, all the presentations are speculative because the committee only has the December revenue forecast.  Final deliberations on the budget will occur after the April revenue forecast.  

So, many requests will be made to restore and fund very acceptable programs.  The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), is tasked with the responsibility of weighing and considering all requests and deciding which should be presented to the whole committee.  Plainly speaking, the biennial budget is nothing more than a list of spending priorities as compared to the revenue forecast.  Lots of the requests will be accepted, many will not.

House Bill 1044, which deals with adding Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia to the list of training for police academy trainees passed out of House today with unanimous support.  There was very emotional testimony in committee, and I was pleased with the House’s expedient handling of this issue.

House Bill 1045 was my bill to include Grissom AFB on the state aviation plan.  The Indiana Department of Transportation agreed to include Grissom on the plan, and I have a letter from INDOT that confirms the decision.  I accept their letter and will not advance the bill as long as the agency lives up to their statements of agreement.  I would always prefer for legislation to not be necessary, as is the case here, but by simply filing a bill, it can lead to things getting done.

I want to congratulate the leadership of Logansport for successfully sponsoring the Chinese delegation this past week.  It is very important that the city reach out and cooperate with investors from all over the world.  This visit can possibly develop many business opportunities and must be explored.  It is simply the way things happen in a business development opportunity.

This session seems to be progressing very well.  Committees are beginning to work and send out bills for consideration.  Thus far, the concept of bipartisanship is working very well.  On HB 1044, I accepted an amendment from Representative Terry Goodin (D-Austin), and the bill passed with unanimous support, heading over to the Senate for consideration.  I am optimistic that the bipartisanship will continue as we proceed through the session.

The inauguration of Governor Pence was a very impressive ceremony to witness.  Being in leadership, we were placed on the steps on the west side of the Statehouse.  We all had to stand for over an hour on a step through the entire process.  I enjoyed the speeches, but the cold disagreed with my ankles.  We are on the cusp of a new administration, and we need to give them time to get established.  I have great faith that this new administration will work well for Indiana.

It is your government, stay involved!

More later,

Bill Friend
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Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
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