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KRUSE REPORT: What Happens After Election Day?
Start Date: 11/13/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/13/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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By State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn)

While the 2012 election has come and gone, lawmakers’ work is just beginning. In a few weeks, the Indiana Senate will convene for the first time since March. This day – Organization Day – will ceremonially kick off the 2013 legislative session.

Generally, Organization Day is administrative, and no legislation is voted on or discussed. It is used as an opportunity for arranging committees and swearing in new members. This also gives each caucus the opportunity to organize before session officially begins on Jan. 7.

Every other year, the General Assembly focuses on drafting and implementing a new budget to fund government services in Indiana. The 2013 session will be a budget year with session scheduled to conclude on April 29.

Many issues will be brought to the table for discussion in 2013. These include:

  • BUDGET SURPLUS: Indiana is projected to have a budget surplus of more than $400 million this year. Some people believe this money should be returned to taxpayers while others think it should boost funding for state services. This debate will be reviewed as our legislators construct next year’s budget.
  • VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FUNDING: Many Hoosiers feel there should be a stronger emphasis in our schools on vocational and technical education as an alternative to attending college. Lawmakers are considering increasing funds to support these programs and expand opportunities for students.
  • SENTENCING REFORM: For the past two years, the General Assembly’s Criminal Code Evaluation Commission has reviewed Indiana’s system for categorizing crimes and made suggestions to improve the system. The Commission’s proposed legislation to change felony sentencing will be discussed once session begins.
  • DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES HOTLINE: Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS) was investigated this year following concerns about its management and performance. Particularly, the DCS hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect came under scrutiny as some believe it does not properly respond to complaints. The General Assembly’s DCS Interim Study Committee deliberated the idea of allowing professionals like police and teachers to report abuse directly to local caseworkers rather than through the statewide hotline. This proposal will be further reviewed during session.
  • COLLEGE PERFORMANCE FUNDING:  In an effort to help more Hoosiers graduate from college on time, some legislators support giving more state funding to public universities and colleges that meet performance goals like improving on-time graduation rates and degree completion. Expect college performance funding to come up in budget discussions.

It is my goal to best represent the people in the communities on Senate District 14. I encourage anyone who would like to voice an opinion on these issues or any others affecting our state to email me at senator.kruse@iga.in.gov or write to the following address:

State Sen. Dennis Kruse
Indiana Senate
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

As our legislature prepares to meet, it is my hope Hoosiers will stay involved in the political process. You can start now by contacting me with the answer to this question: What do you think?

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
Email: tlytwyn@iga.in.gov
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