Welcome to Indiana EdCast, I am Tom Mellish, ED for IRTA, The Association that advocates for all Indiana retired educators. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. We will find out the answer for you.
We are joined once by our chief lobbyist, Steve Beebe from Beebe, Scherer and Associates. We welcome Steve and look forward to his thoughts on this year’s General Assembly begins.
The session has hit halftime and education funding was the most heard about issue in the House and the hate crimes bill just in the past week came forward in the Senate and will continue to be the two most contentious items in 2nd half. Overall about 200 bills in the House and 200 in the Senate have made it to half time from over 1700 original bills file.
Legislature Changes – We've been getting through to many of our legislators that are new this session. I have not been through this many changes in my four years but I am really impressed with the group in both houses.
At this point if you see or contact your representative, thank them for voting in support of HB 1139 (13th Check). If you contact or see your State Senator ask them to support the HB 1139 plus an increase. Steve and I will be meeting with Senate committee leadership next week to encourage increasing the 13th Check. The final decision will not be made until near the end of session after the April Budget forecast comes out.
Thought of the week: Positive anything is better than negative nothing. When you can’t find sunshine, be the sunshine.
Until next week, thank you for listening to Indiana EdCast from Tom Mellish of IRTA and Steve Beebe from Beebe – Scherer and Associates. We will be on again next week. Until then stay warm and stay healthy and be active.