Bills with a long-term focus on issues advance in the legislative process

March 7, 2019 – A number of bills authored by State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) that would improve issues facing Indiana recently passed the Senate and will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 405 would develop risk-limiting audits for election results and processes.

Senate Bill 407 would establish the Economic and Regulatory Policy Task Force to address the long-term fiscal health of the state, improve legislative oversight and reporting, enhance internal controls and audit procedures, increase transparency, and simplify the regulatory environment of small businesses in Indiana.

Senate Bill 545 would improve risk and stress test reporting for pension plans.

Senate Bill 546 would establish the Education Task Force to assess the governance structure of K-12, higher education and workforce development systems as well as decrease regulations and streamline education reporting.

Senate Bill 547 would urge the Legislative Council to task a summer study committee with studying best practices for K-12 education, reassessing science education based on a deeper understanding of subject matter, improving mathematics, geography and personal finance education, and adding entrepreneurship to the K-12 curriculum.

Senate Bill 548 would identify key cost drivers for Medicaid expenditures and reassess payment and legal infrastructure for mental health and addiction treatment services.

Senate Bill 549 would require school superintendents to submit a financial indicators report (dashboard), created by House Enrolled Act 1315 in 2018, to the school boards. It would also urge the Legislative Council to assign a summer study committee to study the oversight and governance structure of tax increment financing as well as reporting mechanisms between local government units.

Senate Bill 596 would allow the Indiana Supreme Court to expand the youth assistance program for at-risk youth and families.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 would urge the Legislative Council to task a summer study committee with assessing the laws and policies concerning the adjudication and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

“I have worked with a number of my colleagues this session to fine-tune these and other bills, and I am pleased they are advancing in the legislative process,” Spartz said. “Looking long-term and enhancing government accountability are top priorities for me, and I look forward to now working with representatives in the House to make any necessary changes to these bills.”

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