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After a brief delay brought on by a once-in-a-generation blizzard, the Indiana General Assembly convened Tuesday afternoon for the 2014 legislative “short” session. After having nearly four months to work out a two-year state budget last year, legislators and lobbyists have until mid-March to address the pressing issues of the day.

With over 400 bills filed before adjourning for the weekend, legislation related to several of the Indy Chamber’s priority issues (page 3) began to take shape and was sent to committees for hearings.

Most notably, regional mass transit took an important step forward following the tentative progress made last session. SB176 closely resembles the recommendations of the summer study committee on transit and provides a framework to work from this year. Please take a moment to thank Senator Patricia Miller for her study committee leadership and efforts on this bill.
 
This week, HJR-3 (formerly HJR-6) will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee at 10:00am Monday morning. The Indy Chamber feels strongly that this proposed constitutional amendment would paint Indiana as an unwelcoming state and harm its ability to attract, recruit and retain talented workers.
 
It’s not too late to stop HJR-3 from moving any further. Tell members of the House Judiciary Committee to vote “NO” on HJR-3!
 
Rep. Casey Cox (R – District 85): 317.232.9769 / Email
Rep. Dan Leonard (R – District 50): 317.232.9793 / Email
Rep. Wendy McNamara (R – District 76): 317.232.9671 / Email
Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R – District 40): 317.232.9833 / Email

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