House Republican priorities advance in first half of legislative session
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said House Republicans made great progress on their legislative priorities as the session reached the halfway point on Tuesday.
Bosma said House Republicans made headway on key issues including House passage of legislation providing a funding boost for K-12 schools, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
“We made tremendous progress passing our legislative priorities in the first half and we look forward to working with our Senate colleagues and the governor to get across the finish line,” Bosma said. “Much work remains in the weeks ahead, especially as we continue discussions on addressing the state’s workforce needs, but we look forward to building on our momentum.”
House Republicans’ top priority, House Bill 1001, would boost funding for K-12 schools to account for a higher than expected increase in enrollment at traditional public schools. Bosma said this increase would be in addition to the $7 billion annually Indiana spends on K-12 education.
Currently, $1 billion is being spent on 30 workforce programs across nine state agencies, but employers are still struggling to find qualified workers to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs.
That’s why House lawmakers supported HB 1002 to re-evaluate workforce-related programs using return-on-investment metrics enacted in 2017. The legislation also aims to better connect Career Technical Education students with local businesses and encourage students to complete training in high-demand fields.
As part of Indiana’s continued fight against the opioid epidemic, House Republicans supported HB 1006 and HB 1007 to expand substance abuse and treatment options, and streamline licensure and credentialing for mental health professionals. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there was a 52 percent increase in opioid deaths from 2015 to 2016.
While Indiana ranked No. 1 for state government administration by U.S. News and World Report, House Republicans plan to build on that momentum by considering efforts to further reduce government bureaucracy. Bosma said House Republicans supported HB 1003 and HB 1004 in order to streamline local and state government operations and reporting requirements.
Speaker of the House: 2004-2006, 2010-Present
Indiana House of Representatives: 1986-Present
House District 88: Northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County
Occupation: Attorney - Kroger, Gardis & Regas
Education: B.S.E., Purdue University; J.D., Indiana University
Representative Bosma was first elected in 1986 to represent House District 88, which today encompasses the northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County.
As Speaker of the 114th General Assembly, Representative Bosma and the House Republicans worked to revitalize Indiana’s economy, passed the first balanced budget in a decade, adopted the strongest telecommunications reform legislation in the nation, created the position of Inspector General to expose and prevent fraud and corruption in state government, improved education opportunities for Hoosier school children, and addressed the needs of the most vulnerable in our state.
As Speaker of the 117th General Assembly, Bosma made sweeping changes to education reform through the House Republicans “Strengthen Indiana Plan.” He also broke 195 years of institutional tradition by appointing two Democrats to Committee Chair positions. In 2012, Speaker Bosma co-authored legislation making Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state.
Additionally, to encourage greater participation in the legislative process, Speaker Bosma opened House floor proceedings and House committee meetings to all Hoosiers via the Internet.
In the 118th General Assembly, Speaker Bosma along with House Republicans are working to create a budget with fiscal integrity, expanding educational opportunities and providing more opportunities for job creation by addressing the skills gap.
In his private life, Brian is a partner with the law firm of Kroger, Gardis, and Regas, focusing his practice in the areas of local government and environmental law. He was a founding Director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc., which today employs over 85 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers in Central Indiana.
He is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Engineering (1981) and the Indiana University School of Law (1984). Brian and his wife Cheryl attend Grace Community Church. They have two children: Chris, who is currently a student at the IU School of Medicine, and Allison, who is a chef in Colorado.
Honors and Awards
- Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Mike Pence, 2016
- Foundation for Government Accountability Champion of Children Award, 2016
- State Alliance Champion Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 2016
- Tobacco Control Efforts Distinguished Advocacy Award, 2016
- Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow, 2015
- Distinguished Public Official Award, Ivy Tech Community College, 2015
- Legislative Leadership Award, Indiana Non-Public Education Association, 2014
- “Indiana Super Lawyer,” Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2007
- Presidential Citation, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, 2013
- Indiana Early Care and Education Legislative Award, Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, 2013
- Executive Director’s Award, The ARC of Indiana, 2013
- Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Mitch Daniels, 2012
- Distinguished Barrister Award, Indiana Lawyer, 2012
- National Charter Champion Award, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2012
- Small Business Guardian Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2012
- Elected Official of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011
- Legislator of the Year, Indiana Public Charter School Association, 2011
- Golden Apple Award, Indiana Virtual School Families, 2011
- Public Service Award, Agudath Israel of America Midwest, 2011
- Public Service Award, Indiana, Inc., 2008
- Friends of First Steps Award, 2005
- Elected Official of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2004
- Chairman's Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2003
- Indiana Small Business Champion, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2003
- National Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine, 2002
- Chairman's Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2001
- Noble of Indiana Advocate of the Year, 2001
- Public Policy Award, Marion County First Steps Council, 2001
- Friend of Autism Award, 2001
- Legislator of the Year, Indiana Ophthalmology Academy, 1999
- Alternative Education Partnership Award, Warren Township At-Risk Youth Service Learning Program, 1997
- Environmental Impact Award, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 1996
- “Top Forty Leaders Under Forty”, Indianapolis Business Journal, 1995
- Leadership Award, Indiana Youth Services Association, 1992
- Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 1990
- Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Robert D. Orr, 1988
- Outstanding Young Hoosier, Indiana Jaycees, 1987
House District 88 includes the northeast corner of Marion County and small portions of Hancock and Hamilton counties.
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