House Republicans say their legislative agenda in the 2013 session will focus on fiscal integrity, jobs and education. House Speaker Brian Bosma Thursday rolled out what he says are the keys to a successful future for the state.
Though he did not offer many details, Bosma says his caucus will look at improving career and technical education in high schools, addressing teacher shortages in science, math and special education, promoting early childhood education and beginning to restore some of the budget cuts made to programs during the recession. And while he says social issues are not at the forefront of his mind, he says he will not suppress other lawmakers from offering what could be considered controversial bills.
“It’ll be up to committee chairman whether it has a hearing and if it reflects Hoosiers, it’ll probably proceed,” Bosma says. “If it doesn’t reflect Hoosier values, it probably won’t.”
Assistant House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says past experience shows the Republicans won’t hold to their stated agenda.
“The history of the House Republican leadership is that they talk like moderates when they’re running for election and then they govern like extremists,” he says.
Pelath says Bosma should be emphatic that the GOP caucus holds off on controversial social issues so they don’t derail more important legislation.