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Indiana House Republicans Outline 2013 Legislative Agenda

State GOP leaders say they want to focus on fiscal issues, job creation and education in the 2013 legislative session.

Brian Bosma and House GOP Members

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House Speaker Brian Bosma and other GOP caucus members lays out the legislative agenda on the House floor Thursday..

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.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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