INDIANA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
The 2017 General Assembly convened on January 3rd. And by law must end no later than April 29. In addition to the biennial state budget, this year's major topics will include road and infrastructure financing, response to opioid and drug addiction, expanding preschool access for low income families and school funding. As always, ICC priorities will focus on human dignity and the common good. Topics that we have seen thus far include elimination of death penalty for person with serious mental illness, payday lending, improving social safety net such as SNAP. And there will be numerous others.
In part due the inaugurations both in Indiana and in Washington D.C, and because the long session has so many bills drafted, the session is off to a slow beginning. Committees will not have all bills until mid-January. Thus far, we have seen about 250 bills introduced, and we expect to see approximately 1200 more in the next two weeks. Not all bills will get hearings and not all bills are of significance to ICC; but ICC will follow those important to the Church and will report the status each week via the I-CAN Update that will be emailed to you each week.
The Catholic Church is well represented with 34 of the 150 House and Senate members. 14 of the 50 Senate members are Roman Catholics, 3 Democrat and 11 Republican; in the House 20 of the 100 members are Catholic, 9 D and 11 R.
In the meantime, check out the Indiana Catholic Conference's 50th Anniversary videos here.
And our series of three 50th Anniversary articles:
ICC Celebrates 50 Years as Public Policy Voice of the Church in Indiana
This is the first in a series of articles reflecting on ICC's 50 years as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana More...
ICC planted seeds for school choice, and continues fight for issues of life
This is the second in a series of articles reflecting on ICC's 50 years as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana More...
Thompson takes pride in ICC's work to aid the poor, vulnerable
This is the third in a series of articles reflecting on ICC's 50 years as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana More...