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Governor signs Pelath/Bosma career council bill into law

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In one last demonstration of the unprecedented bipartisan cooperation that forged the legislation, Governor Mike Pence, Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, and Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, appeared together Monday to give final approval to a proposal designed to reduce the skills gap facing Hoosier workers looking for more and better-paying jobs.

Joined by Pelath, Bosma and other legislative leaders, Pence signed into law House Enrolled Act 1002, which creates the Indiana Career Council, a 16-member panel led by the governor that will help develop a strategic plan to improve the state’s education, job skills development, and career training system.

“With Indiana’s unemployment rate staying above eight percent, the time had come for all parties to join forces to look at the individual components of our workforce development and job training systems and find a way to do things better,” Pelath said. “The most important thing about this council is that it will make every effort to emphasize the role that a highly educated workforce can have in improving our economy, both now and into the future,” he continued.

The council will analyze education and skills training currently offered across the state, match those efforts with the current and future needs of Indiana’s job market, then make recommendations for improvements to be implemented in future years.

From the start of this session, HEA 1002 has been a bipartisan product. Bosma and Pelath led the bill through the House, while Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanan, D-Anderson, guided the proposal through that chamber.

Pelath drew a sharp contrast between the cooperation that led to passage of HEA 1002 and the actions of the federal government in Washington.

“The reason that Washington is broken is that people there don’t know how to accomplish the things they do agree on,” Pelath said. “Here in Indiana, we do realize that we have the right to advocate hard for what we believe in and offer criticisms whenever we can, but we also understand that we cannot fight and yell so much that we cannot hear each other when we do agree.”

“We owe it to the people of Indiana to come together on the things that really matter and that make the lives of Hoosiers better,” he concluded.

The legislation takes effect immediately.



Posted 4/15/2013