House Republicans: A New Direction for
Overview of 2005 House GOP Legislative Agenda
Expanding Educational Choices for Hoosier Families
1) A Highly Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom
Policy Goal: Attract and retain high quality teachers in
Proposal: Direct the Education Roundtable to study the following issues in order to ensure that each classroom has a highly qualified teacher and to provide financial and career incentives so more individuals enter the teaching profession.
2) Expand Access to Charter Schools
Policy Goal: Encourage the growth of charter schools.
Proposal: Remove statutory numerical caps on how many charters can be created in a given year and prohibit any arbitrary monetary caps on charter school funding. Allow private universities to sponsor charter schools.
3) Parents Know Best - Open Enrollment to Students in Failing Schools
Policy Goal: Provide public school choice so no parent is forced to keep their child in a failing public school.
Proposal: Parents would be allowed to send their child to another school corporation if their child’s school is designated as not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The dollars would follow the students into the new school corporation so that parents would not have to pay the transfer tuition costs.
Policy Goal: Make higher education more accessible and affordable for Hoosiers.
Promoting Government Accountability & Efficiency
1) Reduce Voter Fraud – require photo ID to vote
Policy Goal: Protect the integrity of the election process by reducing voter fraud.
Proposal: Individuals would be required to show photo ID before they are allowed to vote. For those persons without proper photo ID, alternative forms of ID would be accepted.
2) Implement the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Program
Policy Goal: Enhance the business climate by reducing regulatory burdens and streamlining required state government processes for small business.
3) Extend the Work of the Government Efficiency Commission
Policy Goal: Continue the successful efforts of the Government Efficiency Commission in routing out government waste and inefficiency in the state’s bureaucracies.
4) Create the Legislative Office of Accountability
Policy Goal: Provide proper oversight of state agencies to ensure that taxpayer dollars are accounted for and restore the public’s trust in the activities of our state agencies.
Protecting Hoosier Families
1) Allow Hoosier Voters to Speak on Marriage
Policy Goal: Encourage open public debate on the definition of marriage and allow direct public input in the decision.
2) Help Hoosier Families Access Affordable Health Insurance
Policy Goal: To provide a tax break to Hoosier families or individuals who are paying for health insurance out of their own pocket.
Proposal: Allow health insurance premiums to be deducted in calculating your state taxable income.
3) Provide Healthcare CHOICE for Hoosier Seniors
Policy Goal: The General Assembly intended for the appropriations for the CHOICE program to be used for Hoosiers, not pad the state’s coffers.