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Indiana Senate District 49

The Indiana State Senate is the upper chamber of the Indiana General Assembly. Alongside the Indiana House of Representatives, it forms the legislative branch of the Indiana state government and works alongside the governor of Indiana to create laws and establish a state budget. Legislative authority and responsibilities of the Indiana State Senate include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.toThe Indiana State Senate meets in the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are 50 seats in the chamber. One half of the seats are up for election every 2 years. Senators are elected every 4 years.

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    Jim Tomes
    (Rep)

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What is ONE bill you’d like to sponsor in the 2023 session of the General Assembly? Why this one?

Indiana taxpayers currently fund four different types of K-12 education: traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools (using “choice scholarships”/”vouchers”), and online education. What, if anything, would you change about the current funding structure for K-12 education?

In the recent past, public utility rate increases were granted by a thorough public process but beginning with SB 560 in 2013 "trackers" were allowed where increases to customer bills were applied with no notice to ratepayers. As a result, SW Indiana CenterPoint customers are now paying very high bills that include these fees. What do you see as your role in helping the citizens of SW Indiana have a voice in managing the cost of their utilities?

On a scale of 1 (highly disagree) to 10 (highly agree) please indicate if you agree with the following statement: School boards are already in place and responsible for creating policies acceptable to local parents and citizens. The ultimate responsibility for education falls on these leaders. There is no reason for legislators to create laws that bypass these elected officials.

According to the Purdue Climate Change Resource Center, southwest Indiana can expect heavier downpours leading to flooding and loss of life, more mosquito- and tick-borne diseases, as well as many more extremely hot days by mid-century, due to climate change. Excessive heat is a known risk to maternal health, and southwest Indiana already suffers from an elevated risk of maternal deaths. What actions do you plan to take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect southwest Indiana from the adverse health impacts from climate change?

If you are the incumbent: Please indicate how you voted on SB1, Abortion, in the special session in July 2022 and explain your reason for your vote. If you are not the incumbent: Please indicate how you would have voted on SB1 , Abortion, in the special session in July 2022 and explain your reason for your vote.

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