Indiana has been rated as the best state government by the U.S. News & World Report, announced Rep. Sharon Negele at the second meeting of Third House on Saturday at the Best Western Brandywine Inn & Suites in Monticello. The rankings include budget transparency, state integrity and fiscal stability.
Negele, Representative Don Lehe and State Senator Brandt Hershman made presentations at the event, sponsored by the Monticello Kiwanis Club.
About 20 local citizens crammed into a small meeting room near the front desk of the hotel to hear the speakers over the one-hour presentation.
After an introduction by Bruce Lambert, Negele was the first speaker at the event and gave an update on where legislation presently stands in this Indiana legislative session, which runs until April 29. Of the 681 bills considered by the House, 164 were passed on to the Senate. Only 15 of those 164 have come out of the Senate so far. Of the 580 bills considered in the Senate, 199 bills were passed on to the House. Only seven of those have gone through the House so far, she said.
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