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Latest on Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic – Employee Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Chamber’s Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative

A new law (via HB 1007) requires the state’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) – a branch of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) – to establish best practice guidelines to assist employers with employees who agree to participate in a drug education and addiction treatment program. DMHA is also to promote voluntary participation by employers [...]

2018-05-11T14:01:14+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

Amended Employability Skills and Work Ethic Certificate Bill Moves to House Floor

Bill # and Title: SB 297 – Employability Skills Curriculum Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) Summary: Provides that, not later than July 1, 2019, each school within a school corporation shall include interdisciplinary employability skills standards established by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), in consultation with the Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Education, [...]

2018-02-16T13:05:16+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Chamber Priority Bill on Computer Science Clears Senate Committee; House Workforce Bill Gets First Hearing; Competency Based Education Legislation Moves to Ways and Means

Chamber Priority Bill on Computer Science Clears Senate Committee Bill # and Title: SB 172 – Computer Science Curriculum Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) Summary: Establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants, after June 30, 2019, to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in [...]

2018-01-19T14:51:48+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

On the Federal Front: Government Shutdown Looms at Midnight; Repeal of Medical Device Tax at Stake

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a short-term funding bill for the government through mid-February. Yet avoiding a government shutdown is far from certain, with the Senate needing 60 votes to move it forward to a vote. Among the provisions, the bill would help continue our military readiness and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six [...]

2018-01-19T15:24:32+00:00 January 19th, 2018|