Friday, August 12, 2016

Share Your Voice!

Indiana Association of United Ways :

Connect with your Member of Congress during the August recess
Members of Congress began their summer recess on July 18 and they won't be returning to Washington until September 6.  This is a great time to engage your Members through invitations for site visits, meetings with district staff, participation in town halls or community conversations and other public events.  
Check out this video from United Way Worldwide for tips on how to connect with Members of Congress during the August recess.

Weigh in on issues important to you!
Submitting comments during rulemaking periods is an important way to shape policy. State and federal agencies appreciate specific comments about possible impacts and ways to improve proposed rules. Below are a few open comment periods in Indiana.
  • Department of Education, will hold listening sessions to gather input for Every Student Succeeds Act state implementation.  
  • FSSA Division of Aging, will hold regional stakeholder meetings to share key components of the final No Wrong Door planning grant.  Learn more.
  • FSSA Division of Aging, is seeking public input on the amended Statewide Transition Plan.  Submit comments by 8/26/16.
  • FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction & Department of Correction, will host the Indiana Annual Recovery Month Symposium (INARMS) to bring together mental health, substance abuse and criminal justice professionals to interact and share ideas.  Learn more about 9/26-9/27 event.
  • Department of Insurance, is doing a study concerning the current capacity, training and barriers to navigators who provide assistance to individuals applying for health insurance coverage.  Take the survey by 8/17 if you are a navigator or application organization.
  • State School Bus Committee, DOEwill hold a hearing on rules related to child alert systems, contents of first aid kits and optional rear stop arms. See LSA #15-426. Hearing on 9/6/16 at 9am.
Legislative study committee calendarState Capitol
During the legislative session many interim study committee topics are recommended by the General Assembly. The meetings allow experts in the field and state agencies to share information about the current state of issues in Indiana in preparation for the next legislative session. In late May, the Legislative Councilannounced the topics to be studied in the interim before the 2017 session. 

Upcoming committee meetings include: 
Check the interim committee calendar for updates. 

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