TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - 300 new laws are now on the Indiana books. But, the most important laws will be those that impact your life directly.
2013's General Assembly wrapped up months ago, but July 1st is an important date because that's when those changes come in.
We were curious about what your representatives think will make the biggest impact in your life? So we started with the biggest law that starts on the 1st: the budget.
To break it down we spoke with Clyde Kersey, who represents Terre Haute, to find the most effective parts for you.
He said the budget added funding for the first time in several years to schools. It also attempts to do something about the nasty roads you travel on a daily basis.
"There's about $315 million going into roads street construction in Indiana," he explained. "And about $100 million of that will go into local roads."
The state also added $10 million to school safety programs. Money that should give your local school districts an opportunity to add school resource officers.
Outside of schools and roads, 2013 also took aim at unemployment.
According to kersey 1/3 of Indiana workers lack the skills for the available jobs. One of the new laws creates the Indiana Career Council. The council is a group made up of employers, schools, and colleges to find the best way to close the skills gap in Indiana.
Lawmakers expect this law to change the face of Indiana workers. But, as for how immediate an impact you or your children would see.
"It's really going to be down the road. It's going to take a lot of planning, there is going to have to be money put into it," Kersey said.
New laws Hoosier lawmakers hope make immediate impacts in the state and improve the lives of you, the voters.
To view all new laws click here.
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