Zionsville Times Sentinel

March 20, 2013

Local legislators meet with public

By Andrea McCann
Managing Editor

Zionsville — At a legislative breakfast Saturday morning, March 16, at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library, Fifth District Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) announced local office hours and introduced her director of constituent services, Mary Lueders.

Every other Tuesday, Brooks’ staff will be at Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Zionsville office hours began March 12, making the next date March 26. Lueders, a former attorney, said constituents may ask questions about federal agencies; express their opinion on federal legislation, programs and issues; and seek assistance with federal grants.

“I’m pleased Mary went from being a volunteer to working in our office,” Brooks said, adding she’s pleased with her local staff as a whole.

Brooks told breakfast attendees that the legislature passed last week the Skills Act, which is designed to streamline workforce training. The next order of business, she said, is to pass a budget.

“We’re hopeful it will balance in 10 years,” Brooks said, addingthat a “no budget, no pay” resolution was passed.

“If we can’t pass a budget, we shouldn’t get paid.”

She had high praise for Indiana’s legislators.

“Indiana’s delegation is exceptionally strong, and we’re working very well together,” Brooks said. “We all have said we want to work well together on behalf of the state of Indiana.”

The U.S. congresswoman talked about repealing the Affordable Care Act and said the president visited their chambers recently.

House District 24 Rep. Steve Braun (R-Zionsville), Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville), House District 28 Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) and House District 41 Rep. Dr. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) also were on hand with state-level legislative updates.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.