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POLITICAL INITIATIVES: Sen. Banks recounts legislative outcomes

May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana State Senator Jim Banks shared numerous actions he deemed as successes during the recent legislative session at a breakfast held for area Republicans Saturday.

Senator Banks listed his education initiatives as a “win.” Higher education reform was on his radar as he sought to reduce the cost to attend Indiana state colleges.

“We wanted greater transparency for state colleges,” Banks said. “People need to see how that money is spent.”

Transferring college credits from two-year institutions, such as Ivy Tech, to four-year schools, such as Indiana University, was also on the agenda.

“There are many students who choose to take those first-year classes here locally,” Banks said. “By doing so, they are able to save a considerable amount of money. We have made it easier to help them transition into a four-year program to finish their degree.”

Money for vets

Veterans benefited from Banks’ time at the Statehouse when Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 177 into law.

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