Pete Miller seeking second term in Indiana State Senate
Republican Pete Miller of Brownsburg has announced he is seeking another term representing District 24 in the Indiana State Senate.
He has filed the necessary paperwork with his predecessor, Secretary of State Connie Lawson. District 24 is composed of portions of Putnam and Hendricks counties.
"It has been an honor to serve in the Indiana Senate for the past four years," Miller said. "I am eager for the opportunity to build on the relationships I've developed to address the public policy issues facing Hoosiers for another term."
Miller added that his goals during a second term would be "to raise expectations for students by empowering teachers and returning local control of schools, adjust the property tax system to encourage local units to cooperate with one another instead of compete, and to improve the identification and treatment of mental health by breaking down barriers between social service agencies and the criminal justice system."
He lists some of his key legislation as:
* Local government budgeting, 2016 -- streamline property tax system to accelerate process and provide expected revenue information to local units sooner.
* Online transparency, 2016 -- creation of Internet portal for taxpayers to see how their public funds are being spent.
* Education deregulation, 2015 -- repealed numerous obsolete mandates on school corporations to cut red tape and allow schools to focus resources on the classroom.
* Election of party officers -- tweaked law related to 17-year-old voters to reduce cost and burden on local county clerks.
* Social hosting, 2014 -- measure to reduce underage drinking by giving law enforcement the power to hold adults responsible for hosting teen drinking parties
* Redevelopment areas, 2014 -- encouraged transparency, accountability and sharing of revenue generated through Tax Increment Financing
* School safety -- Established $10 million grant program to assist schools in hiring school resource officers in wake of Connecticut shooting.
* Cap for deceased state workers -- Increased amount granted to families of state workers killed in the performance of the public duties.
During his brief legislative career Miller has received several awards, including 2015 Legislator of the Year from the Indiana School Counselor Association, 2014 Small Business Champion by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2014 Legislator of the Year from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and 2014 Legislator of the Year from the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking.
Miller and his wife Jenny reside in Brownsburg and have four children.