Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sen. Gard addresses Kiwanis

State Senator Beverly Gard spoke to Kiwanis about her past twenty-four years of service in the Indiana State Legislature.  Sen. Gard has represents District 28 in the Indiana State Senate since 1988.  She held leadership positions on the Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee, Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Environmental Committee, and Environmental Quality Service Council.  Sen. Gard is not seeking re-election this fall.

Sen. Gard observed that technology has changed dramatically since she began her tenure in 1988.  The legislative bill draft process was almost entirely paper in the beginning and is now done almost exclusively on computers.  Communications with constituents consisted of letters, telephone calls and personal meetings in 1988 and is almost entirely e-mail today.  Committee and sessions activity was held in public meetings in 1988 but only members of the public who saw it were the ones who were present.  Today committee meetings and legislative sessions are streamed live on the internet and archived for review later.   Sen. Gard believes this has made the process much more open and transparent than when she first started serving. 

Sen. Gard was an active member of the National Council of State Legislatures allowing her to meet with policymakers from other states and nations.  She described many of those interactions and felt that it had contributed to her effectiveness as a Senator.

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