INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Senate followed in the footsteps of the House on Thursday by unanimously approving a measure intended to reduce gaps in skills and opportunities faced by unemployed Hoosiers.
House Bill 1002 creates the Indiana Career Council, a 16-member intergovernmental board tasked with discovering all the public and private education and training programs available in the state and working to match them with the needs of Indiana employers.
The legislation was co-sponsored by Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, who said he expects the council will help produce a workforce that "can move our state forward."
"We're really going to have the opportunity to come together, to coordinate our efforts and to align the skills that we need in the state of Indiana to get our workers trained," Lanane said.
The Senate approved the measure 47-0. The House voted 99-0 for the plan Feb. 12. It is also supported by Gov. Mike Pence.