Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Holli Sullivan 'Hit the Road Running' in First General Assembly Session

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Holli Sullivan 'Hit the Road Running' in First General Assembly Session

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INDIANAPOLIS - Normally freshmen lawmakers have weeks to prepare for their first General Assembly session. Holli Sullivan had three days.

Sullivan won the Republican caucus for Indiana House District 78 on a Saturday (Jan. 4) and the General Assembly kicked off the 2014 session the following Tuesday (Jan. 7).

Since then, the Evansville resident has been charged with navigating her first General Assembly session as lawmakers take up the divisive social topic of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and a business tax cut that many local government officials oppose.

"I definitely hit the road running," Sullivan said. "I feel like my background as an engineer really helped me to take a professional approach to being thrown in here quickly."

Sullivan, an industrial engineer by profession, said she wanted to get involved in the legislative process quickly.

She's already carried her first measure from committee to approval by the full House. The bill that passed unanimously requires annual transportation reports from the Indiana Department of Transportation and three other entities. Sullivan also is co- authoring seven other bills on issues ranging from placing new regulations on motorized scooters to allowing public school districts and charter schools to enter into "compacts" to share buildings and transportation services.

"Probably the biggest learning curve for me is just the long hours of breakfast meetings, lunch meetings, session, dinner meetings and then going back to the apartment and reading a stack of bills to make sure you're prepared for the next day," Sullivan said. "Although I enjoy it, it's very fast-paced."

A committee Sullivan serves on was thrown into the spotlight as the General Assembly considers the proposed amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage. …

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