Knowing what is happening in our schools is vital to my role as chair of the House Committee on Education. One way I do this is by visiting schools in our community and observing classrooms across the state. Seeing how Hoosier students learn and educators teach gives me an insider’s look at how our schools are operating and how policies impact the classroom.
As a retired firefighter, I often responded to the scene of car accidents. These are intense situations that sadly, sometimes resulted in death. Last summer, a teenager was in a car accident and had to be airlifted to the hospital. His mother was only six miles from the wreck and did not receive a call notifying her of the situation until six hours later.
STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2017) — The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code recently voted in unanimous support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that would make the possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant a Level 6 felony.
STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2017) — State Rep. Dick Hamm (R-Richmond) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
Children who attend high-quality preschool have higher wage-earning potential and are more likely to graduate from high school. With these proven benefits in mind, lawmakers are working this session on expanding early childhood education options in Indiana.
ELKHART (March 23, 2017) – On Wednesday, Mayor Tim Neese and State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) joined forces at the Statehouse to advance efforts aimed at revitalizing Elkhart’s aging industrial clusters.
STATEHOUSE (March 23, 2017) – State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) bill ensuring that service members who are also employed by the state receive fair compensation and are granted time off when called to duty could soon be law.
At this point in the 2017 session, the legislature is still hearing bills in committee and hammering out some of the final details. There’s still several weeks to go, meaning for the larger issues, like the budget and road funding, nothing is set in stone or even wet concrete yet. I’m still working on a number of bills that are making their way through the legislative process.
STATEHOUSE (March 23, 2017) — The Senate Committee on Education and Career Development recently passed State Rep. Tony Cook’s (R-Cicero) bill that would provide students with access to additional specialty courses and programs that may not be offered at their school.
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) at the Statehouse this week announced that Nathan Tuholski, an eighth-grade student at Door Prairie Adventist Christian School, won first place for his age group in the Indiana’s Family of Farmers National Ag Day video contest.
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) Tuesday at the Statehouse recognized the town of Stedal as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) – State Reps. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) and Dale DeVon (R-Granger) recently honored Bethel College with a resolution recognizing its 70th anniversary.
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) — The House Committee on Public Policy voted in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that would allow correctional facility employees to keep their firearm on company property in a locked vehicle.
STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2017) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) that would better ensure spouses of military veterans receive their benefits.
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