Ben Smaltz

Ben Smaltz

Representative | District 52

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9620

Phone: 1-800-382-9841


Press Contact

Zach Weismiller

Phone: 317-234-9024


2016 Digest of Enactments

Indiana House of Representatives: 2012 - present

House District 52: DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen Counties


  • Public Policy (Chair)
  • Commerce, Small Business & Economic Development
  • Roads & Transportation
  • Committee on Joint Rules


  • Toll-free Statehouse #: (800) 382-9841
  • Direct line: (317) 232-9648

Occupation: President and Owner of Taylor Rental

Education: Ball State University

Representative Ben Smaltz was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in November 2012. Prior to serving his community as a state representative, he served on the DeKalb County Council for 10 years - the past seven years as its President. He is also the President of his family business, Taylor Rental Company, which his parents opened in 1977.

On the County Council, Rep. Smaltz has proven that he can make tough decisions; supporting the movement for Centralized Emergency Communications and leading the council to a balanced budget every year. He saved the county taxpayers money when he took the position that the State of Indiana was unfairly charging counties for the care of inmates in state institutions.

In 2011, Rep. Smaltz was able to lead his county council in actually reducing their tax collection levy. He was vocal in his opposition to a new tax called the Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) and the Local Option Highway Users Tax (LOHUT) saving local taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars every year.

Most importantly, Rep. Smaltz is a husband and father. Meeting at Ball State University in 1988, Rep. Smaltz later married his college sweetheart, Shelley, in 1994. They started a family in Auburn, Ind. where he, his wife and their two children - Henry and Megan - continue to live today.

Henry and Megan both graduated from DeKalb Central High School. Their family attends church at County Line Church of God.

House District 52 is composed of all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties in northeast Indiana.

Smaltz to chair House Committee on Public Policy

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, November 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 23, 2016) – State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) will be serving as chair of the House Committee on Public Policy. Every session, legislative committees meet to gather public testimony, hear input from industry experts and collaborate with other lawmakers to discuss proposed legislation. “As chair of the Public Policy committee,

Smaltz: Meth lab busts down 36 percent in Indiana

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Monday, October 24, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 24, 2016) – Indiana State Police (ISP) statistics indicate statewide meth lab seizures have declined 36 percent during the third quarter of 2016, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn). From July through September, ISP reports 209 meth lab busts occurred in Indiana, representing a 36.3 percent drop from the 328 incidents

Rep. Smaltz: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn). This year, Smaltz supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties

Smaltz to serve on Commerce, Public Policy summer study committees

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, June 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) – State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) will be serving as chair of the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, and will also serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy. In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January, interim study committee members meet to examine

Smaltz's bill to curb meth production signed into law

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, April 28, 2016

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2016) – State Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) legislation to combat Indiana’s growing number of meth labs was signed into law today. Indiana has led the nation in meth lab seizures for the last three years, with more than 1,500 incidents in 2015 alone. “Many communities, particularly ours in northeast Indiana,

Rep. Smaltz: Legislation to address Indiana's scourge of meth labs heads to the governor

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, March 11, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2016) – A bill sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) to curb meth production in Indiana now moves to the governor’s desk. Indiana has led the nation in meth lab seizures for the last three years, with more than 1,500 incidents in 2015. In the same year, 323 children were found and removed from meth labs, where they

Rep. Smaltz: House passes legislation to combat Indiana's growing number of meth labs

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Monday, February 29, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 29, 2016) — The House of Representatives voted today in support of a proposal sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) that would make it more difficult for criminals to manufacture meth. With more than 1,500 incidents in 2015, Indiana has led the nation in meth-lab seizures for three consecutive years. “This proposal

Rep. Smaltz: The impact of 'dark store' property assessments

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Property taxes are administered and collected by local governments, and serve as their primary source of funding. These funds are used to pay for a number of services, including police and fire departments, and also the construction and maintenance of buildings. There are number of ways counties can assess the value of a given property. The common approach

Rep. Smaltz: House advances legislation to crack down on meth cooks

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, February 3, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2016) — Members of the House of Representatives voted today in support of State Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) bill to combat the growing number of meth labs in Indiana. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient used in the production of meth and often found in a small number of cold, flu and allergy medications. If enacted, House

Carbaugh: House passes bill to target meth cooks

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives passed State Rep. Martin Carbaugh’s (R-Fort Wayne) bill to combat Indiana’s growing meth problem. If enacted, House Bill 1211, would allow meth manufacturers to be charged with a Level 4 or Level 6 felony when meth lab accidents cause property damage. “According to

Rep. Smaltz welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Monday, February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 1, 2016) — State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse: Alexus Bolding, from Ligonier, attends West Noble Middle School; Clayton Maurer, from Auburn, attends DeKalb Middle School; Courtney McHale, from Auburn, attends Garrett Middle School; Hailey Freeman, from Auburn, attends

Rep. Smaltz: House committee advances bill to curb meth production

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2016) — The House Public Health Committee passed State Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) bill today to curb meth production in Indiana. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient used in the production of meth and often found in cold, flu and allergy medications. Under House Bill 1390, if an individual has a relationship on record

Rep. Smaltz: It's time to address the scourge of meth labs in Indiana

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Indiana is on track to lead the nation in meth lab seizures for the third consecutive year. In 2014, Indiana State Police (ISP) reported 1,488 meth lab incidents, accounting for 16 percent of the national total. Over the past decade, there was a 234 percent increase in the amount of arrests in Indiana associated with meth labs. These are only a few of the

Rep. Smaltz joins fight against meth scourge

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, November 13, 2015

WHO: State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) Representatives from the Indiana Coalition Against Meth Making Meds (ICAMMM) WHAT: Press Conference WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 WHERE: Indiana Statehouse (2nd Floor, south atrium) 200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 WHY: Rep. Smaltz and representatives from ICAMMM will

Rep. Smaltz named 'Legislator of the Year' by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) was named Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT). The award was presented during the 2015 IACT Annual Conference and Exhibition in French Lick. Founded in 1891, IACT is one of the oldest state municipal organizations in the country. With 470 cities and towns

Working for you through meaningful reform

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, April 17, 2015

As the long session starts to come to a close, I wanted to take a moment to update you about some bills I have moving through the chambers at the Statehouse. Currently, I have authored or sponsored six pieces of legislation that are making their way through the legislative process. At the beginning of this session, I set goals to help teachers cover the

Rep. Smaltz congratulates local families on long-standing farms

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, March 6, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) congratulates three local families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more.

Increasing public safety for Hoosier families

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As a legislator, it is my job to recognize dangerous situations for all Hoosiers, but especially those who are least able to defend themselves. It’s also my job to support legislation that protects and better serves the at-risk and suffering in Indiana. It’s imperative that we take necessary and reasonable steps to protect our fellow men, women

Teacher tax credit agenda bill passes House and moves into the Senate

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) authored legislation that would provide teachers with a tax credit for purchasing school supplies, up to $200. House Bill (HB) 1005, co-authored by State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Matt Ubelhor (R-Bloomfield) passed out of the House unanimously and has moved to the Senate. “It

[r52] Rep. Smaltz appointed chairman of Interim Study Committee (6/27/2014)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Start Date: 6/27/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/27/2014STATEHOUSE - “I am looking forward to chairing the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. Summer study committees are a key component of the legislative process and the work accomplished by these committees helps lay the groundwork for the upcoming session. I am

[r52] Transportation bills signed into law (4/3/2014)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Start Date: 4/3/2014 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 4/3/2014 End Time: 5:00 PMSTATEHOUSE — State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) attended a bill signing ceremony for two bills addressing Indiana’s transportation needs. Governor Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1104 and HEA 1286 into law today at the Statehouse. Rep. Smaltz serves

[r52] Rep. Smaltz discusses 2014 legislative session (3/14/2014)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Start Date: 3/14/2014 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 3/14/2014 End Time: 9:00 AMIt is hard to believe I now have two legislative sessions under my belt. As a business owner, I supported the House Republican agenda that aimed to continue making Indiana an even more competitive business climate. In November, we outlined five key concepts of our agenda for the

r52 - Miss Indiana honored at Statehouse (2/20/2014)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Start Date: 2/20/2014 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 2/20/2014 End Time: 5:00 PMSTATEHOUSE — State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) authored a House resolution honoring Terrin Thomas, the current reigning Miss Indiana from Auburn. Terrin’s parents, Joy and Guy Thomas, were also present for the resolution presented today in the House chamber.

r52 - Rep. Smaltz supports Suits and Sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer (1/23/2014)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Start Date: 1/23/2014 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 1/23/2014 End Time: 12:00 PMSTATEHOUSE — State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) joined House legislators and staff in wearing sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs.

r52 - Rep. Smaltz responds to State of the State address (1/14/2014)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 9:00 PMEnd Date: 1/14/2014 End Time: 9:00 PMRep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) issued the following statement in reaction to the governor’s State of the State address at the Statehouse. STATEHOUSE – “Tonight I had the opportunity to reflect on the legislative accomplishments of 2013 and hear Gov. Pence’s

[r52] Rep. Smaltz appointed to interim study committees (6/21/2013)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Start Date: 6/21/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 6/21/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) to serve on the following Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions. “The work that will take place this summer

[r52] Rep. Smaltz pleased with outcome of 2013 legislative session (5/8/2013)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Start Date: 5/8/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 5/8/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – The 2013 legislative session has finished. State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) is pleased to see three of his bills become law this session: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, HEA 1579 and Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 319. “I cannot believe how quickly my

[r52] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved (4/27/2013)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Start Date: 4/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/27/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Friday evening, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making

[R52]Indiana Career Council Signed into Law (4/15/2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Start Date: 4/15/2013 Start Time: 12:30 PMEnd Date: 4/15/2013 End Time: 12:30 PM STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) joined Governor Mike Pence as he signed House Bill (HB) 1002, the Indiana Career Council (ICC), into law. HB 1002 passed out of both the House and the Senate with unanimous votes, receiving unprecedented bipartisan

[R52]DeKalb High School show choir honored at Statehouse (4/9/2013)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Start Date: 4/9/2013 Start Time: 11:00 AMEnd Date: 4/9/2013 End Time: 11:00 AM STATEHOUSE —State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) authored a House Resolution this week honoring the DeKalb High School Classic Connection Show Choir for winning the state championship. The DeKalb High School Classic Connection Show Choir took first place at the

[R52]Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 3/22/2013 End Time: 5:00 PM STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) congratulates the Cather family from DeKalb County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana Statehouse. The

[R52]Addressing the High Military Unemployment Rate (2/12/2013)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Start Date: 2/12/2013 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd Date: 2/12/2013 End Time: 4:00 PM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) along with House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) and State Representative Steve Braun (R-Zionsville) were joined by Brig. Gen. Brian R. Copes, Chief of the Joint Staff of

[R52]Fighting against Hoosier hunger (2/12/2013)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Start Date: 2/12/2013 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 2/12/2013 End Time: 5:00 PM STATEHOUSE — Members of the General Assembly have joined forces in the fight against Hoosier hunger. Partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, lawmakers are working to raise awareness and assist with the state’s domestic hunger relief efforts through the month

[R52]Addressing the Opportunity Gap (2/6/2013)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Start Date: 2/6/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 2/6/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE —House Bill 1002, the Indiana Career Council (ICC), passed out of the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee today. House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) presented an amendment that creates a strategic plan to improve Indiana’s education, job

[R52]Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/29/2013)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Date: 1/29/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 1/29/2013 End Time: 9:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) and other House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American

[R52] Breaking Down Barriers (1/24/2013)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Start Date: 1/24/2013 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd Date: 1/24/2013 End Time: 4:00 PM STATEHOUSE —In a rare joint announcement, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) discussed a proposal embodied in House Bill 1002 which is designed to improve coordination, communication and vision for

[R52] HB 1002: the Indiana Career Council (1/17/2013)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Start Date: 1/17/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/17/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) introduced legislation to create an Indiana Career Council, designed to coordinate between multiple participants in the state’s educational, job skills and career training systems. The Speaker has been

[R52] Rep. Smaltz begins work at the Statehouse (1/11/2013)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Start Date: 1/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 1/11/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMWith one week under my belt, it has been an exciting start to my time at the Statehouse. During the past several days I’ve had the opportunity to meet with constituents who have traveled to Indianapolis and discuss their issues one on one. I also sat down with outgoing

[r52] Rep. Smaltz recognized by DeKalb County Council (1/8/2013)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Start Date: 1/8/2013 Start Time: 2:30 PMEnd Date: 1/8/2013 End Time: 2:30 PM STATEHOUSE —State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) was honored yesterday at the DeKalb County Courthouse. At a joint meeting between the DeKalb County Council and the DeKalb County Commissioner, Rep. Smaltz was presented with a resolution honoring him for his hard work, service and

[r52] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (1/3/2013)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Start Date: 1/3/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 1/3/2013 End Time: 9:00 AM STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity. “Pages have a great

[r52] Rep. Smaltz appointed Vice Chair of Commerce, Small Business & Economic Development Committee (11/30/2012)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Start Date: 11/30/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd Date: 11/30/2012 End Time: 4:00 PM STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) was appointed to three different House committees, including one vice

[r52] Rep. Smaltz ready to serve Hoosiers (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 4:00 PMSTATEHOUSE –Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. “Just like a responsible

[r52] Memorial Day (5/25/2012 - 5/29/2012)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Start Date: 5/25/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/29/2012 End Time: MidnightMemorial Day is a time to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy our freedom. Take time this Memorial Day to honor veterans by attending a local parade or community event. In Washington D.C., Congress enacted a resolution in 2000 declaring a "National

[r52] Teacher Appreciation Week (5/3/2012)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Start Date: 5/3/2012 Start Time: 2:00 PM End Date: 5/3/2012 End Time: 2:00 PM Teaching is one of the most important occupations that one could pursue. Teachers not only equip students with how to read and write but leave long lasting wisdom to help young people succeed in their academia, career and family lives. Next week, I want you to join in

[r52] Rep. Yarde congratulates East Noble School Corporation on receiving Excellence in Performance grant (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Date: 4/19/2012 Start Time: 2:00 PMEnd Date: 4/19/2012STATEHOUSE— State Representative David Yarde (R-Garrett) congratulates East Noble School Corporation on becoming one of the first recipients of Indiana’s “Excellence in Performance Awards for Teachers” grant. Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett honored

[r52] Rep. Yarde: Right to Work law brings jobs to Albion (3/22/2012)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Start Date: 3/22/2012 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 3/22/2012 STATEHOUSE - Rep. David Yarde (R-Garrett) applauds Busche Enterprise Division’s jobs announcement made today in Albion. The announcement came as a result of Indiana’s Right to Work law which was passed this legislative session. “This is a welcome announcement to Northeast

[r52] New law will crack down on synthetic drug possession (3/19/2012)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Start Date: 3/19/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/19/2012 STATEHOUSE – Dealing in or possessing synthetic drugs will see harsher penalties under new law. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1196, co-authored by Rep. David Yarde (R-Garrett), prohibits dealing in or possessing synthetic drugs. The legislation was recently signed in to law. Many synthetic drugs are being

[r52] Rep. Yarde reflects on 2012 legislative session (3/12/2012)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Start Date: 3/12/2012End Date: 3/12/2012STATEHOUSE— “Going into this legislative session, we focused on getting Hoosiers back to work. With the 2012 session now finished, I believe we have further strengthened Indiana’s job climate and created an economic atmosphere that will attract businesses to our state. This will bring jobs to

[r52] Reps. Dodge and Yarde honor Paul Oakes for bringing Colts to Indianapolis (2/28/2012)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Start Date: 2/28/2012End Date: 2/28/2012 STATEHOUSE—State Representatives Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) and David Yarde (R-Garrett) honored Angola resident, Paul Oakes, with a resolution at the Statehouse for his efforts in bringing the Colts to Indianapolis. In 1977, Oakes was serving as the chairman of the Stadium Commission and was tasked with

[r52] General Assembly takes steps to stop meth production (2/23/2012)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Start Date: 2/23/2012End Date: 2/23/2012STATEHOUSE –The General Assembly is taking positive steps to combat the production of methamphetamine in Indiana. Rep. David Yarde’s (R-Garrett) co-authored legislation, House Bill (HB) 1196, aims to do just that. Rep. Yarde’s proposed legislation was passed out of the House and is now being heard

[r52] Rep. Yarde honors Super Bowl Host Committee (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012End Date: 2/14/2012 STATEHOUSE - Rep. David Yarde’s (R-Garrett) along with his colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives took time today to honor members of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and the City of Indianapolis for their efforts in hosting Super Bowl XLVI. The Super Bowl Host Committee served as the

[r52] Synthetic drug legislation passes out of House (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012End Date: 1/27/2012 STATEHOUSE - Rep. David Yarde’s (R-Garrett) co-authored bill, House Bill (HB) 1196, passed out of the House unanimously on Thursday with a 97-0 vote. The bill expands the definition of synthetic drugs to include a range of chemical compounds, including those known as “bath salts.” The bill will help

[r52] Democrats refuse to come to work (1/19/2012)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Start Date: 1/19/2012End Date: 1/19/2012STATEHOUSE— “The Democrats gave their word they would come to the House floor and begin bill discussions this week, yet they have refused and remain absent. It is responsible government to come together as a General Assembly, both Republicans and Democrats, to the House floor to discuss the legislation in

[r52] Election ballots available for overseas military (1/13/2012)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Start Date: 1/13/2012End Date: 1/13/2012 It has recently been brought to my attention that there are ongoing concerns regarding oversea military being able to vote in the upcoming elections. It is extremely important to me that all Hoosiers have their voices heard. I want to assure those in the active military that they will be able to register to vote, as

[r52] Rep. Yarde reacts to State of the State (1/10/2012)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start Date: 1/10/2012End Date: 1/10/2012STATEHOUSE - “It was an honor to be in attendance at Governor Daniels’ final State of the State address. I think what the Governor had to say reminded us of the fiscal solvency the state has seen, top rankings it has received and the fact that no taxes have been raised. The Governor’s address

[R52] House Democrats silent Hoosier voices (1/4/2012)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Start Date: 1/4/2012End Date: 1/4/2012 STATEHOUSE – Rep. David Yarde (R-Garrett) and his House Republican colleagues came ready to get back to work today, however the majority of the House Democrats did not show up to do the work of the people. The majority of Democrats failed to attend the start of the 2012 legislative session, which prevented all

[r52] Rep. Yarde: Getting Hoosiers back to work (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011End Date: 11/22/2011STATEHOUSE —Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Rep. David Yarde (R-Garrett), returned to the Statehouse for Organization Day, a ceremony setting the tone for the upcoming legislative session. This year, Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) delivered a speech that addressed job

[r52] Taking time to salute our veterans (11/10/2011)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Start Date: 11/10/2011End Date: 11/10/2011The American flag is a symbol of freedom, honor and sacrifice. We use the flag at sporting events to sing our national anthem, in our schools as we pledge allegiance to our country, and throughout our neighborhoods displayed on the front porches of our homes. Our troops have made the freedom our flag represents a

[r52] Rep. Yarde encourages fourth graders to partake in essay competition (10/21/2011)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Start Date: 10/21/2011End Date: 10/21/2011STATEHOUSE— State Representative David Yarde (R-Garrett) is encouraging local fourth graders to participate in an essay competition in conjunction with “Indiana Statehood Day,” a celebration of Indiana’s 195th birthday. The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office is sponsoring the competition.

[r52] Expanding curriculum material options for schools (10/5/2011)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Start Date: 10/5/2011End Date: 10/5/2011I recently attended the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 38th Annual Meeting to discuss issues facing our state and nation. I joined state legislators, policy experts, and private-sector leaders from across the country for the three-day conference in New Orleans, Lousiana. The conference is held

[r52] Indiana House now accepting intern applications for the 2012 legislative session (9/21/2011)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Start Date: 9/21/2011End Date: 9/21/2011 STATEHOUSE— State Rep. David Yarde (R-Garrett) is strongly encouraging college students and graduates interested in gaining professional experience and learning more about the legislative process to apply for this year’s internship program with the Indiana House of Representatives. “To be a part of

[r52] Rep. Yarde: Remembering those who sacrificed for freedom (5/27/2011)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Start Date: 5/27/2011End Date: 5/27/2011Memorial Day stands as a time set aside to not only reflect on the freedoms our soldiers have sacrificed their lives for, but also a time to recognize our fellow Americans who are currently and continuing to serve our country as a whole. Our Nation’s history has been forged by the courage of those men and women

[r52] House Democrats Set Poor Example for Hoosier Children (3/9/2011)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Start Date: 3/9/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/9/2011 The lack of a quorum has cost the Hoosier taxpayers more than $250,000 and the cost is growing daily. Many essential bills are also at risk of dying such as a two-year balanced state budget with no tax increases, and some bills have already died such as one providing retired teachers with a cost of living

[r52] Driver safety behind Cell Phone Bill (2/15/2011)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Start Date: 2/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/15/2011 "Cell phone use while driving has caused a number of serious and fatal accidents across our state," said Rep. Yarde. "If you're behind the wheel and cause harm to someone else because you're distracted with a cell phone, you should face serious consequences." The House passed a bill earlier this session that

[r52] House Passes Dinosaur Building Tax Credit (2/15/2011)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Start Date: 2/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/15/2011 The legislation would lower the interior square footage requirements from at least 250,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet. It would also lower the vacancy threshold from 75 percent for two years to 50 percent for one year, and the years the facility must have been in service from 20 years to 15 years. The

[r52] Rep. Yarde Appointed Committee Vice Chairman (11/23/2010)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Start Date: 11/23/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/23/2010STATEHOUSE- House Republican Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has announced committee appointments for the Indiana House Republican caucus. Committee chairmen and caucus leaders are selected biennially by the majority party after each election year. In 2011, Rep. Dave Yarde (R-Garrett) will serve on

[r52] Yarde Pledges Bipartisanship (11/16/2010)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Start Date: 11/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/16/2010STATEHOUSE - Today marked Organization Day for the Indiana House of Representatives, a ceremonial day on which all 100 members-including 19 new State Representatives-were sworn in by Chief Justice Shepard. The newly elected Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma, pledged that he will do his duty and asks that

[r52] Reps. Pond and Yarde to Attend "Spending Revolt Tour" (10/25/2010)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Start Date: 10/25/2010 All DayEnd Date: 10/25/2010STATEHOUSE- State Reps. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) and Dave Yarde (R-Garrett) will be attending the Spending Revolt Bus Tour and Rally. The tour bus' mission is to educate citizens about how current federal spending is jeopardizing America's future, engage them in taking action against this reckless

[r52] Fourth Grade Student Essay Competition Announced (9/22/2010)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Start Date: 9/22/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/22/2010The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office is sponsoring an essay competition in conjunction with "Indiana Statehood Day," a celebration of Indiana's 194th birthday. Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration taking place on Friday, December 10, 2010, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. I

[r52] Rep. Yarde Rated 100% by National Federation of Independent Businesses (9/21/2010)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Start Date: 9/21/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/21/2010 This year's scores were determined by floor votes that the state legislators made on key small business issues. The NFIB identified and analyzed the vote totals on nine bills that had a direct effect on small businesses, including bills regarding issues such as:· Age discrimination·

[r52] Changes to Wild Turkey Hunting Season (9/17/2010)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Start Date: 9/17/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/17/2010This year please note the following changes to turkey hunting season: Seven days has been added to the early archery portion of the fall turkey season a second (late) archery turkey season has been added to coincide with the late deer archery season (they are at the same time) the fall turkey firearms season

[r52] Guest Column: Planning for Recovery (9/17/2010)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Start Date: 9/17/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/17/2010 My House Republican colleagues and I do have a specific plan-we call it the 2011 Strengthen Indiana Plan-for weathering out this difficult economy. We have some real and concrete proposals which will 1) protect Hoosier taxpayers, 2) create Hoosier jobs and 3) expand educational opportunities, even in the

[r52] Letter to the Editor: Fiscal Frugality Fosters Jobs (8/27/2010)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Start Date: 8/27/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/27/2010th in the nation for our business tax and regulatory climate, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But what most people don't realize is perhaps the most important side effect of our fiscal frugality: Indiana now has AAA Bond Credit Rating. Among other things, this means that the state's school

[r52] Fight Summer Brain Drain! (7/16/2010)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Start Date: 7/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/16/2010Dear Friends, As a dad, I know how challenging it can be to keep your student's brain engaged over the summer! But as a teacher, I also know how important it is for developing and retaining crucial study skills. The big thing is to keep the kids engaged throughout the summer. That's the key word: engaged.

[r52] Fiscally Responsible Leadership is Possible, says Rep. Yarde (7/16/2010)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Start Date: 7/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/16/2010 According to an article released by the Associated Press today, China is the largest foreign holder of Treasury securities. Now concerns are being raised that China could begin to shift money away from Treasury securities. It is expected that the shift could raise the cost of financing America's soaring

[r52] Rep. Yarde Supportive of Supreme Court Decision (6/28/2010)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Start Date: 6/28/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/28/2010Please insert the following into your coverage of today's Supreme Court decision on the government's inability to restrain gun rights. "Today, our 2nd Amendment rights were upheld by the Supreme Court. This decision will strike down gun ordinances all the way down to the local level if they prohibit law

[r52] Important Census Update (6/8/2010)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Start Date: 6/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/8/2010Dear Friends, The door-to-door phase of the 2010 census has begun. According to their findings compiled by the IU Kelley School of Business and the Indiana Department of Administration, the areas surrounding South Milford, Gravel Beach and Stroh are the only regions that have not yet reached a 70%

[r52] Four Years Later: Updates on the mistaken identity case involving two Taylor University students (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010You may remember hearing a few years ago about a horrific accident involving several students from Taylor University in Upland in which a truck accident resulted in a case of mistaken identity. On the evening of April 26, 2006, a truck driver who had been driving long past the number of hours allotted by

[r52] Albion, Auburn Together Receive $700,000 in Grant Funding, Says Rep. Yarde (4/13/2010)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Start Date: 4/13/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/13/2010Although newspapers are filled with grim economic news right now, there is a bright spot for the communities of Albion and Auburn, Indiana. Each community will receive about $350,000 from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant competition. "As a teacher, I'm

[r52] What Have We Done for You? (4/1/2010)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Start Date: 4/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2010 Helping businesses, prompting job growth and providing relief to school districts were all goals that the Republican Caucus set for this legislative session. Thankfully, we accomplished them. By fostering a business-friendly atmosphere, we're not just encouraging business owners to hire back workers. We're also

[r52] Area Students Shoot to the Top at 2010 Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (3/31/2010)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Start Date: 3/31/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/31/2010 State Representatives Dave Yarde (R-Garrett) and Matt Bell (R-Avilla) are proud to announce the recent scholastic achievements of two outstanding East Noble High students. Lauren Damerell, a senior, and Gabe Stephens, a junior, together earned a half dozen awards at the 2010

[r52] Rep. Yarde: 2010 Session Had Several Victories (3/12/2010)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Start Date: 3/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/12/2010Sine Die, or "Last Day," at the Indiana Statehouse. "We really reached across the aisle this year, especially in these last few days of session-in order to achieve positive changes for Hoosiers," said Rep. Yarde. "Employers and teachers can both breathe a little easier knowing what we accomplished." One

[r52] Get Green to Go Green: More Energy Efficiency Grants Now Available (3/10/2010)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Start Date: 3/10/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/10/2010 "Frequently I receive calls from constituents looking for opportunities to apply for state and federal grants," said Rep. Yarde. "As our community continues to look for ways to conserve energy (and money) this is a perfect opportunity for city and town officials to update local equipment and buildings to more

[r52] Tune in this weekend to see State. Rep. Dave Yarde on "Politically Speaking!" (2/19/2010)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Start Date: 2/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/19/2010Politically Speaking is a weekly program on WNIT public television focused on commentary regarding political and government issues. Rep. Yarde will appear on the show this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:00 p.m. He will be joined by Sen. Ed Charbonneau and Rep. Bill Friend. The legislators will talk live about the laws

[r52] Effort to Provide Flexibility to Educators is Dismissed (2/11/2010)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Start Date: 2/11/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/11/2010 Under the House Republican plan, each school would be allowed to transfer money into their general operating fund from other funds managed by the school (such as the transportation fund, technology fund, etc). Current law prohibits schools from using money in these other funds to pay for general school

[r52] Gun Owner Privacy Bill Sent to Senate (1/26/2010)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Start Date: 1/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/26/2010Rep. Yarde Contributes to Final House Version of Law STATEHOUSE-House Bill 1068, which will protect personal statistics about gun owners, passed the Indiana House today with an amendment from Rep. Dave Yarde (R-Garrett). The bill was introduced in response to recent actions by various newspapers across the

[r52] Hoosiers Will Make Final Decision on Property Tax Caps (1/25/2010)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Start Date: 1/25/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/25/2010Hoosiers Will Make Final Decision on Property Tax Caps House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), which would cap homeowner's property taxes at one percent of assessed value, rental and agricultural property at two percent of assessed value and business property at three percent of assessed value, passed through the

[r52] Rep. Yarde's Reaction to State of the State (1/19/2010)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Start Date: 1/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/19/2010"The governor's comments tonight were very realistic," said Rep. Yarde (R-Garrett). "This has by no means been an easy year for Indiana, but we are still in a much better position than many surrounding states. The key going forward will be to maintain a business-friendly atmosphere, which is already paying off

[r52] Student Safety is First Priority to Rep. Yarde (1/13/2010)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Start Date: 1/13/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/13/2010STATEHOUSE- Parents and students across the state have been shocked in recent months to learn of cases of child exploitation at various high school athletic teams in Marion County.The headlines resulted in State Rep. Dave Yarde (R-Garrett) authoring and co-authoring several pieces of legislation this session

[r52] Constitutional Property Tax Caps and Major Ethics Reform Bell Pass House, Advance to Senate (1/11/2010)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Start Date: 1/11/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2010STATEHOUSE- Representative Dave Yarde (R-Garrett) released the following statement today in response to the passage of House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1, the constitutional amendment to permanently cap homeowner's property taxes, and HB1001, a major ethics reform package. HJR1 passed the House by a vote of 97 to

[r52] Power of Property Tax Caps Lies with the People (1/7/2010)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Start Date: 1/7/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2010Power of Property Tax Caps Lies with the People STATEHOUSE-Constitutionally protected property tax caps passed a significant hurdle today in the House of Representatives, despite three amendments filed by House Democrats in an attempt to delay passage of the caps. The property tax caps constitutional amendment,

[r52] Yarde Honors Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. David Yarde (R-Garrett) today joined the Indiana General Assembly in honoring the families of Indiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country, especially those fighting the war on terrorism. In a resolution, the Indiana General Assembly offered
Rep. Sullivan joins Gov. Pence along with Rep. Smaltz and Rep. Frye for the signing of her bill.