Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent our community in this capacity. My focus for this upcoming session will be on getting Hoosiers back to work and putting the needs of our students and their education first and foremost. I am thrilled to be serving District 15 and I will work to continue the efforts of building an economic environment where high quality jobs can thrive here in Indiana.
This site is a tool to help keep you updated about what is happening at the Statehouse, and issues that impact District 15. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
House District 15
House District 15: Dyer, Schererville, St. John Township and portions of St. John and Griffith
Occupation: Small Business Owner and Certified Public Accountant
Education: CPA, Butler
Address: 200 West Washington Street, Suite 401-4, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Statehouse phone number: 1(800) 382-9841
Representative Hal Slager was first elected to the state General Assembly in 2012.
Rep. Slager is a graduate of Butler University and Certified Public Accountant. As a CPA he worked for a local accounting firm where he gained the experience needed for his next opportunity, a position in corporate accounting with Melvin Simon and Associates.
Rep. Slager joined Trico Graphics in 1983. Upon arrival he sought to bring innovations and advancements to the company, eventually leading to a transition to electronic publishing. In 1996, Rep. Slager established the company as an exemplary business for design and internet production. Pursuing his interest in real estate, he went on to establish Triangle Equities LLC, for real estate development and management in 1997.
Before being elected as state representative of House District 15, Rep. Slager served 10 years on the Schererville Town Council, twice a Council president and twice Utility Board president. As a state representative, he brings with him the experience of running local government during the national economic downturn. He worked to keep his community strong by reducing the government budget to meet a frozen levy, while increasing services and resolving flooding problems.
He and his wife, Carol married in 1982 and have two sons, Ryan and Colin. Rep. Slager is a runner and former marathoner, including the Boston Marathon twice and is a member of the Calumet Region Striders, a local running club of 500 members. He has led three fundraising campaigns running for the Leukemia Society of America. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Schererville Civic Funds, a local charity serving Schererville residents in need.
Rep. Slager's legislative accomplishments include:
Termination of Parental Rights – authored bill to protect rape victims who conceive a child in rape by allowing them to terminate rights if they can show clear and convincing evidence that a rape occurred and it is in the best interest of the child.
Tax Sales – sponsored Senate bill to reduce required advertising on Commissioner’s tax sales and authored the following amendments:
Lake County Redevelopment Pilot Program – sponsored Senate bill to allow for a Lake County pilot program that would facilitate redevelopment commissions to sell property that it holds for redevelopment.
Solid Management Districts – sponsored Senate bill that removes the requirement for county adoption of a solid waste district in order to encourage accountability.
South Shore line extension to Dyer – drafted bill to assist local match for federal funding. $6 million per year for 30 years added into budget.
Regional Cities – co-authored bill to fund regional economic development programs.
Public Education funding – worked in Ways and Means committee on funding formula to reduce the difference in per student reimbursement to different school districts, increasing Lake Central School Corp. an additional $200 per student.
Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Repayment – worked in Ways and Means committee to repay $250 million balance due on the federal unemployment loan, saving Hoosier businesses $327 million in penalties at no cost to taxpayers and encourage business expansion and job creation.
Hearing aid assistance for children – drafted bill to fund existing hearing aid reimbursement program never funded. $750,000 added into budget.
Political activity on homeowners association property – authored bill to protect private property rights in gated communities.
Safety Pin Grant program – co-authored bill to encourage creative programs to reduce infant mortality in Indiana.
Condominium and Homeowner Associations – co-authored bill to improve transparency for association members and when the Attorney General can bring an action against the association.
Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority – co-authored bill to restructure authorized uses and funding of the Authority.
Adult Guardianship funding – worked through Ways and Means Committee to add an additional $500,000 into the budget for court administered adult guardianships.
Crisis Intervention Teams – Sponsored senate bill to encourage crisis team training for first responders.
Lake County Solid Waste Management District – sponsored senate bill requiring county executive approval on certain District activities.
Lake County Zoning – sponsored senate bill that allows the county board of zoning appeals to be the final authority like other counties rather than the County Council.
Notice of Tax sales – sponsored senate bill that limited newspaper notification of property up for tax sale to the original offering rather than multiple year notices saving county taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Treatment of Miscarried Remains – authored bill requiring health care facilities to advise parents suffering loss by miscarriage of options available for the handling of the remains of a baby regardless of gestation period.
Unobstructed views at Railroad Crossings – authored bill granting discretion to INDOT engineers at establishing the acceptable distance for crossing placement.
Barber Licensing – authored bill to adjust Indiana code to be compliant with federal requirements for receiving grants.
Property Tax Repayment Plans – authored bill granting the county treasurer authority to adjust repayment plans to continue to collect past due taxes.
Consolidation of Small Precincts – authored amendment to senate bill requiring Lake County to consolidate small voting precincts, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Township and Municipal Matters – authored bill allowing a community to transfer into another township when certain levels of poor relief are reached, giving a governmental unit the ability to shop for better service.
Permits for Loads – authored bill changing the permitting of over-weight truck loads, reducing damage to highways and making Indiana more competitive for steel and agriculture business.
State and Local Administration – authored amendment to senate bill lifting the Lake County property tax freeze, originally imposed to encourage an income tax.
House District 15 includes all of Schererville, Dyer, St. John Township and portions of Saint John, and Griffith, all in Lake County.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1398, co-authored by State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville), which will continue funding to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA). HEA 1398 was ceremoniously signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004, which creates the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. Recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence, this legislation was co-authored by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) and State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis).
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Bill (HB) 1004, creating the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. The bill was co-authored by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) and State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and passed unanimously out of the House today.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) authored House Bill (HB) 1618 which would provide state matching grants to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) for certain projects. Co-authored by State Representative Ed Soliday (R- Valparaiso), HB 1618 passed unanimously out of the Roads and Transportation Committee and was referred to the Ways and Means Committee for further consideration and debate.