Jim Baird

Jim Baird

Representative | District 44

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9850

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h44@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Kelly Sweeney

Phone: 317-234-9290

Email: kelly.sweeney@iga.in.gov

Welcome to my website. Thank you for taking the time to visit my page, and I hope you find the information and links valuable.

It is an honor to serve and represent the people of House District 44 in the Indiana General Assembly. With the many important issues facing our community today, I believe we need to work together to make Indiana the best place to live and raise a family.

As a decorated Vietnam veteran and as a member of the Commission on Military and Veteran Affairs, I understand there are many issues affecting our service men and women. In order to help those who sacrificed so much for this country, I have provided several links that I hope you find useful. Visit the District 44 tab to find information useful to veterans, located at the bottom of the page.

In order to better serve you, I would like to know what issues you find important. I encourage you to contact me with any thoughts, concerns or suggestions on how we can improve our community and state together.

Sincerely,

Jim Baird
State Representative
House District 44

Indiana House of Representatives: 2010-Present

House District 44: Includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties

Committees:

Ways and Means Health and Medicaid Subcommittee Chair

Agriculture and Rural Development

Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation

Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Telephone:

(800) 382-9841 (Toll-free)

(317) 232-9850 (Direct)

Occupation: Farmer; Owns a home healthcare agency

Education: B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University; Doctorate from the University of Kentucky

State Representative Jim Baird is a lifelong resident of District 44. Elected in November of 2010, he is proud to represent his district which includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.

Rep. Baird stands for strong leadership and proven experience. As a lifelong Hoosier, he looks forward to opportunities to advance the quality and character of our state as a place to work and raise a family and enjoy the freedoms we hold precious.

As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Baird played an active role in the development of a balanced biennial budget without increasing taxes. He is committed to a fiscally responsible government that must live within its means and requires elected officials to make those decisions necessary to balance the budget, provide essential services and create a business climate that is conducive to economic growth. Rep. Baird recognizes that the private sector creates job growth and that sector is more likely to invest when the volatility of government is minimized.

Rep. Baird serves as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and appreciates the opportunity to use his rural background and understanding of agriculture to arrive at practical, common sense solutions to various issues facing the industry.

Rep. Baird has always been a strong advocate for agriculture. As the industry becomes more proficient, less people are needed for direct production, and the need to educate a larger percentage of our population to effective production practices increases dramatically if we are to maintain a low cost, highly nutritious food supply. Farmers and ranchers utilize extremely technical and scientific products and procedures to improve efficiencies while at the same time lower the cost of production, which ultimately benefits the consumer.

He obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Purdue University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He worked for the Cooperative Extension Service as a livestock specialist. The position also included responsibilities for community development activities.

Rep. Baird served as a County Commissioner prior to his election to the House of Representatives. He continues to serve as an active member of numerous organizations including VFW, American Legion, Indiana Farm Bureau, OCS 2-70, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and the Purdue Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Council.

He has also served his community in several other capacities, such as President, board member, and volunteer of organizations such as the Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. He was President of the Board of Directors of a mental health provider and the Rotary Club.

Rep. Baird is married to his high school sweetheart. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children, all graduates of Purdue University. As a businessman, Rep. Baird is an active farmer and also an owner of a home healthcare agency.

House District 44 includes all of Putnam County and portions of Parke, Clay, Owen and Morgan counties in central Indiana.

Helpful Links for Veterans:

Legislation extending Invasive Species Council signed into law

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, April 17, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1501, that allows the Invasive Species Council to continue to operate until July 2023. The Council will be able to make a greater impact on the control of invasive species of Indiana. HEA 1501 passed unanimously out of the Indiana House and Senate and was recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.

Rep. Baird honors Circle City Carvers in the House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, March 6, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) co-authored a resolution to honor the Circle City Carvers in the House Chamber. This organization is a local chapter of the Eagle Crane Project which provides hand-carved, wooden canes to post-9/11 veterans who have experienced an injury requiring the use of a cane from combat related action.

Legislation extending Invasive Species Council passes House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Bill (HB) 1501, to allow the Invasive Species Council to continue to operate until July 2023. If enacted, the Council would be able to make a greater impact on the control of invasive species of Indiana. HB 1501 passed unanimously out of the Indiana House on Monday and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration and debate.

Jackson Township Elementary recognized for outstanding achievement

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STATEHOUSE – At the Statehouse, Jackson Township Elementary was recognized and honored as an exemplary high performing National Blue Ribbon school for 2014. State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored the resolution honoring the elementary school and was joined by State Representatives Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Alan Morrison (R-Terre

Local legislators join Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Friday, January 30, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) joined fellow legislators and staff in wearing sneakers at the Statehouse this Thursday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer

Legislation benefitting Hoosier farmers passes House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, January 22, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) co-authored legislation, House Bill (HB) 1017, to benefit farmers and Indiana’s agriculture industry. If enacted, the bill would expand the weight exemptions, already allowed for certain commercial motor vehicles, to include vehicles transporting wood chips, bark, and sawdust and farm tractors. HB 1017 unanimously passed the Indiana House and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration and debate.

Rep. Baird reappointed to Ways and Means Committee

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, December 4, 2014

STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments today for the 119th General Assembly. Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election.

[r44] Rep. Baird congratulates local families on long-standing farm (8/5/2014)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Start Date: 8/5/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 8/5/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE- State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Romas and the Dow families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair. “I not only want to

[r44] Second Service for Veterans legislation signed by Governor Pence (4/24/2014)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Start Date: 4/24/2014 All DayEnd Date: 4/24/2014 STATEHOUSE – Legislation creating the Second Service for Veterans program was signed into law by Governor Pence. Co-sponsored by State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 331 establishes the program to help connect veterans with a job in the teaching profession. “In

[r44] Rep. Baird protects Putnam County's hazardous waste disposal funds (3/21/2014)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Start Date: 3/21/2014 All Day End Date: 3/21/2014 Since 2010, I have had the privilege of representing the greatest community in Indiana. As a lifelong resident of House District 44, I enjoy seeing the warm and familiar faces as I drive down the roads of Putnam County. People here wave to one another, neighbors help each other shovel

[r44] Rep. Baird applauds 2014 session accomplishments (3/13/2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Start Date: 3/13/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/13/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMSTATEHOUSE – “Each session, state lawmakers have the opportunity to make our community and state a better place to live, work and raise a family. The House Republicans focused on five main priorities to make Indiana stronger, and I’m proud to say we delivered on

[r44] Bill creating Second Service for Veterans program passes Senate (2/26/2014)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Start Date: 2/26/2014 All DayEnd Date: 2/26/2014 STATEHOUSE – Legislation creating the Second Service for Veterans program passed unanimously out of both the Indiana House and Senate. Co-sponsored by State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), Senate Bill (SB) 331 establishes the program to help connect veterans with a job in the teaching

[r44] Rep. Baird comments on flood recovery grant to Morgan County (2/25/2014)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Start Date: 2/25/2014 All DayEnd Date: 2/25/2014 State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) issued the following statement in response to Governor Pence’s announcement that Morgan County will receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funds to purchase flood prone homes: STATEHOUSE – “I congratulate Morgan

[r44] Bill increases efficiency for Indiana's seed producers (2/18/2014)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Start Date: 2/18/2014 All Day End Date: 2/18/2014 STATEHOUSE – A bill to benefit Hoosier seed producers passed the Indiana Senate and will now go to the governor’s desk and wait for his signature before becoming a law. State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored House Bill (HB) 1350 which adds three months to the

[r44] Medal of Honor recipient receives recognition on the House floor (1/28/2014)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Start Date: 1/28/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/28/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMSTATEHOUSE – Today, State Representatives Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) presented a resolution to honor Indiana’s only living Medal of Honor recipient, Sammy Lee Davis. During a ceremony held in the House Chamber, Davis was recognized for his

[r44] Medal of Honor recipient honored with House resolution (1/27/2014)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Start Date: 1/27/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/27/2014 STATEHOUSE — On Tuesday, State Representatives Jim Baird (R- Greencastle) and Bob Heaton (R- Terre Haute) will present a resolution to honor Indiana’s only living Medal of Honor recipient, Sammy Lee Davis. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the House Chamber at the Statehouse in

[r44] Speaker Bosma Announces Committee Changes (12/11/2013)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Start Date: 12/11/2013 All DayEnd Date: 12/11/2013 STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced updates to the House Republican committee assignments after two new members joined the caucus and changes have been made to several key positions. State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) will now serve as a Chairman of the

[r44] Rep. Baird: Several community development grants awarded to West Central Indiana (11/6/2013)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Start Date: 11/6/2013 All DayEnd Date: 11/6/2013 STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) attended a ceremony honoring 24 Hoosier communities that received over $8M in community development grants. The event was held at the Statehouse yesterday where Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann presented the awards

[r44] Transportation veterans reunite for the 11th Gathering (8/27/2013)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Start Date: 8/27/2013 All DayEnd Date: 8/27/2013 STATEHOUSE – Recently, the 11th reunion of Transportation Corps of Vietnam veterans, known as “the Gathering” was held in Indianapolis. State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) joined 20 plus members of the 523rd Transportation Corps as well as their families for the week-long event,

[r44] Rep. Baird congratulates local family on longstanding farm (8/8/2013)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Start Date: 8/8/2013 All DayEnd Date: 8/8/2013 STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Piercy, Burris and Michael families from Putnam County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair yesterday. The

[r44] Join Rep. Baird in Indianapolis for "the Gathering" (8/2/2013)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Start Date: 8/2/2013 All Day End Date: 8/2/2013 STATEHOUSE – State Representative and decorated Vietnam veteran Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) will join members of the 523rd Transportation Corps for a reunion of Vietnam Transportation veterans in Indianapolis. Known as “the Gathering”, the event will include photo opportunities

[r44] Rep. Baird receives Distinguished Public Service Award (7/13/2013)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Start Date: 7/13/2013 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2013STATEHOUSE – During an awards ceremony today, State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), along with other elected officials, received the American Legion, Department of Indiana’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Hosted by the Indiana American Legion, the branch’s Commander Richard

[r44] Rep. Baird receives summer study committee assignments (6/21/2013)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Start Date: 6/21/2013 All DayEnd Date: 6/21/2013 STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) to serve on the Environmental Quality Service Council and the Commission on Military and Veteran Affairs. “I’m honored to receive these two committee assignments, and as a farmer

[r44] Veterans and farmers among many benefited by session results (4/29/2013)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Start Date: 4/29/2013 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2013 STATEHOUSE – The 2013 legislative session has come to a close. State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) worked on a variety of bills benefiting Hoosiers, three of which have been signed into law by the governor. “I was privileged to represent the people of West Central Indiana during this

[r44] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved (4/27/2013)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Start Date: 4/27/2013 All DayEnd Date: 4/27/2013 STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Saturday morning, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making Indiana a stronger state for

[r44] Bill passes expanding college opportunities for veterans (4/26/2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Start Date: 4/26/2013 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2013 STATEHOUSE – Legislation expanding in-state college tuition opportunities for veterans passed out of the General Assembly today. State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) sponsored Senate Bill (SB) 177 will now go to governor’s desk and wait for his signature before becoming a law.

[r44] Bill signed into law benefiting veteran-owned small businesses (4/25/2013)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Start Date: 4/25/2013 All DayEnd Date: 4/25/2013 STATEHOUSE – Legislation expanding veteran-owned, small business opportunities was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence today. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 564, Sponsored by State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), will go into effect July 1, 2013. This law aims to increase the number of state

[r44] More assistance for "Hardest Hit" Hoosiers (4/18/2013)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Start Date: 4/18/2013 All Day End Date: 4/18/2013 STATEHOUSE – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann held a press conference yesterday regarding the expansion of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund. The U.S. Department of the Treasury identified Indiana as one of 18 states plus the District of Columbia, that had been most affected by the downturn of

[r44] Phoenix Closures Inc. receives high-status WorkOne Achievement Award (4/17/2013)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Start Date: 4/17/2013 All DayEnd Date: 4/17/2013 STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates Phoenix Closures Inc., from Greencastle for receiving the WorkOne Achievement Award. In a ceremony yesterday, 12 Hoosier companies and 12 individuals were recognized for their commitment to job creation as well as utilizing

[r44] Law expands options for conservation property donations (4/10/2013 - 4/11/2013)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Start Date: 4/10/2013 All DayEnd Date: 4/11/2013 STATEHOUSE – Legislation adding nonprofit organizations (NPOs) to receive donated or willed property for nature preservation was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence today. Co-sponsored by State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 367 will go into effect on July 1,

[r44] Legislation expands opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses (4/8/2013)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Start Date: 4/8/2013 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2013 STATEHOUSE – Legislation expanding veteran-owned, small business opportunities unanimously passed out of the House last week. Senate Bill (SB) 564, Sponsored by State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), will now go to the governor’s desk and wait for his signature before becoming a law. The

[r44] Award presented to 100 year-old Putnam County farm (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 All DayEnd Date: 3/22/2013 STATEHOUSE - State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Furr family from Putnam County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana Statehouse. “The Furr

[r44] Rep. Baird: Budget proposal crafted from Hoosier input (2/25/2013)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Start Date: 2/25/2013 All DayEnd Date: 2/25/2013 STATEHOUSE – Indiana’s budget proposal or House Bill (HB) 1001 passed from House with a 67 to 29 vote on Monday and will now go Senate for further consideration. The bill includes many goals such as; Hoosier taxpayer protection, prioritizing education funding, preserving and enhancing vital

[r44] Hoosier hero's life remembered (2/20/2013)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Start Date: 2/20/2013 All Day End Date: 2/20/2013 STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored a resolution to honor the memory of Arronn Fields, a fallen Hoosier soldier. Rep. Baird presented the resolution to his parents Jackie and William Pilkin who later had the opportunity to address the legislators on behalf of

[r44] Rep. Baird: Future Farmers a necessity to Hoosier economy (2/19/2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Start Date: 2/19/2013 All DayEnd Date: 2/19/2013 STATEHOUSE – On Monday, State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) addressed the Indiana House to recognize national Future Farmers of America (FFA) week which began on Saturday. “Indiana has a long, storied history in providing a bountiful harvest from the heartland, and the FFA is

[r44] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/29/2013)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Date: 1/29/2013 All DayEnd Date: 1/29/2013 STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) and 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 Cancer Society, last year 35,000

[r44] Rep. Baird honored to serve Hoosiers (12/5/2012)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Start Date: 12/5/2012 All DayEnd Date: 12/5/2012 STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. Committee chairmen and caucus leaders are selected biennially by the majority party after each election year. State Rep. Jim Baird

[r44] Job creation and education leads 2013 focus (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – 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

[r44] Own Your American Dream (10/4/2012 - 10/5/2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/5/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE- Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the House Republican Agenda today which focuses on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations. “It is

[r44] Community grants awarded to Putnam, Clay and Parke counties (9/11/2012)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Start Date: 9/11/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/11/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) is pleased to announce that multiple grants have been awarded to Putnam, Parke, and Clay counties. The awarded grants are part of the 16th round of Community Focus Fund (CFF) grants announced by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman.

[r44] Rep. Baird appointed as Chair of the Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs Committee (7/9/2012)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Start Date: 7/9/2012 Start Time: 9:30 AMEnd Date: 7/9/2012STATEHOUSE – Rep. Jim Baird (R–Greencastle) was appointed to serve as chair of the Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He will also serve as a member of the Environmental Quality Service Council. “I look forward to the discussions to be had and the work to be

[r44] Memorial Day (5/25/2012)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Start Date: 5/25/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/25/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMMemorial 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

[r44] Equipping Hoosiers for the Job Market (5/16/2012)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Start Date: 5/16/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 5/16/2012 End Time: 12:00 PM The majority of U.S. job positions now require education beyond high school – you need critical thinking, information management, communication skills, and technical know-how. The Department of Workforce Development has created a program online, through WorkOne, to equip

[r44] Rep. Baird's Military Family Relief Fund legislation recognized by Gov. Daniels (5/15/2012)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Start Date: 5/15/2012 Start Time: 12:30 PM End Date: 5/15/2012 STATEHOUSE - The Military Family Relief Fund legislation, authored by Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), was recognized by Gov. Mitch Daniels in a ceremonial bill signing at the Statehouse today. “I am grateful the Military Family Relief Fund was recognized today,” said

[r44] Teacher Appreciation Week (5/7/2012)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Start Date: 5/7/2012 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 5/7/2012 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. This week, join in recognizing and

[r44] Rep. Baird congratulates Greencastle Community Schools on receiving performance grant (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Date: 4/19/2012 Start Time: 2:00 PMEnd Date: 4/19/2012 STATEHOUSE— State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates Greencastle Community Schools on becoming one of the first recipients of Indiana’s “Excellence in Performance Awards for Teachers” grant. Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett

[r44] Military Relief Fund bill signed into law (3/15/2012)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Start Date: 3/15/2012End Date: 3/15/2012 STATEHOUSE – Legislation authored by Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) extending the eligibility window for deployed soldiers to receive grants from the Military Family Relief Fund was signed into law. The law, House Enrolled Act 1059, previously passed the House and the Senate unanimously and was signed into law

[r44] Rep. Baird speaks on session accomplishments (3/12/2012)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Start Date: 3/12/2012End Date: 3/12/2012 STATEHOUSE— “I am extremely proud of what we accomplished together this legislative session. Working hard, we took steps forward for Indiana. We maintained our commitment to finding avenues to make Indiana’s job climate one that attracts businesses here and gets Hoosiers back to work. “A

[r44] Hazardous waste disposal tax revenue to help pay for county road repairs (3/2/2012)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Start Date: 3/2/2012End Date: 3/2/2012 STATEHOUSE – Counties can now use a part of its hazardous waste disposal tax revenue to pay costs associated with the maintenance or repair of county roads. Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Enrolled Act 1060, which authorizes hazardous waste disposal tax revenue to pay costs with the

[r44] Rep. Baird commends Central Elementary School for high growth (3/2/2012)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Start Date: 3/2/2012End Date: 3/2/2012STATEHOUSE – Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) commends Central Elementary School for having one of the largest percentages of students achieving growth in mathematics. Central Elementary School was one of twenty Indiana schools recognized during a ceremony Thursday for high growth achievement. “I want to

[r44] Job creation thrives in Putnam County (2/24/2012)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Start Date: 2/24/2012End Date: 2/24/2012 STATEHOUSE- Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) applauds Putnam County for its increase in job opportunities. It was announced that businesses in Putnam County committed to more than $61 billion in investments and commitment for the creation of close to 500 jobs from 2012 to 2015. The announcement included Illinois-based

[r44] Rep. Baird honors Super Bowl Host Committee (2/16/2012)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Start Date: 2/16/2012End Date: 2/16/2012STATEHOUSE - Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) along with his colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives took time this week 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 city’s

[r44] Rep. Baird: $600,000 grants awarded to Cloverdale, Russellville (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012End Date: 2/14/2012STATEHOUSE—State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the towns of Cloverdale and Russellville for each receiving a $600,000 grant to improve their communities. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs administer the grants, which are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant

[r44] Legislation to aid active military and their families passes out of the House (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012End Date: 1/27/2012STATEHOUSE – Legislation that extends the eligibility window for deployed soldiers and their families to receive grants from the Military Family Relief Fund passed out of the House today with a unanimous vote. The legislation, House Bill (HB) 1059, was authored by Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle). Rep.

[r44] House Democrats' walkout stalls Military Family Relief Fund and local school reorganization legislation (1/20/2012)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Start Date: 1/20/2012End Date: 1/20/2012 STATEHOUSE - Rep. Jim Baird’s (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Bill 1059, advocating for the Military Family Relief Fund is one of many bills delayed due to the Democrat walkout. The Military Family Relief Fund bill was unanimously passed out of the Veteran’s Affairs and Public Safety

[r44] Rep. Baird reacts to State of the State (1/11/2012)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Start Date: 1/11/2012End Date: 1/11/2012STATEHOUSE – “It is an honor to attend Governor Daniels’ final State of the State address. Governor Daniels is a driving force in spurring Indiana toward fiscal solvency. As expressed in his speech Tuesday night, we look to continue to make Indiana the best it can be through this session and this

[r44] Rep. Baird: Hoosiers demand jobs and a stable economy (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. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), 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

[r44] Rep. Baird encouraging fourth graders to partake in essay competition (10/21/2011)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Start Date: 10/21/2011End Date: 10/21/2011 STATEHOUSE— State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) 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.

[r44] Rep. Baird encourages students to pursue higher education (9/26/2011)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Start Date: 9/26/2011End Date: 9/26/2011STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jim Baird (R – Greencastle) spoke to Cloverdale High School students today, encouraging Hoosier students to pursue higher education options and plan for college completion. The event at Cloverdale High School was part of the launch of the College GO! Week, an initiative launched at

[r44] Indiana House now accepting intern applications for the 2012 legislative session (9/22/2011)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Start Date: 9/22/2011End Date: 9/22/2011 STATEHOUSE— State Rep. Jim Baird (R-District 44) 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. “This

[r44] Rep. Baird: $600,000 awarded to Bainbridge to reduce flooding (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2011www.in.gov/ocra/.-30-

[r44] Rep. Baird: Recognizing the Greencastle American Legion (6/30/2011)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Start Date: 6/30/2011End Date: 6/30/2011 Putnam County STATEHOUSE – Rep. Jim Baird (R – Greencastle) honored the members of the American Legion Post 58 of Greencastle by presenting them with an Indiana State flag on Monday. The presentation coincided with the American Legion’s observance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, a

[r44] Rep. Baird Works to Restore Jobs (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2011 "The unemployment rates in our district are unacceptably high," said Rep. Baird. "Parke County has 9.6 percent unemployment, Putnam has 9.9 percent, Vigo has 10.0 percent, and Clay has 10.4 percent. I am taking this issue very seriously-everyone does. "Everyone-individuals, families, schools, businesses,

[r44] Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) Comments on the State of the State (1/11/2011)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Start Date: 1/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2011"Fiscal responsibility is how we can prevail over the economic recession. We need to create a balanced budget and not raise taxes. "Simply put, being fiscally responsible isn't the only issue. Hoosiers need jobs, good jobs, and we need to do whatever we can to put them back to work. The government's role isn't

[r44] Rep. Thomas Brings Flood Relief Money to Putnam County (8/6/2008)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Start Date: 8/6/2008 All DayEnd Date: 8/6/2008(STATEHOUSE) August 6, 2008 - On Monday, state Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) met with Putnam County Commissioners and John Ruckelshaus from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to announce and discuss federal grant money available to those unemployed due to the recent flooding who work to restore and

[r44] Interim Study Committees Begin (8/4/2008)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Start Date: 8/4/2008 All DayEnd Date: 8/4/2008 Representative Thomas will serve on the Public Defender Commission, a Commission supported and staffed by the Division of State Court Administration. It is an 11-member commission charged to recommend standards for indigent defense in capital cases, to adopt guidelines of salary and fee schedules for

[r44] Rep. Thomas Urges Flood Victims to Apply for Assistance (8/4/2008)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Start Date: 8/4/2008 All DayEnd Date: 8/4/2008(STATEHOUSE) August 4, 2008 - State Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) is encouraging all who were affected by the June flooding who have not yet applied for federal assistance to do so now, as the deadline for individual assistance is quickly approaching. The last day to apply for federal assistance for flood damage

[r44] Rep. Thomas Announces Emergency Aid Information (6/11/2008)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Start Date: 6/11/2008 All DayEnd Date: 6/11/2008(STATEHOUSE) June 11, 2008 - The recent bout of heavy rains and storms has left many Hoosiers facing the destruction of their property and hefty cleanup. State Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) wants those affected by the flood to be aware of the many resources available to help them deal with this difficult time.

[r44] Final Property Tax Plan a Success for All Hoosier Property Owners (3/17/2008)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Start Date: 3/17/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/17/2008Friday, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Bill 1001 and Senate Joint Resolution 1, creating substantial relief for all property owners, as well as reforms that will reduce Indiana's dependance on property tax revenue. Also, we took the first step to make reform permanent by passing Senate Joint

[r44] Rep. Amos Thomas Votes for Property Tax Relief and Reform (3/14/2008)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Start Date: 3/14/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/14/2008

[r44] After Long Efforts, Crossroads Arena Comes to Life (3/3/2008)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Start Date: 3/3/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/3/2008(STATEHOUSE) March 3, 2008 - Crossroads USA Arena and Expo marked its first event last weekend with the 2008 Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo. Although the horse arena will not open officially until next week, this event is just the first of more than 20 shows scheduled for 2008. State Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil)

[r44] Construction set to begin on new Ivy Tech campus (3/3/2008)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Start Date: 3/3/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/3/2008(STATEHOUSE)- Sen. Connie Lawson (R-Danville) and Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) announced today the new Ivy Tech campus in Greencastle received the green light for construction. The 32,000 square foot structure will house the college's schools of Business, Education, Health Sciences, Arts and Workforce and

[r44] Home Stretch to End of Session Full of Difficult Votes for House (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/28/2008 However, one of the most difficult lessons for me to learn is that, often, legislators will have to weigh the positives and negatives of proposed legislation and decide if the good outweighs the bad. For me and for many of my colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives, this has been extremely

[r44] Change to Residential Property Tax Cap Does Not Reflect Goals (2/22/2008)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Start Date: 2/22/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/22/2008Just over a month ago, things seemed promising in the General Assembly. Legislators from both sides raved over the unprecedented spirit of bipartisanship in the House, bipartisanship borne out of what was thought to be a sincere desire to create reasonable, effective and permanent reforms to Indiana's system

[r44] Property Taxes First Priority, but Immigration Getting Attention (2/14/2008)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Start Date: 2/14/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/14/2008During the first half of session, property taxes dominated all other issues. Currently, the House version of the property tax plan, House Bill 1001, is being considered by the Senate's Committee on State Tax and Fiscal Policy. The Senate's version of the property tax plan is broken into several bills, all of

[r44] Rep. Amos Thomas Returns To Statehouse (2/11/2008)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Start Date: 2/11/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/11/2008(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 11, 2008 - Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) returned to the Statehouse today after back surgery and serious complications kept him away for five weeks. He said he is glad to be back in the House chamber. "I did not anticipate that I would miss any of this legislative session due to my surgery, and

[r44] Looking Ahead to the 2008 Legislative Session (12/27/2007)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Start Date: 12/27/2007 All DayEnd Date: 12/27/2007In the aftermath of the holiday season, most of us reflect on the year behind us and look ahead to the coming year with hope for the future, full of new goals and the hope for better times. As we all know, it's hard to predict where the year will take us or what joys and hardships will befall our friends

[r44] THOMAS TALK (11/26/2007)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Start Date: 11/26/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/26/2007Last Tuesday, Nov. 20, was Organization Day for the 115th General Assembly. It is an annual event that is considered the first day of session but is usually ceremonial. However, this year was quite different. Instead of spending the day in ceremonial traditions and getting reacquainted with colleagues, we

[r44] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/20/2007 Representative Thomas will serve on the Bowser Commission, an interim study group aptly named for the Senator who fought to have the Commission created. Senator Anita Bowser died during the 2007 legislative session after 15 years of service to the Indiana General Assembly. "It is a great honor to be

[r44] Legislative Session Draws to a Close (4/29/2007)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Start Date: 4/29/2007 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2007 "The budget passed by the House tonight does provide temporary property tax relief," said Thomas. "Unfortunately, this measure is only a crutch instead of a long-term fix. We had an opportunity to provide meaningful property tax reform for the state of Indiana that would provide immediate property tax

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Rep. Baird with Adrianna Clifford on FFA Page Day.