Lloyd Arnold

Lloyd Arnold

Representative | District 74

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9815

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h74@iga.in.gov

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Kathryn Frakes

Phone: 317-232-9659

Email: kathryn.frakes@iga.in.gov

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Welcome to my website. I am humbled and honored to represent my community at the Statehouse. I look forward to the upcoming session where my focus will be getting Hoosiers the high quality jobs that they deserve, and building a better future for Hoosier families. I will serve District 74 as your voice on the House floor, and hope to continue the efforts of building an economic environment that attracts high quality jobs to Indiana.  

Sincerely,

Lloyd Arnold

State Representative

District 74

House District 74: Dubois, Spencer, Perry, Crawford and Orange

Committees:

  • Natural Resources, Vice Chair
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Elections and Apportionment
  • Veterans Affairs and Public Safety

Address: 200 West Washington Street, Suite 401-2, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

City: Leavenworth

Occupation: Small Business Owner

Statehouse phone number: 1(800) 382-9841

Rep. Lloyd Arnold has been a resident of District 74 his entire life and is a member of the 118th General Assembly freshman class. He was raised in Crawford County and now raises a family there with his wife, Jody, a Perry County native. Rep. Arnold graduated from Perry Central High School in 1992, where his father taught.

After graduation, Rep. Arnold went on to join the United States Army and later joined the Indiana National Guard. During his service in the National Guard, he attended Oakland City University where he studied Business Management and earned a commission as an officer. Rep. Arnold was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1998, and in 2003 he served the Indiana National Guard in Iraq as an Executive Officer. Rep. Arnold has also served six years as a Reserve Sherriff's deputy in District 74.

During his service in the National Guard, Rep. Arnold was employed by Toyota in Princeton, Indiana as part of the Quality Management Team. Using the experience gained from that position Rep. Arnold made the decision to open his own businesses in 2007..  

Rep. Arnold makes sure that his involvement in his children's schools is always a top priority. He has enjoyed coaching youth football for the last seven years, and has assisted the varsity coaching staff at Crawford County High School. Rep. Arnold also serves as a precinct committeeman and as a member of the Crawford County Little League Board.

Rep. Arnold and his wife have been married 16 years and have four sons, Tristan, Taten, Trenton and Tanner. They are members of Hillview Christian Church.

House District 74 includes all of Perry and Crawford counties and portions of Spencer, Dubois and Orange counties in southern Indiana.

Protecting the rights of Hoosiers

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Monday, March 30, 2015

With the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, Indiana became the 31st state in the nation to enact some form of religious protection into statute. Unfortunately, I have noticed considerable amounts of misinformation surrounding this issue and have received multiple questions regarding it. That is why I would like to take this

Disability Awareness Month

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Monday, March 16, 2015

Sometimes the things that are most difficult to talk about are the things that need to be addressed. We’ve all been touched by an individual with a disability, either first hand, or in passing. Perhaps you have a grandparent that is hard of hearing, or a peer that struggles to keep up in class. Rather than tabling the issue, we must reach out and make

Halftime Report

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

In true sports fashion, in order to be most productive and fair in the Statehouse and through the legislative process, both teams – the House of Representatives and the Senate – take a moment in the middle of the game, or in this case session, to review what has been accomplished. Most importantly at this halfway point the proposed bills now

The session’s most important bill

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Monday, February 23, 2015

As you turn on the local news you may hear discussion about our state’s budget. As a father of four boys in Junior High and High School, I have come to realize how important this bill is to our educational system. Did you know that over 50 percent of our state’s budget is spent on K-12 Education? Without the state passing a budget, we would be

Accountable to Hoosiers Part 2 of 3

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Monday, February 2, 2015

Note to the Editor: This is part of a three-part series regarding the bills on the 2015 House Republican Legislative Agenda. This week’s column concentrates on public safety. As parents, our first concern is always the safety of our children. We want them to grow up in a best environment, free from the threat or harm, and would do anything to keep

Accountable to Hoosiers

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Note to the Editor: This is part of a three-part series regarding the bills on the 2015 House Republican Legislative Agenda. This week’s column concentrates on the budget and education. Every year, my wife Jody and I make goals for our family. Commitment and teamwork is essential to turning our goals into reality; the same can be said about the

Working together to strengthen Indiana

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, January 16, 2015

Working together to strengthen Indiana With the first two weeks of the legislative session complete, things are off to an exciting start. I always enjoy reconnecting with colleagues, meeting new members of our team; however, the thing I look forward to most each session is the positive impact and difference I can make for Hoosiers in southwest Indiana.

House Page Program accepting applications

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, January 2, 2015

I always love the calm after the holidays. Spending quality time with family, kids playing with their presents and a new year, which brings new opportunities, is officially underway. For state lawmakers, this time of year is spent preparing for the upcoming legislative session, and I look forward to all the work we can accomplish to benefit families in

Strengthen Indiana through Education

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, December 19, 2014

Teachers prepare students for the future and play a vital role in their lives. Think back to a time when you were in school; are there certain teachers that really stood out or made a lasting impression on your life? These teachers might have taught in a more exciting way or showed true passion for the job, which reflected in their instruction, and it is

Organization Day in the General Assembly

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, November 21, 2014

The House of Representatives began the 119th General Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 19 with Organization Day. This day marks the first official meeting of the legislature prior to the start of another legislative session. Each year on Organization Day, new members are sworn in, the first roll call is taken and Democrat and Republican caucuses from both the House

Focusing on Public Safety for Hoosiers

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, November 14, 2014

As a lifelong resident of southern Indiana and father of four, I understand the importance that public safety has in our community. While Indiana continues to be a leader economically, we also need to focus our attention on areas of the state that we need to improve, like public safety. I was heartbroken to learn that our state ranks 4th in the nation for

[r74] Accountability is our Responsibility (10/20/2014)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Start Date: 10/20/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM Accountability is our Responsibility Indiana House Republicans Announce 2015 Legislative Agenda The Indiana House Republicans announced our 2015 Legislative Agenda last week, and I am very proud of the issues that we vowed to make a priority next session. Tackling items like balancing Indiana’s

[r74] Enjoying fall activities in our community (10/3/2014)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Start Date: 10/3/2014 Start Time: 8:30 AMEnjoying fall activities in our communityThe autumn season is upon us, and we live in the best community to celebrate the changing of the seasons. With festivals taking place all around our district that celebrate southern Indiana’s heritage and history, we have so much to look forward to this fall. I hope

[r74] Rep. Arnold encourages students to apply for the Indiana House Internship Program (9/26/2014)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Start Date: 9/26/2014 Start Time: 8:30 AMRep. Arnold encourages students to apply for the Indiana House Internship Program As session rapidly approaches, I wanted to let you know of a unique and rewarding experience with the Indiana House of Representatives. Each year, the House offers an internship program for college students and recent graduates who are

[r74] School bus safety tips (9/19/2014)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Start Date: 9/19/2014 Start Time: 8:30 AMSchool bus safety tips Even though the school year is well under way, it is always important to remind our children about school bus safety. As a father of four boys and a licensed school bus driver who helps drive students to field trips and athletic events, I think about this topic often. I recently came across

[r74] Focusing on Farmers (9/12/2014)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Start Date: 9/12/2014 Start Time: 8:30 AMEnd Date: 9/12/2014 End Time: 8:30 AMFocusing on Farmers Agriculture is such a large aspect of Indiana’s communities, history and economy, so each year the General Assembly addresses issues that are brought forth by farmers and those in the industry from across the state. This year, I was proud to support

[r74] Celebrating Indiana Statehood Day (8/22/2014)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Start Date: 8/22/2014 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 8/22/2014 End Time: 9:00 AMCelebrating Indiana Statehood Day Indiana’s bicentennial celebration is rapidly approaching and to help celebrate Statehood Day, the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library are hosting the annual essay competition. In an

[r74] Rep. Arnold responds to Cannelton receiving a Water Grant Award (8/19/2014)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Start Date: 8/19/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/19/2014STATEHOUSE- “I want to congratulate the city of Cannelton for their hard work to peruse and meet the various requirements to obtain this grant as well as for raising $108,000 towards their wastewater system. The city received an additional award of $432,000 through the Wastewater and

[r74] Rep. Arnold applauds Huntingburg on being a Stellar Community (8/14/2014)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Start Date: 8/14/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 8/14/2014 STATEHOUSE -“I want to congratulate all of the neighbors, teachers and business owners that have made Huntingburg the community that it is. I also want to congratulate those who worked so diligently, under the leadership of Mayor Spinner, for months on end, on the proposal for

[r74] Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame taking nominees (8/1/2014)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Start Date: 8/1/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/1/2014Last year, the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF) was founded as a way to honor some of Indiana’s bravest and most selfless heroes. By sharing their accomplishments and stories of service, the organization aims to recognize those who have served our state and nation during times

[r74] Arnold Account: Celebrating summer in Southern Indiana (7/25/2014)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Start Date: 7/25/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMCelebrating summer in Southern Indiana Summertime is one of my favorite times of the year. With warmer weather, we can finally escape the house, explore the outdoors and try something new with the family. I love all there is to offer in Southern Indiana; everything from the peaceful rolling hills to the family

[r74] Arnold Account: Staying committed to education (7/3/2014)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Start Date: 7/3/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMStaying committed to education As a father of four young boys, who always wants the best for my children, I know how important education is to their success later in life. In fact, improving Indiana’s education system is one of the reasons why I wanted to serve in the Legislature. That is why I have been

[r74] Congratulating the Class of 2014 (6/6/2014)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Start Date: 6/6/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMCongratulating the Class of 2014 I recently read through the 2014 graduation supplements in our local papers, and I was so impressed with how involved and driven this year’s graduating class was. I want to congratulate the seniors in our community and their families for achieving this milestone. My message to

[r74] Rep. Arnold's hunting safety card legislation signed into law (5/30/2014)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Start Date: 5/30/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM Rep. Arnold’s hunting safety card legislation signed into law STATEHOUSE — State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1050 which allows those with developmental disabilities to apply for a special circumstances hunting safety card which would allow them to

[r74] Arnold Account: Celebrating our first responders (5/30/2014)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Start Date: 5/30/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMCelebrating our first responders Indiana recently celebrated its 40th year of having an organized Emergency Medical Services (EMS) during National EMS Week. The week was dedicated to celebrating and honoring those who serve as emergency medical services personnel all across the U.S. This year’s EMS Week theme

[r74] Arnold Account: Advocating for local entrepreneurship (5/9/2014)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Start Date: 5/9/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMAdvocating for local entrepreneurship Last week I talked in depth about the importance of buying produce and meats from local farmers and by doing this, we are supporting our friends and neighbors while boosting the local economy. Local business owners move the community and state’s economy in the right

[r74] Arnold Account: Supporting Hoosier farmers (5/2/2014)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Start Date: 5/2/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMSupporting Hoosier farmers The phrase “buy local” continues to grow in popularity. By supporting small businesses and farmers close to home, like buying Steckler grass-fed cheese near Dale, we are strengthening the local economy and benefiting families in our community. Small businesses and Hoosier

[r74] Arnold Account: Slow Down for Work Zone Awareness (4/17/2014)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Start Date: 4/17/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMSlow Down for Work Zone Awareness Each year in April, National Work Zone Awareness Week is held to bring attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. Although the event was held last week, I think this topic deserves attention year round. Many of us spend time daily in our cars or know a friend or family

[r74] Arnold Account: Celebrating National Public Health Week (4/11/2014)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Start Date: 4/11/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMCelebrating National Public Health Week As we are wrapping up National Public Health Week, I thought I would take the time to share some of the ways the Indiana General Assembly addressed the issue of public health this session. Public health is considered the protection and improvement upon health of families

[r74] Arnold Account: The importance of interim dialogue (4/4/2014)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Start Date: 4/4/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMThe importance of interim dialogue The Indiana General Assembly is a part time legislature, giving representatives and senators alike the unique opportunity to spend most of the year in our districts working, volunteering and meeting with constituents. It is in these meetings and conversations with constituents

[r74] Bill protecting high school student athletes signed into law (4/2/2014)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Start Date: 4/2/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMBill protecting high school student athletes signed into law STATEHOUSE- State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) sponsored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 222, which protects high school athletes from furthering the negative effects of concussions. The bill was signed into law today. SEA 222 adds to an

[r74] Arnold Account: Empowering Hoosier students by giving them the right tools (3/27/2014)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Start Date: 3/27/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEmpowering Hoosier students by giving them the right tools As a father of four and baseball coach of many, I always love hearing about personal goals of young students, their favorite classes and what they want to be when they ‘grow up’. These hopes and dreams of our state’s children weigh

[r74] Arnold Account: Giving public employees retirement options (3/21/2014)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Start Date: 3/21/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/21/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMGiving public employees retirement options During session, a lot of media coverage is devoted to a very small number of hotly debated bills. Although good and rigorous debate on the legislation we work on is critical to the success of the democratic process, it doesn't necessarily

[r74] Arnold Account: 2014 Legislative Session Comes to a Close (3/13/2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Start Date: 3/13/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM2014 Legislative Session Comes to a Close The Indiana General Assembly has reached the end of their legislative session and has adjourned. This session has been packed from start to finish with compelling debate, and I believe we have great legislation to show for it. Chief among that legislation are the House

House Republicans Achieve Legislative Agenda (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 – The 2014 legislative session has adjourned with House Republicans continuing their track record of delivering on the promises they set in their legislative agenda. Prior to the start of session, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by members

[r74] Arnold Account: High School Diplomas for our Veterans (3/7/2014)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Start Date: 3/7/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/7/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMHigh School Diplomas for our Veterans As a veteran, I understand the sacrifices that our soldiers make to protect our country. They not only give time, go through combat and endure grueling conditions, they also surrender other opportunities. There are many Hoosier veterans who

[r74] Bill protecting high school student athletes passes House (3/3/2014)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Start Date: 3/3/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/3/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMBill protecting high school student athletes passes House STATEHOUSE- State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) sponsored Senate Bill (SB) 222, which protects high school athletes from furthering the negative effects of concussions. The bill passed out of the House today by

[r74] General Assembly expands Indiana's Lifeline Law (2/27/2014)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Start Date: 2/27/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/27/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM General Assembly expands Indiana’s Lifeline Law Each bill that we work on has a story, and the unfortunate truth is that sometimes the stories are tragic. The Lifeline Law, which first passed in 2012, is something that is in place to save lives. We worked this

[r74] High school athlete concussion bill protects our students (2/13/2014)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Start Date: 2/13/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/13/2014High school athlete concussion bill protects our students We’re officially in the second stage of this year’s session, where House bills move to the Senate for consideration and debate and Senate bills move over to the House. This session, I am sponsoring Senate Bill (SB) 222, which is

[r74] Hunting safety card bill passes House (2/7/2014)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Start Date: 2/7/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/7/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMHunting safety card bill passes House STATEHOUSE — State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) authored House Bill (HB) 1050, allowing those with developmental disabilities to apply for a special circumstances hunting safety card. The bill passed out of the House earlier

[r74] Overcoming the propane shortage (2/7/2014)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Start Date: 2/7/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/7/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMOvercoming the propane shortage Because of our harsh winter, which has affected all of us throughout Indiana and the Midwest in general, our state is facing a real propane crisis. I have been getting a number of calls regarding this shortage and how it is affecting our community.

[r74] Arnold Account: New agenda has the solutions we need (1/16/2014)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Start Date: 1/16/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/16/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMNew agenda has the solutions we need I hope you are all keeping warm this week as the temperatures are starting to rise. The winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow in parts of Indiana, and subzero temperatures that soon followed, put a lot of strain on Hoosiers and brought

[r74] Rep. Arnold responds to Pence's State of the State address (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM Rep. Arnold responds to Pence’s State of the State address State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) issued the following statement in response to Governor’s State of the State address: STATEHOUSE- “It was a privilege to hear the governor outline his statewide priorities for the

[r74] Rep. Arnold responds to Pence's State of the State address (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 1/14/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM Rep. Arnold responds to Pence’s State of the State address State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) issued the following statement in response to Governor’s State of the State address: STATEHOUSE- “It was a privilege to hear the

[r74] Rep. Arnold presents EDGE award to Eagles Wing Zipline (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMRep. Arnold presents EDGE award to Eagles Wing Zipline STATEHOUSE — Eagles Wings Zipline was presented with an Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (EDGE) award today, recognizing them as an emerging business in Indiana. The EDGE awards are hosted by the Indiana Small Business Development

Rep. Lehe responds to State of the State address (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/14/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMPlease include the following statement from State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) in response to Governor Pence’s State of the State address: STATEHOUSE – “I am pleased to see Governor Pence continue his focus on education, the economy and the well-being

Rep. Ziemke responds to State of the State address (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/14/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMPlease include the following statement from State Representative Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) in response to Governor Pence’s State of the State address: “Governor Pence’s focus on continuing to improve preschool education aligns well with the House Republican

[r74] Arnold Account: House Page Program now accepting pages for 2014 session (1/2/2014)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Start Date: 1/2/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMHouse Page Program now accepting pages for 2014 session I hope that everyone had a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas season this year. The excitement of session is nearly upon us, and I am very eager to get back to the Statehouse and fight for our community. As I update you on the happenings of the legislative

[r74] Arnold Account: Giving thanks and giving back (11/22/2013)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Start Date: 11/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMGiving thanks and giving back The spirit of Thanksgiving is here, and there is something about the time around this holiday that makes me hug my family a little tighter. Historically, it is the time of year for reflection, selflessness and helping those in need. Thanksgiving is such a special time to gather with

[r74] Arnold Account: Session is officially around the corner (11/14/2013)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Start Date: 11/14/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMSession is officially around the corner It is hard to believe that session is approaching so quickly, and in just a week, we will be settled in with our families and friends giving thanks for all the joys in our life over a turkey dinner. Organization Day is finally upon us. Organization Day is the first official

[r74] Arnold Account: Honoring Hoosier Veterans (11/8/2013)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Start Date: 11/8/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMHonoring Hoosier Veterans Every year our nation commemorates Veteran’s Day. We celebrate the service of our country’s military veterans and honor their patriotism and sacrifice for our nation. I myself am a veteran. After I graduated from Perry Central High School, I joined the United States Army and

[r74] Arnold Account: Recognizing Indiana's Autumn Best (10/31/2013)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Start Date: 10/31/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMRecognizing Indiana’s Autumn best Driving through our district during the autumn months always brings a smile to my face as Indiana truly has a beautiful landscape. Our state’s heritage and cultural festivals are nationally recognized, many of which take place right here in southern Indiana! A

[r74] Arnold Account: Strengthening local businesses by supporting our veterans (10/25/2013)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Start Date: 10/25/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMStrengthening local businesses by supporting our veterans I recently read a shocking and saddening statistic about our Hoosier veterans. Currently, the unemployment rate for veterans in Indiana is 20.1 percent – more than double the state’s unemployment rate, ranking Indiana 47th in the country. We

[r74] Arnold Account: Combating prescription drug abuse (10/18/2013)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Start Date: 10/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMCombating prescription drug abuse I recently read a study from The Trust for America’s Health that found that prescription medication drug overdoses has quadrupled in Indiana since 1999, ranking the state 17th in the country for the most deaths. These findings are saddening, and we must take preventative

[r74] Arnold Account: How a bill becomes a law (10/10/2013)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Start Date: 10/10/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMHow a bill becomes a law A few weeks ago I wrote about wanting to hear your locally grown ideas and I thought I would take the time to let you know the process your ideas go through in order to become law. With the summer months behind us and Organization Day just around the corner, I thought it would be the

[R74] The Arnold Account: Certified and locally grown (8/19/2013)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Start Date: 8/19/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 8/19/2013 End Time: 9:00 AMCertified and locally grown News in Egypt and the unrest of the Egyptians with their government has spanned headlines this summer. We have seen dictatorships overthrown in other nations over the years – I’ve personally seen it during my tours aboard for the armed

[R74] Another year of opportunities (8/13/2013)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Start Date: 8/13/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 8/13/2013 End Time: 9:00 AM Another year of opportunities Summer break is coming to an end for most students around Indiana. I can hear the kids around our community grumbling about the return of early morning wake ups and

[R74] Results of ISTEP+ (8/5/2013)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Start Date: 8/5/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 8/5/2013 End Time: 9:00 AMISTEP+ scores improve despite testing glitches Last week, the Commission on Education had its second meeting at the Statehouse where we heard from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Dr. Richard Hill from the National Center for the Improvement of Educational

[R74] Scholarships for brave men and women (7/29/2013)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Start Date: 7/29/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 7/29/2013 End Time: 9:00 AMScholarships for brave men and women I wrote a few weeks ago about ways that we can get involved in making our community an even better place to live. Seems like I was not the only one who believes that civic engagement is worth talking about, the Indiana Homeland Security

[R74] Rep. Arnold and Rep. Davisson's guest column: At war with meth (7/22/2013)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Start Date: 7/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 7/22/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMAt war with meth Over the past few years, there has been an increase in meth-related crimes. Great Indiana communities like ours are built by Hoosier strength, perseverance and a caring attitude, but these guiding principles, which serve as the fabric of our society, are being

[R74] New laws impacting Hoosiers (7/15/2013)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Start Date: 7/15/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 7/15/2013 End Time: 10:00 AMNew laws impacting Hoosiers July 1 has come and gone, meaning that most of the legislation passed last session is now law in Indiana. There were a lot of bills filed last session that I needed to research and understand, over a thousand between the two chambers. But, the

[R74] Packing up the car for college (7/8/2013)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Start Date: 7/8/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/8/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMPacking up the car for college Summertime is unique for everyone. For some of you it is a time to get work done around the yard, for others it is a road trip to your favorite summer spot and for a growing number of you it is your last few months at home before leaving for college.

[R74] Americans have fought for freedom from the start (7/1/2013)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Start Date: 7/1/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 7/1/2013 End Time: 10:00 AMAmericans have fought for freedom from the start The 4th of July is a celebration of all that the United States of America is, and all that it can be. Our country was born out of the desire to create a government that worked for the freedom of its citizens, providing them with the

[R74] Building a strong community through volunteering (6/24/2013)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Start Date: 6/24/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 6/24/2013 End Time: 10:00 AMBuilding a strong community through volunteering Ronald Reagan once said, “No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers”. As we fight to reign in the size and scope of our national

[R74] The Arnold Account: Opportunity for a second chance (6/13/2013)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Start Date: 6/13/2013 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 6/13/2013 End Time: 5:00 PMOpportunity for a second chance I had the wonderful opportunity to travel throughout the country while serving in the army. During my travels, I would tell people I met that I was a Hoosier, and no matter where I was, the term “Hoosier” was met with a friendly

[R74] The Arnold Account: Protecting Hoosier drivers (5/30/2013 - 5/31/2013)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Start Date: 5/30/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/31/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMProtecting Hoosier drivers Summer weather has finally arrived in Indiana, making my travels throughout the district even more enjoyable. Nothing beats being in the outdoors with my family, going fishing with my boys or playing ball. I was driving recently and realized I had

[R74] Driving Indiana towards energy independence (5/23/2013)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Start Date: 5/23/2013 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 5/23/2013 End Time: 5:00 PMDriving Indiana towards energy independence The world has changed a lot over the last few decades, and one of the biggest changes has been how we consume fuel in getting to where we need to go. The United State has a vast supply of oil, but our demand exceeds our supply. This

[R74] More opportunities for our kids to get involved (5/21/2013)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Start Date: 5/21/2013 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 5/21/2013 End Time: 6:00 PMMore opportunities for our kids to get involved With summer time quickly approaching, I know many of us are preparing to have our children back at home much more. I always look forward to the time with my boys shooting hoops, playing catch or going for a swim. My boys are still

[R74 ] Teacher Appreciation Week (5/13/2013)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Start Date: 5/13/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 5/13/2013 End Time: 9:00 AMTeacher Appreciation Week Last week was national Teacher Appreciation Week. Being a teacher is one of the greatest professions someone can dedicate their lives to, and it is one of the most, if not the most, important profession in our state. Hoosier students will be the ones

[R74] The interim brings study committees (5/6/2013)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Start Date: 5/6/2013 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd Date: 5/6/2013 End Time: 4:00 PMThe interim brings study committees I want to start this week by saying how happy I am to be back in our community on a more regular basis. It is an honor to serve our district at the Statehouse, but it feels good to be home amongst family and friends once again. I am looking

[R74] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved (4/26/2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Start Date: 4/26/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 4/26/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMHouse Republican Legislative Priorities AchievedSession brings largest tax cut to Hoosiers in the history of Ind. STATEHOUSE – Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) is pleased that the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced

[R74] Sine Die, the end of the 2013 session (4/25/2013)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Start Date: 4/25/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/25/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSine Die, the end of the 2013 session The 2013 legislative session adjourned Friday signaling the end of session. Back in November, when I was first elected to serve as the state representative for our district, I was biting at the bit to get started. I charged into the

[R74] The Final Countdown (4/18/2013)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Start Date: 4/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 4/18/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMThe Final CountdownSession is coming to an end and the last two weeks can be the busiest. Many times, I catch myself thinking that session does not always resemble what I learned in school, so I wanted to fill you in on what the last two weeks of session look like. Although many

[R74] Providing Hoosier students with the proper stepping stones for a postsecondary education (4/11/2013)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Start Date: 4/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 4/11/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMProviding Hoosier students with the proper stepping stones for a postsecondary education Hoosier students are the future of our state. The next generation of leaders is in classrooms throughout the state, learning the skills necessary to keep Indiana moving forward. For each

[R74] A needed update for Indiana's Criminal Code (4/4/2013)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Start Date: 4/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Date: 4/4/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM A needed update for Indiana’s Criminal Code Of all the bills aiming to positively impact Indiana, the budget is arguably the most substantial, but House Bill (HB) 1006, a rewrite of Indiana’s Criminal Code, is a close second. HB 1006 has been in the works

[R74] Improving Hoosier veteran's employment opportunities (3/28/2013)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Start Date: 3/28/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Date: 3/28/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM Improving Hoosier veteran’s employment opportunities My first session in the Indiana General Assembly is entering the final month. It has been great to see legislation pass through the General Assembly that will positively impact Hoosiers, especially bills

[R74] Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/22/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMHoosier farmers recognized for achievements STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) congratulates the Auffart, Bilderback, Johanneman, and Key family’s for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann

[R74] Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/22/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMHoosier farmers recognized for achievements STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) congratulates the Auffart, Bilderback, Johanneman, and Key family’s for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann

[R74] As agriculture grows so does Indiana’s economy (3/21/2013)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Start Date: 3/21/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/21/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMAs agriculture grows so does Indiana’s economy March is Agricultural Appreciation Month in Indiana, celebrating the prominent role that agriculture plays in our state. The cornerstone of Indiana’s economy and spirit resides in our great agricultural community.

[R74] A history of responsible tax cuts (3/15/2013)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Start Date: 3/15/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/15/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMA history of responsible tax cuts It is that time of the year when many Hoosiers get a little back in their wallets thanks to their tax returns. This year, Hoosiers will receive an added amount due to the Automatic Taxpayer Refund (ATR) and the fiscal conservatism enacted in

[R74] A look at upcoming Senate Bills (3/7/2013)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Start Date: 3/7/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/7/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMA look at upcoming Senate Bills After a brief break, the Legislature is back in full swing as the House is debating Senate bills and vice versa. There are numerous Senate bills I am looking forward to monitoring as they travel through the House. Two in particular are Senate Bill

[R74] Halftime review at the Statehouse (2/28/2013)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Start Date: 2/28/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 2/28/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMHalftime review at the Statehouse With eight weeks down and eight weeks to go, it’s halftime for the 2013 session at the Indiana Statehouse. The next couple weeks will be exciting as the House receives bills that passed through the Senate and vice versa. The House will

[R74] The budget's focus is on education (2/21/2013)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Start Date: 2/21/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Date: 2/21/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM The budget’s focus is on education As a freshman, it has been exciting for me to see the process a state budget goes through to be crafted. Last week, House Bill 1001, Indiana’s biennial budget, passed out of the House with bipartisan support and will

[R74] Bill regarding agricultural property taxes passes both houses (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 2/18/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMBill regarding agricultural property taxes passes both houses STATEHOUSE — Senate Bill (SB) 319, sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and cosponsored by State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), passed the Indiana House of Representatives on

[R74] Honoring Veterans and Helping Teachers (2/14/2013 - 2/15/2013)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Start Date: 2/14/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/15/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Honoring Veterans and Helping TeachersTwo of the most revered and influential groups are Hoosier veterans and teachers, both, in different ways, ensure continued prosperity. I feel honored to have met so many in representing our community. These professions are held by some of

[r74] Bipartisan Support to Feed Indiana's Hungry (2/7/2013)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Start Date: 2/7/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Date: 2/7/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM Bipartisan Support to Feed Indiana’s Hungry The General Assembly is fighting back against Hoosier Hunger. Currently one in six Hoosiers are food insecure, meaning there are over a million people in Indiana who do not know where their next meal will come from.

[r74] 2,100 new summer jobs (1/31/2013)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Start Date: 1/31/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 1/31/2013 End Time: 12:00 PM2,100 new summer jobs STATEHOUSE — Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) is pleased to announce that Holiday World & Splashing Safari, one of Indiana’s largest amusement parks, will be offering 2,100 jobs this summer. Applications are now being accepted online, as

[r74] Legislators stand up to cancer (1/31/2013)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Start Date: 1/31/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 1/31/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMLegislators stand up to cancerLast week started in unique fashion as the House accepted the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge against cancer. Legislators and staff were asked to wear sneakers to show support for the Suits and Sneakers challenge, a cause that promotes

[r74] Check out the Statehouse! (1/18/2013)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Start Date: 1/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 1/18/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMCheck out the Statehouse!This past week was the beginning of Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann’s first week in office. I was able to be at the inauguration ceremony when she was sworn into office, a great moment for our community and state. Sue and I met over the summer, and

[r74] A sense of session (1/11/2013)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Start Date: 1/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/11/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMA sense of sessionThe beginning of session brings with it a sense of what the next two years may have in store. The Speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, and the Minority Leader, Scott Pelath, have both given their speeches highlighting what they hope this session will be, and in

[r74] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (1/9/2013)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Start Date: 1/9/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/9/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMHouse Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students who are 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse

[r74] Session as a freshman (1/4/2013 - 1/5/2013)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Start Date: 1/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 1/5/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMSession as a freshmanThere has been a whirlwind of activity since being elected to serve as the State Representative for our community on November 6. The process of learning all of the rules and procedures that come with this new job has been an adventure, but I have enjoyed every

[r74] House Page Program now accepting pages for the 2013 session (1/2/2013)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Start Date: 1/2/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/2/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMHouse Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students who are 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse

[R74] Rep. Arnold to serve as Vice Chairman (12/4/2012)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Start Date: 12/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 12/4/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMRep. Arnold to serve as Vice Chairman STATEHOUSE — House Republican Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has announced committee members for the Indiana House Republican caucus. Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) has been selected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Natural

[R74] Rep. Arnold ready to serve Hoosiers (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 2:30 PMEnd Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 3:30 PMRep. Arnold ready to serve Hoosiers 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

[r74] Ferdinand Elementary awarded as 2012 National Blue Ribbon School (10/21/2012)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Start Date: 10/21/2012 Start Time: 9:30 AMFerdinand Elementary awarded as 2012 National Blue Ribbon School STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) congratulates Ferdinand Elementary School for being recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. It was announced by the United States Department of Education (USDOE) that Ferdinand

[r74] House Republicans now accepting intern applications for 2013 legislative session (10/21/2012)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Start Date: 10/21/2012 Start Time: 5:30 PMHouse Republicans now accepting intern applications for 2013 legislative session STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) is pleased to announce that the 2013 House Republican Internship Program is now accepting applications. The program is open to undergraduate and graduates students interested

[r74] Local facilities receive almost $2 million in grants (9/10/2012)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Start Date: 9/10/2012 Start Time: 9:30 AMLocal communities receive almost $2 million in grants STATEHOUSE–It was announced by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman that Dubois, Spencer, and Warrick counties will receive Community Focus Fund (CFF) grants for projects in their communities. State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) represents portions of each county,

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Lowering your home energy costs with Energizing Indiana (8/13/2012)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Start Date: 8/13/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/13/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM This has been one of the hottest summers on record in Indiana, and if your home is anything like most, you have had the air conditioning running most days to combat the heat and humidity. This has led to some high energy bills, but there is a new program available to Hoosiers

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann applauds Ferdinand Elementary for highest ISTEP+ scores in state for second year (7/16/2012 - 7/17/2012)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Start Date: 7/16/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/17/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE—The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the results for the spring 2012 ISTEP+ tests in third through eighth grades this week. Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) congratulates Ferdinand Elementary School for receiving the highest score in the state.

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Tools and process improvements made by USDA to help farmers affected by drought (7/13/2012)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Start Date: 7/13/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/13/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM The ongoing drought in Indiana is one of the worst on record. Indiana is the fifth largest corn and soybean producer in the nation and by far the hardest hit of those top producers with 30 percent of the state declared to be in extreme drought. I’m praying for rain, as

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Freedom: Remembering why we celebrate the Fourth of July (6/29/2012 - 6/30/2012)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Start Date: 6/29/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Independence Day is a joyous occasion for all Americans. Amidst all the picnics, parades and fireworks, Americans are celebrating 236 years of a kind of freedom that is unique in history. We have learned as individuals, and as a nation, that it is freedom, above all else,

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Encouraging growth of the locally grown food market (6/22/2012)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Start Date: 6/22/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/22/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMEach year members of the Indiana General Assembly are assigned to summer study committees that are charged with studying various topics affecting Hoosiers across the state. These committees give us a chance to delve deeper into issues that came about over the legislative

Ellspermann Edition: Memorial Day Weekend (6/1/2012)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Start Date: 6/1/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 6/1/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a time to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country. Because of the brave actions of these fine soldiers and protectors, Hoosiers and Americans enjoy the highest level of freedom and safety in the world.

Ellspermann Edition: Local School Children Score well on IREAD (5/25/2012)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Start Date: 5/25/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/25/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Research suggests that students learn to read through the third grade. In fourth grade, students “read to learn” as this most important skill is required and assumed in order to learn new and more complex content. For instance, students must follow

Ellspermann Edition: Memorial Day Weekend (5/25/2012)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Start Date: 5/25/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/25/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a time to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country. Because of the brave actions of these fine soldiers and protectors, Hoosiers and Americans enjoy the highest level of freedom and safety in the world.

Ellspermann Edition: GO STEM! Comes to Holiday World (4/20/2012)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Start Date: 4/20/2012 End Date: 4/20/2012 Calling all girls…future scientists, engineers, researchers and mathematicians! On June 3-7 the University of Southern Indiana (USI) will host its second annual GO (Girls Only) STEM camp with residence on the USI campus. The camp exposing high school girls to all elements of science and

Ellspermann Edition: Local Income Tax Error Remits Nearly $5M to District 74 Counties (4/5/2012)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Start Date: 4/5/2012End Date: 4/5/2012 Anyone can make one mistake, but two? In December Department of Revenue (DOR) found a programming error which “discovered” over $300 million of tax revenue that had been electronically remitted by businesses, but not transferred into the General Fund. This did allow the General Assembly to fund full-day

Statement: Rep. Ellspermann agrees with request to audit DOR (4/5/2012)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Start Date: 4/5/2012End Date: 4/5/2012 STATEHOUSE -- “I am extremely concerned to learn of yet another programming error within the Department of Revenue (DOR) in remitting local option income taxes to our counties. I do fully affirm the immediate and stern responses of the Office of Management and Budget directed by Adam Horst to immediately issue

Ellspermann Edition: Spring Break, Easter Week and a Reflection (3/30/2012)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Start Date: 3/30/2012 End Date: 3/30/2012 We spent the week of March 25 visiting our daughter, son-in-law and our first grandbaby in Las Vegas followed by a side trip to Sedona, Ariz. for some hiking of the red rocks and much needed relaxation. As most that have grown children who live away, we are proud of their efforts to succeed on their

Ellpsermann Edition: I-67 Washington, D.C. Fly-In (3/23/2012)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Start Date: 3/23/2012 End Date: 3/23/2012 One of the most critical issues to the future of southern Indiana is ensuring job retention and creation. Nearly a year ago we were notified that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) did not have the funds to complete the four-lane highway 231 north of the Huntingburg Airport, though $7

[R74] How Late it Was! (3/16/2012)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Start Date: 3/16/2012End Date: 3/16/2012 The General Assembly completed its work at 1:45 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 10. At midnight the Speaker shared that we had four bills left and asked if we wanted to break until sunrise or return on Monday. It was like the last day of school. Legislators chanted “Stay, stay!” And we did. I

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann’s bills to encourage food and worker safety signed by governor (3/15/2012)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Start Date: 3/15/2012End Date: 3/15/2012 STATEHOUSE—Two pieces of legislation authored by State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) were signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1312 allows farmers to sell more food items at farmers’ markets or roadside stands. Individuals will be able to grow the food product not just from their

[R74] Progress for a stronger Indiana (3/10/2012)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Start Date: 3/10/2012End Date: 3/10/2012The 2012 Legislative Session has come to a close three days ahead of schedule and I want to report on some of the key legislation that I believe will make a real difference for constituents in our district. This year, the General Assembly took action for a fairer tax code by passing Senate Bill (SB) 293 to

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Three Dubois County Schools Top the State (3/2/2012)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Start Date: 3/2/2012End Date: 3/2/2012 On Thursday, March 1 three Dubois County’s schools were honored by Indiana Department of Education: Ferdinand, Pine Ridge and Huntingburg Elementary Schools. Just 15 other elementary schools across the state shared this honor. Dr. Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, wanted to know what we were

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann: Local schools honored by state for high performance (3/1/2012)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Start Date: 3/1/2012End Date: 3/1/2012 STATEHOUSE—Three area elementary schools represented by State Reps. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand), Steve Davisson (R-Salem), and Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) were recognized today by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Ferdinand Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary, and Huntingburg Elementary have achieved some

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann: Bill to Provide Victims of Rape with Protections Passes House (2/28/2012)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Start Date: 2/28/2012End Date: 2/28/2012 STATEHOUSE – A bill to protect women who are victims of rape and their children passed the House unanimously. State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) is cosponsoring Senate Bill (SB) 190 that would allow a woman who has been raped to file a petition in court to terminate the biological father, the

[R74] Ellpermann Edition: Moving Towards the End of Session (2/24/2012)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Start Date: 2/24/2012End Date: 2/24/2012 It is anticipated that the General Assembly will end March 9, a few days before the mandatory March 14 deadline. As such, virtually all committees completed their work this week. All Senate bills will be through third readings (final vote) on Wednesday in the House. This is followed by a 10 day Conference

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann co-sponsors bill to help protect women (2/21/2012)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Start Date: 2/21/2012End Date: 2/21/2012 STATEHOUSE – A bill to protect women who are victims of violence and their children passed the House Judiciary Committee today unanimously. State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) is cosponsoring Senate Bill (SB) 190 that would allow a woman who has been raped to file a petition in court to terminate the

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Congressman Hamilton is Wise Beyond Words (2/17/2012)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Start Date: 2/17/2012End Date: 2/17/2012 This week I had the privilege of hearing one of Indiana’s most esteemed leaders, Congressman Lee Hamilton, who spoke at the annual Indiana Chamber dinner. As many will recall, the Honorable Congressman Hamilton served the 9th District from 1965-1999, now held by Congressman Todd Young and almost completely

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Protecting women who are victims of violence and their children (2/10/2012)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Start Date: 2/10/2012End Date: 2/10/2012 As the mother of four young adult daughters and grandmother for a first time, I know our family has been blessed. However, my heart breaks to even consider the trauma that a victim of rape endures. I am sponsoring Senate Bill (SB) 190, Termination of Parent-Child Relationship, a bill which allows a woman who has

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Halftime and Moving on to Senate Bills (2/3/2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Start Date: 2/3/2012End Date: 2/3/2012 The Indiana House passed 108 bills in the first half including one enacted House Bill (HB) 1001, Right to Work, and one enacted Senate Bill (SB) 4, Human Trafficking, prior to the Super Bowl. The greatest attention, by far, was paid to passage of Right to Work as Indiana became the 23rd state to provide this

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann: Health Care Compact passes out of House (2/2/2012)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Start Date: 2/2/2012End Date: 2/2/2012 STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) has coauthored legislation that would adopt a Health Care Compact (HCC), an agreement which would allow Indiana to remove itself from the federal government’s universal health care mandate. The legislation, House Bill (HB) 1269, passed out of the House with a

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann supports freedom for Hoosier workers (2/1/2012)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Start Date: 2/1/2012End Date: 2/1/2012 STATEHOUSE—“Today Indiana becomes the 23rd Right to Work state in our nation providing Hoosier workers increased freedom to decide whether to financially support a union. Further, passage of this law has already begun to bring job commitments to Indiana and new opportunities to bid on projects, including

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann co-authors bill to phase out ‘death tax’, passes the House (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 STATEHOUSE –House Bill 1199, co-authored by State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand), passed out of the House on Monday with a 78-17 vote. The proposed bill allows small business owners, farmers and individuals who have acquired savings and assets to pass these to their children or others without tax. Indiana

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann’s bill to expand farmers’ rights passes House (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) authored a bill that will expand farmers’ rights to sell items at farmer’s markets or roadside stands. House Bill (HB) 1312 passed the House by a vote of 73-24 and will now move onto the Senate for further consideration. This legislation would

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann’s bill to support entrepreneurs, small business passes House (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 STATEHOUSE – A bill authored by State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) that would allow a pilot program for rural counties to retain the state income tax of new businesses and their employees for a 5 year period up to $500,000 per year passed the House by a vote of 85-13. House Bill (HB) 1241 will now go to

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: The Warm up Begins to Super Bowl (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012End Date: 1/27/2012 What a week it has been! As our quorum was re-established midweek, we began moving forward in earnest. The General Assembly and governor’s highest priority bill, Right to Work, was passed through each Chamber as different bills. Each Chamber’s bill will now go to the opposite Chamber for further

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann authors bill to protect Hoosier workers (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012End Date: 1/27/2012 STATEHOUSE – To help protect the privacy rights of Hoosier workers, State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) authored a bill that passed the House by a vote of 65-26. House Bill (HB) 1173 would mandate that the identity of employees that file a complaint concerning workplace safety or health standards must be

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann supports Hoosier workers’ freedom (1/25/2012)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Start Date: 1/25/2012End Date: 1/25/2012 STATEHOUSE—“Today is a great day for Hoosier workers with the passage of HB 1001, Right to Work, in the House. We have studied this issue closely...a full year of study. We have heard from all sides, all studies and all perspectives. Now it is time for Hoosier workers to have the freedom to choose to

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann: House Republican Freshmen Support Speaker Bosma (1/20/2012)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Start Date: 1/20/2012End Date: 1/20/2012 The Lunchpail Republican PAC has made outrageous accusations about our Speaker of the House Brian Bosma suggesting excessive pressure on House Republicans regarding the passage of House Bill 1001, Right to Work (RTW). Let us clear the air right here, right now. As elected officials in our own right, we exercise our

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann: The Best and Worst of the Process (1/20/2012)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Start Date: 1/20/2012End Date: 1/20/2012 This was the end of our third week of the legislative “short” session which lasts through mid-March. On Friday we entered our eighth day without a quorum, disallowing us to vote bills through the House. This has resulted in $3,000 of fines being assigned to the 35 Democrats who have regularly failed

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Back to Work and Moving Forward (1/13/2012)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Start Date: 1/13/2012End Date: 1/13/2012 The Indiana House is back to work and full steam ahead. After a four-day extended caucus by our Democrat colleagues, the House is moving forward on all cylinders to complete our work during this short session. The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee voted to support the Right to Work bill which now moves

[74] Rep. Ellspermann responds to State of the State address (1/10/2012)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start Date: 1/10/2012End Date: 1/10/2012 STATEHOUSE - “On Tuesday evening the governor shared his last State of the State address with Hoosiers and our General Assembly. Gov. Daniels has dedicated his eight years to improving the economy of Indiana…or, as some call it, creating the best sandbox in America. His legacy will be felt for years to

[R74] Déjà vu all over again (1/6/2012)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Start Date: 1/6/2012End Date: 1/6/2012 Week one of session and… it was “déjà vu all over again” as Yogi Berra would say. We showed up to our first General Assembly day on Wednesday, January 4 and had just three Democrats in the House withholding a quorum to do business. I remain optimistic about this session and my

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Right to Work Views and Facts (12/30/2011)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Start Date: 12/30/2011End Date: 12/30/2011 Much attention is being focused on one key issue in the upcoming legislative session: Right to Work (RTW). We are now seeing the opposition groups speak out strongly as the governor and the Speaker have made this a top priority. Opponents have every right to share their concerns. My commitment is to share openly

[R74] Energizing Indiana to Save Hoosiers Money (12/22/2011)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Start Date: 12/22/2011End Date: 12/22/2011 This week the State of Indiana launched its new electric energy efficiency programs, known as Energizing Indiana. The programs are designed to help meet the state’s aggressive electric conservation goals and lower the energy bills of Hoosiers in their homes, schools and businesses. One of the programs

[R74] Indiana's Budget Set for a Merry Christmas (12/16/2011)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Start Date: 12/16/2011End Date: 12/16/2011 Hoosiers should be commended for our ability to operate frugally... in our households, organizations and as a state... during difficult economic times. This frugality is paying off as Indiana's updated forecast shows us ahead of the projections. The forecast shows Indiana's revenues to be $500 million better than

[R74] Your opinions help me better represent you (12/9/2011)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Start Date: 12/9/2011End Date: 12/9/2011 Every year, before the beginning of the legislative session, members of the General Assembly send out a survey to residents in our districts in order to better gauge your opinions on issues that may come before the legislature in the coming months. A variety of questions are included that will help me to better

[R74] Helping Small Businesses Breakout (12/2/2011)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Start Date: 12/2/2011End Date: 12/2/2011Almost two-thirds of jobs are created by small businesses. In tough economic times, we recognize more than ever the critical role that men, women, and families who run these businesses play in our smaller communities. We thank them for their commitment to their businesses - where there is no such thing as overtime

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Creating an economic climate to attract jobs (11/23/2011)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Start Date: 11/23/2011End Date: 11/23/2011 This week, the General Assembly met at the Statehouse for Organization Day. Traditionally, it is a day of ceremony and a time for us to prepare for the upcoming session. It is customary for the Speaker of the House to address the members and this year Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) focused on the need to

[R74] Rep. Ellspermann: Bringing jobs to Indiana for Hoosier families (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011End Date: 11/22/2011 STATEHOUSE —Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand), returned to the Statehouse for Organization Day to hear the House Speaker deliver a speech setting the tone for the upcoming legislative session. This year, Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis)

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: A Time to Give Thanks (11/18/2011)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Start Date: 11/18/2011End Date: 11/18/2011 We all have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. For most, we have food and shelter, family and friends who love us, and too many blessings to fully appreciate. Personally, I have much to be thankful about and I hope to reflect and express that appreciation. Thank you, voters, for placing your faith in me

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Municipal Elections Are Complete (11/10/2011)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Start Date: 11/10/2011End Date: 11/10/2011 We saw the election of two new mayors in District 74: Mayor elect Mary Snyder of Cannelton and Mayor elect Denny Spinner of Huntingburg. We congratulate the new and re-elected mayors and thank the current mayors for their service to our communities. In addition, we saw both re-elections and new blood in our

[R74] Ellspermann Edition: Governor Fukuda and Delegation Visit Indiana (11/4/2011)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Start Date: 11/4/2011End Date: 11/4/2011 Last Friday I was privileged to represent Indiana legislative leadership at Japan's Tochigi Prefecture visit. Japan has 47 prefectures similar to America's 50 states. Gov. Tomikazu Fukuda, his administrative leaders and several Tochigi Assembly members (similar to our General Assembly) formed a 9-person delegation.

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Chrisney Elementary and HTC: Seeds of Positive Change (9/23/2011)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Start Date: 9/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/23/2011This week Chrisney Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School, one of just nine Indiana schools and 300 in the nation to receive this 2011 designation. Please join me in congratulating Principal Julie Kemp, teachers, students and the administration of North Spencer School Corporation. This is

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann: District 74 Community Connection (9/20/2011)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Start Date: 9/20/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/20/2011STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) is hosting a series of District 74 Community Connections. The first is being held on Tuesday, September 27, at 6:00 p.m. at Santa's Lodge in Santa Claus, Ind. Rep. Ellspermann is hosting the Community Connection meetings to provide an update on Statehouse,

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: District 74 Community Connections (9/16/2011)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Start Date: 9/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/16/2011Over the next two months I will be hosting, with the help of others, community meetings across House District 74. We currently have meetings scheduled in Santa Claus on September 27 at Santa's Lodge and in Dale on October 11 at Lincoln Heritage Library. Both meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. local time.

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Southern Indiana Rural Communities Summit Results (9/9/2011)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Start Date: 9/9/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/9/2011An overflowing crowd of both state and local elected leaders, school superintendents, business and community leaders gathered at the Huntingburg Event Center Thursday to address "Plugging the Brain Drain" in our rural counties. Key facts: Our rural counties of southwest Indiana have lost 15 percent of our

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann: Plugging the Brain Drain (9/9/2011)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Start Date: 9/9/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/9/2011STATEHOUSE - The first ever Southern Indiana Rural Communities Summit to address the issue of 'brain drain' was hosted this week by State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand). Of the nearly 150 participants, there were local government officials, school corporation superintendents, economic developers, business

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Special Days of Remembrance (9/2/2011)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Start Date: 9/2/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/2/2011Labor Day has been a national holiday for over 100 years recognizing the efforts of trade and labor unions in the United States. Our region has a strong history of organized labor, though membership currently in our state rests at just 11 percent. That said, unions have served as an important voice for

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Vincennes University Advanced Manufacturing Center Opens (8/26/2011)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Start Date: 8/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/26/2011The new Vincennes University Advanced Manufacturing Center in Gibson County opened its doors this semester. This is a great addition for VU, but why is it important to District 74? First, it puts advanced training and degree programs within driving range for many Warrick, Spencer, Gibson and northern Perry

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Fatalities Continue on Hwy 231 in Spencer County - Please Help (8/19/2011)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Start Date: 8/19/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/19/2011It has been a 40 year dream for Spencer County to realize a four-lane US Hwy 231 connecting them to Owensboro, Ky. and Interstate 64. Elected officials, business leaders and countless community members applauded its completion late this spring. It was one more element of infrastructure to continue the

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann hosting S. Ind. summit to address 'brain drain' (8/8/2011)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Start Date: 8/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/8/2011STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) will be hosting the first ever Southern Indiana Rural Communities Summit: Plugging the Brain Drain. The event will be held on Thursday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST at the Huntingburg Event Center. Rep. Ellspermann has invited state and local

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Southern Indiana Summer Entertainment is Superb! (8/5/2011)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Start Date: 8/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/5/2011Last weekend my mom, Betty Boeglin, and I were overwhelmed by the quality of the production and acting at the Lincoln Amphitheatre as the Evansville Civic Theatre performed the Wizard of Oz, one of my childhood (and adulthood) favorites. I remember being mesmerized as a child in front of the TV when it aired

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Plugging the Brain Drain: Rural Summit (7/29/2011)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Start Date: 7/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/29/2011A key theme to my campaign a year ago was ensuring the viability of our rural communities by retaining and attracting back our talented young people. The Young Entrepreneur bill was the first down payment on that commitment as it allows us to attract these young college graduates and their new business to our

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Dubois County Unemployment Lowest in the State (7/22/2011)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Start Date: 7/22/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/22/2011As Indiana's unemployment rate increased one tenth to 8.3 percent in June, District 74 has shown some of the state's strongest employment numbers. Dubois County is honored to hold the lowest unemployment in the state at 5.5 percent. This is followed closely by Warrick County ranking fourth best at 6.5

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Ferdinand and Lincoln Trail Elementary Schools Rated Exceptional (7/15/2011)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Start Date: 7/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/15/2011This week the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the results for the spring 2011 ISTEP+ tests for third through eighth grades. Two schools in District 74 were recognized for their exceptionally high scores. Ferdinand Elementary School in the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation received a

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann receives high score on the Indiana Chamber's annual list (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2011STATEHOUSE - The Indiana Chamber of Commerce released their annual Legislative Vote Analysis earlier this week, ranking State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) as a pro-job and pro-economy legislator. Rep. Ellspermann scored a 90 percent for both categories in the 2011 session, showing proof of the large

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Our District 74 (7/8/2011)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Start Date: 7/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/8/2011As you may recall, one of our major constitutional requirements was to update the maps for Indiana House and Senate districts, as well as Congressional districts. I served on the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee responsible for the House and Congressional maps. It is mandatory to revisit

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann appointed as Chair of Orange County Development Advisory Board (7/8/2011)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Start Date: 7/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/8/2011STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) was assigned to two interim study committees in order to better address issues facing Hoosiers statewide. Rep. Ellspermann will be serving as chairman of the Orange County Development Advisory Board and as a member of the Interim Study Committee on Employment

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Our Great Country (7/1/2011)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Start Date: 7/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/1/2011The July Fourth weekend offers an opportunity for all of us to appreciate those who founded our great country. It is hard to imagine the wisdom and courage of folks like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and over 50 other great men who constructed and signed the Declaration of Independence over 230 years

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: North American Lighting Coming to Northern Warrick County (6/24/2011)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Start Date: 6/24/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/24/2011This week we completed a groundbreaking of the first high technology company to call Northern Warrick Industrial Park home. North American Lighting (NAL), owned by Japanese parent Koito Manufacturing, makes automotive lighting and components. The new facility in northern Warrick County will be their first

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Indiana's Economic Growth Third Best in the Nation (6/17/2011)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Start Date: 6/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/17/2011Hoosiers did what Hoosiers do. We tightened our belts at home, at work and at the Statehouse during this tough recession. As a result, we are now recognized nationally as the third fastest growing economy in the nation (http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/gsp_newsrelease.htm), Indiana's

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Celebrating our Successes (6/10/2011)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Start Date: 6/10/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/10/2011As the legislative session pauses and summer study committees commence, I want to take an opportunity to recognize some of "what is going right" in District 74. Let's start with applauding the town of St. Meinrad which is celebrating their 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial). The citizens and monks alike

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Who is in control? (6/3/2011)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Start Date: 6/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/3/2011Indiana became the first state in the nation to block state funding to abortion providers in House Enrolled Act 1210, of which I am proud to be a co-author. This legislation, which also limits termination of a pregnancy to 20 weeks, ensures informed consent, and holds physicians to higher accountability, was

[r74] House Republicans' Job Creation Incentives Signed into Law (6/2/2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Start Date: 6/2/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/2/2011STATEHOUSE-Many House Republican members were present today at the Statehouse as the governor signed into law several bills providing additional economic development tools to communities in order to better foster job growth. "Job creation is a top priority for Hoosiers," said State Rep. Sue Ellspermann

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: The Hollowing Out of Our Small Towns (5/27/2011)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Start Date: 5/27/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/27/2011One of my strongest reasons for seeking office was the ever-increasing "brain drain" in our rural communities. This past legislative session I authored the Young Entrepreneur Bill to give our communities the opportunity to attract these talented young people and their businesses to our communities, as well as

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: 2011 Legislative Session: A Freshman's Reflections, Part Two (5/20/2011)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Start Date: 5/20/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/20/2011Last week I began to outline the many goals we worked towards and accomplish in the 2011 Legislative Session. It was a busy and fruitful four months for the legislature and for all Hoosiers in the end. The following is the end of my discussion on our plans to strengthen Indiana through expanding education

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: 2011 Legislative Session: A Freshman's Reflections, Part One (5/13/2011)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Start Date: 5/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/13/2011The 2011 Legislative Session was action packed. The Republican led agenda was strong: no new taxes and a balanced budget, promote job creation, increase educational opportunities and standing up to Washington D.C. On all accounts, this was accomplished. The following is a summary of the budget we adopted and

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Completing the work on time and on task (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011Completing the Work on Time and on Task In November, I was elected to serve District 74. To say it has been a whirlwind journey would be an understatement. First, a legislator begins serving midnight of election night, not January 1 as most would assume. During December we had 5 days of training at the

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann appluads Indiana Main Street for their community investments (4/26/2011)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Start Date: 4/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2011Rep. Ellspermann applauds Indiana Main Street for their community investments STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) recognized Indiana Main Street in a resolution on the House floor Monday for their contributions for more than 25 years to community investments. Indiana Main Street, a division

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Protecting the sanctity of life and preparing for our final week of session (4/21/2011)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Start Date: 4/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/21/2011Protecting the sanctity of life and preparing for our final week of sessionWe are getting very close to the end of session, and things at the Statehouse are busy and exciting. This week the Senate passed House Bill 1210, one of the most positive pro-life pieces of legislation in the country. I am privileged

[r74] Funds given to USI for new teaching theatre applauded by S. Ind. State Reps. (4/14/2011)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Start Date: 4/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2011Funds given to USI for new teaching theatre applauded by S. Ind. State Reps. STATEHOUSE - It was announced by the General Assembly Budget Committee that the University of Southern Indiana (USI) will receive $13 million to construct and finance a new Teacher Theatre. "USI's enrollment is rapidly increasing and

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Senate Bills Move Through the House (4/8/2011)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Start Date: 4/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2011Senate Bills Move Through the House This week the House has moved more than 40 Senate bills through final passage and we have quite a few more bills remaining to be heard in committee and second reading on the House floor. There are two important bills are moving through the early part of this process. Senate

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Full steam ahead! (4/1/2011)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Start Date: 4/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2011Full Steam Ahead! Monday we were pleasantly surprised as our Democrat colleagues returned to do the work that remains with the intent to complete that work by our April 29 deadline. This situation was resolved because Hoosiers said "enough is enough". It was public sentiment that brought the Democrats back and

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Moving Forward (3/25/2011)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Start Date: 3/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/25/2011Moving Forward This week began hearings of all House committees, the Senate budget committee and Redistricting public meetings. As you know, the House has had five weeks of delays with the minority walkout. The House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann's bill to benefit Indiana young entrepreneurs signed into law (3/23/2011)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Start Date: 3/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/23/2011Rep. Ellspermann's bill to benefit Indiana young entrepreneurs signed into lawSTATEHOUSE - On Tuesday, Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill authored by State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) that promotes economic development and business opportunities for young entrepreneurs and communities across the

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Join us for Redistricting Hearings (3/21/2011)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Start Date: 3/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/21/2011Join us for Redistricting Hearings It was announced on Friday, March 18 that redistricting hearings will be held this coming Friday and Saturday across the state. Redistricting is required after each census to ensure equal representation in the House, Senate and congressional House seats. The Indiana House

[r74] Young entrepreneurs bill authored by Rep. Ellspermann sails through the Senate (3/17/2011)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Start Date: 3/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/17/2011Young entrepreneurs bill authored by Rep. Ellspermann sails through the SenateSTATEHOUSE - A bill authored by State Representative Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) was approved by the Senate on Tuesday. After a unanimous vote in the House, House Bill 1251, which establishes a Young Entrepreneurs Program, was also

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: District 74 Legislative Survey Results (3/11/2011)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Start Date: 3/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/11/2011District 74 Legislative Survey Results In mid-January many of you received the District 74 Legislative Survey. Over 1,625 in total returned the survey with just over 1,200 mailing it in and the other 400 completing the on-line survey. To all those who provided this valuable input, let me thank you and

[r74] House Republican Freshmen Galvanized for Democracy (3/10/2011)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Start Date: 3/10/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/10/2011House Republican Freshmen Galvanized for Democracy We entered the 2011 General Assembly with a passion to serve and a commitment to make a difference. Voters put us in charge to focus on jobs, a balanced budget with no new taxes and education improvement. In November we took an oath to uphold Indiana and our

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Moving On (3/4/2011)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Start Date: 3/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/4/2011Moving On We have completed the second week of the Democrat House walkout with a cost to the state estimated at $250,000. In addition, we have lost seven legislative days to hear bills important to our constituents and others across the state. For legislators who don't return on Monday, the House will impose

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Willing to Work (2/25/2011)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Start Date: 2/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/25/2011Willing to Work It has been an interesting week. even by Statehouse standards. On Monday the House Employment, Labor and Pension Committee passed a Right to Work (RTW) bill, House Bill 1468, which provided that employees of a unionized shop have the choice of whether to join the union. 22 other states

[r74] Nearing the end of the "First Half" (2/18/2011)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Start Date: 2/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/18/2011Nearing the end of the "First Half" We passed the Marriage Amendment out of the House this week. It is the first step towards a constitutional amendment defining a marriage as "between one man and one woman". This is an amendment that a strong majority of District 74 constituents have requested. If this

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: It's about the economy...and jobs (2/11/2011)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Start Date: 2/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/11/2011It's about the economy.and jobs This week saw the long awaited "jobs" bills start passing through the House. House Bill 1007, authored by Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), gained unanimous approval in the House. These tax incentives provide counties and local communities more economic development tools such as

[r74] Special Ellspermann Edition: Chartering the future (2/9/2011)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Start Date: 2/9/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/9/2011Special Edition: Chartering the Future On Monday and Tuesday the House of Representatives debated and passed HB 1002, the Charter School bill. The bill heard over sixteen hours of testimony and debate. This bill will now go to the Senate for consideration and, if passed there, to the Governor's desk to become

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: "Icing" the Legislature (2/4/2011)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Start Date: 2/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/4/2011"Icing" the Legislature What a week in Indy! The legislature was able to meet Monday and Thursday, with an ice storm closing down most of Indianapolis on Tuesday and Wednesday. As a freshman, it was a time to catch up on constituent contacts and bill reading and to meet one-on-one with leadership. Even with

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Charters and Solvency (1/28/2011)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Start Date: 1/28/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/28/2011Charters and Solvency Rather than share an update on the many bills we are discussing, I am going to focus on two bills which will be moving through the House, but are less understood than bills like text messaging and smoking bans. The Charter School bill, House Bill 1002, has made it out of committee and

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: First bills passed out of the house (1/21/2011)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Start Date: 1/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/21/2011First Bills Passed Out of the House Bills are now being discussed, amended and voted "up" or "down" as they are moving through their House Committees and on to third reading and a House chamber vote. A number of bills of high interest are being considered. Three pieces of legislation were passed out of the

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: Full Steam Ahead (1/14/2011)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Start Date: 1/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/14/2011Full Steam Ahead The legislative week in the House was "full steam ahead". In one week, the State of the State occurred, the State of the Judiciary took place, Rep. Donnelly stopped by on the House floor and Sen. Coats gave a speech from the House floor. In addition, bill filings were required early in the

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann recognizes Holiday World owners (1/13/2011)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Start Date: 1/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/13/2011 Rep. Ellspermann recognizes Holiday World owners STATEHOUSE - On Wednesday, State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) recognized Dan and Pat Koch, owners and operators of Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, and John Chittester, chairman of the Holiday World board. They were recognized for their accomplishments

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann recognizes Holiday World owners (1/13/2011)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Start Date: 1/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/13/2011Rep. Ellspermann recognizes Holiday World owners STATEHOUSE - On Wednesday, State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) recognized Dan and Pat Koch, owners and operators of Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, and John Chidester, the Director of Marketing for Holiday World and Splashin' Safari. They were recognized

[r74] Ellspermann Edition: The Legislative Session Begins! (1/7/2011)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Start Date: 1/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2011The Legislative Session Begins! Wednesday launched the 2011 Legislative Session for the House of Representatives. It was historic in the bipartisan tone set by Speaker Bosma (R-Indianapolis) including the first ever naming of minority party committee chairs. That mood was tested when past-Speaker and now

[r74] Rep. Ellspermann paging student for 2011 session (12/21/2010)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Start Date: 12/21/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/21/2010Rep. Ellspermann paging students for 2011 session STATEHOUSE - State Representative Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) is encouraging students ages 13-18 to sign up for the Indiana House Page Program. The program allows students to view and participate in the day-to-day activities of the General Assembly and the

[r74] 2011 Legislative Session Quickly Approaching (11/16/2010)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Start Date: 11/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/16/2010 The newly elected Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma stated, "we must think anew and act anew - I pledge to you that I will do my duty, and ask you to do the same." In September, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative plan, which can be found at www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans.

[r74] test (11/13/2010)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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