Ron Bacon

Ron Bacon

Representative | District 75

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Phone: 317-232-9833

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h75@iga.in.gov

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Courtney Scott

Phone: 317-234-9006

Email: courtney.scott@iga.in.gov

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Welcome to my website. We have provided information that I hope you will find useful.

It is an honor to serve our community at the Statehouse, and I look forward to the term ahead.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns. I welcome your input.

Sincerely,

Ron Bacon
State Representative
House District 75

Indiana House of Representatives: 2010 - Present

House District 75: Portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties 

Committees:

  • Family, Children and Human Affairs
  • Public Health
  • Select Committee on Government Reduction
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee

Address: 200 West Washington Street, Suite 401, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Telephone: 

1-800-382-9841 (Statehouse)
Direct Line: 317-232-9833

Occupation: Respiratory Therapist; Owner, R. Bacon Enterprises, Inc. in Boonville, IN

Education:
Graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy
Graduated from Mater Dei High School

Community Involvement:

  • St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital Foundation – Member, Chairman 2007 to 2013
  • Warrick County Chamber of Commerce – Member, Current Director
  • Right to Life of Southwestern Indiana 
  • Indiana Right to Life
  • National Rifle Association
  • St. John the Evangelist Church, Daylight, IN
  • Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow

State Representative Ron Bacon was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010. He currently represents District 75, which covers parts of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties. He is an advocate for fiscal integrity through a balanced state budge, meaningful tax reform, increased economic development and family values.

Rep. Bacon has been highly involved in his community. He served as chairman of the St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital Foundation for six years, and he is a current director of the Warrick County Chamber of Commerce and a member and past president of the Boonville Kiwanis club. Rep. Bacon is a member of the National Rifle Association, Right to Life of Southwestern Indiana, Indiana Right to Life, and he attends the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Daylight, IN.

Rep. Bacon and his wife Karen have been married for 47 years and have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He and Karen reside in Northwest Warrick County.

House District 75 is comprised large portions of Warrick, Spencer and Pike counties in southern Indiana.

March Madness at the Indiana Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, March 13, 2015

For many Hoosiers, the beginning of spring signifies much more than just warmer weather; it is a time filled with excitement and anticipation for sports fans who eagerly await March Madness. While the real action takes place on the basketball court, I like to think that we, as legislators, are also in the midst of our own form of “madness” at

Rep. Bacon honors South Spencer softball team

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Monday, March 2, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) honored the South Spencer Lady Rebels, the 2014 state champion fast pitch softball team, with a resolution at the Statehouse. Rep. Bacon was joined in the House Chamber by the softball team and their coach Tara Compton. “It is an honor to recognize the South Spencer softball team for

Education funding at the forefront of the House budget

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Every two years, the Legislature is tasked with crafting the state’s biennial budget. I have now been through three budget cycles, all of which have stayed firm to our commitment to fiscal integrity and living within our means. This year, I am particularly proud of our efforts to not only protect our state in the event of future economic decline, but

Bill to increase public safety passes House

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Monday, February 23, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) has authored a bill to provide tactical training for emergency responders. House Bill (HB) 1197, co-authored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), passed out of the House with a vote of 95 - 0 and will now head to the Senate for further consideration and debate. HB 1197

Empowering Hoosier parents

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, February 13, 2015

With the halfway point of the legislative session quickly approaching, many bills are making their way out of committees and onto the House floor. One of these bills, which I will share with you today, is a bill that I authored regarding prenatal diagnoses. You might be thinking that my experience in the healthcare industry is what prompted me to author

Indiana HIP 2.0 waiver approved

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, January 30, 2015

Working in the health care industry, I know how important it is to have the best health care options available. As the country continues to struggle with the changes under the Affordable Care Act, Indiana has made strides by offering a consumer-driven health care program, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). HIP empowers Hoosiers to take charge of

Southern Indiana legislators participate in Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, January 30, 2015

STATEHOUSE –Members of the General Assembly, including local lawmakers and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse on Thursday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012, 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have

Bill to increase medical efficiency passes the Indiana House

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has authored a bill to increase medical efficiency. Tuesday, the bill was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate for further consideration and debate. House Bill (HB) 1157 allows qualified dieticians to order medically prescribed diets. Under current

Legislation protecting Hoosier homeowners passes Indiana House

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Thursday, January 22, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has authored a bill to protect homeowners affected by mine subsidence by raising the maximum amount of insurance coverage available. Thursday, the bill passed unanimously out of the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate for further consideration and debate. Currently, the

Boonville named one of best places to raise a family

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, January 16, 2015

This week marked the governor’s annual State of the State Address. During this address, I was pleased to hear Governor Pence echo his commitment to attracting the best and brightest to the Hoosier state. This is something that we have been working towards throughout my time in the Legislature. One way which we have aimed to achieve this goal is

[R75] Preparing for the 2015 legislative session

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, January 2, 2015

By the time you read this, the 2015 legislative session will officially be underway. Each session brings with it a new set of challenges but also the opportunity to once again move Indiana forward. If you have never been to the Statehouse during session, it can be difficult to describe. For lawmakers, I think the best way to describe it is like starting a

[R75] Rewarding Indiana’s outstanding educators

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, December 19, 2014

We all remember that one educator who had a profound impact on our lives. Usually, they are the ones who believed in us the most and went the extra mile to make us believe in ourselves. For me, it was the priest superintendent at my high school who went out of his way to give Deaconess Hospital my name when they began asking around town for referrals for

[R75] Christmas traditions (12/5/2014)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Start Date: 12/5/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/5/2014 Holidays, especially Christmas, are about traditions and spending time with friends and family. Few can deny the warmth in their heart that comes from snow-covered landscapes, the smell of freshly-baked cookies and a household lit by a vibrant, glowing Christmas tree. Like many of you, each year,

[R75] Rep. Bacon Ready to Begin Committee Work (12/5/2014)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Start Date: 12/5/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/5/2014 STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments for the 119th General Assembly. Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election. State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) was appointed to serve on three

[R75] Starting session off right (11/21/2014)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Start Date: 11/21/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/21/2014 To say that this week has been eventful would be an understatement. Not only was I officially sworn in for a third term as State Representative for District 75, but I also celebrated my 68th birthday and 47 years of marriage to my wife, Karen. Every year around Thanksgiving, we are reminded of

[R75] Operation Job Ready Veterans (11/7/2014)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Start Date: 11/7/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/7/2014 We are fortunate to live in the greatest nation on earth. While many regimes around the world still control the will of their people, we have the ability to elect our leaders, to change the direction of our country and any American can make a difference. However, we would not have these freedoms

[R75] 2015 Republican agenda: Accountability is our Responsibility (10/24/2014)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Start Date: 10/24/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/24/2014 Last week, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the caucus’ agenda for the 2015 legislative session. The agenda is our plan to increase accountability for all Hoosiers while strengthening Indiana in four major categories: Budget, Education, Ethics and Public Safety. At first glance, these

[R75] October: Respect Life Month (10/9/2014)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Start Date: 10/9/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/9/2014 Each year, the month of October is dedicated to cherishing and respecting life. Not only is it breast cancer and domestic violence awareness month, but it is also Respect Life month, which launched on Oct. 5th. Why is this so important to me? From time to time, I have shared with you my

[R75] Launch your career: Intern with the Indiana House Republicans (9/26/2014)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Start Date: 9/26/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/26/2014 On Friday, I had the honor of speaking to a graduating class at ITT Tech Newburgh’s September commencement ceremony. Being in front of these students, who have made a significant academic commitment to their future, really made me reflect back to my own younger years. While it seemed like

[R75] Hunger Action Month (9/12/2014)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Start Date: 9/12/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/12/2014 While Indiana is one of the most job-friendly states in the country, the fact remains that food insecurity and hunger are on the rise. Each and every day, Hoosier families are struggling to put food on the table. In fact, just this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that

[R75] Promoting CPR education across Indiana (8/29/2014)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Start Date: 8/29/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/29/2014 Adding new laws to the Indiana code is a process, a life-cycle. First, a bill has to make it through committee, successfully pass through both chambers of the Legislature and then, it must be signed into law by the governor. While this might seem like a challenging process, and you might think

[R75] Standing up to bullying (8/15/2014)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Start Date: 8/15/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/15/2014 During the summer months, I stay busy by attending interim study committee meetings, participating in events in our community and trying to keep up with my granddaughters as I look after them occasionally. Now that summer is winding down and my youngest granddaughter has started kindergarten, the

[R75] Indiana Psychological Association's Legislator of the year (8/1/2014)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Start Date: 8/1/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 8/1/2014 My number one job as your state representative is to accurately reflect the wishes and needs of my constituents at the Statehouse. While lawmakers have to make decisions on a variety of issues, over the years and through our service, many of us develop an area of expertise. If

[R75] Standing up for Hoosiers (7/18/2014)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Start Date: 7/18/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/18/2014 This will not be the first time you hear me talk about coal, nor will it be the last. I have spoken in the past about what I feel are destructive regulations passed on Indiana by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); regulations that are made stricter and stricter every time we turn around.

[R75] Interim study committees announced (7/3/2014)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Start Date: 7/3/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/3/2014 After each legislative session adjourns, members of the General Assembly continue their work throughout the summer months by serving on interim study committees. Recently, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the 2014 summer study committees, and I am honored to have been selected again this year to

[R75] The Indiana Grown Initiative (6/20/2014)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Start Date: 6/20/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/20/2014 Throughout this past session, it seemed as if only a few bills garnered significant media attention. With 225 new laws enacted in just 10 weeks, it would have been impossible to cover them all. However, the July 1 date for many of these new laws to take effect is quickly approaching, and today I

[R75] Indiana taking the lead on Constitutional Convention (6/6/2014)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Start Date: 6/6/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/6/2014 Throughout my time in the Legislature, many constituents have expressed concerns about federal overspending and our nation’s debt crisis. Despite our state’s history of fiscal integrity and passing an honestly balanced budget, decisions being made at the federal level have weighed

[R75] Preparing for severe weather (5/23/2014)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Start Date: 5/23/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/23/2014 May 9, 2014 started out like a typical spring day: rainy and slightly overcast. But by the end of the day, an unexpected storm had rolled through southwestern Indiana, including Boonville, leaving millions of dollars in damage in its path. While this destruction is still fresh

[R75] Indiana's workforce pipeline (5/9/2014)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Start Date: 5/9/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/9/2014 On Thursday, a subcommittee of the EVV Crane I-69 innovation corridor met in Evansville to conduct a roundtable discussion about what this group is doing to benefit the community and region. I was able to join in the conversation alongside other local state representatives and

[R75] Local legislators invited to take part in tactical emergency training (5/5/2014)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Start Date: 5/5/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/5/2014 STATEHOUSE – This past week, State Representatives Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) traveled to Texas after being invited to take part in the Basic Tactical Operational Medical Support Course (BTOMSC) put on by the Cypress Creek Tactical Medic Team in Houston.

[R75] Legislation regarding municipal utilities signed into law (4/30/2014)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Start Date: 4/30/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/30/2014 STATEHOUSE — Legislation authored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) regarding municipal utility services was signed into law by Governor Pence. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1187 arose from constituent concerns in Warrick County and specifies in Indiana Code that a municipal

[R75] Defending Hoosiers' right to self-protection (4/25/2014)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Start Date: 4/25/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/25/2014 Hoosiers firmly believe in individual liberties and personal responsibility, which is why it is no surprise that Hoosiers across the state strongly support the right to bear arms. Before the start of the 2014 legislative session, I sent out a survey to everyone in House District

[R75] Caring for our state highways (4/11/2014)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Start Date: 4/11/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/11/2014 During the 2014 legislative session, we transferred up to $400 million to go towards major state highway projects. Since session ended however, I have received numerous phone calls and emails from people concerned not with the drivability of our roads but rather the amount of trash on the sides

[R75] Legislation to protect student athletes signed into law (3/31/2014)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Start Date: 3/31/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/31/2014 STATEHOUSE — Legislation authored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R- Chandler) regarding sudden cardiac arrest awareness was signed into law today by Gov. Pence. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1290 adds athletic trainers to the definition of "health care provider." It also requires the

[R75] Helping Hoosier veterans (3/28/2014)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Start Date: 3/28/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/28/2014 I recently learned of a letter writing campaign for World War II veterans taking place right here in Indiana. On May 10, the Honor Flight Network will fly 69 World War II veterans to Washington D.C., and as a thank you for their service, coordinators are working to ensure that each veteran

[R75] Working on Progress (3/14/2014)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Start Date: 3/14/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/14/2014We have now reached the end of the 2014 legislative session. As you can imagine, ten weeks is not a very long time to tackle all of the important issues that we are faced with, however, I believe that the end product of this session is something we can all be proud of. At the beginning of

[R75] Rep. Bacon sponsors bill concerning mental health witnesses (2/28/2014)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Start Date: 2/28/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/28/2014State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has sponsored a piece of legislation to allow psychologists to testify in criminal courts as mental health witnesses. Senate Bill (SB) 88 passed the Indiana House of Representatives on 3rd reading today unanimously. Under current law, a psychiatrist

[R75] Youth First! Visits the Statehouse (2/28/2014)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Start Date: 2/28/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/28/2014Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with Youth First! as they visited the Statehouse to provide an update to Indiana’s southwest delegation. Youth First! is a 501 (c) 3 organization in Evansville which aims to strengthen youth and families and maximize student success through the

[R75] Rep. Bacon to hold town hall meeting (2/22/2014)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Start Date: 2/22/2014 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 2/22/2014 End Time: 10:00 AMTo provide a recap of the progress made during the 2014 legislative session, State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) will be hosting a town hall meeting in Spencer County. What: Town hall with Rep. Bacon When: Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. Where:

[R75] Rep. Bacon takes part in House resolution regarding carbon dioxide emissions (2/18/2014)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Start Date: 2/18/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/18/2014State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) co-authored House Resolution (HR) 11, which was presented on the House floor today. The resolution received bipartisan support and was adopted by the Indiana House of Representatives. The purpose of HR 11 is to support the lead role that states play in

[R75] Changes to release of veterinary records passes the Senate (2/17/2014)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Start Date: 2/17/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/17/2014State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) co-authored legislation regarding the release of animal veterinary records, which passed the Indiana Senate unanimously today. House Bill (HB) 1013 provides that in certain circumstances an animal's veterinary medical records must be released within

[R75] Six weeks down, four to go (2/17/2014)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Start Date: 2/17/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/17/2014It is hard to believe that we are already more than halfway through the 2014 legislative session. This halfway point marked the time when House bills, which had been passed out of the House, switched over to the Senate and vice versa. In my previous columns, I discussed the bills that I was

[R75] Rep. Bacon's sudden cardiac arrest awareness bill passes the House (2/3/2014)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Start Date: 2/3/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 2/3/2014 State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has authored a bill to help protect student athletes and raise awareness of sudden cardiac among this demographic. Today, the bill was passed by the House of Representatives with bipartisan support and a vote of 87-9. Specifically, this

[R75] What happens when sewer systems overlap? (1/31/2014)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Start Date: 1/31/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/31/2014What happens when sewer systems overlap? In the case of the towns of Chandler and Newburgh, for many years nothing happened. However, when a new development project came to Warrick County and posed the potential for added businesses, this previously coexisting relationship began to deteriorate.

[R75] Southern Indiana legislators participate in Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/23/2014)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Start Date: 1/23/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/23/2014Today, State Representatives Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) wore sneakers at the Statehouse, along with other House legislators and staff, in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and showcase the

[R75] 2014 Republican agenda: Working on Progress (1/17/2014)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Start Date: 1/17/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/17/2014Last week, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the caucus’ agenda for the 2014 legislative session. Included in this list of top priorities are matters such as early childhood education, bridging the skills gap, the repair and maintenance of state and local roads, an optional removal of the

[R75] Rep. Bacon responds to Governor Pence's State of the State address (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 1/14/2014 “The governor has once again affirmed his commitment to Hoosier schools and families. As a grandfather, I have a vested interest in the education of our young Hoosiers. Preparing kids for their bright futures is a priority in Indiana, and supporting preschool education is a

[R75] Your opinions matter! (1/3/2014)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Start Date: 1/3/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/3/2014 If you are reading this, chances are you have recently received my 2014 legislative survey in the mail. This is something we do each year prior to the start of the legislative session and allows you to express your hopes for the new year. This is important because as your state representative for

[R75] Remembering those in need this Christmas (12/20/2013)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Start Date: 12/20/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/20/2013 With all of the preparation that comes with decorating the house for Christmas, purchasing gifts and preparing food, it is easy to lose sight of what this season is truly about. To me, Christmas is about the blessings we have received throughout the year and sharing those blessings with others.

[R75] Our local schools deserve better (12/6/2013)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Start Date: 12/6/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/6/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM As you may have heard by now, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced on Tuesday that her office had finalized a settlement of a federal securities fraud lawsuit. The $14 million lawsuit accused the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) and the National Education

[R75] Rep. Bacon to hold local town hall meetings (12/4/2013)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Start Date: 12/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/4/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — Prior to the start of the 2014 legislative session, State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) will be hosting two town hall meetings in Spencer and Warrick counties. What: Town hall with Rep. Bacon When: Wednesday, December 11 at 6

[R75] Rep. Bacon responds to the ISTA lawsuit settlement (12/3/2013)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Start Date: 12/3/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/3/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM “I am disappointed that the ISTA and NEA are not fully refunding the money they deliberately mismanaged. The Warrick County School Corporation deserves more than what they will receive.” “The school corporation fell victim to a corrupt scheme in which the

[R75] What to expect during the 2014 session (11/22/2013)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Start Date: 11/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Organization Day was Nov. 19, which kicked off the 2014 legislative session. While this day is mostly ceremonial, the Speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, outlined some of his priorities and expectations for the upcoming year. We will be focusing on jobs, economic development,

[R75] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back (11/19/2013)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Start Date: 11/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to the Special Olympics of Indiana today at the Statehouse.

[R75] A different take on incarceration (11/8/2013)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Start Date: 11/8/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/8/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Last week, I had the opportunity to visit a unique facility here in southern Indiana- the Branchville Correctional Facility. It was an experience that I don’t get to have very often, and wanted to share this eye opening process with you. If you aren’t familiar

[R75] Study committee wrap-up (10/25/2013)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Start Date: 10/25/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/25/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM While session may have ended in April, I have still been working as a member of interim study committees in preparation for this upcoming year. One of the committees that I had the privilege of serving on is the Health Finance Commission. Having spent nearly my entire life in

[R75] Turning October Pink! (10/11/2013)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Start Date: 10/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/11/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM The statistics are staggering. In the United States alone, it is estimated that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Across the country, the month of October has become a symbol of hope and a time to take special pause to raise awareness

[R75] Keeping our system competitive (9/27/2013)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Start Date: 9/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/27/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM As we begin the harvest season in Indiana, I wanted to share a piece of legislation from last session that did not get much attention but was extremely helpful throughout the state and particularly in our district. As farmers start gathering their crops, we will begin to see

[R75] Rep. Bacon testifies at meeting for the Commission on Education (9/13/2013)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Start Date: 9/13/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/13/2013 STATEHOUSE- State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) testified today before the Commission on Education on a program which would bring awareness to sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes. “I want to increase awareness on all fronts,” said Rep. Bacon. “I think we need to

[R75] Sharing the road is a two-way street (9/13/2013)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Start Date: 9/13/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/13/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Chances are, you have probably heard the phrase “Share the Road”. This is a campaign known for their efforts to educate motorists on how to safely operate alongside bicyclists on the street. This is likely to remain important as the number of people using bikes will

[R75] Let's talk scooters (8/30/2013 - 8/31/2013)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Start Date: 8/30/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/31/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM You may have noticed that I've been increasingly outspoken lately on an issue which I feel deserves some attention – tightening the law regarding motor scooters. On the surface, scooters may seem like a strange thing to be talking about legislating. However, anyone whose

[R75] Preparing Hoosiers for success (8/16/2013)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Start Date: 8/16/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/16/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM As many of you know, this year was a “long session” because it was a budget year. The state’s 2014-2015 budget dominated much of the conversation and received the most attention – appropriately so as the dollars and cents divided between different state

[R75] Where did the summer go? (8/2/2013)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Start Date: 8/2/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/2/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM I can’t believe it is already time for students to head back to school. It seems like just yesterday we were hearing about graduation ceremonies and summer reading lists. I still remember the anxiety that would accompany the beginning of a new year. After all, it can be

[R75] The loss of a Boonville icon (7/19/2013 - 7/20/2013)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Start Date: 7/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/20/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM This past week, I was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Boonville’s own, Jim Miller. For the last 55 years, Jim served as the owner of Miller's 5 & 10 Cent Store located on the historic Boonville Square. Boonville has one of the few intact squares

[R75] Federal climate change strategy bad for our community (7/5/2013)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Start Date: 7/5/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/5/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM The coal industry has played an integral role in our nation’s history. For years, people living in coal country have built their entire livelihoods around this industry, often working in the mines generation after generation. Due to its accessibility and quantity, coal is

[R75] Rep. Bacon responds to recent Obamacare announcement (7/5/2013)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Start Date: 7/5/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/5/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMState Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the delay of a key provision of Obamacare: “Two weeks ago, I chose to write my weekly column about the unintended effects of Obamacare. I expressed my concerns

[R75] The future of health care (6/21/2013)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Start Date: 6/21/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/21/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana’s economy continues to outpace the national average for private sector job growth. The hard work from Hoosiers and the General Assembly to make Indiana the envy of the nation has led to numerous business accolades and distinctions. Other states have taken notice

[R75] Beneficial Boonville bypass (6/7/2013)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Start Date: 6/7/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/7/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Since joining the state legislature in 2010, I have worked to secure funding for the Boonville bypass project. Having grown up in Southern Indiana, started a business in Boonville and been engaged in the local community through various association leadership positions, I am glad

[r75] Telehealth bill signed into law (5/8/2013)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Start Date: 5/8/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE - Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 554, sponsored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), was signed into law by the governor today. SEA 554 addresses telehealth, which refers to patient monitoring in the home by a health care provider from a distance. “I was very pleased to see this bill receive so much

[r75] Rep. Bacon's legislative recap: Largest tax cut in state history (5/3/2013)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Start Date: 5/3/2013 Start Time: 10:30 AMThe 2013 legislative session concluded in the early hours of Saturday morning with the state’s $30 billion budget being one of the last bills to pass the General Assembly. Over four months of work went into the production of the budget bill, which ended up passing with bipartisan support. I was pleased to cast

[r75] Rep. Bacon Session Wrap Up (4/29/2013 - 5/7/2013)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Start Date: 4/29/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMSTATEHOUSE - The 2013 legislative session has concluded. Over the course of session, State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) authored and sponsored numerous bills, two of which have been signed into law by the governor. “It is hard to believe that just a few short months ago we were talking about the

[r75] Legislation addresses local issues of health, supreme court leadership (4/19/2013)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Start Date: 4/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMWe now stand in the finals weeks of session here at the Statehouse, and there has been a noticeable shift in the atmosphere. Conference committees, a committee of legislators appointed by the House of Representatives and Senate to come to a conclusion of amendments on a particular bill, have begun to meet. After a

[r75] Tactical emergency medical bill is signed into law (4/15/2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Start Date: 4/15/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 4/15/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE — House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1111, which deals with tactical emergency medicine, was signed into law today by Governor Pence. State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored the measure along with co-author, State Representative Ron Bacon

[r75] Alcoa reaches milestone, in business for 125 years (4/11/2013)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Start Date: 4/11/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 4/11/2013 End Time: 9:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) offered a House resolution today honoring the 125th anniversary of Alcoa Inc. “I am especially proud to offer this resolution because Alcoa is the largest employer in Warrick County,” said Rep. Bacon.

[r75] Young Newburgh resident's bill signed into law (4/9/2013)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Start Date: 4/9/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AM End Date: 4/9/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) co-sponsored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 153, which was signed into law today by Governor Pence. SEA 153 amends Indiana's child labor laws to allow Hoosiers under age 14

[r75] Blue Alert program enacted to address public safety (4/8/2013)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Start Date: 4/8/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1151, co-authored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence this week. HEA 1151 creates the Blue Alert program, which will notify the public when a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured, missing in the line of

[r75] Bills becoming laws (4/5/2013)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Start Date: 4/5/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AM Have you ever had a project that you poured your heart and soul into? Maybe it was garden work, building a barn or a contest entry for your favorite hobby. You spend hours planning, researching and creating the best possible outcome. Each year, the part-time legislative body meets for session. Since session spans

[r75] Southwest Indiana representatives honor girls basketball champions (4/4/2013)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Start Date: 4/4/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AM STATEHOUSE – Several state representatives from southwest Indiana offered a resolution Tuesday congratulating the Evansville Mater Dei girls’ basketball team on their Class 2A State Championship. State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) was joined on the resolution in the House by

[r75] Telehealth bill passes out of House (3/26/2013)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Start Date: 3/26/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE - Senate Bill (SB) 554, sponsored by Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) passed out of the House this week with a vote of 94-0. SB 554 addresses telehealth, which refers to patient monitoring in the home by a health care provider from a distance, and telemedicine services under Medicaid. It will now be back to

[r75] Hoosier safety priority in the House (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AM We are continuing to make great strides in the House of Representatives this session, passing legislation to create a promising future for the people of Indiana. Hoosier safety has been a priority as I have authored legislation to create safety initiatives for our police force and establish protections for the

[r75] Job retention addressed in Rockport, House budget (3/8/2013)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Start Date: 3/8/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM Last week marked the end to a highly productive first half of session. As we continue to work for the best interests of all Hoosiers, one of my main goals for the 2013 session is job creation. With that in mind, I think it’s fitting to highlight the work of the Hoosiers in our community that have been

[r75] Indiana's budget stresses fiscal integrity, education (2/25/2013)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Start Date: 2/25/2013 Start Time: 11:00 AM There are three keys things that this state needs to be successful: representation that is fiscally conservative, a strong investment in education and the desire to protect the taxpayers. This week the Committee on Ways and Means released Indiana’s 2013-2015 proposed budget. I am very pleased that above

[r75] First Senate bill in House helps farmers, agriculture (2/25/2013)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Start Date: 2/25/2013 Start Time: 11:30 AMSTATEHOUSE- Senate Bill (SB) 319 regarding soil productivity factors went on to third reading on Thursday in the Indiana House of Representatives. SB 319 is the first piece of legislation to switch houses in the 2013 legislative session and is on the fast track to becoming law. The bill is widely supported in the

[r75] Tax relief for farmers passes both houses (2/22/2013)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Start Date: 2/22/2013 Start Time: 4:30 PMSTATEHOUSE — Senate Bill (SB) 319, sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and cosponsored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a 97-0 vote. SB 319 is the first piece of legislation to pass both houses in the 2013 legislative

[r75] Bacon's Bills (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 Start Time: 11:00 AM The gavel fell in the House of Representatives earlier this week commencing the start of the 2013 legislative session, and with it, a fresh start to the New Year for Indiana. Every year legislators propose bills addressing a myriad of topics, and this year is no different as I have carefully chosen my bills

[r75] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMSTATEHOUSE — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity. “The page program is an amazing opportunity for young

[r75] Bacon bills sent to the Senate (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 Start Time: 11:00 AMI take pride in the legislation I work on with my fellow representatives. In the past two weeks, three bills that I either authored or co-authored were passed in the House with overwhelming support. Below are some bills I am working on so far this session that are heading to the Senate for a final vote. House Bill

[r75] The State of the State address (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 Start Time: 11:00 AMSTATEHOUSE – During the State of the State address on Tuesday night, Governor Pence’s remarks were not only inspiring, but applied to Hoosiers everywhere. The governor mainly addressed the topics of education, job growth and fiscal integrity. Governor Pence’s opening remarks stated: “I

[r75] Bacon's Bills (2/4/2013)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Start Date: 2/4/2013 Start Time: 1:00 PM The gavel fell in the House of Representatives earlier this week commencing the start of the 2013 legislative session, and with it, a fresh start to the New Year for Indiana. Every year legislators propose bills addressing a myriad of topics, and this year is no different as I have carefully chosen my bills

[r75] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (2/4/2013)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Start Date: 2/4/2013 All DayEnd Date: 2/4/2013STATEHOUSE – Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) 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 Hoosiers heard the words

[r75] The State of the State address (2/4/2013)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Start Date: 2/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMSTATEHOUSE – During the State of the State address on Tuesday night, Governor Pence’s remarks were not only inspiring, but applied to Hoosiers everywhere. The governor mainly addressed the topics of education, job growth and fiscal integrity. Governor Pence’s opening remarks stated: “I know

[r75] Rep. Bacon congratulates North Spencer County School Corporation (2/4/2013)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Start Date: 2/4/2013 Start Time: 1:00 PMEnd Date: 2/4/2013STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) congratulates the North Spencer County School Corporation which has been awarded a grant from the State of Indiana for their teacher evaluation model. “The North Spencer County School Corporation was selected out of 124 total

[r75]House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (2/4/2013)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Start Date: 2/4/2013 Start Time: 1:00 PMSTATEHOUSE — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity. “The page program is an amazing opportunity for young

[r75] Rep. Bacon appointed to three House committees (12/5/2012)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Start Date: 12/5/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 Rep. Bacon appointed to three House committees 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

[r75] Shopping local this holiday season (11/30/2012)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Start Date: 11/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 Shopping local this holiday season The holiday shopping season is critical to retailers – there’s no hiding that. The thrill of a great sale can be exciting, especially on days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday. At a time when chestnuts

[r75]Bridging The Skills Gap (11/1/2012)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Start Date: 11/1/2012 All Day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2012 Bridging the Skills Gap As Indiana moves onwards and upwards toward our overarching goals during the interim, we will begin to focus on three specific areas as we inch closer to the 2013 Legislative session. As a continuation on my recent article “Own Your American

[r75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts, All Hoosiers Can Own Their American Dream (10/4/2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMThis week Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) made an exciting announcement about our plans for the upcoming session. I have often spoken this summer about our communities’ need for technically trained and skilled workers and my work to help bridge the skills gap. This will continue to be one of my top

[r75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts, Toughening up on Do Not Call list violators (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 4:30 PMI know many of us have received unwanted calls on either our home phones or our cell phones over the years. In fact, some scams are even conducted via text message to our cell phones. This can be a great nuisance and is illegal if you have registered your phone number on Indiana’s Do Not Call list. Just last

[r75] Local facilities receive almost $1.4 million in grants (9/6/2012)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Start Date: 9/6/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/6/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE–It was announced by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman that Vanderburgh and Warrick counties and the town of Haubstadt will receive Community Focus Fund (CFF) grants for projects in their communities. State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents portions of both counties

[r75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts [BLT]: Setting your college student up for financial success (8/23/2012)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Start Date: 8/23/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/23/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Students from kindergarten to college seniors are headed back to school this month. While a lot of focus is needed to help our younger children make an easy transition from summertime to school time, I think sometimes we forget our older children, who are now young adults, need

[r75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts [BLT]:USDA offering assistance for farmers (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 In the midst of one of the worst droughts in Indiana’s history, I wanted to take the time to inform our community about the aid being offered to farmers by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Currently, 66 counties are

[r75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts [BLT]: New youth employment initiative will help train workforce of today (7/27/2012)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Start Date: 7/27/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/27/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM One of the most highly discussed topics when it comes to jobs is that while we are bringing new investments and creating and retaining jobs across the state, we are lacking the skilled workers to fill those positions. I have met with many local and state officials to discuss

[r75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts [BLT]: Meth Symposium Held to Find Solutions Across States (7/6/2012)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Start Date: 7/6/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/6/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Recently, a meth symposium was held in Evansville by the by Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, and Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan. Local officials, law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys from southern Indiana, southern Illinois and Missouri gathered together to

[r75] BLT: Celebrating our Freedom this Fourth of July (6/29/2012)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Start Date: 6/29/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/29/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMCelebrating our Freedom this Fourth of July As said by our 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” Due to the courage and valor of the brave men and women that have helped build this country, we

[r75] BLT: Local training programs help job-seekers gain skills (6/15/2012)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Start Date: 6/15/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/15/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Two weeks ago, I discussed how local companies have jobs available for those with qualifying skills sets. Unemployment numbers are decreasing across the state and in our communities, and we are taking steps here locally to continue that trend. In meetings, local officials and I

BLT: Unemployment numbers are lower and local companies are hiring (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 The Department of Workforce Development released Indiana’s Employment Report for April 2012, and the numbers were remarkable. In April, Indiana added 15,400 new jobs which was six times the national average. These jobs accounted for roughly 12 percent of the

Rep. Bacon congratulates Team Service, USA on EDGE Award (4/11/2012)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Start Date: 4/11/2012 End Date: 4/11/2012 STATEHOUSE – Today at the Statehouse Mike Eppler, President and CEO of Team Service, USA in Evansville, Ind., was presented with the Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Award. State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) would like to congratulate them on their success. Team

BLT: Giving Hoosiers a Say in Choosing Their Health Care (3/30/2012)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Start Date: 3/30/2012 End Date: 3/30/2012 Across the country, one of the most talked about news stories this week has been the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on President Obama’s federal health care overhaul. Indiana is one of 26 states involved in the lawsuit that states it is unconstitutional to require all Americans to

[R75] The BLT: A productive session for Hoosiers in need (3/16/2012)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Start Date: 3/16/2012End Date: 3/16/2012 The 2012 Legislative Session felt like a roller coaster ride much of the time with a variety of high profile issues competing for attention, but in review the General Assembly passed many important measures to help Hoosiers. At the beginning of the session I was eager to begin work on the issues facing Indiana, and

[75] The BLT: General Assembly passes productive legislation for Hoosiers (3/10/2012)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Start Date: 3/10/2012End Date: 3/10/2012 Friday marked the conclusion of my second Legislative Session as your voice in the Indiana House of Representatives. The 117th General Assembly encountered a variety of difficulties on many diverse issues, but I’m pleased to have been a part of making real progress on legislation to strengthen Indiana.

[R75] The BLT: Preserving Hoosiers' right to resist unlawful entry (3/5/2012)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Start Date: 3/5/2012 End Date: 3/5/2012 Many issues have come up in the General Assembly during the 2012 Legislative Session, but one of the major debates involves a citizens’ right to resist unlawful entry into their homes. This week, the House passed Senate Bill (SB) 1 to preserve the Castle Doctrine while also providing protections

[R75] The BLT: Bills to assist charity gaming and synthetic drug ban pass House (2/23/2012)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Start Date: 2/23/2012End Date: 2/23/2012 Last week, the members of the General Assembly agreed to a plan to finish the 2012 Legislative Session three days early on March 9. That leaves us only two weeks to complete our business, but based on the productivity and cooperation this week, I’m confident we’ll reach our goal. Because we’re on

[R75] The BLT: Addressing farmers' energy concerns (2/10/2012)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Start Date: 2/10/2012 End Date: 2/10/2012 In the wake of the Super Bowl, the people of Indiana have proven to an international audience why Indiana is a leader in the Midwest and across the country. The event gave us a chance to show our favorable business climate, 21st century infrastructure, and the enduring work ethic that defines

[R75] Rep. Bacon to host farmer's town hall (2/3/2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Start Date: 2/3/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AM End Date: 2/3/2012 End Time: 10:30 AM STATEHOUSE— State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) will be hosting a town hall meeting on Friday, February 3. The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. at Stoll’s Country Inn on Highway 41 north of Evansville. Rep. Bacon will discuss legislative issues and

[R75] The BLT: Halftime in the General Assembly (2/3/2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Start Date: 2/3/2012End Date: 2/3/2012 With the Super Bowl almost here along with Indiana’s day in the national spotlight for the Super Bowl, the House of Representatives worked overtime this week to complete our business. We passed several significant bills to encourage smarter, more efficient government and to improve the lives of Indiana

[R75] Rep. Bacon Town Hall (2/3/2012)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Start Date: 2/3/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 2/3/2012 End Time: 10:30 AMRep. Bacon Town Hall Stoll's Country Inn Friday, 3 February 2012 9AM to 10:30AM For information call 1-800-382-9841

[R75] The BLT: Why I opposed Right to Work (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012End Date: 1/27/2012 Earlier this week, the Indiana House of Representatives passed the Right to Work (RTW) bill with a vote of 54-44. As one of the five Republicans that voted against the measure, I’d like to take this opportunity to explain my vote. I spent many months gathering information and listening to input from my

[R75] Rep. Bacon Town Hall (1/21/2012)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Start Date: 1/21/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 1/21/2012 End Time: 10:30 AMRep. Bacon Town Hall Haubstadt Community School Cafeteria Saturday, 21 January 2012 9:00AM to 10:30AM For information call 1-800-382-9841

[R75] The BLT: House Democrats disenfranchise all Hoosiers again (1/20/2012)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Start Date: 1/20/2012 End Date: 1/20/2012 For the eighth day since the start of the 2012 Legislative Session, 35 of my House Democrat colleagues have refused to participate in the democratic process. As a result of their irresponsible and unacceptable actions, all 6.5 million Hoosiers are being denied representation. The minority members

[R75] 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

[R75] The BLT: Over 1,000 new jobs headed to SW Indiana (1/13/2012)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Start Date: 1/13/2012End Date: 1/13/2012 For several years now, the number one issue for the people of Southwest Indiana has been jobs. It is one of my top priorities to work with local government officials to bring more jobs to our communities. Recently there have been many companies that have announced their expansion of operations to employ hundreds

[R75] Rep. Bacon remarks on State of the State address (1/10/2012)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start Date: 1/10/2012End Date: 1/10/2012 “Gov. Daniels has excelled at bringing jobs to Indiana and keeping them here. Because of his fiscally responsible policies in a time when other states are running huge deficits, Indiana is now ranked the sixth best state for business and boasts a billion dollar surplus. “One of our main goals as

[R75] The BLT: Increasing efficiency in fire protection (1/6/2012)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Start Date: 1/6/2012End Date: 1/6/2012 For the third day in a row, the House Minority members have refused to carry out their legislative duties. As elected representatives, we all have a responsibility to be present and debate the issues that are important to Indiana. With their delay tactics and refusal to appear, the House Democrats are denying

[R75] Rep. Bacon: Focusing on getting Hoosiers back to work (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/22/2011 STATEHOUSE —Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), 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)

[R75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts: Giving thanks and giving back (11/18/2011)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Start Date: 11/18/2011End Date: 11/18/2011 Over the years, as our family has grown to include our daughters’ husbands and new grandchildren, we have built many traditions. Our Thanksgiving traditions are some of our favorites because we have time to relax and enjoy each other’s company, there is an abundance of good food, we watch the

[r75] BLT: Creating and retaining jobs in our communities (9/16/2011)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Start Date: 9/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/16/2011One of my top priorities is to ensure that our community is provided with the tools to boost the local economy. Small businesses employ more than 70 percent of our workforce and as a legislator, I want to both create and retain jobs in District 75. I was recently asked what bills from this past session will

[r75] BLT: Wanted: House Republican Interns (9/2/2011)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Start Date: 9/2/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/2/2011One of the best opportunities for students interested in politics and government is an internship with the Indiana House of Representatives. It is available for students who want firsthand experience to see state government and the legislative process in action, while also gaining valuable skills in a

[r75] BLT: Remembering INDOT worker Mark Shepherdson (8/19/2011)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Start Date: 8/19/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/19/2011The INDOT workers that keep our roads safe and clean often put their lives at risk when they go to work. Sadly, sometimes that risk is realized as it was two years ago for Mark Shepherdson. While assisting in cleaning a bridge on I-164, his truck was hit by a dump truck carrying gravel and Mark passed away

[r75] BLT: From summer days to schools days a smooth transition (7/28/2011)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Start Date: 7/28/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/28/2011The start of the school year is just around the corner again and it can be a hard transition to go from enjoying summer activities to studying and class projects. It can be overwhelming sometimes for both the parent and the child, but there are always steps you can take to get back into the school routine. We

[r75] BLT: Working together to create jobs in Southern Indiana (7/22/2011)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Start Date: 7/22/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/22/2011Recently, we have had several great announcements regarding the job market in our communities. Together through the work of the General Assembly, the dedication of local leaders and the business insight of local entrepreneurs, we have begun to attract high-tech jobs and expand our local businesses. The General

[r75] Haubstadt Community School receives high score on ISTEP (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2011STATEHOUSE-The Indiana Department of Education released the results for the spring 2011 ISTEP+ tests in third through eighth grades today. One school in State Rep. Ron Bacon's (R-Chandler) district was recognized for their exceptionally high score. Haubstadt Community School, located in the South Gibson School

[r75] Rep. Bacon studying health care exchanges, nursing home services (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2011STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), as a member of the Health Finance Commission, will be studying the preparation and development of health care exchanges in Indiana and innovations in nursing home services and housing at their first interim study committee meeting. "The health care industry is

[r75] BLT: 4-H offers more than just fairs (7/8/2011)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Start Date: 7/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/8/2011Last time I briefly mentioned that the county 4-H fairs begin in July and how these fairs are a staple of our communities. But I failed to discuss how 4-H is an excellent organization that offers leadership and educational programs to youth and gives back to the areas they are based in. 4-H programs in Indiana

[r75] BLT: Helping Hoosier farmers and boosting the job market (6/24/2011)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Start Date: 6/24/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/24/2011One of our most important industries in Indiana is agriculture. Farming not only creates jobs and boosts our economy, but through organizations like 4-H; it brings people together and keeps traditions alive. The 4-H fairs in southwest Indiana run throughout the month of July, the first being in Warrick County

[r75] BLT: Great neighbors are abundant in southern Indiana (6/10/2011)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Start Date: 6/10/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/10/2011My wife and I don't take many vacations, but recently we were able to get out town for a week and enjoy some sightseeing. It's nice to take a break from our busy lives, but when I am away I realize that southern Indiana is a place where people should feel lucky to live. We have had several catastrophic

[r75] BLT: Remembering that freedom comes with a cost for all Americans (5/27/2011)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Start Date: 5/27/2011 All Day End Date: 5/27/2011 <![CDATA[ On Memorial Day many of us get together with friends and family and mark it as the unofficial beginning of summer. However sometimes the true meaning if Memorial Day seems to become lost amongst the BBQs, days on the Ohio River, and swimming pool openings. Memorial Day is a day

[r75] BLT: A balanced budget with gains for all Hoosiers (5/13/2011)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Start Date: 5/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/13/2011Every two years the General Assembly is required under the constitution to create a two year budget. This year we worked to craft a budget for fiscal years 2012-2013 that would not increase taxes and would be structurally balanced at the end of those two years. I'm very pleased to say that we accomplished our

[r75] BLT: Protecting student athletes, and moving our district and the state forward (5/5/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Start Date: 5/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/5/2011Protecting student athletes, and moving our district and the state forward Now that the legislative session is over we can take time to look back on the progress we made over the last four months. I wanted to focus this week on a few of the bills I had a role in that were sent to the Governor to be signed into

[r75] Rep. Bacon represents HD 75 with perfect voting record (5/5/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Start Date: 5/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/5/2011Rep. Bacon represents HD 75 with perfect voting record STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) walked away this session with a 100 percent voting attendance record, something only a few legislators attained. Out of 647 votes recorded this past legislation session Rep. Bacon was always present and voted on

[r75] Rep. Bacon delivers on promises (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011Rep. Bacon delivers on promises STATEHOUSE - The 2011 legislative session has been a session of historic challenges and historic accomplishments. Despite the road bumps presented this session House Republicans have delivered on the promises they made in 2010. State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) along with other

[r75] BLT: A different side of the legislature: Recognizing our outstanding Hoosiers (4/28/2011)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Start Date: 4/28/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/28/2011A different side of the legislature: Recognizing our outstanding Hoosiers This final week of session brings a slightly different atmosphere to the House. While many bills are having final details worked out in conference committees the House takes a few moments to recognize various groups and people across the

[r75] Investing in our children, investing in our future (4/15/2011)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Start Date: 4/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/15/2011Investing in our children, investing in our future After a productive week with great strides towards education reform, we had a very exciting joint announcement from Governor Mitch Daniels, Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long on Friday morning. With revenues for our

[r75] 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

[r75] BLT: Drawing near to the end of session (4/12/2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Start Date: 4/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/12/2011Drawing near to the end of session As we near the end of session, things at the Statehouse get both busy and exciting. This week we cleared our calendar of bills that are to go through the legislative process this session. That does not mean that we are done discussing or amending bills, however, and I'll get

[r75] Rep. Bacon sponsors bill to educate student athletes about head injuries (4/12/2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Start Date: 4/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/12/2011Rep. Bacon sponsors bill to educate student athletes about head injuries STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) sponsored a bill that will help keep student athletes, their parents and coaches more informed about the risk and nature of head injuries. Senate Bill 93 was authored by State Sen. Travis

[r75] BLT: Continued progress on a smorgasbord of bills (4/8/2011)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Start Date: 4/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2011Continued progress on a smorgasbord of bills It has been another productive week at the Statehouse. Much progress has been made on a wide variety of issues, and we are working diligently to finish up all of our business before the end of session on April 29. On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security,

[r75] BLT: Fervently working towards progress and recovery (4/1/2011)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Start Date: 4/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2011Fervently working towards progress and recovery It has been a busy and productive week at the Statehouse. The Democrats returned Monday afternoon, so we have been working hard on House Bills that had been stalled for weeks during the walkout. Working late into the nights during the first half of the week, we

[r75] Rep. Bacon co-authors bill to protect children's health (3/30/2011)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Start Date: 3/30/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/30/2011Rep. Bacon co-authors bill to protect children's health STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) co-authored House Bill 1405 dealing with tobacco products being purchased by individuals under the age of 18. HB 1405 passed out of the House and Senate and is now heading to the governor's desk to be signed

[r75] Making progress despite roadblocks (3/25/2011)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Start Date: 3/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/25/2011Making progress despite roadblocks It has been another week of the standoff here at the Statehouse, and a new record has been set for the longest walkout during session in a state legislature in U.S. history according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). While we have not been able to do

[r75] Governor signs bill co-authored by Rep. Bacon supporting young entrepreneurs (3/23/2011)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Start Date: 3/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/23/2011Governor signs bill co-authored by Rep. Bacon supporting young entrepreneursSTATEHOUSE - The Governor signed into law a bill co-authored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) that supports young entrepreneurs and local communities across the state. House Bill 1251 establishes a Young Entrepreneurs

[r75] Creating jobs, educating our entrepreneurs, and easing the burden (3/18/2011)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Start Date: 3/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/18/2011Creating jobs, educating our entrepreneurs, and easing the burden After a fourth week of not being able to take action on any of the bills still on our calendar, I wanted to take this week's column to talk about a few bills that were able to make it through the House this session that will really impact

[r75] Bosse High School students visit Rep. Bacon at the Statehouse (3/17/2011)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Start Date: 3/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/17/2011Bosse High School students visit Rep. Bacon at the Statehouse STATEHOUSE - State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) was able to meet students from his district on Wednesday. Students from Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville were taken on a tour of the Statehouse and were given the opportunity to meet

[r75] Senate approves young entrepreneurs bill co-authored by Rep. Bacon (3/17/2011)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Start Date: 3/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/17/2011Senate approves young entrepreneurs bill co-authored by Rep. Bacon STATEHOUSE - A bill co-authored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 1251, which establishes a Young Entrepreneurs Program, has now passed unanimously through both the

[r75] BLT: Focusing our tax dollars on our children (3/11/2011)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Start Date: 3/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/11/2011Focusing our tax dollars on our children It seems that there has been much misinformation and many questions regarding the proposed change in the way education is funded in the state. To better address this I would like to explain the current and proposed school funding formulas this week. The new spending

[r75] 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

[r75] BLT: Where are they? (2/25/2011)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Start Date: 2/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/25/2011Where are they? It has been an unorthodox week at the Statehouse. The democrat representatives failed to show up for work on Tuesday, preventing the House from having the necessary number of representatives present to do business. As a result, 23 bills have been killed because House Democrats did not show up

[r75] BLT: Setting the Standard (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2011Setting the Standard It was a jam-packed week in the Statehouse. Next Friday is the deadline to vote on any House bills that we want to get through this session, so we have been filling our schedules to hear bills as we near the deadline. Among all of the bills heard this week, two bills I co-authored and a

[r75] BLT: Strengthening Indiana one bill at a time (2/10/2011)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Start Date: 2/10/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/10/2011Strengthening Indiana one bill at a time This week, the House passed the first Senate Bill of the session that will now go to the governor's desk. Senate Bill 32 allows counties the option of having vote centers. These vote centers could be placed in places like malls or grocery stores rather than traditional

[r75] BLT: A "blizzard" of a week (2/4/2011)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Start Date: 2/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/4/2011A "blizzard" of a week It has been an interesting week here at the Statehouse. The big snowstorm that hit central and northern Indiana shut down the General Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday, but we were still able to have productive sessions on Monday and Thursday. On Monday, we passed House Bill 1450, which is

[r75] Warrick and Gibson Counties receive over 1 mil. in grants (1/27/2011)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Start Date: 1/27/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/27/2011Warrick and Gibson Counties receive over 1 mil. in grantsSTATEHOUSE - Local communities in State Rep. Ron Bacon's (R-Chandler) district have been awarded grants by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The Town of Haubstadt will be receiving a $600,000 grant towards revamping its sewer

[r75] BLT: Making progress quickly (1/21/2011)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Start Date: 1/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/21/2011Making progress quickly It has been an exciting week in the Statehouse. We have been moving quickly with bills, some of which have already been passed through the House and onto the Senate. Multiple other bills have been thoroughly discussed and passed through committee onto the House floor for second

[r75] Bacon's Legislative Thoughts: First Edition (1/14/2011)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Start Date: 1/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/14/2011Bacon's Legislative Thoughts Welcome to the first edition of my weekly report from the Statehouse. Tuesday, January 12, was the deadline to file bills for this legislative session, so I thought I would use this inaugural report to highlight a few bills filed this week, as well as a few of my own. The health of

[r75] Rep. Bacon addresses community meth problem (12/29/2010)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Start Date: 12/29/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/29/2010Rep. Bacon addresses community meth problem STATEHOUSE - On Tuesday, Rep. Bacon (R - Chandler) hosted a meeting with newly elected county law enforcement officials concerning the growing methamphetamine problem within their community. The Sheriffs from Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties

[r75] Rep. Bacon encourages student participation (12/16/2010)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Start Date: 12/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/16/2010Rep. Bacon encourages student participation STATEHOUSE - State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is encouraging students ages 13-18 to sign up for the Indiana House Page Program. The program allows students to experience and participate in a full day of legislative activity. "The House Page Program is

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Rep. Bacon supports Special Olympics of Indiana.
Rep. Bacon poses at the rostrum with two pages from HD75.
Rep. Bacon poses at the rostrum with a page from HD75.