Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders

Representative | District 54

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9753

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h54@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Kathryn Frakes

Phone: 317-232-9659

Email: kathryn.frakes@iga.in.gov

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I would like to thank everyone in Henry, Rush and Wayne counties for the opportunity to represent them throughout my tenure here with the Legislature. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the citizens of east central Indiana. As a former Henry County Assessor and Franklin Township Trustee, I will continue to represent and voice the opinions of all citizens within the district that I have been fortunate to hear from and when I've received comments. I would like to urge you to contact me with concerns you may have so I can assist you to the best of my ability.

Sincerely,

Tom Saunders
House District 54

 

Indiana House of Representatives: 1996 – Present

House District 54: All of Henry County, a large portion of Rush County and parts of northwestern Wayne County in central Indiana.

House Committees:
• Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation-Vice Chair
• Local Government
• Roads and Transportation

Address: Box 218, Lewisville, IN 47352

Telephone:
• 800-382-9841 in Indianapolis
• 765-987-7572 in district

Education: Tri High School in Lewisville, IN

Occupation: Account Manager for Manatron

Community Activities:
• Heritage in Progress
• Past President, County Assessor Association

With a passion for public service and a desire to bring positive change to state government, State Representative Tom Saunders was first elected to office in 1996. Since the beginning of his tenure as State Representative of District 54, Rep. Saunders wasted no time bringing increased economic development, with the beginning of construction on interchanges along I-70, as well as new businesses like the DOT Foods distribution center, for the citizens of Henry, Rush and Wayne County.

Along with economic development, Rep. Saunders has taken a stand to ensure his local schools continue to grow and improve as they educate young students—the next generation of Hoosiers. In addition, he has worked to bring an Ivy Tech campus to Downtown New Castle in order to improve the local community by bringing in additional traffic and revenue, while also providing high school graduates with more opportunities.

In 2014, he was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Conservation Alliance for his leadership in creating the Sustainable Natural Resource Task Force. They applauded him for his continued commitment to improving quality of life for families and communities. In 2009, Rep. Saunders received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana Department of the American Legion. The award is the Legion’s highest honor.

Rep. Saunders' experience as Henry County Assessor and Franklin Township Trustee was recognized by House leadership, slating him as a member of the Local Government Committee. Rep. Saunders recognizes the enormous task of those working within local units of government to provide services for their constituents.

As a lifelong native to east central Indiana, Rep. Saunders has shown honor, integrity and a strong ability to represent the best interests of his constituents.

House District 54 is made up of all of Henry County, a large portion of Rush County and parts of north western Wayne County in central Indiana.

Bill supporting volunteer firefighters passes House

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, February 27, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) voted in favor of a bill that allows an individual to serve as a volunteer firefighter as well as a township board member. House Bill (HB) 1433, authored by State Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City), unanimously passed out of the House. “For smaller communities, it is

[r54] Lewis and Clark commission renaming signed into law (3/31/2014)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Start Date: 3/31/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMLewis and Clark commission renaming signed into law STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1019, concerning the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, was signed by the governor. The measure was authored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville). HEA 1019 makes two significant changes to the Lewis

[r54] New law provides financial assistance to Indiana military families (3/13/2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Start Date: 3/13/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMNew law provides financial assistance to Indiana military families STATEHOUSE — Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 352, sponsored by State Representative Dick Hamm (R-Richmond) and co-sponsored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville), was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence on Thursday at the Indiana

[r54] Bill creating the Hoosier Women Veterans Program passes House (3/4/2014)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Start Date: 3/4/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/4/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMBill creating the Hoosier Women Veterans Program passes House STATEHOUSE — Legislation sponsored by State Representative Dick Hamm (R-Richmond) and cosponsored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) regarding the Hoosier Women Veterans Program passed the House

[r54] Indiana House celebrates FFA page day (2/27/2014)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Start Date: 2/27/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/27/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMIndiana House celebrates FFA page day STATEHOUSE — State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and fellow state representatives welcomed a group of House pages on Thursday as part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Page Day. Rep. Saunders was joined by Emily Marsh

[r54] Lewis and Clark commission renaming passes Senate (2/26/2014)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Start Date: 2/26/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/26/2014Lewis and Clark commission renaming passes SenateSTATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1019, concerning the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, passed through the Senate unanimously today. The bill is authored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville). HB 1019 makes two significant

[r54] Bill providing financial assistance to Indiana military families passes the House (2/24/2014)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Start Date: 2/24/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/24/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMBill providing financial assistance to Indiana military families passes the House STATEHOUSE — Legislation sponsored by State Representative Dick Hamm (R-Richmond) and cosponsored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) regarding the Military Family Relief Fund

[r54] Indiana girl scouts page at the Statehouse (2/12/2014)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Start Date: 2/12/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/12/2014Indiana girl scouts page at the StatehouseSTATEHOUSE- State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) hosted four Girl Scout pages Monday as a part of the Indiana House Page day. “Participating in the page program is a great opportunity for any student wanting a first-hand look into our

[r54] Remembering Phyllis Pond (10/3/2013)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Start Date: 10/3/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMRemembering Phyllis Pond Indiana lost a comrade last week. My friend, colleague and mentor, Phyllis Pond, passed away last week. State Representative Phyllis Pond was a voice for Allen and portions of DeKalb counties for 35 years-and made history while doing it. First elected in 1978, Phyllis Pond was a

[54] Rep. Saunders appointed to interim study committees (6/21/2013)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Start Date: 6/21/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) to serve on the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and the Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions.

[54] Remembering those who served (5/22/2013)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Start Date: 5/22/2013 All DayEnd Date: 5/22/2013 Like many of you, I am looking forward to the coming holiday weekend- spending time with family, backyard barbeques and community parades. As we celebrate the long weekend with our families, or listening to the race, let us remember the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day-to honor the men and women who

[r54] Legislation regarding abandoned properties signed into law (5/8/2013)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Start Date: 5/8/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE — Legislation sponsored by State Representative Dick Hamm (R-Richmond) and cosponsored by State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) regarding abandoned properties was signed into law today by Gov. Pence. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 433 establishes a method to dispose of abandoned properties. It allows

[r54] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved (4/26/2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Start Date: 4/26/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE - The Indiana House of Representatives Sine Died on Friday evening, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations, by focusing on fiscal integrity, job growth, and enhanced education

[r54] More assistance for "Hardest Hit" Hoosiers (4/17/2013)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Start Date: 4/17/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann held a press conference today with State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) regarding the expansion of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund. The U.S. Department of the Treasury identified Indiana as one of 18 states plus the District of Columbia, that had been most

[r54] Locomotive bell procedures signed into law (4/15/2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Start Date: 4/15/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Saunders authored House Bill (HB) 1310, which provides for updates to Indiana’s current law concerning bell requirements on a locomotive, was passed on to the Governor’s desk today where it was signed into law. “In authoring this bill, we hope to make the necessary

[r54] House Republicans raise funds for cancer (4/8/2013)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Start Date: 4/8/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) was pleased to lead the 2013 Auction and Bake Sale benefitting the American Cancer Society. Goods were baked by state representatives and staff from the House of Representatives. Political memorabilia was also donated for a silent auction. “Sadly, cancer

[r54] Rep. Saunders presents Hagerstown class with state flag (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE- State Representative Tom Saunders (R- Lewisville) was pleased to meet with five fifth grade classes from Hagerstown Elementary Thursday at the Statehouse. “It is important for students to get a firsthand look at how their state government works,” said Rep. Saunders. “It’s a very educational

[r54] Rep. Saunders welcomes local schools to the Statehouse (3/12/2013)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Start Date: 3/12/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) were pleased to host students from Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception and St. Mary’s Catholic School Monday during a visit to the Statehouse. “I always enjoy speaking with young Hoosiers about the

[r54] Rep. Saunders honors National FFA Organization (2/25/2013)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Start Date: 2/25/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE - State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) recognized the National FFA Organization early last week during session to kick off National FFA week. The General Assembly hosted more than 100 FFA members at the Statehouse. They took a tour, met key leadership and participated in both the House and Senate Page

[r54] Rep. Saunders recognizes New Castle Little League success with resolution (2/18/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE – Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) recognized the New Castle Little League on the team’s victories and fine showing in the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series with a resolution in the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday. “The young men from New Castle showed great strength and tenacity

[r54] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/29/2013)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Date: 1/29/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE – State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) 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

[r54] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (1/4/2013)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Start Date: 1/4/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE — State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) 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 serves as a window into the legislative process

[r54] Rep. Saunders named Vice Chair of Statutory Committee on Interstate & International Cooperation (12/3/2012)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Start Date: 12/3/2012 All DaySTATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) was appointed to four committees including one vice chairmanship. Committee chairmen and caucus leaders are

[r54] Rep. Saunders to focus on Job Creation (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 All Day STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. “Just like a responsible family, we will sit together at our desks on the

[R54] Food company announces 400 jobs for Wayne County (9/11/2012)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Start Date: 9/11/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/11/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMSTATEHOUSE – Sugar Creek Packing Co. announced plans to bring 400 jobs to Wayne County which is represented in part by State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville). The family-owned food manufacturer intends to invest $28.5 million in renovation of the Indiana Gateway

[R54] Henry County designated a drought disaster area (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 PMSTATEHOUSE – Henry County, represented by Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville), has been designated a primary disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On Wednesday, the USDA added 14 Indiana counties to the existing list of 50 primary natural disaster areas.

[r54] Rep. Saunders speaks on completion of 2012 legislative session (3/10/2012)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Start Date: 3/10/2012End Date: 3/10/2012 STATEHOUSE— “Although we had a short session this year, we addressed many issues in a brief amount of time. Specifically, we worked on legislation benefitting Hoosiers, while also strengthening the State of Indiana. I think Hoosiers will be happy with the legislation we passed, including additional

[r54] Economic development gives us something to celebrate (3/6/2012)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Start Date: 3/6/2012End Date: 3/6/2012 In an economy that is slowly finding its way out of the recession, hearing job announcements or corporate expansion can be hard to come by. Saying that, I find it is important to take the time to recognize all of the economic development happening in our community in Henry County. Specifically, I would like to write

[r54] A short history of a short session (2/27/2012)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Start Date: 2/27/2012End Date: 2/27/2012 The 2012 legislative session is quickly coming to an end with only two weeks left. Finding the brevity of this session surprising, people often ask me why some years’ session last longer than other years’. It’s not due to a lack of items on the agenda, but rather, it is because the legislature

[r54] Rep. Saunders honors Super Bowl committee (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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

[r54] Street Lights and Sign Flashers Are On Their Way (2/7/2012)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Start Date: 2/7/2012End Date: 2/7/2012 There is nothing more gratifying than when you are able to see the results of your hard work and, in my case, persistence. For some time now, we have been working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in order to make additional safety improvements to the intersection of US 40 and State Road 3, west of

[r54] Rep. Saunders honored by Indiana Conservation Alliance (1/25/2012)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Start Date: 1/25/2012End Date: 1/25/2012 STATEHOUSE—Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) was recognized as a Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA) today, along with Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville). Rep. Saunders was the House sponsor of Senate Enrolled Act 375, which created the Sustainable Natural Resource Task Force. The

[r54] Rep. Saunders votes against right to work (1/25/2012)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Start Date: 1/25/2012End Date: 1/25/2012 STATEHOUSE—“As a state representative, it is my job to represent the people of House District 54 to the best of my ability by providing them with a voice. Today, I did exactly that. “Although the majority of my colleagues supported the legislation, I could not. Because of the public outcry in our

[r54] Saunders Standard: Helping Hoosiers, one bill at a time (1/18/2012)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Start Date: 1/18/2012End Date: 1/18/2012 The 2012 legislative session is officially underway. Despite the brevity of this session, we have a full list of proposed bills to hear throughout the next eight weeks. As I am sure you are aware, some bills are receiving quite a few more headlines than others, so I would like to take some time to share with you

[r54] Hearing the other side of the story (1/12/2012)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Start Date: 1/12/2012End Date: 1/12/2012 “Right-to-Work” has become a phrase we as Hoosiers are hearing a lot about. It’s on the television, the radio and it’s in the headlines. It was probably the lead conversation at Sunday’s brunch. It has become the top issue of the 2012 legislative session and it’s causing quite a

[r54] Rep. Saunders reacts to State of the State Address (1/11/2012)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Start Date: 1/11/2012End Date: 1/11/2012“I would like to recognize Gov. Daniels for his time and dedication in serving our state for the past seven years. Not all decisions have been easy ones, but I respect his ultimate goal of putting Indiana on the right track. The past week and a half of this legislative session has been rocky, but I hope that we

[r54] Saunders Standard: Thanking one of our own (7/6/2011)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Start Date: 7/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/6/2011If you have lived around the New Castle area for some time, you might know Dr. Paul Stricker. He joined the Henry County Clinic soon after graduating from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1959. Since then, he has provided our community with his caring, medical expertise by helping thousands of our own

[r54] The Saunders Standard: New Castle School Board is jumping the gun (5/17/2011)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Start Date: 5/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/17/2011 But like me, you may be asking yourself, "Why, if this is such a good decision for our community, is the school board rushing-or jumping the gun-to transfer the school building to the House Church of God?" My response to you would be because during this past session we passed legislation that would require

[r54] Former POW and WWII hero honored by House members: Saunders brings New Castle veteran to Statehouse (4/26/2011)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Start Date: 4/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2011 While serving in North Africa, Hoots' company was forced to draw back from a mission, but nine men-including Hoots-were left behind. They soon ran out of ammunition, food and water for several days before they were captured by Germans. The men were lined up in front of a firing squad, with German military

[r54] Local government bills enacted into law (4/21/2011)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Start Date: 4/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/21/2011Legislation, sponsored and authored by Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville), was signed into law today. Senate Bill 485 establishes the Indiana Library and Historical Board in order to accept private funding to help local libraries fund expansion and other projects. The bill also establishes a board of directors,

[r54] The Saunders Standard: Good news brings an increase in education funding (4/19/2011)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Start Date: 4/19/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/19/2011Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are among some of the states that are currently purposing additional cuts to education-some as much as a 10 percent. Indiana is one of few states that has made a conscious effort to continue working to restore education funding. The recession brought Indiana's revenue intake to a

[r54] Rep. Saunders: Continuing to Expand on Education Opportunities (4/15/2011)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Start Date: 4/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/15/2011In a rare joint announcement, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) along with Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Governor Mitch Daniels announced their support for an additional $150 million investment in K-12 education emphasizing early learning opportunities for Hoosier

[r54] Bill to bring more efficiency to natural resource organizations passes House (4/14/2011)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Start Date: 4/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2011Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) sponsored legislation today in order to establish a Sustainable Natural Resource Task Force. Senate Bill 375 passed out of the House with a unanimous vote. The task force will collect programmatic and funding data on current natural resource protection programs in Indiana;

[r54] The SAUNDERS STANDARD: Government under construction (4/14/2011)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Start Date: 4/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2011My background deals mostly with local government issues, as many of you know, and as your state representative I am able to also tackle state government issues-so I get the best of both worlds, which can be helpful when dealing with local and/or state matters that are addressed during session. If members want

[r54] Saunders honors Big Brothers Big Sisters (4/12/2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Start Date: 4/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/12/2011State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) honored Big Brothers Big Sisters today for their profound efforts in mentoring more than 7,500 boys and girls around the state. Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a youth mentoring organization that serves boys and girls in evidence-based, one-on-one mentoring relationships

[r54] Friday session allows time to get legislation passed (4/8/2011)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Start Date: 4/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2011Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) passed out of the House today to allow state libraries to receive private funding and help financial institutions to deposit in public funds. Senate Bill (SB) 485 passed out of the House with a 90-0 vote to allow the Indiana library and historical

[r54] The Saunders Standard: Fighting for a cause (4/4/2011)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Start Date: 4/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/4/2011We started things off this week with a food fight, literally. The House Republican caucus sponsored a "Food Fight for Breast Cancer," which was held on Monday. Although the month of October is traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we had a special reason for the bake sale. A staffer, someone who my wife

[r54] Saunders Hosts Adult Page Day for Constituents (3/22/2011)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Start Date: 3/22/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/22/2011STATEHOUSE- Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) hosted a successful Adult Page Day on Monday for constituents from House District 54. The Adult Page Day provided an opportunity for local constituents to speak with various elected officials and spend the day with Rep. Saunders. "Our Adult Page Day was a real

[r54] The Saunders Standard: Saunders Seeking Adult Pages (3/14/2011)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Start Date: 3/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/14/2011In the fourth grade, most Hoosier students are learning the basics about state government-the different branches and how a bill becomes a law, for example. We get several fourth grade classes come and visit the Statehouse to put in perspective what they are learning in the classroom. But my question is, what

[r54] Rallying 101 at the Statehouse (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2011 There were no teachers from our community at the rally on Tuesday. This didn't surprise me because I have been meeting with several school corporations around our community to get their thoughts and opinions on the whole idea concerning education reform, which included charter schools. I always applaud those

[r54] Rep. Saunders votes to support job creation (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2011 The legislation would allow businesses to cut down on start-up administrative costs and streamline the process, allowing for more businesses to be created. In order to do so, the bill requires the Secretary of State to develop and maintain a website that would allow a person to submit information about their

[r54] Rep. Saunders: A Week full debates (2/11/2011)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Start Date: 2/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/11/2011 Job creation is next on the list. We have several bills on the calendar-majority of them I discussed in last week's column. If you didn't get the chance to read, you can visit my website at www.in.gov/h54. The legislation addresses tax credits for small businesses, incentives for businesses to renovate

[r54] Saunders Provides Adult Page Experience to House District 54 (2/11/2011)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Start Date: 2/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/11/2011

[r54] Building Jobs, one bill at a time (2/7/2011)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Start Date: 2/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/7/2011 These bills address some of the problems facing small business and communities with rundown, vacant buildings. Let's start with vacant buildings. Anyone who passes through certain areas of town will see some of our empty warehouses that have, unfortunately, sat empty for too long. Those buildings are eyesores

[r54] Rep. Saunders supports "Texting and Driving Ban" (1/26/2011)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Start Date: 1/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/26/2011STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) voted today to increase the safety of Hoosier motorists statewide as he helped pass legislation that would ban texting while driving. House Bill 1129 would make sending or reading a text message or e-mail while driving a motor vehicle a Class C infraction. "We

[r54] Session is more than just the budget (1/26/2011)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Start Date: 1/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/26/2011 I introduced legislation this session that I think can help our district and hopefully, the state as well. -House Bill 1022 is scheduled to be heard in the House Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform to prohibit a county, city or town employee from serving on the legislative or fiscal body that

[r54] "E" is for effort, not just education (1/21/2011)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Start Date: 1/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/21/2011 Mrs. Hedrick, unfortunately, passed away a few years ago. She had many, many years of teaching and influencing many of students. It pleased me to know that her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth (Izzie) Wesley, followed in her footsteps. She recently retired from the New Castle School Corporation. I mention Mrs.

[r54] Here's to good luck in 2011 (1/11/2011)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Start Date: 1/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2011 We have to agree on tax breaks for small businesses and more entrepreneurial programs at Indiana schools and universities, if that is the road we choose to take. People are sick of hearing political jargon. What they want to hear is how we will tackle the tough issues, such as getting quality jobs to Indiana

[r54] Residents raise a stink, Saunders answers (1/6/2011)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Start Date: 1/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/6/2011

[r54] Henry County locks down on new maximum security facility (1/4/2011)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Start Date: 1/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/4/2011 The price per bed will be $37, instead of $42 if the state had to finance and operate the facility, without a private entity. As a result, the State will save $650,000 annually. The New Castle facility is the first and only privately-ran facility within the state and is the only Indiana prison to ever receive

[r54] Rep. Saunders Appointed to House Committees (1/4/2011)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Start Date: 1/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/4/2011

[r54] Saunders Votes to Save Money and Improve Efficiency (4/26/2010)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Start Date: 4/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/26/2010Legislation authored by Rep. Tom Saunders' (R-Lewisville) to help cities and towns save money and improve efficiency within the local court systems has passed unanimously out of the House and Senate. House Bill 1186 would allow a city or town that has not established a court or an ordinance violations bureau

[r54] Hoosier business declared winners of unemployment debate (4/19/2010)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Start Date: 4/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/19/2010 Legislators have debated the legislation heavily all session and were able to slowly come to an agreement before they Sine Die, or adjourned. The bill passed by a 85-12 vote. "I am so glad the legislature was able to put aside party politics and come together to find an agreement that helps all Hoosier

[r54] 1,800 new jobs coming to New Castle (4/16/2010)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Start Date: 4/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/16/2010

[r54] The direction of education in Indiana (4/12/2010)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Start Date: 4/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/12/2010 I believe it's important to allow schools to have flexibility with their funds to ensure parents and students of having the option of school choice. It's also important that we allow school funding flexibility so teachers aren't being laid off. These are two critical issues that Indiana is facing in regards

[r54] Keep It Local (4/5/2010)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Start Date: 4/5/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/5/2010 If you listened to the governor's State of the State address, the president's State of the Union address, or the news, it often sounds like the only way to bring the economy back, is to keep adjusting the tax rates until something magically 'clicks' and employers are able to hire workers again. What no one is

[r54] Rep. Saunders: Be careful what you vote for (1/29/2010)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Start Date: 1/29/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/29/2010

[r54] Rep. Saunders Invites Students to Experience Statehouse Activity (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Start Date: 1/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/12/2010

[r54] Rep. Saunders: Wait and see on Tax Caps (1/11/2010)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Start Date: 1/11/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2010

[r54] Time is Running Out to Pass a State Budget (6/25/2009)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Start Date: 6/25/2009 All DayEnd Date: 6/25/2009Back in early April, I wrote about some of my concerns for our state budget. Heading into what I hope will be the final days of this special session, I have many of the same concerns. Since legislators reassembled two weeks ago, we've seen three different budget proposals - and none of them have managed to

[r54] Last Hours Give Way to Disappointment (5/4/2009)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Start Date: 5/4/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/4/2009 But I'm only one man, up against 149 other legislators who feel the pull and tug of very diverse constituent wants and needs, not to mention different political beliefs. I added amendments to various bills and did everything I did to get as many proposals to keep the home open and funded. I know many people

[r54] Statements on Children's Home, Budget and Unemployment Insurance (4/30/2009)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Start Date: 4/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/30/2009Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home "While the budget did include one-year funding for the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home, there was no commitment by the governor to spend the money for that purpose. We've asked the administration for that commitment and have received no assurance that

[r54] Working to Achieve Specific Goals in the 2009 Session (4/24/2009)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Start Date: 4/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/24/2009Find a way to get those railroad cars out of New Castle. Illuminate the intersection of U.S. 40 and State Road 3 in Henry County, and get a crossing light at U.S. 40 for Earlham College in Wayne County. Pass a bill that will allow cities and towns without established courts or ordinance violation bureaus to

[r54] Grants for Farmers' Markets Available Through U.S. Department of Agriculture (4/20/2009)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Start Date: 4/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/20/2009 "I encourage anyone interested to take advantage of this grant opportunity," Rep. Saunders said. "The grant is open for existing farmer's markets and those looking to start up a new market. " The application deadline is April 27. These grants would provide assistance with organizing, marketing, training,

[r54] Three Bills Remain to Keep and Fund the Children's Home (4/20/2009)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Start Date: 4/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/20/2009Halfway through session, supporters of the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home had reason to celebrate, because House Bill 1722 managed to pass through the House of Representatives by a vote of 81-17. The bill's passage was only the result of considerable efforts by the Knightstown community,

[r54] Rep. Saunders Congratulates Danny Danielson (4/17/2009)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Start Date: 4/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/17/2009 STATEHOUSE - Danny Danielson has contributed his time, efforts and character to the city of New Castle and Henry County, and he is directly responsible for much of the city's economic vitality and community spirit, state Rep. Tom Saunders said. One of east-central Indiana's finest and most-renowned leaders

[r54] The Motives Behind Election Law Amendments (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2009 On the surface, this seems like a great idea aimed at clearing up any corruption in the election process. In fact, I believe that is its intention. Nevertheless, the amendment conveniently leaves out some important groups and focuses all its attention on businesses. What about organizations such as the

[r54] What Will They Throw Into the Budget Bill This Year? (4/9/2009)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Start Date: 4/9/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/9/2009 I'll be looking for the Kernan-Shepard recommendations for local government reform. They died in House committee weeks ago, but could be resurrected and hidden in the bulky budget bill. Anything that managed to pass one house of the General Assembly is up for grabs. One item that may very likely make its way

[r54] Filling the Hole in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund (4/3/2009)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Start Date: 4/3/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/3/2009 While the House moved nothing forward to tackle the problem, the Senate passed a bill (SB 1379) that attempts to solve the problem by adjusting weekly benefits and premiums on businesses and addressing the problems of fraud and abuse. Now: Companies pay a rate ranging from 1.1 percent to 5.6 percent on the

[r54] Rep. Saunders Announces Employment Information Fair (4/2/2009)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Start Date: 4/2/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/2/2009STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2009) - A WorkOne Information Fair is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, in the John Miller Community Center in Connersville, Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) said Thursday. The fair is presented by the Eastern Indiana Regional Workforce Board and the Indiana Department of

[r54] Many Hoosier Youth Will Have a More Productive Summer (3/31/2009)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Start Date: 3/31/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/31/2009STATEHOUSE (March 31, 2009) - Thousands of young Hoosiers will have a more productive summer, and many state recreational facilities will see improvements thanks to a new program.The Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps will employ 2,000 young people from low-income families to spruce up state-owned parks, trails

[r54] Rep. Saunders Recognizes the Indiana Restaurant Association (3/31/2009)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Start Date: 3/31/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/31/2009 The Indiana Restaurant Association represents more than 1,600 member restaurant properties and industry-related service companies. The organization serves as the voice of the restaurant industry in matters of policy, public relations and government. The IRA also acts as a liaison between government agencies

[r54] Something to Brighten Your Day (3/27/2009)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Start Date: 3/27/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/27/2009 "Bipartisanship" is word politicians like to throw around, but it doesn't often happen. When it does, I've found that there's probably some sort of political motivation, some sort of selfish, tactical move behind it. And that can make a person a little cynical, to say the least. Yet, there are moments

[r54] Rep. Saunders Supports Expansion of Tuition Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients (3/26/2009)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Start Date: 3/26/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/26/2009 Rep. Saunders (R-Lewisville) co-sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives. Last year, the Indiana General Assembly created a law allowing Purple Heart recipients who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, to apply for the tuition and fee exemption. Senate Bill 39 will expand those eligible for

[r54] Rep. Saunders Honors Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) today joined the Indiana General Assembly in honoring the families of Indiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country, especially those fighting the war on terrorism. In a resolution, the Indiana General Assembly offered

[r54] Tribute to Bobby Goodwin (3/23/2009)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Start Date: 3/23/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/23/2009 However, I think what would have impressed Bobby the most, what would have just tickled him pink, was that the local CVS Pharmacy changed its sign to a message memorializing him. After this tough week, with Bobby gone, I'm back at the Statehouse. It's not easy. Bobby was always there to greet me as a walked

[r54] New Legislative Caucus to Highlight Rural Indiana Concerns (3/20/2009)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Start Date: 3/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/20/2009 Yet, here at the Statehouse, urban interests are often the most widely lobbied and explored. While it is true that many social ailments tend to gather in urban areas, such as drug abuse, violence and poverty, rural communities have their own unique problems that are often underrepresented in Indianapolis.

[r54] Letter to the Editor (3/16/2009)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Start Date: 3/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/16/2009 The way these bills were combined and rejected is strange. However, this is a huge relief to many of us in rural Indiana communities. The bills, inspired by the Kernan-Shepard report on local government reform, amounted to a one-size-fits-all approach to reforming local government. Not surprisingly, the

[r54] Getting Priorities Back on Track for Second Half (3/10/2009)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Start Date: 3/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/10/2009 Unfortunately, this year we're way off track. We keep going to the same dry well with the same empty bucket. And not only is the well dry, the bucket's got a hole in it. To begin, House majority is passing legislation that would spend more than the state would take in. Isn't it strange how governments

[r54] Rep. Saunders Celebrates Children's Art at Statehouse (3/4/2009)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Start Date: 3/4/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/4/2009

[r54] Bills to Regulate CAFOs Pass Indiana House (2/24/2009)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Start Date: 2/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/24/2009STATEHOUSE - Confined animal feeding operations came before the Indiana House of Representatives today, in discussions on House Bill 1074 and House Bill 1075. The House passed both of the bills, which were co-authored by state Rep. Tom Saunders.HB 1074 creates "good character" requirements for these operations

[r54] Rep. Saunders' Bill on County Prisoner Health Costs Passes Indiana House (2/24/2009)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Start Date: 2/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/24/2009 "Obviously, a doctor doesn't want to turn away a hurting or dying patient," Rep. Saunders said. "But if they don't know that no one is liable to pay for their services, they get duped. It's our goal to prevent that and protect taxpayers." The bill requires counties to reimburse hospitals and other health

[r54] Overregulated and Underfunded (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/20/2009 I have voted against and will continue to vote against many bills - good and bad - because they don't account for funding. Services don't just appear out of thin air. Somebody pays for them, and quite often, it's our own cash-strapped local governments and you, the taxpayer. In general, I suspect most people

[r54] Bill to Keep Children's Home Open Passes House Committee (2/18/2009)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Start Date: 2/18/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/18/2009

[r54] Lincoln's Birthday Gives Indiana Much Reason to Celebrate (2/13/2009)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Start Date: 2/13/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/13/2009Elected officials, students, teachers and other Hoosiers gathered at the Statehouse on Thursday to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. It was a day filled with history, fanfare, awards and pride. President Lincoln may have been born in Kentucky, but Indiana claims his most formative years. He lived

[r54] Rep. Saunders Honors Area Student; Celebrates Lincoln Bicentennial (2/12/2009)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Start Date: 2/12/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/12/2009 Kristen Schmeisser, a student at New Castle High School, won first place for her essay, "Lincoln's Legacy to Indiana." Her essay, which was featured in the celebration's program, outlined Lincoln's many contributions, with a particular focus on The Morrill Act, which created land grant colleges, such as

[r54] Davis and Saunders Announce Marker to Honor Superintendent Driver (2/10/2009)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Start Date: 2/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/10/2009 Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) are pleased about the recognition of excellence in their communities. "The historical marker and dedication ceremony demonstrate Indiana's focus on what's important, such as getting the best education for our children," Rep. Davis said.

[r54] Unfunded Mandates Pass the Buck to Locals (2/6/2009)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Start Date: 2/6/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/6/2009 Likewise, governments like to make laws that require action without including ways to pay for that action. And the responsibility to fund these mandates gets pushed down to the lowest levels of government. Local governments bear the brunt of both state and federal mandates, and when taxes get too high or

[r54] Rep. Saunders Votes to Protect Jobs and Stimulate Economy (2/5/2009)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Start Date: 2/5/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/5/2009STATEHOUSE - The Indiana House of Representatives passed a Republican amendment today for House Bill 1656 by a 99-0 vote. The amendment will provide jobs for Hoosiers, allow local government to improve streets, roads and highways in their areas and protect important Major Moves projects that will be the basis

[r54] Rep. Saunders Happy to Announce BMV Policy Change (2/4/2009)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Start Date: 2/4/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/4/2009Late fee for license plate renewal waived in some cases (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 4, 2009 - Hoosier drivers who wait until the last minute to renew their license plates now have a little less to worry about. Effective Tuesday, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will waive late fees for license plate renewals

[r54] General Assembly Moving Too Fast on Many Issues (1/30/2009)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Start Date: 1/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/30/2009Usually, the General Assembly is criticized for moving too slow, but this session, it seems we're rushing. And the consequences could be dire. We haven't had a lot of good news about anything lately, and that's causing a lot of citizens and lawmakers to panic. Take a look: · State revenue

[r54] Nationwide Community Fights to Save the Knightstown Children's Home (1/9/2009)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Start Date: 1/9/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/9/2009I just start reading about it. About the kids and the staff. About everything the Home has done to make everybody's life better, and I get teary-eyed. It's hard news to take, and I just started calling everyone I could think of who might be able to do something about it. Say what you will about its history, the

[r54] Rep. Saunders Visits with Knightstown High School Students (3/17/2008)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Start Date: 3/17/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/17/2008Last Friday, a large group of junior and senior students from Knightstown High School visited the Indiana Statehouse on a field trip. Rep. Tom Saunders visited with the students to discuss important issues relating to this year's legislative session. "It is always a memorable moment when students visit the

[r54] Rep. Saunders Explains HB 1001, SJR 1 "No" Vote (3/14/2008)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Start Date: 3/14/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/14/2008 Furthermore, I am concerned that placing hard property tax cap numbers in our Constitution denies Indiana the flexibility it may need in the coming years. Many economists believe our nation is heading into a recession. and it seems risky to tie future Legislatures' hands if they face a strong economic

[r54] Rep. Saunders Welcomes Students, Adult Pages to Statehouse (2/19/2008)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Start Date: 2/19/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/19/2008 "I am so excited to host this day for the adult pages," said Rep. Saunders. "It was very rewarding to hear the questions and concerns of my constituents as they visited this historic Indiana building and saw the legislative process firsthand." In addition to the tour, adult pages attended the day's House

[r54] Rep. Saunders Urges Residents to Sign Up for Prison Alerts (1/31/2008)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Start Date: 1/31/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/31/2008Residents who live in communities near prisons are encouraged to sign up for the Department of Correction's new ALERT Notification Service. In the event of an escape, all registrants will receive detailed information about the inmate, including a physical description and the time of the escape. The automated

[r54] Rep. Saunders Votes for Property Tax Relief (1/24/2008)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Start Date: 1/24/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/24/2008Hoosiers are a step closer to property tax relief after the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday passed House Bill 1001 by a vote of 93-1. The bill now heads to the Indiana Senate.The bill contains about $700 million in new property relief, along with $250 million in already scheduled relief for 2008

[r54] Rep. Saunders response to State of the State (1/16/2008)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Start Date: 1/16/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/16/2008

[r54] Rep. Saunders Promotes Statehouse Page Program (1/7/2008)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Start Date: 1/7/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2008"I would like to encourage junior high and high school students across Henry, Wayne and Randolph Counties interested in the legislative process to take the time to come down to the Statehouse," said Rep. Saunders. "The Page Program not only provides a rich learning environment for students but also a closer look

[r54] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/20/2007 "The summer study committees are an important part of the legislature," said Rep. Saunders. "Although we are only in session part-time, a lot of work gets done during these summer study committees. Each of these committees has important issues facing our state, and with bi-partisan support, we can develop

[r54] State Representative Saunders Studies Issues Important to Next Year's Session (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/20/2007 "The summer study committees are an important part of the legislature," said Rep. Saunders. "Although we are only in session part-time, a lot of work gets done during these summer study committees. Each of these committees has important issues facing our state, and with bi-partisan support, we can develop

[r54] INDOT to Install Traffic Signals at Busy Intersections (5/29/2007)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Start Date: 5/29/2007 All DayEnd Date: 5/29/2007 "I'm glad the department has finally approved these traffic signals. Even though studies indicated traffic lights were not necessary, the community and those who traveled the intersections felt differently," said Representative Saunders. "I am familiar with both intersections and have felt traffic signals

[r54] CAFO Bill dies in Conference Committee (4/29/2007)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Start Date: 4/29/2007 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2007

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