Bill Friend

Bill Friend

Speaker Pro Tempore | District 23

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Phone: 317-232-9981

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h23@iga.in.gov

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Kim Heffner

Phone: 317-234-9016

Email: kim.heffner@iga.in.gov

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The General Assembly continues to put forth legislative proposals that will provide many benefits for Hoosiers across the state. As changes are implemented, I am confident that Hoosiers will begin to see the positive effects of our legislative efforts in their own personal situations. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the constituents of House District 23. I will continue to do my best to support programs that enhance the lifestyle in rural and small-town Indiana.

Sincerely,

Bill Friend
Speaker Pro Tempore

State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) was first elected to serve the constituents of House District 23 in 1992. During his tenure at the Statehouse, Representative Friend has been a ranking member of the House Republican Leadership. Representative Friend was the Republican Floor Leader from 2002-2004 and was selected to serve as Majority Floor Leader after House Republicans won the majority in the 2004 election. Representative Friend's most recent appointment was the Republican Speaker Pro Tempore for the 119th Indiana General Assembly.

As owner and operator of Friend Farms and President of Green Acres Ham LLC, Representative Friend is a strong advocate for advancing rural communities across the State of Indiana. Throughout his career at the Statehouse, he has served on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Natural Resources Committee, Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation and the Committee on Joint Rules. He also served on the House Ways and Means Committee from 1994-2002.

During the 2005 session, Representative Friend authored legislation that collected money from Indiana's cigarette tax to be dedicated to the Clean Water Fund within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) budget. The Clean Water program will ensure productivity of Indiana soil and reduce the cost to taxpayers for cleaning ditches and waterways, which will ensure clean drinking water. Thanks to Representative Friend's leadership, this money will fund a popular program that has never been properly funded.

Representative Friend has also been a leading advocate for alternative energy by authoring and sponsoring legislation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Representative Friend's energy initiatives provide tax incentives for the production and use of alternative fuels. These initiatives will also help move Indiana forward economically by using some of the state's most abundant resources: corn and soybeans.

Outside of the Statehouse, Representative Friend contributes a significant amount of time to his community. He has served as the Allen Township Trustee and Assessor, Miami County Auditor, Vice President of the Miami County Council, Peru-Miami County Economic Development Corporation, Grissom Redevelopment Authority Treasurer, and Solid Waste District Fiscal Officer.

Representative Friend is a 1967 graduate of North Miami High School and 1971 graduate of the University of Indianapolis, receiving a B.A. in Biology. He currently resides in Macy, Indiana with his wife, Ann. They have three children, Chris, Mandy and Daniel, and two grandchildren, William and Sara Ann. Representative Friend also attends Mexico Baptist Church, where he has been a Sunday School Teacher for 17 years.

Indiana House of Representatives: 1992 – present

House District 23: Includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.

Committees:

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation

Address: 3340 W 900 N, Macy, Indiana 46951

Telephone:

  • 1-800-382-9841 (During Session)
  • 765-985-3885 (Outside of Session)

Occupation:

  • Owner/Operator, Friend Farms
  • President of Green Acres Ham, LLC

Education:

  • 1967 graduate of North Miami High School
  • Received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Indianapolis in 1971

Civic & Political Experience

Past:

  • GOP National Convention Delegate
  • GOP State Convention Delegate
  • Solid Waste District Fiscal Office
  • Grissom Redevelopment Authority Treasurer
  • Miami County Auditor
  • Auditors' Association of Indiana, 1st Vice President
  • Peru-Miami County Economic Development Corporation
  • Miami County Council, Vice President
  • Allen Township Trustee/Assessor
  • Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation Coordinator
  • Dean of Agriculture Advisory Committee, Purdue University
  • Chairman, Agricultural and International Trade Committee, 2001National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)

Current:

  • Chairman, Fifth District Republican Party
  • Member, State Republican Committee
  • Executive Director of the National Calcium Initiative
  • Member, National Agricultural and Rural Development Committee, NCSL
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana Board Member
  • Farm Bureau Member
  • Mexico Baptist Church - Sunday School Teacher 17 years
  • Lincoln Lodge #523 F. & A.M.
  • Scottish Rite
  • Murat Shrine

Legislative:

  • Indiana House of Representatives, 1992-Present
  • House District 23: Cass, Fulton and Miami counties
  • Leadership Position: Speaker Pro Tempore, 2014-present
  • Leadership Position: Majority Floor Leader, 2004-2014
  • Republican Floor Leader, 2002-2004
  • Committee Assignments 2005-2006: Agriculture & Rural Development, Natural Resources, Statutory Committee on Interstate International Cooperation, Committee on Joint Rules
  • Ways & Means Committee 1994-2002

Awards:

  • Industry Meritorious Service Award, Indiana Pork Producers Association
  • Friend of Conservation Award, presented by SWCD
  • Accomplishment Award, Soil and Water Conservation Districts Society
  • 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Indianapolis
  • Golden Shovel Award, presented by the Peru-Miami County Economic Development Corp.
  • 2006 Hardwood Hero, presented by the Indiana Hardwood Lumberman's Association

House District 23 is comprised of the majority of Miami County and portions of Fulton and Cass counties in central Indiana.

Rep. Friend honors local business for century of operation

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) congratulates McGrew's Well Drilling, Inc. in Fulton County for receiving the Governor’s Century Business Award. The award was presented by Governor Pence at the Indiana Statehouse. “McGrew’s Well Drilling is a fifth generation, family-owned business that has served our community for 108

Legislation of interest in the General Assembly

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As you read this article, the second part of the session is complete and it is now conference committee time until the statutory conclusion date, April 29. During this time, conference committees meet to work out differences between House and Senate versions of the same bill that will then be voted on by both bodies. This period can be confusing for anyone

Moving forward in the legislative session

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Friday, April 10, 2015

The Easter holiday is a wonderful reminder of many important parts of life and faith, but also that springtime is just around the corner. A few flowers, greening grass and buds on trees have all presented themselves in the last few days. Most of us are pleased and welcome the change of scenery. There is at least one more typical spring appearance:

Clarifying RFRA: There is no discrimination

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Thursday, April 2, 2015

This past Saturday, I attended a Third House meeting in Logansport sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. The crowd numbered about 30; a good turnout. Senator Randy Head, Representative Don Lehe and I presented to the group and then fielded questions and comments. Some of the issues included budget and spending priorities, more funding for road

News from the Statehouse

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

This past Saturday, I attended a Third House meeting in Fulton at the new community building. The Fulton County Chamber and Farm Bureau sponsored the event, which drew about 60 people. Fulton County always has excellent attendance at these meetings. I want to congratulate those citizens for coming out early on a foggy Saturday morning to listen to and

An update on your state government

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As I write this article, I am recovering from the annual pig inventory that is a necessary part of our business. An accurate count of the pigs is required, so we have to go through each room and count every pig in each pen. Of course, the pigs all stand still and let us count them as if it were the U.S. census. Not! The industrial hemp bill, House Bill

Addressing issues of local interest

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

As March came in like a lion with no intention of leaving, we seem to be emerging from the extremes of winter. Warmer temperatures are melting weeks-old snow piles and making a muddy, messy mix. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all the highway workers who toiled to improve our roads and highways during this long winter. Snow and ice plus subzero temperatures

Rep. Friend honors local family for historic farm

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Monday, March 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) congratulates the Leedy family from Miami County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families who have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more.

Putting our communities first

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The snow cannot seem to exit our area and let spring have a chance. Due to the ridiculous snow cover, we are seeing the deer herds actively moving around looking for food. To that end, Thursday night as I returned from a funeral home visitation, I hit a deer with my new truck. Three deer ran in front of me as I was nearing my home. I missed the first deer,

Funding opportunity in Indiana

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Thursday, February 26, 2015

We have come to the midpoint of session in the General Assembly. Over 650 bills were filed in the House, and of those more than 100 have already been sent to the Senate for their consideration. I am pleased to report that my bill on recreational trail policy, House Bill (HB) 1471 passed out of the House. I am confident that this bill will make sure

Improving Indiana

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter continues on for all of us. This past Saturday, the wind and snow were just brutal; almost no visibility and drifting snow. Our flat fields and no trees allow the wind to play havoc with roads and driveways. Our proud, tough folks will dig out and live to fight another day! On Valentine’s Day, I was honored to present the check from

Service and sacrifice

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

There are times when elected officials feel the public does not understand that officials are people with real lives, jobs and families. This week two events brought the humanity of elected officials to the forefront. Rep. Bob Morris witnessed his 72-year-old father die from a major heart attack while moving snow. Many of us from the Legislature attended

House bills are on the move

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Monday, February 2, 2015

As I write this article, the snow continues to fall with a vengeance. Perhaps the groundhog should have remained in his burrow because of the inclement weather. I believe the winter will continue regardless of man’s interpretation of a furry animal’s behavior. Despite the weather, session continues. I would like to detail for you several bills

Rep. Friend joins Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Thursday, January 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy), fellow legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today 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 cancer,”

Considering trails and roadways

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Monday, January 26, 2015

As we enter the last week of January, the committee process is working well. There were 669 bills filed in the House, and 589 bills filed in the Senate. Perhaps a few less than is typical of the General Assembly, but still the bills represent plenty of work and discussion. House Bill (HB) 1471 is a bill I filed to direct the Department of Natural Resources

Update from the Statehouse

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Committee meetings are in full swing now, and the focus of the session remains on the new biennial budget. The Ways and Means Committee is conducting budget hearings and listening to university presidents and department heads. Each presenter gives a full justification of the budget request they are making to the committee. The members must then consider the

New session, new budget, new jobs

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The new year has arrived and the holidays are past. I trust that you all had enjoyable gatherings with your family members. Our family certainly had a wonderful two weeks. All of our children were home for a time – some from Texas, some from Brazil, some from South America and others from Macy. The washer, dryer and dishwasher ran almost non-stop as

[r23] Rep. Friend appointed to standing committees

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Thursday, December 4, 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. In addition to his recent leadership appointment as House Speaker Pro Tempore, State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) has been appointed to serve on the

[r23] Macy and Peru receive community development grants

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, December 2, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) joined Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) at the Statehouse on Monday to present the town of Macy and the city of Peru with Community Development Block Grants. “The Community Development Block Grants will help Macy and Peru build community

[r23] Friend Report: A thankful time (11/24/2014)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Start Date: 11/24/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/24/2014 I haven’t written in a while but feel the need to communicate with all of you. It is hard to believe, but we are looking at Thanksgiving 2014! This year has flown by with a series of major occurrences: elections, major problems in the Middle East, economic changes and administrative

[r23] Rep. Bill Friend appointed as Speaker Pro Tempore (11/5/2014)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Start Date: 11/5/2014 All DayEnd Date: 11/5/2014Rep. Bill Friend appointed as Speaker Pro Tempore STATEHOUSE – Today, State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) was appointed by the Indiana House Majority Caucus to the leadership role of Speaker Pro Tempore. “I would like to thank Speaker Bosma for the appointment to Speaker Pro Tempore and also for the

[r23] Miami County native receives distinguished award (9/2/2014)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Start Date: 9/2/2014 All DayEnd Date: 9/2/2014Miami County native receives distinguished award STATEHOUSE – Karen Filler, a Miami County native, recently received the Distinguished Hoosier Award for her 40 years of dedicated service to the state of Indiana, primarily with the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). State Representative Bill

[r23] Column: 2014 Session Recap (3/20/2014)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Start Date: 3/20/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/20/20142014 Session Recap The General Assembly has ended, and the Ides of March are behind us. Some would assume that better times are ahead for all citizens of Indiana. Temperatures are warming, and the huge snow piles are melting away. Improving weather is on the way! Highway funding was addressed and improved

[r23] Friend Report: Conference committees hash out differences between House and Senate (3/5/2014)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Start Date: 3/5/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/5/2014Conference committees hash out differences between House and Senate March roars in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It appears that 2014 has the ability to live up to the old adage! The legislature has completed the second half and is in the midst of conference committees. The final two weeks of session

[r23] Friend Report: All things considered (2/21/2014)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Start Date: 2/21/2014 All DayEnd Date: 2/21/2014All things considered This job allows many opportunities to do public appearances and make presentations. On Saturday the 15th, I presented a check to Miami County Helping Hands from Miller’s Merry Manor for the Sweetie Contest. This contest elects a king and queen from the residents of the facility,

[r23] Friend Report: The business personal property tax (2/14/2014)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Start Date: 2/14/2014 All DayEnd Date: 2/14/2014The business personal property tax I am really sorry to start a column this way, but this winter weather has really worn most of us out! Repeated heavy snow, sub-zero temperatures, drifted roads and driveways, missed school days and delayed deliveries of most everything is causing all of us to wish summer

Cold weather continues, propane costs rising (2/5/2014)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Start Date: 2/5/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 2/5/2014 Cold weather continues, propane costs rising This January winter weather is making everyone weary and frustrated. All the snow and extremely low temperatures remind many of us of the blizzards of the 70’s. I think we should all be thankful and appreciate the workers who plow

[r23] Friend Report: Session and random thoughts (1/27/2014)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Start Date: 1/27/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/27/2014Session and random thoughts This winter weather keeps testing all of us to stay happy and positive. Snow, wind, and low temperatures all complicate our transportation, schools, work and businesses. It is not good, but it is January! We might as well be happy and pleasant because it “all pays the

[r23] Rep. Friend supports Suits and Sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer (1/23/2014)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Start Date: 1/23/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/23/2014Rep. Friend supports Suits and Sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer STATEHOUSE — State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse on Thursday in support of the Suits and Sneakers Challenge to help raise awareness about cancer

[r23] Rep. Friend's reaction to State of the State Address (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/14/2014Rep. Friend’s reaction to State of the State Address STATEHOUSE — “I’m pleased to hear the message from the governor and his vision for the state and session moving forward. Many of his priorities align with our agenda and the importance of focusing on our education system, specifically

[r23] Friend Report: 2014 legislative session underway (1/13/2014)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Start Date: 1/13/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/13/20142014 legislative session underway It’s a new year with many new opportunities and a new legislative session with many new issues! I want to share some random thoughts on a variety of subjects. Much has occurred since I last wrote to you, and we have things to discuss. Through this session, I will

[r23] Rep. Friend pleased to see restitution for local schools (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 PMRep. Friend pleased to see restitution for local schools STATEHOUSE – State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) is pleased to see restitution for North Miami Community Schools and Caston School Corporation from the settlement reached between the State of Indiana and the

[r23] 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 PMOrganization Day charity drive focuses on giving back STATEHOUSE — State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special

[r23] $500,000 community development grant awarded to Miami County (11/6/2013)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Start Date: 11/6/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/6/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM$500,000 community development grant awarded to Miami County STATEHOUSE – State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) attended the ceremony honoring 24 Hoosier communities receiving over $8M in community development grants yesterday. The award ceremony was held at the

[r23] Friend Report: 30 years in the making (11/1/2013)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Start Date: 11/1/2013 All DayEnd Date: 11/1/201330 years in the making What does a new highway mean to us? I have fielded that question recently from some people who are skeptical of the importance of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor (U.S. 24). The new highway was opened with much fanfare and speeches predicting economic development and job creation. It was

[r23] Friend Report: Harvest time and more (10/8/2013)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Start Date: 10/8/2013 All DayEnd Date: 10/8/2013Harvest time and more Summer 2013 has come and gone. The growing season for crops has been almost opposite the previous year. Corn prospects are very good, and soybeans look promising as well. Farmers are always happy to have a bountiful yield, even if the market prices have slipped a bit. Fairs and festivals

[r23] Rep. Friend urges public input on recreational trails (8/28/2013)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Start Date: 8/28/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/28/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – Today, the Natural Resources Study Committee assembled at the Pokagon State Park at the Potawatomi Inn in Angola. State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) addressed the committee and urged public input on several issues affecting Indiana’s recreational

[r23] Friend Report: Looking back at a great summer (8/21/2013)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Start Date: 8/21/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/21/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMLooking back at a great summer It has been a rapid-fire summer with all of the fairs, festivals, meetings and family obligations. The end of August is in sight, school has started and the activities just keep coming. In June, five members of our family and a friend traveled to

[r23] Rep. Friend congratulates local family farms on longevity of ownership (8/7/2013)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Start Date: 8/7/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/7/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMRep. Friend congratulates local family farms on longevity of ownership STATEHOUSE – State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) congratulates the Artley and Binkerd-Hopkins family farms from Peru, Ind. and the Mills and Raber family farms from Macy, Ind. for receiving Hoosier

[r23] Friend Report: My Statehouse staff visits the district (7/16/2013)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Start Date: 7/16/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/16/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMMy Statehouse staff visits the district One of the programs that our staff participates in every year is for press secretaries and legislative assistants to make a visit to a legislator’s district. The people who assist legislators often are from different areas of the

[r23] Friend Report: A wonderful wedding in Brazil (7/5/2013)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Start Date: 7/5/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 7/5/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMA wonderful wedding in Brazil Sometimes, life presents unusual and exciting events for a family. Life did that for our family in June as we travelled to Itajuba, Brazil for the wedding of our youngest son and his beautiful bride, Debora. It was a wonderful experience for us, and

[r23] Friend Report: Honoring the Fallen (5/24/2013)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Start Date: 5/24/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/24/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMHonoring the fallen Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it used to be known, is a time of reflection and honor for those who have gone before us. We especially recognize our veterans of the military who sacrificed so much for our freedom. Without the service of so many, we

[r23] Alzheimer's bill signed into law (5/9/2013)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Start Date: 5/9/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Date: 5/9/2013 End Time: 1:00 PM Alzheimer’s bill signed into law STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1044, authored by State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) was signed into law today by Governor Mike Pence. HEA 1044 requires the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to provide

[r23] Friend Report: Looking back at session (5/8/2013)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Start Date: 5/8/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/8/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMLooking back at session Legislators have been home for over a week now, and they have had some time to rest, get a haircut, do some business or try to find normal again. That normal feeling is not always easy to find after being gone and very busy for four months. The majority

[r23] Friend Report: Session concludes, Hoosiers receive historic tax cut (5/1/2013)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Start Date: 5/1/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/1/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSession concludes, Hoosiers receive historic tax cut The legislative session ended early Saturday, April 27, at about 1:30 a.m. Indiana statute calls for an April 29 adjournment but because of the weekend, legislators were in agreement that an early end to the session made sense

[r23] Largest tax cut in Hoosier history (4/27/2013)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Start Date: 4/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/27/2013 End Time: 1:59 AMLargest tax cut in Hoosier history STATEHOUSE — Authored by the Chairman of Ways and Means, State Representative Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, the biennial budget for the State of Indiana, was the last bill passed this session with a 70 to 30

[r23] Friend Report: Tragedy dominates the news (4/24/2013)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Start Date: 4/24/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/24/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMTragedy dominates the news The events of the past week have been troubling for all Americans. I try to write about important issues being considered by the state Legislature, but they seem to pale in comparison to life and death situations in Boston and Texas as well as the

[r23] More assistance for "Hardest Hit" Hoosiers (4/18/2013)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Start Date: 4/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/18/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM More assistance for “Hardest Hit” Hoosiers STATEHOUSE – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann held a press conference yesterday announcing the expansion of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund. The U.S. Department of the Treasury identified Indiana as one of 18

[r23] Friend Report: Budget, guns and gaming (4/17/2013)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Start Date: 4/17/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/17/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMLegislative Overview: Budget, guns and gaming Some things I am noticing that give me concern for our society: (1) regardless of where I am, many people are looking down at their smart phone and texting something to someone, somewhere; (2) while driving, I still see motorists

[r23] Student receives prestigious award at the Statehouse (4/15/2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Start Date: 4/15/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/15/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMStudent receives prestigious award at the Statehouse STATEHOUSE – State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) congratulates Jason K. Hawes from Logansport for receiving the 2013 Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship today. The award recognizes high school seniors for

[r23] Friend Report: Difficult decisions loom (4/10/2013)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Start Date: 4/10/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/10/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMDifficult decisions loom Just as an observation of life: We usually postpone the most difficult decisions until the absolute deadline. Taxes, insurance, finances, and even questions of health come to mind. I think you get the idea; the biggest challenges take time and lots of

[r23] Friend Report: 63 percent of budget to education and teachers (4/3/2013)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Start Date: 4/3/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM63 percent of budget to education and teachers As is customary for the month of March, an unexpected and unwanted snowfall occurred last Monday. Roads and travel were not good, schools were closed and activities were canceled or delayed. It simply reinforces my description and

[r23] Friend Report: Real-life problems (3/26/2013)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Start Date: 3/26/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/26/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMReal-life problems Saturday morning was a rude awakening because the furnace had kicked out and the temperature in the house was about 50 degrees. An early phone call to the furnace man was enlightening; he answered his cell phone in Orlando. He told me how sorry he was that he

[r23] Friend Report: The Ides of March (3/19/2013)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Start Date: 3/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMThe Ides of March The month of March has several unique occurrences: The Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day, the NCAA basketball tournament and Easter this year. All of these things happen while the weather vacillates between sunshine and snow flurries. Some have said that

[r23] Alzheimer's bill passes the Senate (3/15/2013)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Start Date: 3/15/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PM End Date: 3/15/2013 End Time: 1:59 PM Alzheimer’s bill passes the Senate STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1044, authored by Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and co-authored by Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the Senate this week with a unanimous vote

[r23] Friend Report: A time when the cameras are always rolling (3/11/2013)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Start Date: 3/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/11/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMA time when the cameras are always rolling Communities are fortunate when they have intelligent citizens who care, participate and lead. Cass County/Logansport lost such a leader a few days ago. Don Heckard was a leader in so many ways; he was a farmer all his life, school bus

[r23] Friend Report: Halftime Report (3/4/2013)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Start Date: 3/4/2013 Start Time: 1:00 PMEnd Date: 3/4/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMHalftime Report The State of Indiana has a “citizen legislature.” What does that mean and why do we keep this type of system? Our founding fathers created this type of government so that legislators, both House and Senate members, had to go home to communities, jobs,

[r23] Friend Report: Honoring a WWII Veteran (2/26/2013)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Start Date: 2/26/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/26/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMFriend Report: Honoring a WWII Veteran One of the truly enjoyable things about this position is the interesting people I meet along the way. This past week, the House adopted a resolution to honor Jim Pendleton, a WWII veteran, who had been wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

[r23] Friend Report: Balancing the State's finances (2/19/2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Start Date: 2/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 2/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Friend Report: Balancing the State’s finances This has been a most difficult week for me as my brother, Jim, passed away early Monday morning, February 11. He was my big brother, my only sibling, and his heroic battle with Lewy body disease, which is

[r23] Friend Report: Never losing sight of the farm (2/11/2013)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Start Date: 2/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/11/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMFriend Report: Never losing sight of the farm This past week, the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association held their annual convention. This group is significant because of the benefit they bring to the state’s economy. The lumber business in Indiana provides

[r23] Friend Report: Buddy, a legislator's best friend (1/29/2013)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Date: 1/29/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 1/29/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Friend Report: Buddy, a legislator’s best friend Many of you know that our family has a three-legged golden retriever named Buddy. Occasionally, I feel the need to talk to Buddy when I have a strange or difficult situation. He is a smart dog that

[r23] Friend Report: Work continues, community engaged at Third House (1/24/2013)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Start Date: 1/24/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/24/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMFriend Report: Work continues, community engaged at Third House Legislators communicate with their constituents in various ways. One of the best ways to interact is at a Third House meeting, typically sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, January 19, I

[r23] House stands up for those with Alzheimer's (1/22/2013)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Start Date: 1/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 1/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM House stands up for those with Alzheimer’s STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1044, authored by Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and co-authored by Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the House today with unanimous

[r23] Friend Report: Session underway and moving full speed ahead (1/14/2013)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Start Date: 1/14/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/14/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMFriend Report: Session underway and moving full speed ahead The General Assembly has again convened, and the serious discussions on policy have begun. It is a unique time because there are many new faces. Governor Pence will head up a different thinking administration. The

[r23] Rep. Friend: House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (1/4/2013)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Start Date: 1/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/4/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMHouse Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) 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

[r23] Friend Report: Pre-session greeting (12/20/2012)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Start Date: 12/20/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/20/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMFriend Report: Pre-session greeting I haven’t written since last summer, and the time has come to get started again. My practice has always been to communicate weekly to the district about “things” in the General Assembly. This will be the first of the 2013

[r23] House Republicans release committee appointments (12/3/2012)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Start Date: 12/3/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/3/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMHouse Republicans release committee appointments STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) will continue to serve as the

[r23] Rep. Friend: Supporting small businesses, more jobs (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMRep. Friend: Supporting small businesses, more jobs 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

[r23] Rep. Bill Friend elected as House Majority Floor Leader (11/8/2012)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Start Date: 11/8/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/8/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMRep. Bill Friend elected as House Majority Floor Leader STATEHOUSE - Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) was elected by the Indiana House of Representatives Majority Caucus to the leadership role of Floor Leader yesterday. “I am honored to be recognized by the caucus and elected

[r23] Own Your American Dream (10/4/2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/4/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMOwn Your American DreamIndiana House Republicans introduce agenda centered on Fiscal Integrity, Jobs, and Education STATEHOUSE- Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy), announced the House

[r23] House Republicans now accepting intern applications for 2013 legislative session (9/28/2012)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Start Date: 9/28/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/28/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMHouse Republicans now accepting intern applications for 2013 legislative session STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) is pleased to announce that the 2013 House Republican Internship Program is now accepting applications. The program is open to undergraduate and

[r23] Friend Report (9/5/2012)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Start Date: 9/5/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/5/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMThe summer has been beautiful -- especially if you are a sun and dry weather advocate. Not so for farmers who have needed rain for their corn and soybeans. This has just been “one of those years” for all farmers as they have watched their crops wilt and curl under the

[r23] Rep. Friend recognized as "pro-job" legislator (7/18/2012)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Start Date: 7/18/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 7/18/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) as having one of the strongest pro-jobs voting records for the 2012 session. Rep. Friend scored a 97 percent for supporting

Rep. Friend congratulates Peru Community School Corp. on grant award (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Date: 4/19/2012 End Date: 4/19/2012 STATEHOUSE – It was announced today by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that Peru Community School Corporation is being awarded an Excellence in Performance Award grant of $176,601. State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) extends his congratulations to the teachers at Randolph Central School

[R23] Rep. Friend's bill to protect farmers signed by governor (3/16/2012)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Start Date: 3/16/2012 End Date: 3/16/2012 STATEHOUSE—Legislation authored by State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) to protect farmers against nuisance lawsuits was signed Thursday, March 15 by Gov. Mitch Daniels. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1091 addresses the problem of nuisance lawsuits filed against farmers for the sole purpose of

[R23] Friend Report: Overview of the 2012 Legislative Session (3/16/2012)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Start Date: 3/16/2012End Date: 3/16/2012 The 2012 legislative session ended early on Saturday, March 10 at about 2:00 a.m. It was an extraordinary session because it dealt with many difficult issues affecting Hoosiers. First and foremost, the focus of the first half of session was the Right to Work bill. Discussion of the legislation was at times heated

[23] Rep. Friend's bill to help Hoosiers avoid tax sale signed by governor (3/15/2012)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Start Date: 3/15/2012 End Date: 3/15/2012 STATEHOUSE—To help Hoosiers with delinquent property taxes avoid a tax sale, State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) authored legislation to allow county treasurers to set up a payment plan with a taxpayer. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1090 was signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels and will go into effect

[R23] Friend Report: Helping our neighbors to strengthen Indiana (3/6/2012)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Start Date: 3/6/2012End Date: 3/6/2012 The month of March always makes me wary. For many years I have described March as God’s dirty trick to get us from February to April. Please forgive me if you disagree, but just watch out for the weather! On Friday, March 2, I had the unique opportunity to give a graduation speech to the GED recipients at the

[R23] Rep. Friend delivers commencement address at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility (3/6/2012)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Start Date: 3/6/2012End Date: 3/6/2012 STATEHOUSE—State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) served as the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility on Friday, March 2. The ceremony is held for the young men who earn their GED in the facility. Approximately 120 to 150 juvenile offenders between the ages of 14 and

[23] Friend Report: Making the most of one extra day (3/2/2012)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Start Date: 3/2/2012End Date: 3/2/2012 2012 is a leap year, and I have always had some questions about its origin. Why does February have one more day every four years? Couldn’t the calendar makers get it right many years ago? The truth seems to be that a year is really 365.25 days. It takes that long for our earth to make the circuit around the

[R23] Rep. Friend's bill to help Hoosiers avoid tax sale passes Senate (2/24/2012)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Start Date: 2/24/2012 End Date: 2/24/2012 STATEHOUSE—To help Hoosiers with delinquent property taxes avoid a tax sale, State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) authored a bill that would allow county treasurers to set up a payment plan with a taxpayer. House Bill (HB) 1090 passed the House and Senate unanimously and the bill will now go to

[R23] Friend Report: Legislative Update (2/22/2012)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Start Date: 2/22/2012End Date: 2/22/2012 Much of the media emphasis this weekend was on the funeral for Whitney Houston. She was a tremendous beauty and talent who produced huge recording and movie hits. Her death at 48 years of age was unfortunate. A few of the national commentators have made an issue of the nonchalance with which the major networks

[R23] Friend Report: Property tax relief progresses through the Senate (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012End Date: 2/14/2012 The second half of the session is under way and the pace, though still hectic, is much more normal. Bills are being heard in committee, amendments are offered, and votes are taken. It’s good to be able to consider and discuss the varied concerns of Hoosiers. A serious problem across the state involves

[R23] Friend Report: Halftime Update (2/7/2012)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Start Date: 2/7/2012End Date: 2/7/2012 Perhaps life will get back to normal after the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The host committee did an outstanding job of preparation and planning, and the media commentary across the nation has been extremely positive. I am glad that the rest of the world received a very warm welcome, and their opinion of Indiana was

[REP CAUCUS]Indiana: the Nation's 23rd Right to Work State (2/1/2012)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Start Date: 2/1/2012End Date: 2/1/2012 STATEHOUSE – After over 40 hours of testimony, debate, and discussion over the past year House Bill (HB) 1001, Employee’s Right to Work passed the Indiana House of Representatives last week and today passed the State Senate. The final step, which is expected to occur today, is having the Governor sign the

[R23] Rep. Friend authors bills to keep Hoosiers in their homes (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012End Date: 1/27/2012 STATEHOUSE—In order to ease the burden on taxpayers with delinquent property taxes State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) authored a bill that would allow county treasurers to set up a payment plan for property owners that owe taxes. “In these tough economic times, we want to do whatever we can to help Hoosiers

[R23] Friend Report: My thoughts on Right to Work (1/26/2012)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Start Date: 1/26/2012End Date: 1/26/2012 Sometimes it is difficult to know the predominant mindset of this legislative district. Issues can be tough to assess. The one major topic of this session is the Right to Work (RTW) bill, House Bill (HB) 1001 which just passed out of the House this week with a vote of 54-44. I think it is very important to take a

[R23] Friend Report, Showing up is 90% of life (1/20/2012)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Start Date: 1/20/2012End Date: 1/20/2012One of my family members recently said, “Showing up is 90% of life.” Of course that was stated as an observation of the current absence of 35 House Democrats that is preventing any business being conducted by the General Assembly. “Showing up”, what a concept. Students show up for school, the

[23] Rep. Friend remarks on no-show House minority members (1/19/2012)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Start Date: 1/19/2012End Date: 1/19/2012 STATEHOUSE – “The actions of the House minority party members, by not showing up to work, have ensured that all 6.5 million Hoosiers are not being represented in the House. It is stated clearly in the Indiana House of Representatives rule book that the Speaker may issue fines to compel the absent members

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start Date: 1/10/2012End Date: 1/10/2012 “Since Gov. Daniels took office in 2005 we have worked hard to fulfill his vision of creating quality, high-paying jobs for more Hoosiers, making fiscally responsible decisions, and keep our budget in a surplus. We have been able to accomplish all of those goals, and many more that have helped Hoosier taxpayers

[R23] Friend Report: Back to work for the 2012 Legislative Session (1/10/2012)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start Date: 1/10/2012End Date: 1/10/2012It’s a new year and everything is new, including a new mindset. Hopefully, each of us has taken stock of our life and we have resolved to improve our station and responses to the challenges we encounter. I’m convinced that a positive attitude can improve the outcomes each of us experience. On Sunday, we

[R23] Rep. Friend: Creating a thriving economy to put Hoosiers back to work (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011End Date: 11/22/2011 STATEHOUSE —Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy), 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) addressed job

[R23] Friend Report (11/18/2011)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Start Date: 11/18/2011End Date: 11/18/2011 November, what an important month this is! Our system has scheduled many important observances during the month of November. Perhaps it is because it is the 11th month… similar to the 11th hour. It is a time for important decisions and celebrations. November begins with an election. The first Tuesday

[r23] Friend Report: A China Experience, part five (9/20/2011)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Start Date: 9/20/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/20/2011We woke up at 4:30 a.m. because we had to pack and have breakfast before our 7:40 a.m. flight from Chongqing to Hangzhou. Both of the airports were very modern, nice and easy to get around. Once we arrived, the bus took us to a Best Western hotel to drop off our luggage, check in and once again surrender our

[r23] Friend Report: A China Experience, part four (9/12/2011)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Date: 9/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/12/2011Our only time at Jinan was at the airport and then we flew to Chongqing, a trip of about three hours. Chongqing is described as being the largest population center on earth with about 30 million people, depending on how much of the outlying area is counted. Any way you look at it, it is a huge city spread

[r23] Friend Report: A China Experience, part three (9/6/2011)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Start Date: 9/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/6/2011To continue our travels in China: Our group concluded its visit to Chifeng and arrived at the train station late in the afternoon. We boarded the train for Shenyang and prepared for another overnight ride to this large city. There was no time spent in Shenyang; we were bused to Changchuan (a 4-hour journey)

[r23] Friend Report: A China Experience, part two (8/29/2011)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Start Date: 8/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/29/2011As promised in my last column, I wanted to share a few more observations from the trip to China. Our group of 15 left from Indianapolis at 11:00 a.m. on July 27 and flew to Detroit. We then flew non-stop to Tokyo with a short layover to Beijing where we were then bused to a hotel and checked in, exhausted,

[r23] Friend Report: A China Experience, part one (8/23/2011)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Start Date: 8/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/23/2011A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to accompany a group of travelers from First Farmers Bank and Trust (FFBT) to the country of China. The trip was described as a collateral visit to observe some swine production facilities being built in China and I thought the trip was a worthy investment to make out of

[r23] Friend Report (7/18/2011)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Start Date: 7/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/18/2011It has been my custom to write weekly during the legislative session and periodically during the 'off-season'. Several kind people have remarked that they miss my articles. Admittedly, I have taken some time off from writing. The farm, hog business, personal business, family and a little vacation have occupied

[r23] Rep. Friend congratulates Peru on receiving $500,000 grant (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2011 STATEHOUSE-Today, a community in State Rep. Bill Friend's (R-Macy) district, the City of Peru, was awarded $500,000 by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman for a downtown revitalization project through the Community Focus Fund. "These funds will be a great boost to the community as Peru moves forward by improving the

[r23] Rep. Friend receives high score on the Indiana Chamber's annual list (7/11/2011)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Start Date: 7/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/11/2011STATEHOUSE - The Indiana Chamber of Commerce released their annual Legislative Vote Analysis earlier this week, ranking State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) as a pro-job and pro-economy legislator. Rep. Friend scored a 95 percent for 2011 session and an aggregate vote percentage of 91 for the 2010 and 2011 years

[r23] Rep. Friend gets INDOT to agree to study dangerous intersection (7/8/2011)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Start Date: 7/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/8/2011STATEHOUSE-Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) announced today that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans to conduct a study concerning the intersection of US 31 and Airport Road in Peru, Ind. "I have been working with INDOT for some time now, hoping to get a traffic study in place," said Rep. Friend.

[r23] Rep. Friend appointed as Vice Chair of Water Resources Study Committee (7/1/2011)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Start Date: 7/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/1/2011STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) was assigned to two interim study committees in order to better address issues facing Hoosiers statewide. Rep. Friend will be serving as vice chairman of the Water Resources Study Committee and as a member of the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission.

[r23] Rep. Friend appointed as Vice Chair of Water Resources Study Committee (7/1/2011)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Start Date: 7/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/1/2011STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) was assigned to two interim study committees in order to better address issues facing Hoosiers statewide. Rep. Friend will be serving as vice chairman of the Water Resources Study Committee and as a member of the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission.

[r23] House Republicans' Job Creation Incentives Signed into Law (6/2/2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

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

[r23] Friend Report (3/15/2011)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Start Date: 3/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/15/2011 The state is not trying to cut the aid to students; the amount available must be spread over a greater number of qualified applicants. The situation creates concerns for all institutions of higher education as well as the students. This week my bill concerning tax sales and treasurers passed 95-0. HB 1244

[r23] Friend Report (3/8/2011)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Start Date: 3/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/8/2011 Minority Leader Pat Bauer (R-South Bend) did return for a one hour meeting with Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and the Republican leadership. It was a cordial meeting, but little progress was made. Speaker Bosma reinforced his statements that issues must be addressed and discussed on the floor of the

[r23] Friend Report (2/28/2011)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Start Date: 2/28/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/28/2011This article should be easy to write, given the happenings of the week past. It should be a simple task to describe and berate the House Democrats for their departure to Urbana, Illinois. Criticism of disrupting the legislative process, the calendar, the schedule, and blaming them for failing to pass a budget

[r23] Rep. Friend Comments On Today's Session (2/22/2011)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Start Date: 2/22/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/22/2011Please include the following statement from State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) in response to the Democrat's conduct at session on Tuesday, February 22nd: "It is a shame that Hoosiers are missing out on some meaningful legislation because the House Democrats did not show up for two days in a row. Twenty-three

[r23] House Bill Would Allow Hoosiers to Pay off Property Tax Bills in Installments (2/8/2011)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Start Date: 2/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/8/2011 This bill would allow a county treasurer to negotiate a payment plan for delinquent property owners. The payment amount, installment frequency and payment period will be established and agreed up. The taxpayer must pay the delinquent taxes in full no later than the last business day before July 1 of the year

[r23] Friend Report (2/7/2011)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Start Date: 2/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/7/2011 The Super Bowl is now history, and the Green Bay Packers are this year's champions. As Indiana fans have watched this season unfold, many of us are disappointed that the Colts were not in the final game, but we must be able to appreciate the smallest city in the league being able to win the biggest

[r23] Friend Report (1/31/2011)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Start Date: 1/31/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/31/2011 Some would ask, "How is this a smoking ban?" With all the exceptions, the smoking ban is far less than a ban. In my opinion, it is more of an "excuse me" policy. I have always thought that a businessman should have the freedom to limit smoking if he desires. It doesn't take long for the public to make a

[r23] Friend Report (1/24/2011)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Start Date: 1/24/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/24/2011 It's your government. Stay involved. More later, Bill Friend -30-

[r23] Friend Report (1/19/2011)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Start Date: 1/19/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/19/2011In Indianapolis this past week, the Colts lost their playoff game, we heard an exceptional State of the State address from Governor Daniels, and House legislators filed 603 bills by the deadline. Do any of these events really matter to average Hoosiers? The short answer is yes, just some more than others.

[r23] Rep. Friend: Create Good Policy By Means of Good Government (11/16/2010)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Start Date: 11/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/16/2010STATEHOUSE -Today marks Organization Day where all 100 members of the House, including 19 new State Representatives, were sworn in by Chief Justice Shepard. In what has been described as one of the most difficult legislative sessions to come, State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and his fellow House Republicans

[r23] Friend Report (11/12/2010)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Start Date: 11/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/12/2010

[r23] Friend Report (11/10/2010)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Start Date: 11/10/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/10/2010 Since 1776, more than 43 million Americans answered the call of duty to protect and serve. More than 43 million Americans courageously stood ground, through unimaginable conditions because of the passion and love they had for this country. The United States is a relatively young country. It is only 234

[r23] Rep. Friend Honors Bremen Public Schools in Statehouse (11/8/2010)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Start Date: 11/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/8/2010 "I am very pleased with Bremen Public Schools," said Rep. Friend. "I am proud to have the DOE and Dr. Bennett honor our community's schools with a Certificate of Achievement for high academic growth. This is a direct result of Bremen's educational policies and teachers' hard work." Eight other schools were

[r23] Friend Report (10/26/2010)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Start Date: 10/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 10/26/2010It has been a very busy summer and fall for our family. I have not written in a while because of so much dialogue in the media focusing on the upcoming election. But, there are some things I do wish to convey to you, the reader. This mid-term election is extremely important. Come January, The House of

[r23] Friend Report (9/17/2010)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Start Date: 9/17/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/17/2010 My main concern for our state, especially our community, is jobs. I don't want to see any more businesses closing or layoffs occurring. Bringing good jobs to our state and keeping Hoosiers employed is my top priority. We believe that government doesn't create jobs, but it can create an environment for jobs

[r23] Rep. Friend: Good Fiscal Year End (7/16/2010)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Start Date: 7/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/16/2010

[r23] Friend Report (7/1/2010)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Start Date: 7/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/1/2010Over the past several years, the State of Indiana successfully executed fiscal responsibility by managing its revenues. Last week, it was announced that Indiana has $830 million in its savings account. This money was accumulated by controlling state spending. Responsible fiscal discipline is needed since federal

[r23] Statement on Supreme Court decision (6/28/2010)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Start Date: 6/28/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/28/2010 -30-

[r23] Statement on Peru VA Clinic (6/7/2010)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Start Date: 6/7/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/7/2010 "I especially would like to thank Miami County Veterans Service Officer Jay Kendall. Without his hard work, I don't know if this V.A. clinic would be possible. I congratulate him on his persistent and diligent effort on securing a clinic in town to better serve those who have served us." -30-

[r23] Rep. Friend Has A Perfect Voting Record (4/8/2010)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Start Date: 4/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2010Rep. Friend Has A Perfect 2010 Voting Record STATEHOUSE- State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) has a perfect voting record (100 percent) voting for the 2010 Indiana Legislative Session. Rep. Friend voted on every bill presented in the House when a roll call was taken. "What we legislators do in the

[r23] Friend Report (4/1/2010)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Start Date: 4/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2010 Every day, someone or several people ask me about the health care bill. That is a federal bill and a congressional issue. I was not involved with that legislation nor do I have any impact. I do not vote on federal bills. The bill passed by the Democrats congressional majority without one Republican supporting

[r23] Friend Report (3/19/2010)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Start Date: 3/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/19/2010 It's an extraordinary opportunity for us to observe the bird that is our national symbol. If you are a "birder," you must be excited by the chance to observe these intriguing animals. I'm sure the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) considers the growing bald eagle population a great success for

[r23] Rep. Friend Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session (3/13/2010)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Start Date: 3/13/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/13/2010Rep. Friend Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session STATEHOUSE - State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) claimed victory for the 2010 Legislative Session. Rep. Friend assisted passing four bills, with his votes to which will do what is best for his local communities as well as all of Indiana. Rep. Friend

[r23] Friend Report (3/9/2010)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Start Date: 3/9/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/9/2010 He rapidly wagged his tail when I told him that we were close to getting done with the General Assembly, and I would be home soon to help him operate and protect the farm. My goal is to wrap this up. The last bill we passed in the House on Thursday dealt with the formula that calculates the assessed value of

[r23] Friend Report (3/3/2010)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Start Date: 3/3/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/3/2010As cold as it has been outside, the environment in the Statehouse has certainly warmed up. Legislation dealing with unemployment insurance was discussed, amended and passed, but is not law. The action of last year's General Assembly HEA 1379 was repealed during the second reading of amendments of Senate Bill 23.

[r23] Friend Report (2/22/2010)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Start Date: 2/22/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/22/2010 The discussion centered on school funding and an explanation of why declining state revenues have led to a temporary reduction in school funding. Back in 2008, the Indiana General Assembly made the public policy decision to remove school operating costs from the local property tax rolls. While property

[r23] Friend Report (2/22/2010)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Start Date: 2/22/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/22/2010 Each February, they do a fundraiser to raise money for a local charity. The fundraiser elects a king and queen from the nursing home residents and the winners have had the most dollars contributed to their election. This year the contest raised over $1,100 for Helping Hands of Miami County. Helping Hands

[r23] Friend Report (2/16/2010)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Start Date: 2/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/16/2010 The public may say that seems like plenty of time to accomplish the business at hand, but legislators all serve on multiple committees and the scheduling of meetings is very difficult. The scheduler must avoid putting too many hearings on top of one another. Long story short: shortening the committee time to

[r23] Friend Report (2/8/2010)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Start Date: 2/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/8/2010 It was a nice gathering of supporters from the community, and we are all very pleased that our governor honored these men with a very rare award. The governor stated that very few people have received this award, and he emphasized how honored these men should be. I told the crowd that this was a great day for

[r23] Friend Report (2/1/2010)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Start Date: 2/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/1/2010 McClure Orchard was recognized for their contribution to the community as a family-owned and runretail business. The McClures produce more than apples; the orchard also serves as a restaurant, gift shop and petting zoo. Family involvement makes this endeavor a pleasure to observe and visit. Riverside was

[r23] Friend Report (1/25/2010)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Start Date: 1/25/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/25/2010Friend ReportDuring the session, Saturdays become another workday but they also provide a chance to get back in the district to discuss the issues that matter most to all of you. This past Saturday, at 8:00 a.m., the day began in Rochester with a Third House meeting sponsored by the Fulton County Chamber.

[r23] Rep. Friend: Protecting Hoosier Livestock Farmers and Their Industry (1/25/2010)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Start Date: 1/25/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/25/2010Rep. Friend: Protecting Hoosier Livestock Farmers and Their Industry STATEHOUSE - House Bill 1099 passed the House by a vote of 94-0. This bill would allow the Board of Animal Health (BOAH) to adopt rules to establish standards governing the care of livestock. "The BOAH is a very credible agency, and is well

[r23] Friend Report (1/21/2010)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Start Date: 1/21/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/21/2010Friend Report This session has plenty of controversial issues to deal with in a very short timeframe. The first issue enjoys strong support among homeowners but farmers and the business community are more skeptical of the proposal. That issue is House Joint Resolution 1, the constitutional amendment to cap

[r23] Statement on Gov. Daniels' State of the State address (1/19/2010)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Start Date: 1/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/19/2010

[r23] Friend Report (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Start Date: 1/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/12/2010Friend Report This is the first column of 2010, and I wish each of you a happy new year. I ended the last session by writing about a conversation with the family dog, Buddy. The essence of that conversation was the difficult economic times that the state finds itself in. Revenues for the new fiscal year are

[r23] Friend Report (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Start Date: 1/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/12/2010Friend Report This is the first column of 2010, and I wish each of you a happy new year. I ended the last session by writing about a conversation with the family dog, Buddy. The essence of that conversation was the difficult economic times that the state finds itself in. Revenues for the new fiscal year are

[r23] Statement on Indiana Legislature's Organization Day (11/17/2009)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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[r23] Statement on State's IBM contract and FSSA (10/15/2009)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Start Date: 10/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 10/15/2009 STATEHOUSE - The following is a statement from Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) regarding the governor's announcement about the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). "This is a positive step toward getting an improved system in place. I applaud the governor for seeking a more efficient system. I

[r23] Statement on September State Revenue Report (10/8/2009)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Start Date: 10/8/2009 All DayEnd Date: 10/8/2009-30-

[r23] Wal-mart Donates $2,500 to Peru Amateur Circus (9/3/2009)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Start Date: 9/3/2009 All DayEnd Date: 9/3/2009 to the Peru Amateur Circus to assist in repairs to the Peru Circus Center Arena, which was damaged by fire seven months ago. Wal-Mart Senior Manager of Public Affairs Jason Wetzel, along with state Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy), presented the check to Executive Vice President of the Peru Amateur Circus Bruce

[r23] Friend Report (8/10/2009)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Start Date: 8/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 8/10/2009District 23 stretches from Grissom Air Reserve Base in Miami County, then north to Wakarusa. When the federal government and U.S. president pay attention to this area of the country, it grabs our attention and we listen to the message. The White House announced that the president would visit Wakarusa to give

[r23] Rep. Friend Working to Revitalize Elkhart County Economy (7/23/2009)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Start Date: 7/23/2009 All DayEnd Date: 7/23/2009

[r23] Rep. Friend: Tippecanoe Qualifies For a $125,000 Grant to Clean Up Ferry Site (7/7/2009)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Start Date: 7/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 7/7/2009 "I am extremely pleased the state's administration agreed to use federal money in Marshall County," said Rep. Friend. "Small rural areas have issues with underground storage tanks leaking out fluids. "Using this grant is an excellent use of federal money. These problems will be addressed and solved. Most

[r23] Friend Report (7/1/2009)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Start Date: 7/1/2009 All DayEnd Date: 7/1/2009 It lives within the revenue projections, and spending is not as high as many would wish. The new 2009-2011 budget does not raise general taxes, does not delay payments to schools, universities or local governments, and uses does not raid trust funds or other dedicated funds for operating purposes. It is a

[r23] Rep. Friend Votes for Pro-Taxpayer Budget (6/30/2009)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Start Date: 6/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 6/30/2009 The House of Representatives approved the budget conference committee report on a two-year $27.9 billion budget. "I am pleased the House passed the budget," said Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy). "This budget is the product of a long bipartisan effort. "This is the right budget for Indiana during this slow

[r23] Rep. Friend Endorses Budget Proposal (6/2/2009)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Start Date: 6/2/2009 All DayEnd Date: 6/2/2009

[r23] FSSA Comes to Peru to Help Sign-up Hoosiers for Civil Assistance (5/27/2009)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Start Date: 5/27/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/27/2009 Staff members will be available with information about state assistance programs, applications for state civil benefits and food stamps, temporary assistance and Medicaid benefits. The mobile office is equipped with several computers and a satellite, so applications can be processed and approved quickly.

[r23] Rep. Friend: Glad Gov. Daniels Vetoed Senate Bill 209 (5/14/2009)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Start Date: 5/14/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/14/2009 "By vetoing this bill, the governor ensures county election boards will be able to make bipartisan decisions, which is a good thing," said Rep. Bill Friend. "This is a step towards keeping elections fair and lawful." Senate Bill 209 sought to repeal a provision of the law that requires county election

[r23] Friend Report (5/5/2009)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Start Date: 5/5/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/5/2009 Buddy treated me like I was a great man. He jumped and danced and made me feel very welcome in my own home. His disposition improved mine. Working four months on a budget for the state and not producing a product is depressing. I am not happy about this result, nor am I pleased that a special session will

[r23] Friend Report (4/28/2009)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Start Date: 4/28/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/28/2009 I do believe this: There should be no profit in cruelty to animals. The legislation is aimed at the bad breeders, those who would use poor practices in the raising of animals. The problem is that unintended consequences can and will occur. Legitimate producers should not be penalized by overzealous

[r23] Friend Report (4/21/2009)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Start Date: 4/21/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/21/2009 My mother had battled several physical issues over the past few months, and the consequences simply could not be overcome. She passed away April 9 and was buried April 14. Our family celebrated her life with many people of all walks of her life and had a very positive experience. She was truly loved and

[r23] Rep. Friend: Peru Utilities to Receive $5,766,000 Grant (4/16/2009)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Start Date: 4/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/16/2009 This is one of the State's first stimulus water projects to be announced. This is also the largest ARRA grant given in the state for wastewater recovery projects. "This is the largest AARA grant given in the state and I am very pleased Peru Utilities will be receiving it," said Rep. Friend. "This grant

[r23] A Sad Tax Day for Hoosiers (4/15/2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Start Date: 4/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/15/2009STATEHOUSE - House Democrats ran out on permanent property tax relief today before the GOP Caps Clock did. Today was the deadline for the third reading of bills in the House. House Democrats voted to adjourn until Monday. Unfortunately, Tax Day came and went without Hoosier taxpayers getting their wish for

[r23] Rep. Friend: Federal Assistance for Damage Requested (4/8/2009)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Start Date: 4/8/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2009STATEHOUSE - Fulton, Kosciusko and Marshall counties are three of 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy). Gov. Mitch Daniels has asked for federal individual assistance for Hoosier counties suffering damage from the

[r23] Friend Report (4/7/2009)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Start Date: 4/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/7/2009 At a Third House in Peru on Saturday, we talked taxes. The meeting was sponsored by Farm Bureau, so property taxes were front and center. Questions about caps and fairness were expected and received, and I tried to explain my understanding of the 1-2-3 tax caps and how they affect agriculture. It is

[r23] Rep. Friend Honors Robert Juncker (4/7/2009)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Start Date: 4/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/7/2009 Among those paying tribute to Juncker was Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy). "Robert's contributions to Indiana agriculture are greatly appreciated by rural communities across the state," said Rep. Friend. "He has provided the leadership and vision to transform FFA into a very modern organization." In addition to

[r23] Friend Report (4/2/2009)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Start Date: 4/2/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/2/2009There is a line in an old Statler Brothers' song (very old to some of you) that says, "Life gets complicated when you get past 18." I couldn't agree more. My last few meetings, I've been trying to explain and teach about the concept of the 1-2-3 tax caps. There is much misunderstanding and misinformation being

[r23] Democrat April Fool's Joke: No Tax Caps This Year (4/1/2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Start Date: 4/1/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2009STATEHOUSE - Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and fellow House Republicans today challenged every House Democrat to call on Speaker Pat Bauer to allow a vote on permanent tax caps this session. As members of the House Republican Caucus gathered in front of the Caps Clock counting down the time left to act on Senate

[r23] Many Hoosier Youth Will Have a More Productive Summer (3/31/2009)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Start Date: 3/31/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/31/2009 The Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps will employ 2,000 young people from low-income families to spruce up state-owned parks, trails and natural habitats. The program will be run by the state, but funding comes from federal stimulus money. In House District 23, represented by Bill Friend (R-Macy), the Young

[r23] Rep. Friend 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. Bill Friend (R-Macy) supported the bill in the House of Representatives. Last year, the Indiana General Assembly created a law allowing Purple Heart recipients who served active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, to apply for the tuition and fee exemption. Senate Bill 39 will expand those eligible for the

[r23] Rep. Friend Honors Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009 STATEHOUSE - Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) 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 gratitude and

[r23] Friend Report (3/23/2009)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Start Date: 3/23/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/23/2009 These are two occurrences, with one in agreement and the other in discord. This example is not unlike many in the legislature as the session continues. Discussion of the budget continues as the updated fiscal numbers come in. There isn't much excitement about any of the predictions - less revenue and more

[r23] Friend Report (3/16/2009)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Start Date: 3/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/16/2009 I don't like putting the cart before the horse because the public will suffer during a transition. Most of the proponents' hopes for government reorganization were dashed when the House committee voted 7-1 to kill the bill sent over by the Senate. Reviving these concepts will be extremely challenging.

[r23] Friend Report (3/11/2009)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Start Date: 3/11/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/11/2009Friend Report This job requires lots of interaction with people. That is how it should be. In order to represent the District as accurately as possible, communication is key to success. This past week, different individuals in very random settings told me how much they enjoy reading these columns in the

[r23] Friend Report (3/5/2009)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Start Date: 3/5/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/5/2009Friend Report During halftime at a sporting event, the coach usually announces some offensive and defensive adjustments and then tells the team it needs to play smarter, better and harder. The coach will say, "We have to play to win. No shortcuts or let-ups allowed. Go, team, go." The General Assembly's

[r23] Friend Report (2/24/2009)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Start Date: 2/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/24/2009Friend ReportMany of us have experienced the frustration of trying to do a job that is just too difficult to accomplish. That was the situation this past week in the Statehouse as the Democrat majority presented three one-year budgets for consideration. The majority party has determined that our economic

[r23] Friend Report (2/17/2009)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Start Date: 2/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2009Friend Report Weathermen predict the weather. (Where did that weekend snow come from?) Economists predict the economy. (Some say economists have predicted 25 of the last two recessions.) Politicians predict the outcome of legislative initiatives. (Their percentage isn't so hot, either.) Someone with experience

[r23] House Passes House Bill 1585 to Lower Deer-Related Vehicle Accident (2/17/2009)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Start Date: 2/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2009House Passes House Bill 1585 to Lower Deer-Related Vehicle Accidents (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 17, 2009 - The Indiana House of Representatives voted Tuesday to increase the deer bag limit in the top 30 counties for deer-related vehicle collisions for the next three years. The intent of higher bag limits will reduce

[r23] Friend Report (2/10/2009)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Start Date: 2/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/10/2009Friend Report Activity in the General Assembly has picked up substantially this week, and serious issues are receiving hearings in committees. Some bills before us affect society in very controversial ways. There was a hearing on smoking that lasted over four hours. People in favor of a smoking ban were given

[r23] House Bill 1585 Passes In Committee (2/5/2009)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Start Date: 2/5/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/5/2009House Bill 1585 Passes in Committee (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 5, 2009 - The House Insurance Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1585 Wednesday afternoon. House Bill 1585, authored by Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) would raise, for the next three years, the seasonal bag limit for deer in the top 30 counties in Indiana for

[r23] Friend Report (2/4/2009)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Start Date: 2/4/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/4/2009Snow, San Diego and the Super Bowl This week presented more than legislative challenges as our state capital was blessed with a foot of snow. The 12-inch snowfall was just one more test for our media and us to overcome. What I mean is the snow was another piece of bad news for media to report. For weeks there

[r23] Friend Report (1/23/2009)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Start Date: 1/23/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/23/2009The Friend Report During this legislative session, there are many issues to consider. Of utmost importance is the budget. An extremely difficult economic period confronts us. The world economy, national economy and our state economy have taken a definite downturn. It is felt by Americans from top to

[r23] Harrah's Entertainment Inc. donates $2,500 to Peru Amateur Circus (1/16/2009)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Start Date: 1/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/16/2009Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Donates $2,500 to Peru Amateur Circus (STATEHOUSE) January 16, 2009 - Harrah's Entertainment Inc. donated $2,500 to the Peru Amateur Circus to assist in repairs to the Peru Circus Center Arena, which was damaged by fire seven months ago. Baker and Daniels attorney Joe Smith, on

[r23] Friend Report (6/5/2008)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Start Date: 6/5/2008 All DayEnd Date: 6/5/2008FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, June 5, 2008Serving in my capacity as state representative for District 23 involves several other responsibilities. I have been the Fifth Congressional District chairman for the Republican Party for six years. That role requires my membership on the Republican State Committee and my

[r23] House Passes Immediate Relief and Permanent Reform (3/14/2008)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Start Date: 3/14/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/14/2008STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2008) - Hoosier taxpayers will see immediate property tax relief, and the process for permanent property tax reform has begun. The Indiana General Assembly created a property tax plan that includes most of the House Republicans' 10 Standards for Success. The immediate relief is in the

[r23] Friend Report (3/11/2008)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Start Date: 3/11/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/11/2008When recounting the history of Julius Caesar, the soothsayer told him, "Beware the Ides of March." The month of March is historically a difficult time. The weather is in transition as winter changes to spring, winter-weary people venture out to get reunited with nature, and, in even-numbered years, the

[r23] Friend's Statement on Senator Ford's Passing (3/10/2008)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Start Date: 3/10/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/10/2008 (STATEHOUSE) March 6, 2008 - "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Ford," said Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy). "He was an excellent senator who took care of his constituents with town halls, meetings and personal contact. He was very involved with technology and modernization of the legislative process.

[r23] Friend Report (3/5/2008)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Start Date: 3/5/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/5/2008On Monday, February 25, 2008, the Peru Tribune ran a front-page story about Nathan Pyeritz, a Navy petty officer second class on the USS Lake Erie. The Lake Erie is a high-tech defense ship that was given a one-of-a-kind mission. The crew and armaments of the USS Lake Erie were to shoot down a disabled

[r23] Statement from Rep. Bill Friend (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/28/2008 "I could not support SJR 1 tonight," said Rep. Friend. "It has been altered to tax property based on a family's income instead of assessed value. This is a poison pill because there is no data to show how this will affect local governments and schools. "Once this bill goes to conference committee, if it is

[r23] Rep. Friend Honors the Van Vactor Family (2/27/2008)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Start Date: 2/27/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/27/2008(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 27, 2008 - State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today presented the Hoosier Homestead Award to the Van Vactor family of Marshall County for their commitment to Indiana agriculture for more than 100 years. "Agriculture has historically been the backbone of Indiana's

[r23] Friend Report (2/26/2008)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Start Date: 2/26/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/26/2008"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It's the Golden Rule and applies everywhere, all the time. Most of us can agree that we want to be treated fairly and well by other people so that we can return the favor. On the evening of Feb. 21, the Golden Rule was broken; the minority party

[r23] Rep. Friend's Statement on Democrat procedural move (2/21/2008)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Start Date: 2/21/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/21/2008(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 19, 2008 - House Republicans were disappointed Thursday because the majority Democrats unreasonably denied them the opportunity to add amendments to Senate Bill 345, which contained measures dealing with incorrect classification of employees. House Democrats, who hold a 51-49 majority,

[r23] House Republicans: We Meant What We Said (2/20/2008)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Start Date: 2/20/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/20/2008STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2008) - Just over a month ago, House Republicans announced their plan for the 2008 session: immediately cut and permanently cap property tax. As Democrat leaders back away from constitutional protection for homeowners and announce that immediate relief is not probable, House Republicans

[r23] Friend Promotes Accessibility of E-85 Fuels (2/19/2008)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Start Date: 2/19/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/19/2008(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 19, 2008 - The Indiana House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 360 that provides E-85 fueling station grants today. Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) co-authored the bill. "There is a distribution issue, and we are trying to increase the availability of E-85 fuel," said Rep. Friend. "It can be

[r23] Friend Report (2/19/2008)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Start Date: 2/19/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/19/2008This job requires a lot of driving. Our home is over 80 miles from the state Capitol, and my legislative district is about 90 miles from north to south. It begins just north of Grissom Air Base in Miami County and ends north of Wakarusa in Elkhart County. To cover this district of five counties requires a lot

[r23] Rep. Friend Honors Fallen Trooper David E. Rich (2/18/2008)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Start Date: 2/18/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/18/2008(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 18, 2008 - Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) offered a resolution to memorialize Master Trooper Det. David E. Rich, a member of the Indiana State Police, who lost his life in the line of duty. "Det. Rich is a hero who served our state honorably," said Rep. Friend. "I offer my deepest regrets to his

[r23] Friend Report (2/12/2008)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Start Date: 2/12/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/12/2008During the legislative session, I often attend Third House meetings on Saturday mornings. Because District 23 covers parts of five counties, sometimes the morning meetings double up, and I can do two counties on one day. That was the case on Saturday, as I attended a meeting in Nappanee at 8 a.m. and then to

[r23] Friend Report (2/4/2008)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Start Date: 2/4/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/4/2008Many times I have told the story President Ronald Reagan used to tell about three guys who stop in a diner for lunch: A grumpy waitress takes their orders, and all the guys order the same thing - a cheeseburger and a glass of milk. But the last guy says, "Bring my milk in a clean glass. The last time you brought

[r23] Constitutional Amendment on Property Tax Deserved a Chance to be Heard (1/30/2008)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Start Date: 1/30/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/30/2008INDIANAPOLIS - As wind and snow raged outside the Statehouse Tuesday night, Indiana House Democrats turned a cold shoulder to the idea of permanent tax reform. No discussion. No arguments on the merits of House Joint Resolution 1, which would have amended the Indiana Constitution to include permanent limits on

[r23] Friend Report (1/28/2008)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Start Date: 1/28/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/28/2008 As a product of local government, I have grave doubts about this proposal. I do not believe that concentrating power in the hands of one individual is progress. Our forefathers made sure that there were checks and balances in our system. For instance, the county auditor writes all the checks for the county,

[r23] Rep. Friend helps move almost $1 billion in relief to Senate (1/24/2008)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Start Date: 1/24/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/24/2008(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 24, 2008 - Hoosiers 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

[r23] Legislators work their way through bills (1/23/2008)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Start Date: 1/23/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/23/2008Many Hoosiers started the New Year with a resolution to diet and regain control of their exercise program. That is very similar to what is happening to House Bill 1001, the property tax bill. The process is attempting to establish a diet plan that will help regain financial control of our government services.

[r23] Guest Column (1/15/2008)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Start Date: 1/15/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/15/2008

[r23] Rep. Friend Seeks Students to Experience Statehouse Activity (1/15/2008)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Start Date: 1/15/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/15/2008 The Indiana House of Representatives' page program allows students from across the state to experience the lawmaking process firsthand. Through the program, these Hoosier students get to participate in Statehouse activity as a legislative page for the day. "The page program offers students the opportunity to

[r23] House Republicans: Cut Now. Cap Forever. (1/10/2008)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Start Date: 1/10/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/10/2008STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2008) - Indiana House Republicans have a simple plan for the 2008 session: Solve the property tax crisis. These standards for success lead to that solution."With so many plans before the legislature, I am pleased that the House Republicans have presented this 10 point plan for immediate

[r23] Rep. Bill Friend Returns To Statehouse (1/8/2008)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Start Date: 1/8/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/8/2008 "All summer long, I have spoken with constituents who are concerned about rising property taxes," said Rep. Friend. "This has grown to a crisis plaguing the state and my first priority this session will be to provide Hoosiers with a gimmick-free, permanent property tax solution." During the session, Rep. Friend

[r23] Reps. Walorski and Friend File Bill to Provide Tornado Relief Funds (1/7/2008)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Start Date: 1/7/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2008(Statehouse) Jan. 7, 2007- Today, state Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Lakeville) and Bill Friend (R-Macy) announced plans to file a bill that would appropriate $660,000 for disaster relief to Nappanee. This money would help the city recover after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied funds following

[r23] New Plan to Give Thousands of Uninsured Hoosiers Quality Health Care (12/14/2007)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Start Date: 12/14/2007 All DayEnd Date: 12/14/2007(STATEHOUSE) Dec. 14, 2007 - The state will begin accepting completed applications for the new Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), which will provide health care for thousands of Hoosier adults, this month. State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) voted for the legislation creating this program during the 2007 legislative

[r23] House Republicans begin efforts to ease taxpayers' burden (11/20/2007)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Start Date: 11/20/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/20/2007 (STATEHOUSE) Nov. 20, 2007 - House Republicans used Organization Day as the start of their efforts to ease Hoosier taxpayers' property tax burden with permanent and comprehensive reform. Organization Day is usually a largely ceremonial affair, with members being sworn in and little business taking place,

[r23] Rebate Scheme Proves Inefficient (11/5/2007)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Start Date: 11/5/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/5/2007 "This rebate plan has caused Hoosier homeowners to endure unnecessary hardships," stated Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy). "I will continue my efforts to find a long-term solution so that an ill-conceived scheme like this never happens again. I am hopeful that the governor's plan will provide the foundation for a

[r23] Representative Friend Applauds Governor Daniels (9/6/2007)

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Start Date: 9/6/2007 All DayEnd Date: 9/6/2007Homeowners who file before October 15 will be eligible for the credit in 2008; however, this does not affect 2007 tax bills. Homeowners who missed the filing for 2007 bills will not receive a rebate, but will be eligible for relief in 2008. House Republicans previously called for an extension of the homestead

[r23] Friend Report (8/27/2007)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Start Date: 8/27/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/27/2007With all the turmoil being created by the property tax discussion, it may be time for some plain talk that will explain the taxation "Facts of Life." There are individuals out there saying, "Let's just repeal the property tax." Their intentions are noble because they want to lessen the burden on Indiana's

[r23] House Republicans Propose $200 Million Immediate Property Tax Relief Plan (8/1/2007)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Start Date: 8/1/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/1/2007(STATEHOUSE) Wednesday, August 1st - Yesterday, House Republican leaders renewed their call for immediate relief for Hoosier property taxpayers, proposing a $200 million relief plan they hope will serve as a basis for agreement and action in a special session of the General Assembly. Yesterday morning, House

[r23] Friend Report (7/5/2007)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Start Date: 7/5/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/5/2007Private name - private number, that was the message on my caller ID this past Friday. The message left by the unidentified caller was very negative. The male voice read a script that said he hoped no one paid their property taxes and that revolution would follow. He accused the administration, federal and state,

[r23] General Assembly Prepares for Study Committees (6/6/2007)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Start Date: 6/6/2007 All DayEnd Date: 6/6/2007 "Study committees provide legislators with an opportunity to explore issues affecting Indiana and to develop solutions," said Rep. Friend. "This is also a wonderful opportunity for Hoosiers to get involved in the legislative process by participating in a committee. It is important for lawmakers to hear

[r23] Friend Report (1/31/2007)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Start Date: 1/31/2007 All DayEnd Date: 1/31/2007

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Rep. Friend speaks on the House floor.
Rep. Friend participates in a charity drive to benefit the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.