Kathy Kreag Richardson

Kathy Kreag Richardson

Majority Caucus Chair | District 29

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Phone: 317-234-9380

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h29@iga.in.gov

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Phone: 317-232-9831

Email: ben.gavelek@iga.in.gov

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It is an honor to serve the people of District 29, which encompasses a portion of Hamilton County, in the Indiana General Assembly. My goal is to represent the concerns that are most important to our unique community.

Throughout my tenure as your State Representative, I have had the opportunity to meet and hear the concerns of many people in our district. Of course, I always appreciate input from constituents on issues and legislation that affect our area, and your feedback helps guide my efforts in the Statehouse.

If you are interested in receiving information about issues in state government affecting our community, I encourage you to email me and request to be added to my email update. If you sign up, you will receive communication providing details on the major issues of session.

Please contact me whenever necessary.

Sincerely,

Kathy Kreag Richardson

Republican Caucus Chairman

Indiana House of Representatives: 1992-Present

House District 29 includes: Portions of Hamilton County

Committees:

Vice Chair: Elections and Apportionment
Vice Chair: Statutory Committee on Ethics

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

Telephone: 
(800) 382-9841 (Toll-free)
(317) 234-9380 (Direct)

Occupation: Election Administrator for Hamilton County

Education: Attended Purdue University

Community Activities: 

Noblesville Chamber of Commerce; Kiwanis; Association of Clerks of the Circuit Court; Association of Indiana Counties; Hamilton County Fraternal Order of Police; Hamilton County Humane Society; Hamilton County Historical Society; NHS Alumni Association; First Christian Church of Noblesville; Noblesville Riverwalk Committee; and Hamilton County Extension Board Member

State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson has had the opportunity to serve her community in numerous ways. As a member of the House of Representatives, she proudly represents the people of Indiana House District 29, which includes a portion Hamilton County. A lifelong resident of Noblesville and graduate of Noblesville High School, Representative Richardson began her career in public service at the local level.

Her career started in 1976 as the Deputy Clerk of the Hamilton County Clerk's Office. By 1982 she was elected Clerk of Hamilton County and in 1992 she was elected to the House of Representatives. She continues to work in the Clerk's Office as the Election Administrator for Hamilton County.  
 
Rep. Richardson was elected to the leadership role of Caucus Chair in 2000 and continues to serve in that elected position.  She also serves on the Elections and Apportionment and Legislative Council where she brings many years of experience and knowledge to these important leadership roles. As Majority Caucus Chair, it is her responsibility to be the leadership liaison between the members and staff  and helps lead caucus meetings where she guides members in legislative decision making.

During the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Richardson played a key role in drawing the new redistricting maps for the Indiana House, Senate and Congressional Districts to reflect the changes in population shown in the census data. This was a critical piece of legislation that the General Assembly was constitutionally required to pass and her guidance and leadership throughout the process were instrumental.

Once named one of five Outstanding Young Women for the State of Indiana, Rep. Richardson promises to continue her tireless pursuit in serving her district and working to maintain a strong and successful State of Indiana.

House District 29 now contains all of Noblesville and Wayne Townships along with the precincts of 14 and 16 in Fall Creek Township and Aroma and Strawtown precincts in White River Township.

Indiana lawmakers recognize Change the Play program

Posted by: Tory Flynn, Ben Gavelek  | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville), authored a resolution recognizing Riley Hospital’s Change the Play program. To raise awareness during the ceremony, state lawmakers were joined by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, a longtime advocate for Change

House Republicans Honor Legislative Interns

Posted by: Ben Gavelek, Ali Norman  | Friday, April 17, 2015

The Indiana House of Representatives took time this week to honor their legislative interns for their hard work, dedication and service to the General Assembly. Interns working in the areas of member services, communication, policy and information technology were introduced to all 100 members, detailing their hometown and where they attend or attended

[r29] Column: In memory of a great leader

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

We are in our last month of session, and the Statehouse is busier than ever. While all of us here are working hard to pass legislation to better Indiana, I would feel remiss if I did not take a moment to commemorate a former president who has done so much for our nation and whom I greatly admire. This year is the 150th anniversary of the loss of a great

[r29] Column: Recognizing our 2015 House Republican interns

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Every year, there are countless tasks that need to be handled on a day-to-day basis to ensure a successful legislative session. Whether it is by answering phone calls, scheduling meetings or writing press releases to keep the public informed, staff plays a vital role in handling many of those daily operations. As Caucus Chair, I have a responsibility to

[r29] Rep. Richardson recognizes the Noblesville Millers at the Statehouse

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) recognized the Noblesville High School Millers baseball team with a resolution on the House floor. As the Class 4A champions, the Millers became the first team in Hamilton County to win a state baseball championship. “We are so proud of the Noblesville Millers for bringing

[r29] News Release: Local lawmakers honor Sheridan football legend Bud Wright

Friday, March 27, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Tony Cook (R-Cicero) authored a resolution honoring Sheridan High School’s legendary football coach Larry “Bud” Wright. Co-authored by State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville), the resolution passed unanimously out of the House. “Coach Wright is an icon, not only in the

[r29] Rep. Richardsonís 2015 Adult Page Day a success

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) welcomed seven District 29 residents to the Statehouse for her 23rd annual Adult Page Day. “Every year, I look forward to hosting Adult Page Day. It is great being able to meet and interact with members of my community and provide them with a behind the scenes prospective

[r29] Column: March Madness at the Statehouse

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

For college basketball fans, the entire year is a build-up to one month: March. As the single greatest week for sports, this year’s March Madness has already been filled with comebacks, upsets and last-second shots, and the emotional rollercoaster is far from over. It is amazing to me that five Indiana colleges made the NCAA tournament, and although

[r29] Column: Join me for Adult Page Day at the Statehouse

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Statehouse is not just for lawmakers and a place where bills are discussed and heard; it belongs to all Hoosiers. It continues to be the center of civic life in Indiana and a great place to visit with family or friends. Modeled off of the capitol building in Washington D.C., the Statehouse is made from limestone, collected from quarries in Indiana, and

[r29] Rep. Richardsonís 2015 Adult Page Day Program accepting applicants

Thursday, March 12, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) is encouraging local adults to apply for her 2015 Adult Page Day Program. The program offers residents of District 29 over the age of 18 the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity on Tuesday, March 24. “Visiting the Statehouse and observing the

[r29] Column: Working together for the future

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

When you are with a group of friends deciding on a place to eat, how challenging is it to come up with a location that everybody is happy with? In addition to time constraints, one person might want to go to a nicer, sit-down restaurant while another might prefer fast-food. Eventually, after having a conversation, friends work together, compromise and come

[r29] Column: Putting education first

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The results are in: our state’s graduation rates are up! According to information released by the Department of Education (DOE), just under 90 percent of students in Indiana are graduating high school, which is well above the national average. To achieve these high numbers, it takes everyone working together; teachers helping students after class,

[r29] Column: Smart on crime, safer communities

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Over the past 30 years, overcrowding continues to be an issue facing our state and federal prison systems. Many states, including Indiana, addressed this issue by just building more prisons, and like a Band-Aid, this provided temporary relief while the real problems went untreated. If we truly want to address overcrowding and reduce crime in our

[r29] Election reform legislation passes Indiana House

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) authored legislation that makes changes to Indiana’s election law, most notably, straight ticket voting. House Bill (HB) 1008, co-authored by State Reps. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Milo Smith (R-Columbus), passed out of the House with a vote of 59-35. “In today's

[r29] Column: Approaching the halfway point

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This weekend was great for the Lady Millers as they won their first sectional championship since 1996! The seniors have been working towards this goal since they were in junior high. This is an amazing accomplishment for them, and on Valentine’s Day, which made the win even sweeter. Every girl played their heart out, and I cannot think of a team more

Election reform legislation passes Indiana House

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) authored legislation that makes changes to Indiana’s election law, most notably, straight ticket voting. House Bill (HB) 1008, co-authored by State Reps. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Milo Smith (R-Columbus), passed out of the House with a vote of 59-35.

[r29] Column: Courage built Indianaís legacy

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In 1864, during the Civil War, Daniel Ferrier joined the United States Army as part of the 2nd Cavalry out of New Delphi. During one of the battles, his unit came under attack by Confederate soldiers, and overwhelmed by the sheer numbers, they were forced to retreat. At that time, Daniel noticed that his brigade commander had been knocked off of his horse

[r29] Column: Accountability is our responsibility

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Note to reader: This is part of a three part series about the bills pertaining to the House Republican 2015 Legislative Agenda. This week focuses on legislation related to education and the budget. For families just starting out, one of the most important decisions to make is where to settle down and buy your first home. While many factors play a role in

[r29] Column: Accountability is our responsibility

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Note to reader: This is part of a three part series about the bills pertaining to the House Republican 2015 Legislative Agenda. This week focuses on legislation related to public safety. Last week, I began a three part series on the bills aligned with our legislative agenda. As the second installment, this week I will be focusing on the bills that address

[r29] Column: Accountability is our responsibility (Part 1 of 3)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Note to reader: This is part of a three part series about the bills pertaining to the House Republican 2015 Legislative Agenda. This week focuses on legislation related to election issues, Redistricting Study Committee and ethics reform. When you set a goal, how do you go about accomplishing it? Do you maintain a daily routine or have an accountability

[r29] Column: Session off to a great start

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The first week of the legislative session has come and gone, and we are off to an exciting start. As some of you might know, before we conduct our business each day, my colleagues and I are able to invite religious leaders to the Statehouse to offer an opening prayer, which sets the tone for the rest of the day. Known as the “Pastor of the Day,”

[r29] Column: Your opinion matters

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

As a student, we all remember that “first day of school” feeling. With a sense of eager anticipation, many of us can recall wearing our favorite outfit and eating a big breakfast before we embarked on our journey. If you are like me, with all of the excitement in the air, it was hard to fall asleep the night before the first day of school, but

[r29] Column: A new year means new opportunities

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A new year means new opportunities A new year brings exciting opportunities and new beginnings. Echoed in the words of “Auld Lang Syne,” as we look back on a year full of memories, let us reminisce on all of the good times, letting go of the bad. I hope you have a safe and happy new year as you celebrate with friends and family. Most notably

[r29] Column: My Christmas wish list

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Christmas wish list Growing up, like all children, Christmas Eve was one of the longest days of the year. With the anticipation of Christmas morning just hours away, I remember the first thing we would rush to check was to see what treats Santa had left in our stockings, which hung from the mantle. Now, many of you that know I’m an only child, so

[r29] Column: Busy Time of the Year! (12/17/2014)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Start Date: 12/17/2014 All DayEnd Date: 12/17/2014Busy Time of the Year! With Christmas just one week away, as families are making their final preparations for the holidays, lawmakers are gearing up for the next legislative session, which will begin Jan. 6. Like the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, this time of year is extremely busy for lawmakers.

[r29] Column: Reinforcing our commitment to education (12/10/2014)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Start Date: 12/10/2014 All DayEnd Date: 12/10/2014Reinforcing our commitment to education When lawmakers talk about improving Indiana, we all have different thoughts and opinions on how best to accomplish this. Although we might not always be in agreement, like multiple roads leading to a single destination, our overall goal remains the same: to make our

[r29] Column: Celebrating Indiana's rich heritage (12/3/2014)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Start Date: 12/3/2014 All Day End Date: 12/3/2014 Celebrating Indiana’s rich heritage What comes to mind when you think of Indiana? Do you think about the Battle of Tippecanoe or the Indianapolis 500; maybe significant figures like Larry Bird or former President Benjamin Harrison? There are many reasons why Indiana has played a crucial

[r29] Column: Perfect start to the holiday season (11/26/2014)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Start Date: 11/26/2014 All DayEnd Date: 11/26/2014Perfect start to the holiday season This weekend is one of my favorite times of the year in Noblesville! It begins on Thursday when family and friends will all come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. While every family celebrates a little differently, it is such a great time to count all of your blessings

[r29] Column: First official day of the Legislature begins with charity drive (11/19/2014)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Start Date: 11/19/2014 All DayEnd Date: 11/19/2014First official day of the Legislature begins with charity drive With the first snowfall of the season, coming a little too early for me this year, it feels like winter is officially here. However, if we are going to have snow, the best kind is when it lightly covers the landscape but not the roads. The one

[r29] Column: Consider those less fortunate this holiday season (11/12/2014)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Start Date: 11/12/2014 All DayEnd Date: 11/12/2014Consider those less fortunate this holiday season Before you know it, the holidays and my favorite time of year will soon be here. The holiday season is a time of togetherness, shared traditions and of course, who can forget all of the great food? I am especially looking forward to the mashed potatoes and

[r29] Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson elected to House leadership team (11/6/2014)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Start Date: 11/6/2014 All DayEnd Date: 11/6/2014Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson elected to House leadership team STATEHOUSE — Today, State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) was elected by the Indiana House of Representatives Majority Caucus to the leadership role of Caucus Chair. “It is an honor to once again serve as the Caucus Chair for

[r29] Column: Honoring our heroes this Veterans Day (11/5/2014)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Start Date: 11/5/2014 All DayEnd Date: 11/5/2014Honoring our heroes this Veterans Day I would like to start off by thanking everyone who made this year’s election season a success. It takes an incredible amount of work to facilitate and ensure that elections run smoothly, and in our community, thousands have helped out behind the scenes to make that

[r29] Column: Protecting Hoosier taxpayers (10/29/2014)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Start Date: 10/29/2014 All DayEnd Date: 10/29/2014Protecting Hoosier taxpayers When I was young, I can remember my mom and dad talking about the family’s budget. They would discuss what could be spent on necessities like groceries or clothing items, what bills we needed to pay and if we had any money left over that we could save or spend. At an early

[r29] Column: Restoring Public Trust (10/22/2014)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Start Date: 10/22/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/22/2014Restoring Public Trust Whether you work in a factory or teach high school algebra, we all encounter situations when our integrity is put to the test. It is important that when those situations arise, we do what is right and operate with the highest level of veracity, especially if you work in

[r29] Accountability is our Responsibility (10/15/2014)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Start Date: 10/15/2014 All DayEnd Date: 10/15/2014Accountability is our Responsibility Every year, since our leadership team has been in place, the Indiana House Republicans have outlined our goals ahead of the legislative session. On Tuesday, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, on behalf of our team, unveiled the 2015 House Republican Legislative Agenda or goals

[r29] Column: First step is raising awareness (10/8/2014)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Start Date: 10/8/2014 All DayEnd Date: 10/8/2014First step is raising awareness Knowing a problem exists is the first step towards solving it. In the U.S., there are countless organizations that operate on this principle to help raise awareness about some of our nation’s biggest concerns. October is both Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer awareness

[r29] Column: College GO! helps students prepare for the future (10/1/2014)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Start Date: 10/1/2014 All DayEnd Date: 10/1/2014College GO! helps students prepare for the future Last week marked the start of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s annual College GO! campaign. The campaign, which continues through November, focuses on helping Hoosiers of all ages plan for education beyond high school. Whether you have a

[r29] Fall brings festivals and falling foliage (9/22/2014)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Start Date: 9/22/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/22/2014 Apple picking, pumpkin carving and seasonal decorating – these are just a few of the fun activities that await you and your family this fall. I encourage you to get out and experience Indiana’s fall bounty. Several events are happening right here in Noblesville. This Saturday, Sept.

[r29] Taking action against hunger (9/16/2014)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Start Date: 9/16/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/16/2014A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 370,000 Hoosier households struggled with hunger over the past three years. This accounts for over 14 percent of our state. This is an issue that you might say does not affect us in Hamilton County, but you are wrong. I have

[r29] Preparation is key in case of emergency (9/8/2014)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Start Date: 9/8/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/8/2014As a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, I know that severe weather can happen at any time. However, experience tells us that preparation can help us better respond and recover from the impact of a disaster. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort during the month of September to raise

[r29] Column: Champion for Hoosiers makes history (8/18/2014)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Start Date: 8/18/2014 All DayEnd Date: 8/18/2014Champion for Hoosiers makes history Two days ago, Indiana’s first woman Chief Justice Loretta Rush was officially sworn into office, which was an historic event for our state. We are fortunate to have some of the best state Supreme Court justices in the nation, like Chief Justice Rush, who serve with

[r29] Increasing integrity in Indiana's election process (8/15/2014)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Start Date: 8/15/2014 All Day End Date: 8/15/2014 Increasing integrity in Indiana’s election process In May, I started to receive phone calls regarding mailers that were being sent out by the Secretary of State’s Election Division as part of a voter list refresh project. To provide some clarity on the situation, I wrote a column

[r29] Column: Local family honored as leader in Hoosier agriculture (8/8/2014)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Start Date: 8/8/2014 All DayEnd Date: 8/8/2014Local family honored as leader in Hoosier agriculture This week, I had the privilege of attending the Hoosier Homestead Awards ceremony in the Farm Bureau Building at the state fairgrounds. For anyone not familiar with the award, it was created back in 1976 to honor Indiana’s farming families that have

[r29] Column: Traditions, fond memories made at our State Fair (8/1/2014)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Start Date: 8/1/2014 All DayEnd Date: 8/1/2014Traditions, fond memories made at our State Fair It is almost that time of year again for the Indiana State Fair! For years, families have traveled across the state to enjoy all the great things our fair has to offer. Like most Hoosiers, the fair is very special to me, and it brings back many fond memories of

[r29] Column: A new school year is just around the corner (7/23/2014)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Start Date: 7/23/2014 All DayEnd Date: 7/23/2014A new school year is just around the corner As I walked around the fair last week, looking at the displays and incredible works of art, I was amazed by how gifted and talented the students in our community are. All the exhibits were so enjoyable to see, and I want to thank everyone who participated. The 4-H

[r29] Column: Hamilton County Fair is finally here (7/16/2014)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Start Date: 7/16/2014 All DayEnd Date: 7/16/2014Hamilton County fair is finally here If you have read my columns over the last 10 years, you know that I am a huge fan of the Purdue Extension Program, and you might also know that one of my favorite weeks of the year is coming up. Since I was kid in junior high, I have always enjoyed and looked forward to the

Rep. McMillin welcomed into Henry Toll Fellowship Class (7/16/2014)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Start Date: 7/16/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 7/16/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMRep. McMillin welcomed into Henry Toll Fellowship Class STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) was welcomed into the Henry Toll Fellowship Class of 2014. The Henry Toll Fellowship Program was named for the Council of State Government (CSG) founder

[r29] Column: Working together strengthens our community (7/9/2014)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Start Date: 7/9/2014 All DayEnd Date: 7/9/2014Working together strengthens our community Communities are like families. We celebrate holidays together, help those in need and support each another through life’s greatest challenges. One thing that has always drawn me to Noblesville is the sense of family that exists and that everyone works together to

[r29] Column: It's a Grand Old Flag (7/2/2014)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Start Date: 7/2/2014 All DayEnd Date: 7/2/2014It's a Grand Old Flag The Declaration of Independence is more than just a document; it is symbol of our freedom. On July 4, 1776, the decisions made that day were revolutionary, and this Friday, as a nation, we will join together to celebrate their heroic actions to proclaim the United States as an independent

[r29] Column: Noblesville congratulates the Millers, 2014 baseball state champions (6/23/2014)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Start Date: 6/23/2014 All DayEnd Date: 6/23/2014Noblesville congratulates the Millers, 2014 baseball state champions Victory Field in Indianapolis set the stage last Friday for an event that brought our community together. With a record number of fans, all sitting on the edge of their seats, it seemed like the entire community came out to support the

[r29] Column: Hamilton County receives College Success Award (6/16/2014)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Start Date: 6/16/2014 All DayEnd Date: 6/16/2014Hamilton County receives College Success Award In a recent column, I mentioned the importance of college and career readiness. I discussed that higher education, whether that means achieving a two or four year degree, can lead to success later in life. While college might not be the right path for everyone, as

[r29] Column: Growing the economy by supporting local farmers (6/9/2014)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Start Date: 6/9/2014 All DayEnd Date: 6/9/2014Growing the economy by supporting local farmers Since 1992, I have had the privilege of representing the greatest community in Indiana. As a lifelong resident, I always enjoy seeing the warm and familiar faces as I walk around the courthouse in Noblesville. You can’t make a trip around the downtown area

[r29] Column: Clarification on Secretary of State mailer (6/5/2014)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Start Date: 6/5/2014 All DayEnd Date: 6/5/2014Clarification on Secretary of State mailer In the past couple of weeks, many of you have asked why the Secretary of State would be sending out a card about Election Day and voting information right after the primary. In Indiana, our Election Division falls under the Secretary of State’s office. The office

[r29] Column: Preparing Hoosiers for the future (5/28/2014)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Start Date: 5/28/2014 All DayEnd Date: 5/28/2014Preparing Hoosiers for the future For every graduate and his or her family this is an exciting time of year. Particularly for parents, graduation ceremonies evoke a lot of reflection wondering where the time went and how their little ones grew up so fast. On June 6, Noblesville High School’s senior

[r29] Column: Working throughout the summer (5/21/2014)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Start Date: 5/21/2014 All DayEnd Date: 5/21/2014 Working throughout the summer Every year, the Indiana General Assembly meets and conducts business during legislative sessions, which can last anywhere from two to five months. Many bills are discussed and debated while the House is in session; however, certain issues require further vetting from lawmakers

[r29] Column: Indiana's future leaders (5/14/2014)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Start Date: 5/14/2014 All Day End Date: 5/14/2014 Indiana’s future leaders Last Friday, I had an amazing opportunity to visit two government classes, taught by Butch Robbins, at Noblesville High School. Students were participating in a program called Project Citizen. As they divided themselves into groups, students were asked to select

[r29] Column: Celebrating this Mother's Day (5/7/2014)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Start Date: 5/7/2014 All Day End Date: 5/7/2014 Celebrating this Mother’s Day There are people in this life that make a significant impact on us and help shape the kind of people we have become. For me, that person was my mother. She was the symbol of strength and kindness. It is so hard to believe it has been five years, but I still

[r29] Column: Quality education from the start (4/30/2014)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Start Date: 4/30/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/30/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMQuality education from the start In Hamilton County, we have some of the top rated schools in the state. Noblesville is a leader in educational attainment as more than 93 percent of students graduate from high school. From this, 90 percent go on to higher education. This is a

[r29] Column: Warmer weather means road construction (4/23/2014)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Start Date: 4/23/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/23/2014Warmer weather means road construction I’m sure many of you have noticed the significant uptick in construction already underway throughout Hamilton County, especially with the closure of U.S. 31 in Carmel and the work on I-69. Anytime a major roadway is closed, it adds to the congestion and

[r29] Recognizing the sacrifices made by veterans (4/14/2014)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Start Date: 4/14/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/14/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMRecognizing the sacrifices made by veterans Each day, our country’s servicemen and women – distinguished individuals and dutiful leaders in their own right – serve to protect us from domestic and international threats. They make selfless sacrifices, jeopardizing

[r29] Column: Remembering a great educator, Mrs. Swank (4/9/2014)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Start Date: 4/9/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/9/2014Remembering a great educator, Mrs. Swank How many times have you looked back on your life and realized that where you are today is because of your relationship with a favorite teacher? For me, having gone through Noblesville schools, I could create a very large list of teachers that remain special

[29] New laws benefitting agriculture, privacy and transportation safety (3/31/2014)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Start Date: 3/31/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/31/2014New laws benefitting agriculture, privacy and transportation safety There is so much that can happen in a short session at the Statehouse. Often times, there are great pieces of legislation that pass through both chambers, unheard of by the public. In my last column, I recognized a few bills that

[r29] Column: Recognizing Legislative Accomplishments (3/24/2014)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Start Date: 3/24/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/24/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMRecognizing Legislative Accomplishments Every year important bills pass out of the Legislature with near unanimous support and are signed into law by the governor. Unfortunately, a lot of these bills receive little, if any, publicity. The media’s accounts of the Statehouse

[r29] Column: A look back at moving forward (3/19/2014)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Start Date: 3/19/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/19/2014A look back at moving forward The 2014 legislative session has now come to a close, and I am happy to report that it was a successful three months. Going into session, we had five key goals: cutting taxes, equipping our workforce, connecting crossroads to communities, preparing kids for their

[r29] House Republicans Achieve Legislative Agenda (3/13/2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Start Date: 3/13/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/13/2014House Republicans Achieve Legislative Agenda STATEHOUSE – The 2014 legislative session has adjourned with House Republicans continuing their track record of delivering on the promises they set in their legislative agenda. Prior to the start of session, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis),

[r29] Retiring representatives honored by Rep. Richardson and the General Assembly (3/13/2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Start Date: 3/13/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/13/2014Retiring representatives honored by Rep. Richardson and the General Assembly STATEHOUSE –Today, Caucus Chairwoman State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) presented three House resolutions honoring State Representatives Tim Neese (R-Elkhart), Rick Niemeyer (R-Lowell) and Mark Messmer

[r29] Column: Last week of session at the Statehouse (3/12/2014)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Start Date: 3/12/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/12/2014Last week of session at the Statehouse The end of the 2014 legislative session is only days away as many bills have already passed out of both chambers and are on their way to be signed into law by the governor. Not every bill has been sent to the governor, however. As has been the case last week and

[r29] Rep. Richardson welcomes Eric Gale to the Statehouse (3/12/2014)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Start Date: 3/12/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/12/2014Rep. Richardson welcomes Eric Gale to the Statehouse STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) welcomed Pastor Eric Gale to the Statehouse on Wednesday. Gale, lead pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville, gave the opening prayer before session. “I always

[r29] Column: Honoring a great man, Pastor Burton (3/5/2014)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Start Date: 3/5/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/5/2014Honoring a great man, Pastor Burton This past weekend, Hamilton County lost a great person with the passing of Pastor Tom Burton on Saturday. Pastor Burton was a good friend of mine and a wonderful servant to the community. He had battled cancer for a long time but succumbed to it peacefully at his home while in

[r29] Rep. Richardson welcomes Teri Ditslear to the Statehouse (3/5/2014)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Start Date: 3/5/2014 All DayEnd Date: 3/5/2014Rep. Richardson welcomes Teri Ditslear to the Statehouse STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) welcomed Pastor Teri Ditslear and Mayor John Ditslear to the Statehouse on Tuesday. Teri, lead pastor at Cross of Life Lutheran Church, gave the opening prayer before session.

[r29] House Republicans Honor 2014 Legislative Interns (3/4/2014)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Start Date: 3/4/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 3/4/2014 House Republicans Honor Legislative Interns Present “Intern of the Year” award STATEHOUSE — The Indiana House of Representatives took time this week to honor their legislative interns for their hard work, dedication and service to the General Assembly.

[r29] Column: Supporting Hoosier children (2/26/2014)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Start Date: 2/26/2014 All DayEnd Date: 2/26/2014Supporting Hoosier children An interesting dynamic to the legislative process is how we, the House and Senate, work to find a compromise on legislation that has been amended in either chamber. Sometimes these differences are small, while other times more work is needed to reach common ground on important

[r29] Column: Making a difference starts with getting involved (2/25/2014)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Start Date: 2/25/2014 All DayEnd Date: 2/25/2014Making a difference starts with getting involved As a state representative, one of the most enjoyable features of my public service is seeing people get involved and actively participating in their community. Those who are wanting to become more informed or more involved in state and local issues have many

[r29] Column: Tomorrow's leaders (2/19/2014)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Start Date: 2/19/2014 All Day End Date: 2/19/2014 Tomorrow’s leaders Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with participants in this year’s Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA). The HCLA is a great leadership development program for local residents wishing to serve as civic leaders within Hamilton County.

[r29] Noblesville residents participate in the legislative process (2/19/2014)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Start Date: 2/19/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 2/19/2014 Noblesville residents participate in the legislative process STATEHOUSE — Four Noblesville residents had the opportunity to see the state legislature up close by participating in the Adult Page Day program hosted by State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson

[r29] Column: Halfway point for the Legislature (2/12/2014)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Start Date: 2/12/2014 All DayEnd Date: 2/12/2014Halfway point for the Legislature This week, we are starting the second half of the 2014 legislative session, meaning the House will discuss bills that passed out of the Senate and vice versa. The first half of session was very productive. We passed a total of 146 House bills, including a number of key bills

[r29] Column: Providing locals options on the business personal property tax (2/5/2014)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Start Date: 2/5/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/5/2014Providing locals options on the business personal property tax Last week was yet another busy week at the Statehouse. We worked long hours as we strove to meet legislative deadlines, considering 80 bills on Thursday alone. Our work paid off as we passed a number of bills that will have a significant

[r29] Column: Legislative Update - Focusing on workforce development (1/29/2014)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Start Date: 1/29/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/29/2014Legislative Update: Focusing on workforce development It has been a busy few weeks at the Statehouse as various deadlines draw near. We are tackling many important issues facing our state and our community, and we are seeing a lot of progress on the legislation addressing these matters. One such bill is House

[r29] Rep. Richardson 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. Richardson supports Suits and Sneakers to raise awareness of the fight against cancer STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse on Thursday in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise

[r29] Column: Investing in our Future (1/22/2014)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Start Date: 1/22/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/22/2014Investing in our Future One of our primary focuses for this session is to better prepare young Hoosiers to be successful in their studies and in their careers. I believe that this begins with addressing education at a young age and providing educational options, including high-quality preschool programs, to

[r29] Noblesville pastor leads the House in prayer (1/22/2014)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Start Date: 1/22/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/22/2014Noblesville pastor leads the House in prayer STATEHOUSE — John Davis, the pastor of the First Christian Church in Noblesville, led the Indiana House of Representatives in prayer from the House floor on Thursday, Jan. 16. He was asked to lead the House’s invocation by State

[r29] Column: Working on Progress (1/15/2014)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Start Date: 1/15/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/15/2014Working on Progress Last week, the House Republican caucus announced our agenda for the 2014 Legislative Session, titled “Working on Progress.” While it is a “short session,” we are still set to address a number of issues important to our state, including: preschool education, road

[r29] Rep. Richardson reacts to State of the State Address (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/14/2014Rep. Richardson reacts to State of the State Address STATEHOUSE — “The governor’s address highlighted many of the priorities we have been discussing this session, specifically the importance of a high-quality education system and the need to bolster the condition of our state and local roads

[r29] Column: Weathering the Storm (1/9/2014)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Start Date: 1/9/2014 All DayEnd Date: 1/9/2014Weathering the Storm As the roads begin to clear and things start getting back to normal, I would like to take some time to thank the countless Hoosiers who worked hard to keep everyone safe over the past few days. From the snow plow drivers to local and state officials to cautious motorists, everyone helped

New Year and 2014 legislative session (12/31/2013)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Start Date: 12/31/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 12/31/2013 New Year and 2014 legislative session Happy New Year! It is 2014 and with a new year comes a fresh start and great anticipation for the year ahead. I hope everyone has had a relaxing and memorable holiday season – I know that I enjoyed the quality time with my friends and

[r29] Column: Session starting soon, civic engagement instrumental (12/11/2013 - 12/12/2013)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Start Date: 12/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/12/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSession starting soon, civic engagement instrumental As I wrote about in my last column, today is the state’s birthday, commonly known as Statehood Day. Our state is 197 years old and was the 19th state to join the Union in 1816. Local resident Andrew Knight, a fourth

Local resident leads Indiana's birthday celebrations (12/4/2013)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Start Date: 12/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 12/4/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Local resident leads Indiana’s birthday celebrations A week from today, on December 11, Indiana turns 197 years old. We are only three years away from the state’s bicentennial celebration, which the state has been eagerly planning for some time.

[r29] Column: Organization Day highlights Special Olympics of Indiana (11/22/2013)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Start Date: 11/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMOrganization Day highlights Special Olympics of Indiana It is hard to believe that the 2014 legislative session is almost here. As we enjoy Thanksgiving and celebrate Christmas in the weeks to come, everything will be a whirlwind leading up to session. I’m excited to

[r29] Column: Staying warm this winter and helping those in need (11/13/2013)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Start Date: 11/13/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/13/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMStaying warm this winter and helping those in need As we head into the holiday season, many people throughout Indiana will struggle to pay their utility bills. Some Hoosiers will also have trouble putting Christmas gifts under their tree, which is why volunteering each year is

[r29] Column: Fighting for Veterans (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 PMFighting for Veterans Each day, our country’s servicemen and women, distinguished individuals with the highest of character and pride in our country, serve to protect us, abroad and overseas. They put themselves in harm’s way, not just for us, but for countless other

[r29] Column: Halloween Safety (10/30/2013)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Start Date: 10/30/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/30/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMHalloween Safety Halloween is tomorrow! I already have my candy ready to go and anticipate a lot of familiar, yet “scary”, faces to come by the house. I love seeing everyone out in the neighborhood enjoying autumn in Indiana, spending time with friends and family.

[r29] Column: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Oct. 26 (10/23/2013)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Start Date: 10/23/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 10/23/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – Oct. 26 A recent Monitoring the Future study found that prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana for young people. If this wasn’t alarming enough, over 70 percent of

[r29] Column: Study Committees Wrapping Up (10/16/2013)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Start Date: 10/16/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/16/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMStudy Committees Wrapping Up I was at the Statehouse last week for two interim study committee meetings: the Census Data Advisory Committee and the Commission on Courts. Throughout the interim, study committees regularly meet to discuss many issues that there simply

[r29] Column: Support the cause, wear pink! (10/9/2013)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Start Date: 10/9/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/9/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSupport the cause, wear pink! If you were at the Millers football game Friday night, recently bought groceries or just simply noticed a lot more people wearing pink, then you know it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Every year, over 230,000 women are affected

[r29] Column: County has rich farming heritage (10/2/2013)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Start Date: 10/2/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/2/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMCounty has rich farming heritage You may have noticed a lot of agricultural action over the last few weeks as harvest season continues to move full steam ahead. Hamilton County has seen a major population influx in our cities and towns, but there is also a rich farming heritage

[r29] Column: Losing a dear friend and colleague (9/25/2013)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Start Date: 9/25/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 9/25/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMLosing a dear friend and colleague In this week's column, I want to share another side of the General Assembly...when you lose a friend and colleague. Just like any other job or business, the people you work with become more than co-workers – they are like family. I served

[r29] Column: Internships available in the Indiana House of Representatives (9/18/2013)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Start Date: 9/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 9/18/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMInternships available in the Indiana House of Representatives In today’s competitive job market, relevant work experience can make all the difference between obtaining a job or having to continue searching for other opportunities. Many young people who earned degrees the

[r29] Column: What does Indiana mean to you? (9/11/2013)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Start Date: 9/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/11/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMWhat does Indiana mean to you? This year, Indiana will turn 197 years old, only three years out from its bicentennial. Admitted into the union as the nineteenth state on Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana has a rich cultural history. For many of us, I am sure that our last state history

[r29] Column: Volunteer this fall! (9/4/2013)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Start Date: 9/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/4/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMVolunteer this fall! As leaves change color and the hot summer temperatures begin to wane, I realize how much I enjoy fall. Some of my fondest fall memories include picking out pumpkins and mums from the my favorite market, cooking hot dogs over a bonfire and of course, attending

[r29] Column: Thriving in tomorrow's economy (8/28/2013 - 8/29/2013)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Start Date: 8/28/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 8/29/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Thriving in tomorrow’s economy Since the recession, Indiana has emerged as a leader in the nation’s recovery efforts. The legislature’s exertion to create a business-friendly environment, welded with the determination of the

[r29] Column: Summer ending, but good times continue (8/21/2013 - 8/22/2013)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Start Date: 8/21/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSummer ending, but good times continue Our mild summer couldn’t have been more perfect for this year’s State Fair. Sunshine, warm temperatures, a great program packed with a variety of fun and family-focused events and a long list of available deep-fried delicacies

[r29] Column: Never too early to think about college (8/14/2013)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Start Date: 8/14/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/14/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMNever too early to think about college For many high school juniors and seniors, college is on the horizon. Obtaining a postsecondary degree at a two- or four-year college or getting the necessary training to pursue a trade profession is critical in today’s marketplace. It

[r29] Column: Back to School! (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 PMBack to School! Now that August is here, summer break is over and students are back to school. A new school year brings exciting new opportunities for students, teachers and parents. This is more true than ever with the new balanced calendar starting in Noblesville and Hamilton

[r29] Column: Sharing our special day (7/31/2013)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Start Date: 7/31/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/31/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSharing our special day This column is normally reserved for important information from the Statehouse, but this week I hope you don't mind me turning in a more personal direction. Sunday, July 28, was a life changing day when Perry Williams and I got married at the First

[r29] Column: A bright future for Hoosier students (7/24/2013)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Start Date: 7/24/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 7/24/2013 End Time: 8:00 AMA bright future for Hoosier students What seemed like endless summer months for students at the beginning of May are now dwindling down to the last few summer days of July. For many students that means they will soon be waking up early to catch the bus heading to a new classroom.

[r29] Column: Come out to the 75th Hamilton County 4-H Fair! (7/17/2013 - 7/18/2013)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Start Date: 7/17/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/18/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMCome out to the 75th Hamilton County 4-H Fair! The 75th Hamilton County 4-H Fair is here! Volunteers have been getting the fairgrounds ready, projects have been brought in and the animals are arriving. July 18-23 the fair will be going on with a lot of fun activities and

[r29] Column - New Laws Part II: The Health and Safety of Hoosiers (7/10/2013)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Start Date: 7/10/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/10/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMNew Laws Part II: The Health and Safety of Hoosiers Now that we are in the second week of July all the pieces of legislation passed last session have been enacted. I saw many of you during Independence Day celebrations, and I received a lot of great feedback on what we

[r29] Column: Light up the sky this 4th of July (7/3/2013)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Start Date: 7/3/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 7/3/2013 End Time: 12:00 PMLight up the sky this 4th of July The 4th of July is a wonderful time to celebrate what our Founding Fathers fought valiantly for; the ability to shape our own lives free from government. The fight for independence came from the desire to build a new kind of government that

[r29] Column: New Laws Affecting You July 1 (6/26/2013)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Start Date: 6/26/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/26/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMNew Laws Affecting You July 1 There were 292 laws enacted last session with the Senate and House each passing 146 bills. Of these bills, some are effective upon passage, but most are implemented on July 1. The delayed start to new laws allows state and local agencies enough time

[r29] Column: General Assembly Overrides Veto (6/19/2013)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Start Date: 6/19/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 6/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 AMGeneral Assembly Overrides Veto Last week, the Legislature reconvened for one day to consider overriding the governor’s veto of House Enrolled Act 1546. This was the first time the Legislature had held a “Technical Corrections Day” since legislation was passed

[r29] Column: Fairs, Festivals and Fun (6/12/2013)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Start Date: 6/12/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/12/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMFairs, Festivals and Fun School is out, the weather is beginning to really feel like summer and there is a lot to do in Noblesville and Hamilton County. Again and again communities in our area have won awards for being a great place to live, and one of those reasons is the

[r29] Column: New driving law helps protect Hoosiers (6/5/2013)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Start Date: 6/5/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/5/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMNew driving law helps protect Hoosiers It seems that summer weather is gradually coming back, making barbeques, baseball games and pool time even more enjoyable. The weather in Indiana is unpredictable. Just last year, we couldn’t catch a break with the sweltering heat

[r29] Column: Legislature to further study Common Core and ISTEP+ (5/29/2013)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Start Date: 5/29/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/29/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMLegislature to further study Common Core and ISTEP+ I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend. For those of you who went to the track, I can’t remember the last time the weather was as nice as it was. I’m thankful that the race was a safe and exciting event

[r29] Column: May is for racing and remembrance (5/22/2013)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Start Date: 5/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMMay is for racing and remembrance The month of May is important for many reasons as we have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for, but, one day stands out above all the rest. I’m talking, of course, about race day! I’m sure most of you have this Sunday marked on

[r29] Column: Indiana continues to lead the nation (5/15/2013)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Start Date: 5/15/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/15/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMIndiana continues to lead the nation Indiana continues to be seen as a state for business opportunities and economic growth. Adding to a list of accolades over the past few years, Indiana recently received further recognition as the best place to do business in the Midwest and

[r29] Column: Staying current in these technological times (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 PMStaying current in these technological times Through tweets, texts and new technology, the House Republicans are keeping Hoosiers informed through the most current forms of communication. It seems as if almost everyone has constant connection to the world in the palm of their hand

[r29] Column: Priorities achieved this session (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 PMPriorities achieved this session Early in the morning Saturday, the Speaker of the House Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced the end of session, or Sine Die, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, Own your American Dream, which was released

[r29] 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, passed this session with a 70 to 30 vote and sent to

[r29] Column: Heavy hearts around the country (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 PMHeavy hearts around the country It has been a rough few days for our country, state and even county. From the horrid bombings in Boston where hundreds of innocent individuals and their families will be effected for the remainder of their lives to the fertilizer plant explosion

[r29] More assistance for Hardest HitĚ 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

[r29] Column: Expanding opportunities for veterans (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 PMExpanding opportunities for veterans Monday was important for two big reasons: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, which establishes the Indiana Career Council (ICC), was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence, and the third reading deadline to vote on legislation passed. The ICC

[r29] Column: Crunch time for the Legislature (4/16/2013)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Start Date: 4/16/2013 Start Time: 2:00 PMEnd Date: 4/16/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMCrunch time for the Legislature Ironing out the details of the state’s biennial budget from now until the end of session will be the top priority for the Legislature. The House, Senate and Governor’s office have all released their version of what the state’s

[r29] House Republicans Honor Legislative Interns (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 PMHouse Republicans Honor Legislative InternsPresent “Intern of the Year” award STATEHOUSE — The Indiana House of Representatives took time this week to honor their legislative interns for their hard work, dedication and service to the General Assembly. Interns

[r29] Students receive 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 PMStudents receive prestigious award at the Statehouse STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) and P. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) congratulate Clayton Smith from Sharpsville and Anna R. Bates from Cicero for both receiving the 2013 Comcast

[r29] Column: Home stretch for the Legislature (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 PMHome stretch for the Legislature The Senate released their budget from the Appropriations Committee last week highlighting many of the same priorities that the House had put forth earlier this year to best position Indiana for the future. There are still some differences in how

[r29] House "Pastor of the Day"Ě (4/3/2013)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Start Date: 4/3/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/3/2013 House “Pastor of the Day” STATEHOUSE — Dave Nicholson, a Noblesville-native and pastor of the Ritter Avenue Free Methodist Church, led the Indiana House of Representatives in prayer from the House floor yesterday. Nicholson was asked to lead the House’s

[r29] Column: Protecting Senior Citizens (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 PMProtecting Senior Citizens According to Congressional statistics, people lose an estimated $4 billion in mail scams and $40 billion in telemarketing fraud each year in the United States. I have fielded numerous calls over the years regarding recent scams from concerned

[r29] Column: Recognizing Hoosier Farmers (3/25/2013)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Start Date: 3/25/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 3/25/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMRecognizing Hoosier Farmers When we visit the grocery store or a big-box retailer, it can be easy to get lost in all the food options these days. It can easy to become complacent on how our favorite foods made it to the store shelves or even presumptive that they will always be

[R29] Column: Tax relief and keeping pension promises (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 PMTax relief and keeping pension promises A lot has been said and written over the last week about taxes - reduce taxes, refund taxes and be cautious with the tax dollars we have collected. I just thought reviewing where we are and how we got here might be helpful. In 2011, the

[r29] Column: Automatic Taxpayer Refund returns millions to Hoosiers (3/14/2013)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Start Date: 3/14/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/14/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMAutomatic Taxpayer Refund returns millions to Hoosiers In 2011, the General Assembly wanted to keep government spending in check and ensure, once government collections were at a prudent and sustainable level, that the remainder would be returned to taxpayers. This year’s

[r29] Column: A history of tax cuts (3/11/2013)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Start Date: 3/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/11/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMA history of tax cuts The functions of government are always being debated and discussed by families around the dinner tables, among students in school or between representatives on the floor of the House chamber. Basic questions like what role should the government play in the

[r29] Column: Halftime in the General Assembly (3/4/2013)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Start Date: 3/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/4/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMHalftime in the General Assembly With the halfway point behind us, session will change gears with the House now hearing Senate bills and vice versa. Many bills that passed through the House are critical components to addressing real concerns facing Hoosiers. We have continued to

[r29] Column: House budget prioritizes education (2/25/2013)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Start Date: 2/25/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 2/25/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMHouse budget prioritizes education The main story this week in the Legislature was the budget proposed by Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and the House Ways and Means Committee. This $30 billion financial blueprint for Indiana is essentially a list of funding priorities to

[r29] Column: Legislative update: Nearing the halfway point (2/16/2013)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Start Date: 2/16/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 2/16/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMLegislative update: Nearing the halfway point It is hard to believe that the General Assembly is only a week and a half away from bills changing houses, signaling the halfway point of session. The legislative debates and discussions over bills this year have pleasantly provided a

[r29] Column: State budget cornerstone of legislative priorities (2/12/2013)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Start Date: 2/12/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 2/12/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMState budget cornerstone of legislative priorities Every two years, the General Assembly drafts the financial blue print for Indiana outlining the funding priorities and functions of state government. House Bill 1001, the budget bill, can take on drastically different shapes and

[r29] Column: No politics in feeding Indiana's hungry (2/11/2013)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Start Date: 2/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 2/11/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM No politics in feeding Indiana’s hungry Did you know that over one million Hoosiers don’t know when or where their next meal will come from? Sadly, one in six Hoosiers are food insecure, unsure of whether or not they will have dinner tonight or

[r29] Column: Wearing sneakers, kicking cancer (2/1/2013)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Start Date: 2/1/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 2/1/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMWearing sneakers, kicking cancer The Statehouse sounded more like a basketball gym earlier this past week as the squeak of sneakers could be heard throughout the day. I joined other House legislators and staff, sporting sneakers in an effort to raise awareness of preventative

[r29] Noblesville pastor leads the House in prayer (1/30/2013)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Start Date: 1/30/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/30/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMNoblesville pastor leads the House in prayer STATEHOUSE — John Davis, the pastor of the First Christian Church in Noblesville, recently led the Indiana House of Representatives in prayer from the House floor on the first day of session. Davis was the first pastor invited

[r29] Rep. Richardson's 2013 Adult Page Day Program accepting applicants (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 Rep. Richardson’s 2013 Adult Page Day Program accepting applicants STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) is encouraging local adults to apply for her 2013 Adult Page Day Program. The program offers residents in District 29 over

[r29] Column: Pence sets the tone for legislative priorities (1/25/2013)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Start Date: 1/25/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 1/25/2013 End Time: 10:00 AMPence sets the tone for legislative priorities The formalities of the first few weeks of legislative proceedings have been exuberating to say the least! All of our state’s officeholders have been sworn in, and the governor kept the atmosphere around the Statehouse electric

[r29] Column: Session at a glance, focusing on job creation (1/22/2013)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Start Date: 1/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSession at a glance, focusing on job creation With supermajorities in both the House and Senate, some Hoosiers have been fearful of an “overreach” by the majority. The tone has been set since the end of the election cycle that bipartisanship will continue to be a

[r29] Column: Governor-elect Pence to be sworn in, Governor Daniels leaves on high (1/15/2013)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Start Date: 1/15/2013 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 1/15/2013 End Time: 1:59 PMGovernor-elect Pence to be sworn in, Governor Daniels leaves on high After eight years, Indiana welcomes a new Governor, Mike Pence. I know that he will continue in the footsteps of outgoing-Governor Mitch Daniels as he looks to forge a new path for Indiana. His focus on family

[r29] Column: Indiana now and then, the governor's office (1/14/2013)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Start Date: 1/14/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 1/14/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana now and then, the governor’s office After eight years of dutiful service, Governor Mitch Daniels’ term as our state’s 49th governor will conclude on Monday. His time serving the public, spanning much of his life, and devotion to Indiana

[r29] Column: Session starts, civic engagement fundamental (1/7/2013)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Start Date: 1/7/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/7/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSession starts, civic engagement fundamental The New Year is here, and with it comes many hopes, ambitions, resolutions and opportunities. It is a fresh start as we try to make 2013 even better than 2012. I am excited for what lies ahead for our community as we continue to grow

[R29] Column: Statehouse Rock! (1/1/2013)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Start Date: 1/1/2013 Start Time: 1:00 PMEnd Date: 1/1/2013 End Time: 1:00 PMStatehouse Rock! Many of the younger adults remember watching “Schoolhouse Rock!” when they were in school, a fun video outlining how a bill becomes a law. The process can seem very complicated, and for those of us, where a good amount of time may have passed since those

[R29] New Year's Resolutions (12/21/2012)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Start Date: 12/21/2012 Start Time: 6:00 PMEnd Date: 12/21/2012 End Time: 6:00 PMNew Year’s Resolutions The New Year turns the page on 2012 and welcomes 2013. It begins a fresh start for new opportunities and new experiences; a time to look back at the year prior. It is a time to appreciate all that we accomplished and a time to look forward to

[R29] Column: January 7, first day of session for the 118th General Assembly (12/18/2012)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Start Date: 12/18/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/18/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMJanuary 7, first day of session for the 118th General Assembly Months of work and preparation have set the tone for the upcoming legislative session beginning on January 7. Campaigns have concluded, agendas have been rolled out and ballots cast. On Organization Day, the first

[R29] Column: My Christmas Wish List (12/18/2012)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Start Date: 12/18/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/18/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMMy Christmas Wish List Every year at this time, I try and put together a list of wishes for not only myself and the girls but a list of things that I hope Santa will bring for the whole community. Over the years, Santa has been very good to my family and to our community, but

[R29] Column: Celebrating Indiana's 196th Birthday (12/9/2012)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Start Date: 12/9/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 12/9/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMCelebrating Indiana's 196th Birthday On December 11, Indiana turns 196 years old. As the 19th state admitted to the Union on December 11, 1816, Indiana set forth on a path that has served as the home for presidents, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and pharmaceutical prominence.

[R29] Column: Economic development booming in Indiana (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 PMEconomic development booming in Indiana It is with great pride that I watch the changes that have taken place in northern Indianapolis and Hamilton County over the last 10 to 20 years. This area of the state has grown exponentially as more people choose to live in our community

[R29] Organization Day, upcoming session (11/26/2012)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Start Date: 11/26/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 11/26/2012 End Time: 1:59 PMOrganization Day, upcoming session Organization Day was festive with 25 new members, their families and special guests on Tuesday. It was a great kick off for the upcoming session as we look to continue to put Indiana ahead of other states in job creation, graduation rates and

[R29] Counting Blessings and New Members (11/19/2012)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Start Date: 11/19/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/19/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMCounting Blessings and New Members With the election now behind us, the Legislature is moving full steam ahead. The upcoming 2013 legislative session begins in January, but before the official start date, every member of both the House of Representatives and Senate has to be

[R29] Take time to do your part this Veterans Day (11/9/2012)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Start Date: 11/9/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 11/9/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMAs I voted in this election, I took a moment to reflect on how I am able to cast my ballot and express my choice for a candidate. Our freedom to choose is what makes America the amazing country it is, and it is diligently defended by the brave and courageous men and women in

[R29] Rep. Richardson elected as House Majority Caucus Chair (11/7/2012)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Start Date: 11/7/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/7/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMRep. Kathy Kreag Richardson elected as House Majority Caucus Chair STATEHOUSE - Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) was elected by the Indiana House of Representatives Majority Caucus to the leadership role of Caucus Chair today. “It is an honor to serve and be

[R29] Behind the scenes of Election Day (11/2/2012)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Start Date: 11/2/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 11/2/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMBehind the scenes of Election Day I know many of you are very excited for the arrival of Election Day and the end of all of the ads and postings about who to vote for. However, despite election overload, I would like to share a few thoughts about how Election Day looks from a

[R29] The best ideas are locally grown! (10/26/2012)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Start Date: 10/26/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 10/26/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMThe best ideas are locally grown!The beauty of a patch work quilt is that it is made up of many separate and unique sections that combine to form a single object. States are very similar in that manner, formed by may separate communities each with their own unique ideas. In

[R29] House Republican Agenda pt. 3 (10/19/2012)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Start Date: 10/19/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 10/19/2012 End Time: 12:30 PMHouse Republican Agenda pt. 3Fiscal Integrity As many of you know, I have lived in Noblesville all my life. I feel blessed to have grown up and worked in a state filled with such wonderful, caring, hardworking and resilient people. When the recession struck, countless

[R29] Own Your American Dream (10/16/2012)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Start Date: 10/16/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/16/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMOwn Your American DreamOn October 4, House Republicans announced our legislative plan for the upcoming session. The agenda, “Own your American Dream” focuses on three main goals to help Hoosiers succeed for years to come by cultivating a prosperous economic

[29] House Republican Agenda pt. 2 (10/12/2012 - 10/13/2012)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Start Date: 10/12/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 10/13/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMHouse Republican Agenda pt. 2Expanding Education Most of us can think back to an influential teacher or mentor in our childhood that led us to make choices that defined our life. Those defining moments guide many students to become leaders in the community and in the lives of

[R29] House Republicans announce agenda pt.1 (10/5/2012)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Start Date: 10/5/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 10/5/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMHouse Republicans announce agenda pt. 1 Every year House Republicans gather to create an agenda that is a preview of issues we feel are important to pursue during the upcoming session. The 118th Legislative Session of the Indiana General Assembly will be defined by an agenda

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

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 10/4/2012 End Time: 12:00 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 a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the

[R29] What Indiana Means to Me? (9/28/2012)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Start Date: 9/28/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 9/28/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMWhat Indiana Means to Me? What Indiana Means to Me? That is an easy question for me to answer…but in December we will have an opportunity to hear the answer to that question through the writings of Indiana 4th graders. Every year, the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office hosts

[R29] Fall into Hoosier festivities (9/21/2012)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Start Date: 9/21/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 9/21/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMFall into Hoosier festivitiesI was heading out of the house this week and was greeted by a slight chill in the air. It seems that overnight weather has begun to change from the blistering heat of summer to the cooler air of an approaching fall. I do love fall and everything that

[R29]Indiana's economy on track for a prosperous future (9/18/2012)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Start Date: 9/18/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 9/18/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana’s economy on track for a prosperous future We are continuously striving to create legislation that will provide our state the economic tools it needs to lead the nation when it comes to job creation. Indiana is on the right track for economic

[R29] Join in the treasure hunt for your unclaimed property (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMJoin in the treasure hunt for your unclaimed property I don't know about you, but I seem to always be looking for something...that early birthday present I bought, that important document that I don't want to lose or all items that I put in a special place for safe keeping.

[R29] Internships at the Statehouse (9/5/2012 - 9/6/2012)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Start Date: 9/5/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 9/6/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMInternships at the Statehouse Interacting with the interns that come to the Statehouse each year from all over Indiana is one of my favorite parts of the legislative session. Many college students are unsure what they are looking to do after they graduate, and an internship is a

[R29] Behind the Scenes: Interim Study Committees (8/31/2012)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Start Date: 8/31/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/31/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMBehind the Scenes: Interim Study Committees As you are probably aware, Indiana has a part-time legislature, which means legislators are not in session year round. Although session may have ended in March, my colleagues and I continue our work throughout the summer and fall.

[29] Growing our Community through Volunteering and Outreach (8/24/2012 - 8/25/2012)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Start Date: 8/24/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/25/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMGrowing our Community through Volunteering and Outreach It was once said “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” As an

[r29] Rep. Richardson: Fishers resident receives Golden Hoosier Award (8/24/2012)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Start Date: 8/24/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/24/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMSTATEHOUSE —Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) congratulates Humbert M. Lopes, a Fishers native, for being recognized with a Golden Hoosier Award. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman awarded Humbert Lopes during the Golden Hoosier Award Ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.

[R29] Hoosier Sports Outings after the Olympics (8/17/2012)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Start Date: 8/17/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/17/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMHoosier Sports Outings after the Olympics I started this week in a bit of a haze after being glued to the Olympic coverage for 18 days. After a truly stellar performance by Team USA, winning 104 total medals, 46 Gold, 29 Silver and 29 Bronze, I find myself sitting back to think

[R29] A Look at Interim Study Committees (8/14/2012)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Start Date: 8/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMA Look at Interim Study Committees Indiana’s legislative session may have ended in March, but my colleagues and I have continued our work throughout the interim in “summer study committees”. Interim study committees take an in depth look at a variety of

[R29]Gearing up for another great school year (8/10/2012)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Start Date: 8/10/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/10/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMGearing up for another great school year If the saying "the older you get, the faster times flies" is true, then I feel like I am getting really old, really fast because this summer has certainly flown by. August is already here and the school buses will be rolling out this

[R29] Summer Days in Indiana (8/3/2012)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Start Date: 8/3/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/3/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMSummer Days in IndianaAs the end of the summer is quickly approaching and kids have only a few days before going back to school, the chance for a getaway is limited to the weekends or maybe the long Labor Day holiday . Here in Indiana we have so many wonderful places to visit. The

[R29] The State Fair is "Udderly LegenDairy" (7/27/2012)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Start Date: 7/27/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 7/27/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM The State Fair is “Udderly LegenDairy” The Indiana State Fair is fast approaching and, as many of you know, it is one of my favorite events. The State Fair is a 17 day celebration filled with everything that our wonderful state has to offer –

[R29] Rep. Ricahrdson: Laws passed, now effective (7/24/2012)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Start Date: 7/24/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/24/2012Laws passed, now effective On the first day of this month, all the new laws passed during the 2012 legislative session became enacted. The laws all vary in what they address. Some simply update the Indiana code while others create new public policy designed to better the lives of Hoosiers. This year, the

[R29] Rep. Richardson Head-out to the Hamilton County Fair (7/16/2012)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Start Date: 7/16/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/16/2012Head-out to the Hamilton County Fair The annual Hamilton County 4-H fair kicks-off this week! I have been attending the fair since grade school and look forward to it each year. For me, it is a must do event, one I wouldn’t miss. Fair days are loaded with lots of fun, entertainment and sights to

[R29] Rep. Richardson: New laws take effect (7/9/2012)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Start Date: 7/9/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/9/2012New laws take effect Each session, we pass new laws to make Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family. Most new laws, however, do not go into effect until July 1st. The delay in the effective day gives state agencies and local government time to plan for the implementation of new laws and also

[R29] Rep. Richardson: The U.S.A. celebrates 236 years! (7/2/2012)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Start Date: 7/2/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/2/2012The U.S.A. celebrates 236 years! A big birthday is around the corner. In just two days, the United States of America will turn 236 years old. Wow! It is incredible to think how far our country has come in the past 236 years. Wouldn't you love to have a talk with our founding fathers and hear their thoughts?

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Noblesville native goes for the gold (6/25/2012)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Start Date: 6/25/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/25/2012Noblesville native goes for the gold What little kid who plays sports hasn't dreamed of playing in the pros or going to the Olympics in their favorite sport? In just about five weeks, Noblesville native David Boudia will be living his dream while competing for the gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Serving our soldiers (6/19/2012)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Start Date: 6/19/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/19/2012Serving our soldiers The freedoms we relish as Americans are due to the brave men and women who courageously and selfishly fight to protect our country’s sovereignty. As a state legislator, it is important to me to make Indiana’s military programs some of the best in the nation. We must make

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Staying local and having fun (6/18/2012)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Start Date: 6/18/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/18/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMStaying local and having fun I just got back from a Clerk's Conference in French Lick for my "full time" job and it was such a pleasant stay. The French Lick Hotel is all decorated for the 4th of July with the most beautiful red geraniums and blue hydrangea. There are

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Building the best sandbox (6/11/2012)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Start Date: 6/11/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/11/2012Building the best sandbox Just two months after Governor Daniels signed Right-to-Work legislation into law, Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth. Our state added more than 15,400 jobs in April and grew at six times the national rate. The Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development

[R29] Rep. Richardson--The 2012 Legislative Council Meets (6/4/2012)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Start Date: 6/4/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/4/2012The 2012 Legislative Council Meets Summer Study Topics Announced The Indiana General Assembly can only pass laws for a few months out of each year, but that does not mean we are not busy the other months too. During the interim, the period of time we are not in session, the legislature holds study committees

Rep. VanNatter: Indiana leads the nation in job growth (6/4/2012)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Start Date: 6/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/4/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April. The job growth added 15,400 new jobs for Hoosiers, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosier job growth was six times the U.S. average and accounted for roughly 12

Ellspermann Edition: Indiana Job Growth Best in Nation (6/1/2012)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Start Date: 6/1/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/1/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April by adding over 15,000 jobs. That, even in raw numbers, outpaces Texas, Georgia, and New Jersey. In fact, Indiana grew more jobs in April than all of our Midwest neighbors combined. Construction has grown eight times

Rep. Koch update: Memorial Day: Honoring our Veterans (5/31/2012)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Start Date: 5/31/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/31/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy our freedom. Take time this Memorial Day to honor veterans by attending a local parade or community event. In Washington D.C., Congress enacted a resolution in 2000 declaring a "National

Rep. Leonard: Indiana leads the nation in job growth (5/31/2012)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Start Date: 5/31/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/31/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April. The job growth added 15,400 new jobs for Hoosiers, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosier job growth was six times the U.S. average and accounted for roughly 12

Rep. Davisson: Indiana leads the nation in job growth (5/30/2012)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Start Date: 5/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April. The job growth added 15,400 new jobs for Hoosiers, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosier job growth was six times the U.S. average and accounted for roughly 12

Rep. Heuer: Indiana leads the nation in job growth (5/30/2012)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Start Date: 5/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April. The job growth added 15,400 new jobs for Hoosiers, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosier job growth was six times the U.S. average and accounted for roughly 12

Rep. Koch: Indiana leads the nation in job growth (5/30/2012)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Start Date: 5/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April. The job growth added 15,400 new jobs for Hoosiers, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosier job growth was six times the U.S. average and accounted for roughly 12

[R29] New beginnings for graduating seniors (5/29/2012)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Start Date: 5/29/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 5/29/2012 End Time: 8:00 AMNew beginnings for graduating seniors Noblesville High School seniors, as well as graduates from all over the county, will soon step onto a stage as students and emerge on the other side as graduates. This milestone, eighteen years in the making, is a tremendous achievement

[R29] Rep. Richardson: An Indiana Tradition (5/21/2012)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Start Date: 5/21/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/21/2012An Indiana Tradition This week a tradition will once again come alive as Indiana is set to hold the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. This race—truly the greatest spectacle in racing--represents the best sports has to offer. Holding the Super Bowl was a special treat, but the Indianapolis 500 is

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Lifeline legislation comes to Indiana (5/15/2012)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Start Date: 5/15/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/15/2012Lifeline legislation comes to Indiana Governor Daniels recently signed into law one of the most noteworthy bills passed this session – the Indiana Lifeline Law. Senate Enrolled Act 274 brings lifeline legislation to Indiana protecting a fellow student or Hoosier helping someone who needs medical

[R29] Rep. Richardson: A Special Day for Mothers (5/14/2012)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Start Date: 5/14/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/14/2012A Special Day for Mothers Since I began writing this column in The Times, I have always written about Mother's Day and its meaning to me. Over the years, I have shared my love for my own mother. I have shared the good times, the times of her illness and finally her going home in 2003. Mother's Day has

Rep. Koch update: DNR seeks input on fish, hunt, trap regulations (5/14/2012 - 5/15/2012)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Start Date: 5/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/15/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear your ideas on fishing, hunting and trapping regulations in Indiana, and you don’t have to attend a meeting to give your input. From May 15 to June 1, the public will be able to use an

Scholarship opportunity for young women (5/14/2012)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Start Date: 5/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMThe National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are co-sponsoring the annual academic scholarship contest for young women who are high school juniors and seniors. Seven winners will receive a $3,000 college scholarship award and

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Saying thank you to that special teacher (5/7/2012)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Start Date: 5/7/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/7/2012Saying thank you to that special teacher Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11 As I reflect upon my school years, I find myself being able to fully appreciate the guidance and support my teachers lent me throughout those key growing years. The impact teachers have on the lives of students is unrivaled by

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Sixteen Spirited Guests (4/30/2012)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Start Date: 4/30/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/30/2012Sixteen Spirited Guests Sixteen special guests visited me at the Statehouse last week. All were ladies (except one brave gentleman - thanks, Dave) who make up the Noblesville Parks Department group. The visit was arranged by Susie Davis and Cindy Knapp who work for the Noblesville Parks Department. This

BLT: Hoosiers helping Hoosiers (4/30/2012)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Start Date: 4/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Throughout my life, I have witnessed time and time again the true meaning of Hoosier hospitality. When people in our community are in need, our friends and neighbors pull together and work to do whatever they can to help. This was true in the tragic events of the 2005 tornado,

Ellspermann Edition: Congratulations, Adult Education National Honor Society Members! (4/30/2012)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Start Date: 4/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM On Monday, April 23, a very special group was honored. ACE Academy, led by Kevin Hunter, recognized the adults pursuing GED’s and English as a Second Language (ESL) completion who have met the stringent qualifications for the National Adult Education Honor Society

Rep. Koch update: Indiana company brings 290 jobs to Jackson County (4/24/2012)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Start Date: 4/24/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/24/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Today Cummins, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ind., announced plans to expand on its Seymour campus, creating up to 290 new jobs by 2015. Cummins plans to invest $219 million to add new warehouses, additional engineering and production test cells, a cylinder block line and

[R29] Rep. Richardson Get Smart: Money Edition (4/23/2012)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Start Date: 4/23/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/23/2012Get Smart: Money Edition Money Smart Week is this week, April 21-28. It is a week designed to promote financial literacy and seeks to educate people on smart money management. Our society has always placed a value on making smart financial decision. With the recession and housing mortgage crisis, I think we

[R29] Rep. Richardson congratulates Noblesville Schools on grant award (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Date: 4/19/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/19/2012Rep. Richardson congratulates Noblesville Schools on grant award STATEHOUSE – It was announced today by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that Noblesville Schools is being awarded an Excellence in Performance Award grant of $649,233. State Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) extends her

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Making Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family (4/17/2012)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Start Date: 4/17/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/17/2012Making Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family One of the best parts about being a legislator is that you get to help pass bills that make a difference in the lives of Hoosiers. Each bill passed is aimed at helping Hoosiers and making our state a better place to live, work and raise a

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Coming together to make a difference (4/16/2012)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Start Date: 4/16/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/16/2012Coming together to make a difference Earth Day is this coming Sunday! This is a great day for everyone to come together to make a difference in our community. Keeping our environment clean and safe is vitally important, especially so that future generations will have a great place to live too. I encourage

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Hamilton County is INShape (4/9/2012)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Start Date: 4/9/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/9/2012Hamilton County is INShape Good news was just released. Hamilton County was ranked the number one healthiest county in Indiana according to a report by the Indiana State Department of Health. This is very exciting news that so many in our community are making it a priority to be healthy. The report ranks

[R29] Rep. Richardson: An economy that works for Hoosiers (4/2/2012)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Start Date: 4/2/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/2/2012An economy that works for Hoosiers The top thing we can do as legislators is make Indiana’s economic climate as strong as possible and conducive to job growth. When Hoosiers are working everyone wins. This belief is why the number one priority each session is to find ways to bring and grow jobs within

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Dangerous drugs no longer available for purchase (3/26/2012)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Start Date: 3/26/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/26/2012Dangerous drugs no longer available for purchase Various legislation passes out of the Indiana General Assembly each session. Some bills update old laws, others reform aspects of state government, but every once in a while a bill comes along that will unequivocally save lives. House Enrolled Act 1196 is

[R29] 2012 Session Wrap-up (3/20/2012)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Start Date: 3/20/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/20/20122012 Session Wrap-up The 2012 Legislative Session has concluded. Even though this was a short session year, we accomplished many of our goals and we even did it a few days early. Legislation passed this session will continue to lead Indiana down the right path and make Indiana a better place to live, learn

[R29] More 2012 Legislative Highlights (3/19/2012)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Start Date: 3/19/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/19/2012More 2012 Legislative Highlights The 2012 Legislative Session has now been over for a week. The final session days were filled with late nights, hard work and compromise, but we completed our work. Now that I am back in the district, many of you have asked, “What are the changes this year?” In

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: A Successful Session (3/13/2012)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Start Date: 3/13/2012End Date: 3/13/2012A Successful Session The 2012 session was a success with needed and important legislation passed. Even though it was a short session, lasting just over two months, we still addressed many issues. The legislation passed this session will help Hoosier families across the state and make Indiana an even better place to

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: Sine Die Statement (3/9/2012)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Start Date: 3/9/2012End Date: 3/9/2012 “The 2012 session was a success with needed and important legislation passed. We accomplished what we set out to do and worked hard to pursue our goals of funding full day kindergarten, streamlining state government, removing illegal substances from store shelves and creating a move favorable economic climate.

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: Noblesville native going for the gold (3/7/2012)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Start Date: 3/7/2012End Date: 3/7/2012 State Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) took time Tuesday to honor David Boudia for his dedication and level of commitment to a sport he loves, diving. David Boudia's ultimate goal is to win a gold medal in diving at this summer's Olympics in London. “David is an incredibly talented diver. His hard work and

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: Countdown to Sine Die (3/5/2012)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Start Date: 3/5/2012End Date: 3/5/2012 Once again, another session has flown by, but then again they always do. Each session is unique and has its own atmosphere and flair and this session has been no exception. It will be full speed ahead for the next four days until the General Assembly ‘Sine Dies’ on Friday. The final week of any session is

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: Three weeks and counting - an update on recent legislation (2/27/2012)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Start Date: 2/27/2012End Date: 2/27/2012 Here we are, three weeks from the end of the 2012 General Assembly, and many issues are in the process of final votes, conference committees or in some cases, have already gone to the Governor for signatures. The bills that pass out of the House are broad in scope, and some will affect Hoosiers more than others. Here

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: Adult Page Day a success (2/22/2012)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Start Date: 2/22/2012End Date: 2/22/2012STATEHOUSE - State Representative Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) welcomed fifteen District 29 residents to the Statehouse Tuesday for her 20th Annual Adult Page Day. “Adult Page Day is one of my favorite days of session each year. I always look forward to meeting everyone and enjoy hearing their thoughts and

[R29] Rep. Richardson: Bills on the move (2/20/2012 - 3/20/2012)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Start Date: 2/20/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/20/2012Bills on the move With just three weeks left in the 2012 legislative session, we are beginning to see many bills make their way through the legislative process. This session has flown by, but short sessions always do. Even though this has been a short session, important legislation has been passed or is well

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: The second half of the General Assembly (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012End Date: 2/14/2012 We are officially in the second half of the 2012 legislative session. At this point, all bills have switched chambers. There were 397 House bills filed and 108 of them are now eligible for discussion in the Senate. The Senate sent us 140 bills to begin discussing and the Governor has signed two bills. The issues

[R 29] A Heart Healthy Message (2/10/2012)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Start Date: 2/10/2012End Date: 2/10/2012February is American Heart Month, and I want to bring you a heart healthy message this week. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of Americans? In Indiana, approximately 18,000 people die from heart disease every year. Hopefully, I now have your attention; I know those statistics got mine. It

[R 29] Rep. Richardson honors Indiana Girl Scouts for 100 years (2/10/2012)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Start Date: 2/10/2012End Date: 2/10/2012 The Girl Scouts of America was recognized today by the Indiana House of Representatives in honor of their 100th year anniversary. Close to 60 Girl Scouts from all over Indiana were present today when Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) spoke during a resolution on the House floor recognizing their

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: Halftime Report (2/6/2012)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Start Date: 2/6/2012End Date: 2/6/2012 Today at the Statehouse, we start the second half of the 2012 legislative session. Just like halftime at the Super Bowl, we look back at the first half; assess what went well and what we can improve upon during the next half. While the General Assembly has no halftime show to watch, I certainly did enjoy watching

[R 29] District 29 residents: Rep. Richardson wants YOU to page at the Statehouse (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R - Noblesville) encourages residents of House District 29 to sign up for 20th annual Adult Page Day on Tuesday, Feb. 21st. The Adult Page Day gives citizens the chance to spend the day with Rep. Richardson and to see the legislative process firsthand. “This program is a fantastic

[R 29] Rep. Richardson: Super Bowl, Super State (1/30/2012)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Start Date: 1/30/2012End Date: 1/30/2012The countdown is on! In just six days all eyes will be on the city of Indianapolis as it hosts one of the premier sporting events of the year, Super Bowl XLVI. The next few days will fly by as final preparations come underway, events are attended and Hoosiers get to experience what it is like to host a Super Bowl.

[R 29] 2012 survey results are in (1/23/2012)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Start Date: 1/23/2012End Date: 1/23/2012The results of my 2012 legislative survey are in! I want to thank all of you who completed the survey and either sent it in or filled it out online. This is such an important tool I use to know where you stand on many of today’s important issues. The survey questions touched on many issues that were to be

[R 29] The state of our state (1/13/2012)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Start Date: 1/13/2012End Date: 1/13/2012No doubt, varyingopinions will be garnered when you put to people the question - what is thestate of our state? In my opinion, ourstate is headed in the right direction. Our commitment to fiscal solvencyenabled us to fare this recession much better than most states. We livedwithin our means and even though it wasn't

[R29] Will this be a repeat of 2011? (1/9/2012)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Start Date: 1/9/2012End Date: 1/9/2012 In last week’s column, I ended by telling you I will keep you up to date on the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2012 session. And it didn't take long for the ugly to take center stage.It has happened again... the Indiana House Democrats have halted the people’s business and jeopardized needed, important

Smoking ban discussions continue in Public Health committee (1/9/2012)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Start Date: 1/9/2012End Date: 1/9/2012STATEHOUSE – Smoking ban legislation discussions continued in the Public Health Committee on Monday. Rep. P. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) is co-authoring the smoking ban legislation which aims to protect Hoosiers from exposure to second hand smoke in public places. The General Assembly moved forward on Monday with

[R29] Pastor Davis Leads Legislature in Prayer (1/5/2012)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Start Date: 1/5/2012End Date: 1/5/2012Rep. Richardson (R-Noblesville) is honored that her Pastor John Davis of The First Christian Church of Noblesville led the Indiana House of Representatives in prayer on the first day of the 2012 legislative session. “I am honored that Pastor John and his wife Stacey came to lead us in prayer. It is always such a

[R29] 2012 Legislative Session Kicks Off (1/4/2012)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Start Date: 1/4/2012End Date: 1/4/2012The anticipation, preparations and wait are over. The 2012 legislative session kicks off today, Jan 4th. We have now moved into the second part of the 117th General Assembly, the short session. Today is a special day for me because my Pastor John Davis from the First Christian Church in Noblesville will be delivering

[r29] New Year, New Start (12/26/2011)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Start Date: 12/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 12/26/2011New Year, New Start The beginning of each New Year brings excitement and anticipation of what the upcoming twelve months will bring. Personally, I am finding it hard to believe that 2012 is already upon us, but I always look forward to a fresh start in a new year. January 1 is a big day for many as we

[r29] Making the top of Santa's 'Nice List' (12/19/2011)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Start Date: 12/19/2011 All Day End Date: 12/19/2011 Making the top of Santa’s ‘Nice List’ Old Saint Nick will be stopping off in Hamilton County in just a few days and hopefully all of you have made his ‘Nice List’ this year. I know a few people who are definitely on the top of Santa’s ‘Nice

[r29] The road that lies before us (12/12/2011)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Start Date: 12/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 12/12/2011The road that lies before us The 117th General Assembly will again face many tough issues in the upcoming legislative session. Last year we passed legislation that drives economic growth, improves education and consolidates government, but our work is far from done. There are still many issues that require

[r29] Share your views: The 2012 legislative survey (12/5/2011)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Start Date: 12/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 12/5/2011Share your views The 2012 legislative survey It is hard to believe another year has already flown by and that we are only a mere 30 days away from beginning the 2012 legislative session. These last 30 days will be filled with session preparations and the finalizing of details. Organization Day was held

[r29] Deck the Statehouse Halls (11/28/2011)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Start Date: 11/28/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/28/2011Deck the Statehouse Halls It is that time of year where we go into our attics and closets and begin to bring out all of our holiday decorations. If you are like me, many have great sentimental value and I enjoy unpacking each memory every year. As you begin to deck the halls of your home, the halls at

[29] Thinking thankful thoughts (11/21/2011)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Start Date: 11/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/21/2011 State House Thinking thankful thoughts Thanksgiving is such as special holiday and I hate that it gets lost in our efforts to jump into the Christmas season. I love the traditions of Thanksgiving the story of how it came to be and the friends and family I get to be with. I always find myself, much like

[29] Preparing for the 2012 Legislative Session (11/14/2011)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Start Date: 11/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/14/2011 State House Preparing for the 2012 Legislative Session Before session kicks off in January, there is a lot of preliminary work that must completed. This includes, holding Organization Day, setting an agenda and filing bills. This year’s legislative session is a short session, so all official

[29] Honoring those who Served (11/7/2011)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Start Date: 11/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/7/2011 State House Honoring those who served This Friday is a very special and meaningful day. Veteran’s Day is set aside to honor and remember all of our veteran heroes. It is our job as citizens to honor those who have served our country; the men and women, who have made our nation great, the ones who rose

[29] Have A Boo-tiful Halloween (10/31/2011)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Start Date: 10/31/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/31/2011 State House Have A Boo-tiful Halloween The countdown is on! Just a few hours from now, our streets will begin to swell with eager kids in costumes ready to partake in Halloween festivities. I love Halloween and I am always ready to partake in the fun. The candy has been bought, the

[R29] The final two weeks (10/24/2011)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Start Date: 10/24/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/24/2011 The final two weeks We are now down to the final two weeks of when the interim study committees can meet. All reports will be filed by November 1st and after that we will really start gearing up for the 2012 session. Information and recommendations will be drawn from the committee

[r29] This week at the Statehouse. (10/17/2011)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Start Date: 10/17/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/17/2011This week at the Statehouse. If you read my column each week, you have probably figured out that no two weeks at the Statehouse are alike. Each week is different and unique with something new happening. I believe this is one of the best parts about the place and this past week was no exception. At the

[r29] State Tax & Financing Policy (10/10/2011)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Start Date: 10/10/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/10/2011An in depth examination State Tax & Financing PolicyThe purpose of an interim committee is to give members more time to work and study varying subjects and issues which is difficult to do during a busy session. One committee doing just that is the State Tax and Financing Policy Committee, which held its

[r29] It is time to THINK PINK (10/3/2011)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Start Date: 10/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/3/2011It's time to THINK PINKIt is time to THINK PINK ladies and gentleman because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important month that fosters breast cancer education and awareness, works as a fundraiser through corporate partnerships and reminds us to reach out to those who are battling breast

[r29] Festivals, fairs and a whole lot of fun (9/26/2011)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Start Date: 9/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/26/2011Festivals, fairs and a whole lot of funSummer officially ended last Friday, but that does not mean the fun stops, no, not at all! Fall is one of my favorite seasons; from the cooler weather, to the smell of the crisp autumn air, to apple cider and pumpkins. Fall is a wonderful season in Indiana. Statewide, we

[r29] Update: Indiana Statehouse (9/19/2011)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Start Date: 9/19/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/19/2011Update: Indiana Statehouse The Indiana legislature is currently in the interim, but that does not mean important work stops at the Statehouse. Many significant issues are being examined in study committees ranging from college tuition costs to drivers' education courses to the statewide computer system.

[r29] Launch your career with a House Republican Internship (9/12/2011)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Date: 9/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/12/2011 Launch your career with a House Republican InternshipThe Indiana House of Representatives is seeking hardworking, talented and driven individuals to join the 2012 House Republican intern class. This internship gives you the opportunity to launch your career in a multitude of different ways..

[r29] Ten years later- remembering 9/11 (9/7/2011)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Start Date: 9/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/7/2011 Ten years later- remembering 9/11 Ten years ago, our country was changed forever, a generation defined. It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since the tragic attacks of 9/11. The day still evokes many powerful emotions; I still find the enormity

[r29] Time for hard working Hoosiers to have some fun (8/30/2011)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Start Date: 8/30/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2011Time for hard working Hoosiers to have some funThe Labor Day holiday weekend is just around the corner! On this day, we celebrate American workers because they have made America a prosperous and strong country. Hard work has always been valued in this country, which is why we celebrate all working Americans

[r29] In the interim. (8/22/2011)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Start Date: 8/22/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/22/2011 In the interim. As the summer flies by so does the time before the beginning of the next session. During this time, it is the work in some of the interim study committees that could become future legislation. Important topics that most

[r29] Good News for Indiana (8/15/2011)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Start Date: 8/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/15/2011Good News for Indiana In light of all of the National debate about economic issues, I feel things are beginning to look better for Indiana. Recent economic numbers show that slowly, but steadily, Indiana is pulling out of this recession. It is reassuring to know that despite what is going on at the federal

[r29] Rep. Richardson congratulates 3 local high schools for their AP success (8/11/2011)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Start Date: 8/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/11/2011Rep. Richardson congratulates 3 local high schools for their AP success STATEHOUSE - Rep. Richardson (R- Noblesville) congratulates three local high schools for their Advanced Placement (AP) success. Fishers High School, Hamilton Southeastern High School and Noblesville High School all exceeded the Indiana

[r29] Where did the Summer go? (8/8/2011)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Start Date: 8/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/8/2011Where did the Summer go?I am going to start out with the obvious - where did the summer go? It is hard to believe, but August is already here and the first day of school is right around the corner. Even though I know summer doesn't officially end until September 23, it just always seems to me that once school

[r29] The State Fair is "Cool Beans" (8/1/2011)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Start Date: 8/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/1/2011The State Fair is Cool BeansThe State Fair is just days away and if you have been reading my columns lately, you know how much I enjoy fairs and festivals. The State Fair brings Hoosiers from every corner of the state to the City of Indianapolis to celebrate Indiana's agricultural heritage. This year's fair, I

[r29] Showcasing Hoosier Hospitality at Legislative Conference (7/25/2011)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Start Date: 7/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/25/2011Showcasing Hoosier Hospitality at Legislative ConferenceLast week, Indiana got to show what Hoosier hospitality is all about. The City of Indianapolis played host to The 2011 Council of State Governments' Midwestern Legislative Conference. This year marked the Council's 66th annual conference. The conference

[r29] Surviving the Dog Days of Summer (7/18/2011)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Start Date: 7/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/18/2011Surviving the "Dog Days" of Summer Wow, has it been hot! I can remember when my Aunt Ruby would always want to stay inside and not want to go out because it was too hot. I couldn't understand it then, but I sure get it now. I hope everyone has managed to find ways to stay cool during the tremendous heat wave

[r29] Rep. Richardson applauds local schools for high ISTEP+ Scores (7/12/2011)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Start Date: 7/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/12/2011Rep. Richardson applauds local schools for high ISTEP+ Scores STATEHOUSE-State Representative Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) applauds five local schools for their exceptionally high ISTEP score for the year 2011. Today, the Indiana Department of Education released the results for the spring 2011 ISTEP+ tests

[r29] Pigs, Projects, People and Pride (7/11/2011)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Start Date: 7/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/11/2011Pigs, Projects, People and Pride The making of a good 4-H Fair The Hamilton County 4-H fair is right around the corner! This is one of my favorite summer activities and I look forward to it each and every year. For as long as I can remember, I have been attending the 4-H fair with each year bringing new

[r29] Rep. Richardson will continue to serve on Legislative Council (7/7/2011)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Start Date: 7/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/7/2011Rep. Richardson will continue to serve on Legislative Council STATEHOUSE-House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has appointed Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) to continue serving on the Legislative Council, along with three interim study committees. Rep. Richardson will be serving on the Commission on

[r29] New laws take effect (7/6/2011)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Start Date: 7/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/6/2011New laws take effect On Friday, July 1st, many of the bills we passed this legislative session became law. Typically when a law is passed, it does not immediately take effect. We want to give state agencies, other organizations and citizens time to learn about the bill, develop an implementation plan and become

[r29] Happy Birthday, U.S.A. (6/27/2011)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Start Date: 6/27/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/27/2011 Happy Birthday, U.S.A. It is that time of year again where we fire up the grill, invite friends and family over and celebrate our nation's 235th birthday. The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays each year. I so enjoy seeing the patriotic spirit come alive, the festivals and of course the firework

[r29] Help a Young Entrepreneur (6/21/2011)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Start Date: 6/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/21/2011 Help a Young Entrepreneur Hello summer vacation! With school finally out, it is time for summer fun with visits to the pool and the riding of bikes. No doubt kids deserve a break and time to hang out with friends, but I do hope our students continue to engage in learning activities throughout the summer

[r29] Legislative Council Assigns Interim Committees (6/14/2011)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Start Date: 6/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/14/2011Legislative Council Assigns Interim Committees The legislative session lasts only a few months out of every year. We spend the rest of the year, when we are not in session, preparing and exploring issues for the upcoming General Assembly. On Tuesday of last week, preparations for the 2012 session kicked off

[r29] Kathy's Top Ten (6/6/2011)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Start Date: 6/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/6/2011Kathy's Top Ten I am sure many of us have stayed up a bit too late watching Indiana native David Letterman deliver his daily top ten lists. I am going to take note from his bit here and deliver my own version of a top ten list of things to do this summer in Hamilton County: The order isn't significant because

[r29] HB 1107- helping at risk kids- signed (6/2/2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Start Date: 6/2/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/2/2011HB 1107- helping at risk kids- signed Governor signs Rep. Richardson's bill STATEHOUSE - Rep. Richardson (R- Noblesville) authored House Enrolled Act 1107, preventative programs for at risk youth, this legislative session and today at the Statehouse with supporters of the program, mentors and two, the bill was

[r29] House Bill 1107: Helps At-risk kids (5/31/2011)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Start Date: 5/31/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/31/2011Late each summer Legislators begin working on their ideas for bills for the upcoming General Assembly. Many times it may be an issue that you are very familiar with, an idea that has come thru a study committee but most of the time it comes via a local constituent. Sometimes a new idea takes off and moves

[r29] Celebrating May's Festivities (5/23/2011)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Start Date: 5/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/23/2011This time of the year is always so exciting. It is filled with graduations, parades, the Indy 500 race and barbeques. The end of May is such a good time to see family and friends. Many students are graduating high school and about to embark upon the next phase of their lives. I am sure our graduating

[r29] Celebrating May's Festivities (5/23/2011)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Start Date: 5/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/23/2011This time of the year is always so exciting. It is filled with graduations, parades, the Indy 500 race and barbeques. The end of May is such a good time to see family and friends. Many students are graduating high school and about to embark upon the next phase of their lives. I am sure our graduating

[r29] Legislative Review (5/9/2011)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Start Date: 5/9/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/9/2011Legislative Review The 2011 legislative session ended over a week ago and I am still trying to catch up on sleep. I hope this week I will begin to get back to my normal routine (whatever that is). After session ends there is always a few weeks of getting adjusted to not heading to the Statehouse every day. I

[r29] Rep. Richardson Delivers on Promises (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011 Protecting Hoosier Taxpayers House Republicans have repeatedly pledged to enact a responsible state budget which meets our critical needs with no tax increases. They cited in the past that with a fiscally sound budget comes predictability for both Hoosier taxpayers and Hoosier businesses. Since having made

[r29] The 117th General Assembly comes to a close (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011 So, you could say, the last week is dedicated to making compromises - sometimes small, sometimes big. Not all bills require compromises; the Chamber of origin can decide to accept that latest version of a bill through a concurrence. If a bill does need some discussion and work, compromises happen in

[r29] Redistricting Plan in Final Stage (4/21/2011)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Start Date: 4/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/21/2011Here at the Statehouse, we are down to our final five days. Last week was a big week here, the redistricting plan, one of the major issues that we are required to complete, has passed the House and the Senate and is waiting for its final step constitutionally. Every ten years, this process starts when everyone

[r29] 9 Session Days and Counting (4/15/2011)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Adjournment of session is just nine short days away. These last two weeks will be filled with hearing all remaining bills and getting them sent over to the Governor's desk. Two of those bills, which we are constitutionally obligated to pass are moving through the process. The first bill, the state budget, now resides over in the Senate where Senator Kenley and his colleagues are working

[r29] 3 weeks to go (4/8/2011)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Start Date: 4/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2011 Many bills continued their journey through the legislative process this week. Many were heard in committee, some made it out of committee and onto the House floor and a few bills even completed the legislative process by reaching the final step in the process, receiving a signature by the Governor. To date, the

[r29] Legislative Groundhog's Day Finally Ends! (4/1/2011)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Start Date: 4/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2011 With no fan fair, we all took our seats and instantly got back to business on the 2nd and 3rd reading calendar that had laid on our desk for five weeks. There was a substantial amount of work to be completed in a now reduced amount of time and we needed to use our time effectively. We stayed strong just as we

[r29] O My--Indiana has set a new record (3/25/2011)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Start Date: 3/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/25/2011 Last week, the House Republicans along with the Senate decided to move on. No--the Democrats did not return but last Monday, House Republicans began participating in Senate committee hearings on House bills and began holding our own informal House committee meetings to hear Senate bills. We decided, we

[r29] Adult Pages Highlight My Week (3/21/2011)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Start Date: 3/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/21/2011 The legistlative version of Groundhog's Day is now entering its fifth week. 14 session days have been wasted because the majority of the Indiana House Democrats have continued their stay in Urbana, Illinois leaving a lack of a constitutional quorum which is needed to conduct business. It is absolutely

[r29] Six Noblesville Residents Participate in Rep. Richardson's 19th Annual Adult Page Day (3/16/2011)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Start Date: 3/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/16/2011 "I always look forward to Adult Page Day, I truly enjoy meeting them and hearing their views on the happenings here at the Statehouse," said Rep. Richardson. "I appreciate the opportunity to be their host here at the Statehouse; it is a pleasant day for all." Mike Marinaro decided to sign up for the Adult

[r29] Another Disappointing Week (3/14/2011)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Start Date: 3/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/14/2011 Our plan centered on and continues to center on protecting Hoosier tax payers, promoting Hoosier job creation and improving upon our education system for all students. What is so radical about balancing the budget? What is radical about not raising taxes? What is so radical about rewarding high performing

[r29] House Democrats still in Illinois (3/4/2011)

Friday, March 4, 2011

It has been seven days, since I last wrote to all of you, and unfortunately the situation at the Statehouse remains the same. The House Republicans have reported to session each day last week and the Democrat Caucus has remained camped out in Urbana, Illinois. Last week, Speaker Bosma extended our deadline date, so that we could fulfill our constitutional obligations of passing

[r29] House Democrats camp out in Illinois (2/25/2011)

Friday, February 25, 2011

If you read last week's column "Deadlines they are approaching," you know that this past week at the Statehouse was a critical week for us; it was the first of three deadline weeks set by House rules. To the frustration of House Republicans, the week's work was halted to a dead stop and the first crucial deadline was missed. The deadline missed was for bills on 3rd reading (final vote) in

[r29] Deadlines they are Approaching (2/21/2011)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Start Date: 2/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/21/2011 One of the most important House bills discussed last week was House Bill 1001, the budget bill. This bill made it out of committee last Friday and will be heard on the House floor this week for a second and third reading. This session, we are tasked with creating the budget for the next two fiscal years, 2012

[r29] Election Law Matters (2/14/2011)

Monday, February 14, 2011

STATEHOUSE - Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) co-authored House Bill 1242, which affect various election law matters.  The bill received a final reading on the House floor at Monday's session and passed 83 to 13. "There were several items pertaining to election law that needed to be addressed. The changes called for in this bill will create

[r29] Rep. Richardson is paging adult residents of House District 29 (2/14/2011)

Monday, February 14, 2011

STATEHOUSE- Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) encourages residents of House District 29 to partake in the 19th annual Adult Page Day on Tuesday, March 15th. The Adult Page Day provides an opportunity for citizens to participate in the legislative process and spend the day with Rep. Richardson. "This is a wonderful opportunity for adults to participate in their state government

[r29] The Statehouse Valentine's Exchange (2/14/2011)

Monday, February 14, 2011

February has already shaped up to be quite a month. On the house floor, we have witnessed spirited debates and at times intense discussions leading well into the night. With deadlines quickly approaching, it has been lots of hard work. Here at the General Assembly, we may not be exchanging Valentine's Day cards, but the Indiana House and the Indiana Senate are exchanging

[r29] Rep. Richardson makes voting more accessible for Hoosiers (2/14/2011)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Start Date: 2/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/14/2011 "I have been working on this bill for four years and was thrilled to watch the bill move through the Senate and House," said Rep. Richardson. "By this legislation passing, it will allow the pilot counties to continue with this method and give other counties the option to adopt the Vote Center method."

[r29] Bills weather the storm (2/8/2011)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I hope by the time you are reading this that you have chipped your way out of the ice storm from last week. I'm not in favor of lots of snow, but wow it sure beats the ice that we had to deal with. This past storm was no doubt one of the worst we have seen in a number 

[r29] Let's Talk Session (1/21/2011)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Start Date: 1/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/21/2011 Other bills that moved out of committees onto the House Floor this past week include: the ban on texting while driving and the statewide smoking ban. House Bill 1018 called for a ban on smoking in public places. House Bill 1129 called for a ban on texting while driving. Both the smoking bill and texting bill

[r29] The State of our State (1/14/2011)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Start Date: 1/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/14/2011 Governor Daniels made reference to many of these accomplishments in Tuesday night's speech. Some of the accomplishments he mentioned included Indiana having job growth at twice the national average, breaking an all time record for job commitment and creating one of the best job climates in the country. One

[r29] Rep. Richardson thanks Pastor Davis for leading prayer at Statehouse (1/7/2011)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Start Date: 1/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2011STATEHOUSE-- Rep. Richardson (R-Noblesville) invited Pastor John Davis of The First Christian Church of Noblesville to the Indiana State House to lead prayer on the House floor on January, 6 2011. Before the opening of session each day members of the House of Representatives have the opportunity to invite

[r29] Rules, Regulations, Procedures, and Our First Day (1/7/2011)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Start Date: 1/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2011The rules, procedures, regulations, traditions and precedents are there to guide us in creating and passing meaningful legislation that is fair and leads us toward our ultimate goal of passing legislation that will strengthen Indiana and move Indiana forward in a positive direction. I know not every day will be

[r29] 117th General Assembly Kicks Off (12/30/2010)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Start Date: 12/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/30/2010 As Majority Caucus Chair this year, some of my duties and responsibilities have changed. My office will have the responsibility for scheduling all of the committee meetings and providing the members with their bill packets for the committee. Working with and helping to show our 19 new members the ropes and

[r29] Rep. Richardson: Paging all students to the Statehouse (12/28/2010)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Start Date: 12/28/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/28/2010 The session that is coming up will begin January 5 and run thru April 29. A student, who participates in the Page Program, will observe a session from the floor and assist Rep. Richardson with her daily activities. They will also tour the Statehouse which includes the Governor's Office, the Supreme Court,

[r29] 2011: A New Chapter Begins (12/24/2010)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Start Date: 12/24/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/24/2010As the New Year quickly approaches, I find myself reflecting on the past year, (and wondering where it went) all while looking forward to 2011. The dawn of a new year allows us to reflect on the changes we want to, or need to, make for the upcoming year. New beginnings come at different times and are

[r29] All I Want for Christmas (12/17/2010)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Start Date: 12/17/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/17/2010 And, I have found it is the things that can't be bought that many times give you the greatest joys. So, my Christmas list might be a little different, but I think Santa will understand and be ready to deliver. So Dear Santa, Here I go. All I want for Christmas is to hope that everyone will enjoy their time

[r29] Hope for the Holidays and Beyond (12/10/2010)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Start Date: 12/10/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/10/2010-30-

[r29] Count Your Blessings (11/19/2010)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Start Date: 11/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/19/2010There is something so reassuring about taking a few minutes to say 'Count your blessings.' Whether it is before a meal, before bed or after a big event, gratitude helps keep everything in check. Researchers have even found it linked to happiness, hope and a number of other positive traits. So at that first

[r29] Richardson Returns as Majority Caucus Chair (11/16/2010)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Start Date: 11/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/16/2010STATEHOUSE - Today marked Organization Day for the Indiana House of Representatives, a ceremonial day on which all 100 members-including 19 new State Representatives-were sworn in by Chief Justice Shepard. The newly elected Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma, pledged that he will do his duty and asks that

[r29] Organization Day (11/12/2010)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Start Date: 11/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/12/2010Tomorrow will begin the 117th session of the Indiana General Assembly. The 3rd Tuesday in November is set aside for Organizational Day. The day is most ceremonial. It's a chance to bring family and supporters to the statehouse and take part in the official duties. The Secretary of State presides over

[r29] Celebrate Veterans Day by Giving Thanks (11/10/2010)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Start Date: 11/10/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/10/2010If you would like to take a second and thank those who are currently serving our country, more specifically those who are serving overseas, you can! Hoosiers have the opportunity to send our service men and women a message with their thoughts and prayers this holiday season. The fifth annual "Hoosier Cheer

[r29] Meet the New Majority! (11/5/2010)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Start Date: 11/5/2010 All DayEnd Date: 11/5/2010Now that the election is over, this week was our time to gather, elect our leaders, and begin the process of getting the House ready for the 2011 session. We also met our 17 new House Republicans! On Wednesday, my Republican colleagues met in the Statehouse on the fourth floor for the first official caucus

[r29] A Week in the Life (10/29/2010)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Start Date: 10/29/2010 All DayEnd Date: 10/29/2010Watching TV or looking at a newspaper might convince you that all that legislators did this week was to think about one thing: Election Day. However, plenty of action has happened at the Statehouse! Interim Study Committees met for the last time last week, and prepared final reports to give to next year's

[r29] In the Meantime. (10/15/2010)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Start Date: 10/15/2010 All DayEnd Date: 10/15/2010As the beginning of November approaches, you may be thinking of the upcoming elections because they seem to be consuming most of what you hear about in the media right now. But at the Indiana Statehouse November 1st is another big deadline in state government. This is the day for the "interim" committee

[r29] The Power of Pink (10/8/2010)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Start Date: 10/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 10/8/2010October is usually known for all its fall colors of yellow, brown and orange-but this month you will see another color displayed prominently around town: pink.Pink will permeate everything you can imagine-from the accessories of the Colts uniform, to lapel pins, to cookies. And it's all to bring attention to

[r29] Census Information on its Way (10/1/2010)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Start Date: 10/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 10/1/2010As interim study committees begin to wind down one of the committees I serve on will have a large impact on the 2011 General Assembly. No, I am not talking about the budget committee-even though they are going to have a daunting task. The committee that I serve on in the interim is the Census Data Advisory

[r29] Students of All Ages Find Opportunities at the Statehouse (9/24/2010)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Start Date: 9/24/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/24/2010Whether you are 10 years old or 20 years old, you can participate in Indiana government! The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office is sponsoring an essay competition for fourth graders called "What Indiana Means to Me," in celebration of Indiana's 194th birthday. Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day

[r29] 2011 Plan to Strengthen Indiana Unveiled (9/17/2010)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Start Date: 9/17/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/17/2010is truly amazing that here it is, the 20th of September, and we are only two months away from Organization Day at the Statehouse. Over the past week, my House Republican colleagues and I announced an agenda for the upcoming session. Laying out a plan that includes guidance and goals is something we have

[r29] National Fed. of Independent Businesses Gives Rep. Richardson Highest Possible Rating (9/8/2010)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Start Date: 9/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 9/8/2010 The NFIB is a membership organization that focuses on the impacts of current and proposed state and federal legislation and its impact on small business. The organization has a specialized understanding of what legislation would promote or harm small business growth. This year's scores were determined by

[r29] Commission on Courts (8/27/2010)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Start Date: 8/27/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/27/2010 The Commission is made up of House and Senate Members, Chief Justice Randall Shepard, a County Judge, Circuit Court Clerk, County Commissioner and Council member. It is a Commission I have been honored to serve on, and I have witnessed many issues during my time as a member, both as a clerk and then as a

[r29] Preseason Preview (8/20/2010)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Start Date: 8/20/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/20/2010 As has become tradition, expectations for the Colts are high this year and can be summed up in two words: Super Bowl! This year we expect a lot more from our running game. Joseph Addai and Donald Brown will team up to give the Colts the chance to mix things up a little more offensively.Our defense is healthy

[r29] Your Input is Important (8/13/2010)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Start Date: 8/13/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/13/2010those of you with internet connection to give me your thoughts on state politics. It's free and fast- I have posted my 2010 summer survey on my website: www.in.gov/h29. This year's survey includes questions like, "Would you favor the Indiana General Assembly passing legislation to exempt our state from

[r29] Make Memories This Year (8/6/2010)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Start Date: 8/6/2010 All DayEnd Date: 8/6/2010OK, is anyone else having a hard time believing that it is time for school to start? School supplies are everywhere. You don't have to actually be "going back to school" to have the feeling that summer is coming to an end. Though there are actually six weeks left, the beginning of the school year always seems

[r29] Pig Out at the Fair (7/30/2010)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Start Date: 7/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/30/2010 Every year, an agricultural theme is chosen for the Indiana State Fair, and 2010 has been named the "Year of the Pig." For those of us "town folks," that doesn't just mean going to the fair and pigging out on every food item we can find. (But that isn't a bad idea!) Indiana's pork industry employs more than

[r29] Bit of good news still yields caution (7/23/2010)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Start Date: 7/23/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/23/2010State Auditor Tim Berry announced last week that Indiana has $830 million in its savings account. It was good news and showed that over the past several years, the State of Indiana has successfully accomplished fiscal responsibility by managing its revenues. Last week, it was evident that all of the state

[r29] Buy Local, Buy Hoosier (7/16/2010)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Start Date: 7/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/16/2010We are so fortunate in Hamilton County to have so many who have chosen to make a commitment to our community and open their business right here in our county. Local entrepreneurs who choose to "set up shop" here give their all to be successful and are truly the heart of our business community. Just recently,

[r29] See you at the 4-H Fair! (7/9/2010)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Start Date: 7/9/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/9/2010Thursday of this week opens the 2010 Hamilton County 4-H fair, which is one of my favorite weeks of the year. As a kid I wasn't enrolled in 4-H even though my mother had been quite involved as a child. I attribute her days working on clothing projects to the wonderful seamstress she became. Over the years she

[r29] The Laws, They Are A-Changin' (7/2/2010)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Start Date: 7/2/2010 All DayEnd Date: 7/2/2010 Drunk drivers who cause the death of a fetus while operating a vehicle could be found guilty of committing involuntary manslaughter. National Guard members will receive a face to face clinical interview upon returning home from a tour of duty, rather than one conducted over the phone, and disabled veterans'

[r29] Celebrating our Independence (6/25/2010)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Start Date: 6/25/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/25/2010 The 4th is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons; the festivities, the swell of patriotism and Old Glory flying high on every street. There are hamburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob, cool salads, icy lemonade and watermelon. (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!) In Hamilton County, especially

[r29] Summer Study Committees Begin Work Soon (6/18/2010)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Start Date: 6/18/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/18/2010along with other issues related to the need for new courts and judicial officers. Courts, just like every other form of government, are trying to be creative and find ways to work with increased caseloads and decreased funding. Other committees meeting during the interim will include Health Finance, Medicaid

[r29] Looking for Summer Fun (6/11/2010)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Start Date: 6/11/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/11/2010 Tourism often brings in much needed revenue to our state. Even when the economy took a dive, it remained a viable part of the economy. Let's start our tour in northeast Indiana, up near Fort Wayne, are attractions for history lovers, car lovers and even science lovers.The Allen County Public Library Genealogy

[r29] Rep. Richardson Appointed to Summer Study Committees (6/7/2010)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Start Date: 6/7/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/7/2010 The Census Data Advisory Committee is charged with studying the subject of redistricting. The Commission on Courts will be studying the subjects of renter safety and the use of mechanic's liens in the state. The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature and meets on a two year cycle, four months one

[r29] Get the Door, It Might Be the Census! (6/4/2010)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Start Date: 6/4/2010 All DayEnd Date: 6/4/2010

[r29] Graduation: Time for Reflection and New Beginnings! (5/28/2010)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Start Date: 5/28/2010 All DayEnd Date: 5/28/2010 The Class of 2010 faces many challenges as they make decisions between college, trade school or starting a new job. This is a time when advancing your education is more important than ever, a time when the cost of education is also higher than ever and a time when the job market is changing. But a few years

[r29] Ways of Thanking Veterans (5/21/2010)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Start Date: 5/21/2010 All DayEnd Date: 5/21/2010on May 30. This month has certainly been different with the Speedway making the decision to cut off 2 weeks of practice. With all of the rain delays, interest surrounding the track has decreased. The one thing that hasn't changed in the month of May are the many preparations for Memorial Day weekend, when we

[r29] Financial Update (5/14/2010)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Start Date: 5/14/2010 All DayEnd Date: 5/14/2010Even when the General Assembly isn't in session, our fiscal staff at the Statehouse is working hard keeping track of the current fiscal reports and other issues that affect our state budget. The State Budget Agency releases a report each month outlining the revenue collections. For the month of April,

[r29] Pause to Appreciate (5/7/2010)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Start Date: 5/7/2010 All DayEnd Date: 5/7/2010Since I have been writing this column, every year I have written one honoring my mom on Mother's Day.Mother's Day has taken on a new meaning for me since my mother passed away last April. It is amazing to me how fast the year has gone; there hasn't been a day I haven't thought of her or wished that she was with

[r29] Lemonade Season (4/30/2010)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Start Date: 4/30/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/30/2010 But possibly the greatest thing about lemonade stands is that they teach kids wonderful entrepreneurial skills. It takes a lot of time and planning to buy lemons and sugar, come up with the perfect recipe, set a price and create a catchy roadside sign. It's essentially a microcosm of a small business! And

[r29] What's Behind the Name? (4/23/2010)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Start Date: 4/23/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/23/2010Noblesville, like the other great communities in Hamilton County, is once again stepping up to the plate. In reading an article last week, it was exciting to learn about a study that was delivered to Mayor Ditslear, the Common Council and many other members of the city organization. The study suggests that

[r29] Take Me Out to the Ball Game (4/16/2010)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Start Date: 4/16/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/16/2010This is exactly what happened last Tuesday morning. A celebration of life was held in the outfield of one of the Noblesville Youth Baseball Diamonds at the Field of Dreams. On a beautiful, warm, sunny spring day-a day perfect for a baseball game-500 people gathered for a service to honor a man who has been a

[r29] One More Butler Reflection (4/10/2010)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Start Date: 4/10/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/10/2010It has now been one week since the big game. Every imaginable story about Butler and its basketball team has run in the past several weeks. I'm sure you are thinking I can't tell you anything you don't know already about this great school. However, since I still have a really bad case of basketball

[r29] Census-Important to All of Us (4/5/2010)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Start Date: 4/5/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/5/2010 If you didn't, according to Indiana's 2010 census website, a census taker will come to your door to record your answers to the questions on the form. All census takers carry a badge with a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. Some census workers might carry a U.S. Census Bureau bag as well.

[r29] It's Over- Part II (3/26/2010)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Start Date: 3/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/26/2010At deadline we decided to break it into two parts, the first telling you about the atmosphere that surrounded the Statehouse as we finished our legislative business. "Part Two" will give you some of the details of two major bills and a few others that drew a lot of attention in those waning hours of the 2010

[r29] Yes- It's Over! (3/19/2010)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Start Date: 3/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/19/2010Everywhere I go and everyone I see seems to ask the same questions this week: Are you done down there? Are you glad to be back home? What did you do to us this year? Fortunately, I can answer "Yes," and hopefully you will feel we did some positive things especially in these tough economic times.One week

[r29] Win, Lose or Draw. (3/15/2010)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Start Date: 3/15/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/15/2010However, as I write, we're still in the final days of negotiating on a couple of important issues. In the waning hours of session the delay of the unemployment insurance tax increase has been due mainly to employment misclassification. Discussions have also continued about the best way to give schools funding

[r29] Rep. Richardson and Rep. Turner Honor Meghan Potee with House Resolution (3/4/2010)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Start Date: 3/4/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/4/2010 Meghan was a state champion in girls' golf and diving this year. The Resolution, which was adopted by a voice vote in the House of Representatives, reads: "Whereas, This has been a great year for Noblesville High School senior Meghan Potee, winning two individual state championship titles in the same year in

[r29] March Madness (2/26/2010)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Start Date: 2/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/26/2010 Last Thursday ended "Phase 2" of the session, with the 3rd reading deadline for bills in the second house. The Senate has passed 59 House bills, and the House has passed 68 Senate bills. Now, each bill's author has a decision to make...they can concur on the changes that may have been made to their bill, or

[r29] Bills on the Move- Or Not? (2/19/2010)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Start Date: 2/19/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/19/2010 Both of these measures would help to prevent gerrymandering. Many of the other Senate Bills are similar to House Bills we discussed earlier in the session. However, there are differences, which means we must study them carefully as they are undoubtedly headed to conference committees if they are to move

[r29] Seventeen Noblesville Residents Participate in Rep. Richardson's 18th Annual Adult Page Day (2/17/2010)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Start Date: 2/17/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/17/2010State Representative Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) welcomed 17 Noblesville residents to the Statehouse yesterday for her 18th Annual Adult Page Day at the Statehouse.The group, which is the largest group Rep. Richardson has ever had for an Adult Page Day, were given a tour of the Statehouse and were guests

[r29] Rep. Richardson Welcomes Pastor John Davis to Indiana Statehouse (2/15/2010)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Start Date: 2/15/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/15/2010STATEHOUSE- Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) invited Senior Pastor John Davis of the First Christian Church of Noblesville to the Indiana House last week in order to open the legislative session with prayer. Pastor Davis was ordained into the church in 2004 and recently became a senior pastor on

[r29] Halftime for the General Assembly (2/5/2010)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Start Date: 2/5/2010 All DayEnd Date: 2/5/2010 For the past month we have had plenty of committee hearings, offered many amendments and debated the bills that made it through those hearings to the House floor. At the same time, the Senate has been passing its own bills out of committee and then voting on them on the Senate floor. Last week was the deadline

[r29] Go Colts! (1/29/2010)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Start Date: 1/29/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/29/2010 Everywhere you look, people are dressed in Colts blue, flags are flying high and windows are displaying signs. Even if you don't follow sports, you must be a little excited that the world will be focused on Indiana this week as the Indianapolis Colts prepare for a victory at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami this

[r29] The State of Our State (1/22/2010)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Start Date: 1/22/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/22/2010Another busy week has flown by. Here we are, starting week four at the Statehouse. Last week, after being in recess on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it was back to work on Tuesday to hear Governor Daniels deliver his sixth State of the State. Many of you may have seen it on

[r29] Whew...What a Week! (1/15/2010)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Start Date: 1/15/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/15/2010After last year's lengthy, frustrating session, I'm encouraged in the first 6 session days of this year we have addressed many major issues and sent them on their way through the legislative process. What a week it has been at the Statehouse. After passing through the House this week by a final vote of

[r29] Richardson Provides Page Experience to Adult Residents of House District 29 (1/11/2010)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Start Date: 1/11/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2010 "Adults can have the same learning experience as students at the Statehouse," Rep. Richardson said. "It is a great opportunity to see how their state government works-up close and personally!" As part of the day, pages receive a tour the Statehouse, including the governor's office, the House and Senate

[r29] Unpacking and Getting Started (1/8/2010)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Start Date: 1/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/8/2010Unpacking and Getting Started Over the summer and fall, scheduled maintenance work took place in the Statehouse, which is over 100 years old. Some of the work affected my office, so my staff and I had to pack up and move across the street temporarily. So the first week, as session began, I started unpacking

[r29] New Year, New Agenda (12/30/2009)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Start Date: 12/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 12/30/2009 Our main focus this session will be the financial situation of Hoosier families. This year, the short session is scheduled to end no later than March 14, which will be after only ten weeks. However, I think many of us hope it ends much earlier. As I mentioned last week, these short sessions were designed

[r29] Online Survey Coming Soon! (12/15/2009)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Start Date: 12/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 12/15/2009 The survey, which District 29 residents will receive in the mail, will contain these ten questions: 1) Do you support giving Hoosiers a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment capping residential property taxes at 1 percent of a home's assessed value, 2 percent for agriculture and rental

[r29] Statehouse Top Ten- and Winter Surveys (12/7/2009)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Start Date: 12/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 12/7/2009 We're past Organization Day, intern desks are moving into our offices at the Statehouse, the bill request deadline is here and committees are meeting in the House and Senate. In the midst of it all is my Christmas preparations, which I enjoy, all the while knowing that when the holidays pass and we return

[r29] Early New Year for Legislators (11/30/2009)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Start Date: 11/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/30/2009 As promised, the House Republicans laid out their thoughts and goals for the 2010 session on Organization Day. One issue that will receive a great amount of attention is the property tax caps. This is the proposal that is asking the voters of Indiana if they would like the 1 percent, 2 percent and 3

[r29] Count Your Blessings (11/23/2009)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Start Date: 11/23/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/23/2009In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving. Historians have also recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including

[r29] Rep. Richardson Announces Taxpayer Protection Plan (11/17/2009)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Start Date: 11/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/17/2009STATEHOUSE- Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville), along with her House Republican colleagues, today unveiled a 2010 legislative agenda with a focus on three key areas: protecting taxpayers' pocketbooks, growing and protecting jobs and enacting meaningful government reform. The 2010 legislative session

[r29] Coming Up: Organization Day (11/13/2009)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Start Date: 11/13/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/13/2009 During "long sessions," which occur on even-numbered years when the state budget is written, more ceremonial procedures occur. These include officially electing the Speaker of the House, taking the oath of office (presided over by the Secretary of State), swearing in newly elected Representatives and

[r29] Thank a Veteran This Week (11/11/2009)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Start Date: 11/11/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/11/2009On Veterans Day we all have a chance to honor all of those men and women who have made sacrifices for all of us and our freedom. As a state legislator, it is important to me to make Indiana's veterans' benefits some of the best in the nation. I know that there is never enough that I can do to thank

[r29] 2010 Ideas Begin to Surface (11/2/2009)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Start Date: 11/2/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/2/2009 In the last two months of the year, legislators will be drafting ideas into bill form so that they can be introduced to the rest of the Indiana House and Senate as possible legislation in January. Some of these ideas come from the legislators themselves, some from conferences we've attended, and some from

[r29] Happy Halloween! (10/26/2009)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Start Date: 10/26/2009 All DayEnd Date: 10/26/2009I have to admit fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the changing colors of the leaves, the pumpkins in all their distinctive looks, the gourds and the scarecrows. At Halloween, I love seeing little kids - and many times big kids - dressed up and having a good time pretending to be someone

[r29] Stepping Back, Starting Over with FSSA (10/19/2009)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Start Date: 10/19/2009 All DayEnd Date: 10/19/2009Sometimes you just have to take a step back, realize that things aren't as good as they should be, re-examine where you are and start over. That is what happened yesterday when the governor announced at a press conference that the 2006 Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) contract with IBM to

[r29] Responding to First Fiscal Quarter News (10/12/2009)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Start Date: 10/12/2009 All DayEnd Date: 10/12/2009 The outlook is dreary, but if the budget that was proposed on April 29 had passed, our situation today would have been a whole lot worse. That budget would have spent all the state's reserves and put us on a path toward fiscal disaster. Every two years when it is time to write a budget, legislators rely

[r29] Wanted: 2010 House Republican Interns (10/5/2009)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Start Date: 10/5/2009 All DayEnd Date: 10/5/2009 There are four different types of internships available with the Indiana House of Representatives Republican caucus: Member Services, Communications/Media, Computer/Technology and Policy/Fiscal. While each division has its own role in the General Assembly, each works closely and relies on the others to share

[r29] Legislators Do Their Homework (9/28/2009)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Start Date: 9/28/2009 All DayEnd Date: 9/28/2009 It takes money to pay for computers and Internet access, and, all too often, it seems there is not enough of it to pay for everything we would like for our schools. That keeps the school funding formula a hot topic, in and out of session. Even though the budget is now set for the next two years, the recent

[r29] District 29 Shines on ISTEP Test (9/18/2009)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Start Date: 9/18/2009 All DayEnd Date: 9/18/2009 The results are in. The scores from the 2009 ISTEP tests were announced on Wednesday, and I am pleased to see many of our school children exceeded the states goal of a 90 percent pass rate. Thirteen schools in our district passed both math and English with a rate of 90 percent

[r29] Richardson Statehouse 101 (9/11/2009)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Start Date: 9/11/2009 All DayEnd Date: 9/11/2009 In reality, the people in the government offices aren't trying to pass the buck. They simply do not have the information or authority to resolve the constituent's issue. Knowing about the different levels of government can reduce the time and frustration when calling government agencies. Another focus of

[r29] Eight Years Later at Ground Zero (9/4/2009)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Start Date: 9/4/2009 All DayEnd Date: 9/4/2009 From the pavilion, visitors will descend along a graduated ramp toward the core exhibitions- the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site. On display will be in situ ("in position") features, including what remains of the structural columns that outline the space where the Twin Towers stood. Two of

[r29] A Holiday for Hardworking Hoosiers (8/28/2009)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Start Date: 8/28/2009 All DayEnd Date: 8/28/2009 Last week I shared with you some fun things you could do this upcoming holiday weekend. Today, I want to honor the working men and women of this country. America is a place where working hard is expected and respected, which is why we have a nationally recognized day to observe its place in our lives. The

[r29] One Last Fling for the Summer (8/21/2009)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Start Date: 8/21/2009 All DayEnd Date: 8/21/2009I know I keep saying it, but I can't believe how fast this summer has flown by. Like many of you, I had that list of things I wanted to do this summer, and I find many of those great ideas still on the list. Even though summer doesn't technically end until September 21, it is the Labor Day weekend that

[r29] Rep. Richardson Appointed to Interim Committees (8/21/2009)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Start Date: 8/21/2009 All DayEnd Date: 8/21/2009 This year, Rep. Richardson was selected to serve on the Legislative Council, the Commission on Courts, the Census Data Advisory Committee, and the County Redistricting Commission. Rep. Richardson explains, "The more we can prepare ahead of time to be ready for the 2010 census, the better off we will be. We

[r29] Interim Committees to Start Soon at the Statehouse (8/14/2009)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Start Date: 8/14/2009 All DayEnd Date: 8/14/2009 Two weeks ago the Legislative Council, on which I serve, met to decide what issues would be referred to interim study committees. These committees provide extra opportunity to research and discuss issues pertinent to Hoosiers that take more time then possible during the regular session. That way, when

[r29] Back to School (8/7/2009)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Start Date: 8/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 8/7/2009has to be putting your precious children on the school bus for the very first time. Colorful notebooks and shiny new lunchboxes have been purchased, outfits have been carefully selected and you may even be looking forward to a little peace and quiet around the house. Back-to-school time is a transition for both

[r29] Richardson Statement on Senate Budget Bill (6/23/2009)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Start Date: 6/23/2009 All DayEnd Date: 6/23/2009Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) offered the following statement in response to today's House vote on the Senate budget bill: "Today, we might have ended this special session in a victory for Hoosier families. I'm disappointed that we came so close and failed. I hope we have another opportunity to pass

[r29] Rep. Richardson Statement on First House Budget (6/18/2009)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Start Date: 6/18/2009 All DayEnd Date: 6/18/2009"I could not vote to support this bill because it overspends taxpayer dollars at a time when we need most to preserve our resources. Most disturbing, the House majority caucus claims to increase school funding but, in reality, it spends more taxpayer money to unevenly fund our public schools, leaving growing

[r29] Richardson Assists Area Students in National Policy Project (5/29/2009)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Start Date: 5/29/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/29/2009Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) on Wednesday served on a panel to hear Hamilton Southeastern High School's English Language Learners History class present their Project Citizen presentations. Project Citizen is a curricular program that aims to promote competent and responsible participation in local

[r29] Special Session: Second Chance to Get Things Done Right (5/15/2009)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Start Date: 5/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/15/2009Certainly, by now you've heard about the outcome of the 2009 session. Unfortunately, things didn't turn out so well - and the one thing we try so hard to avoid is now inevitable. While I was away trying to make plans and dealing with Mom's passing, 149 legislators were attempting to come to some last-minute

[r29] Some Senior Citizens Now Eligible for Jury Exemption (5/13/2009)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Start Date: 5/13/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/13/2009(STATEHOUSE) - State Rep. Kathy Richardson's (R-Noblesville) bill providing jury exemptions for people 75 years old and older became law Wednesday with Gov. Mitch Daniels' signature. House Enrolled Act 1686 passed the House by a 91-4 vote and the Senate 48-0."There are many obstacles senior citizens may face

[r29] Bill Status After the Busy Deadline Week (4/17/2009)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Start Date: 4/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/17/2009Last week, I described the hectic conference committee process and that things move so quickly that it's easy to lose sight of the status of legislation. Second- and third-reading deadlines are behind us now, and the conference committee process will be in full swing this week. With that in mind, I thought a

[r29] Bill Will Make Voter ID Check at Polls Easier (4/15/2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Start Date: 4/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/15/2009 House Bill 1326 helps speed voters through the lines at the polls by giving all precinct election officers the power to check identification. "We're always looking for ways to make the voting process more streamlined and efficient without compromising the integrity of the voting process," Rep. Richardson

[r29] Rep. Richardson: 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 Caps Clock did, Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) said.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

[r29] Rep. Richardson: House Democrats Run From Vote on SJR 1 (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2009STATEHOUSE - House Democrats once again shut the door on a vote for permanent property tax caps, said state Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville).As time was running down Tuesday evening for the House of Representatives to vote on permanent property tax caps, House Republicans, led by Rep. Bill Davis

[r29] Rep. Richardson challenges colleagues to pledge support for tax cap vote (4/1/2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Start Date: 4/1/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2009STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2009) - Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) yesterday challenged every House Democrat to call on Speaker Pat Bauer to allow a vote on permanent tax caps this session.Rep. Richardson and members of the House Republican Caucus gathered in front of the Caps Clock counting down the time left

[r29] Adults Get Insider View of Statehouse Activity (3/31/2009)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Start Date: 3/31/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/31/2009(STATEHOUSE) March 31, 2009 - Rep. Kathy Richardson welcomed five Noblesville residents to the Statehouse today for her 17th Annual Adult Page Day at the Statehouse.As part of the day's activities, the five were given a tour of the Statehouse and were guests in the office of Secretary of State Todd Rokita. The

[r29] Working to Fix Indiana's Unemployment Insurance Problem (3/27/2009)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Start Date: 3/27/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/27/2009 Our problems stem from a lot of bad math. For the past few years, the weekly benefits allocated to unemployed persons have increased without increasing the premiums on businesses to match. Currently, the maximum weekly benefit a person can receive is $390. This is among the highest weekly benefits in the

[r29] Richardson 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. Richardson (R-Noblesville) co-sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives. Last year, the Indiana General Assembly created a law allowing Purple Heart recipients who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, to apply for the tuition and fee exemption. Senate Bill 39 will expand eligibility for

[r29] Richardson and Torr Honor Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) 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,

[r29] Saying Goodbye to Some Great Friends (3/20/2009)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Start Date: 3/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/20/2009 Unfortunately, I lost two of those good friends this week. One of them is Bobby Goodwin. Bobby was our doorkeeper at the Statehouse for the past four years. But long before that, he was already a great friend. Those who know me best know I am not much of a traveler (not crazy about flying), but in the

[r29] Hamilton Southeastern H.S. Government Class Honored for Victory in State Competition (3/17/2009)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Start Date: 3/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/17/2009 Jill Baisinger and her students won the state competition in December. In addition to becoming state champions, the group broke two state records: for the largest point differential for winning and being the only winning team to have the highest scores in five out of six units of the competition. "Many of

[r29] Rep. Richardson Attends Rally Supporting Property Tax Caps (3/10/2009)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Start Date: 3/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/10/2009 Gov. Daniels urged the legislature to pass Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would make the current statutory caps permanent. "Protecting taxpayers from tax increases is important," said Rep. Richardson. "We passed the property tax caps last year with the promise to give voters the option to make them

[r29] House Must Make Good Decisions and Stick With Them (3/9/2009)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Start Date: 3/9/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/9/2009 The state budgets - that's right, budgets, plural - promise to drain Indiana's reserves when we need them most to make it through these tough times. House Bill 1723 is the elementary and secondary education budget. In its current form, it would spend $100 million of Indiana's Tuition Reserve Fund in 2010.

[r29] Richardson Invites Adults to Experience Lawmaking at the Statehouse (3/9/2009)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Start Date: 3/9/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/9/2009STATEHOUSE) March 9, 2009 - Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) invites interested citizens to take part in the 17th annual Adult Page Day on Tuesday, March 31. The Adult Page Day involves seeing the law-making process firsthand and spending the day with Rep. Richardson. "Even if you consider yourself a

[r29] Rep. Richardson Celebrates Children's Art at Statehouse (3/5/2009)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Start Date: 3/5/2009 All Day End Date: 3/5/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) March 5, 2009 - The Indiana Statehouse is filled with a lot of things: marble and glass, senators and representatives, and sometimes, tension and arguing. But this month it will also be filled with children's artwork as Indiana celebrates Youth Art Month, sponsored by

[r29] 2009 Session Reaches Halfway Point (2/27/2009)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Start Date: 2/27/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/27/2009 Last Tuesday, Feb. 24, was the last day for us to amend House Bills, and the very next day was the third reading deadline - meaning we had to have every House bill done before we could call it a night. Needless to say, it was a very long week filled with late nights. Next week, 246 House bills and one

[r29] Indiana House Passes Budget (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/20/2009(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2009 - The Indiana House of Representatives voted 52-44 Friday afternoon to pass the state budget. The vote fell along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting 'No.'Republicans opposed the plan, saying it would harm Hoosiers by increasing taxes in a recession. The proposed budget

[r29] One Year Short and Millions of Dollars Too Big (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/20/2009 Under the Indiana Constitution, the House is where the budget begins, which means our House Ways and Means Committee is very powerful and very busy during a budget session. However, as is the case in every committee, the majority party calls the shots. It determines which bills will be heard and which won't.

[r29] The Numbers Are In (2/13/2009)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Start Date: 2/13/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/13/2009 Legislators do a lot of listening at the Statehouse, listening to constituents, advocates and other legislators. There is one listening device all legislators use - our annual survey. Before each legislative session, all households of registered voters receive a legislative survey asking them to weigh in

[r29] When Bad Bills Go Good (2/6/2009)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Start Date: 2/6/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/6/2009Good news for Indiana's job outlook and economy I don't like to focus on bad news, so after the dismal unemployment numbers the Department of Workforce Development announced last week, I'm elated to bring everyone a little good news this week. I'm about to share one of the rarest moments in politics at any

[r29] Rep. Richardson Votes to Protect Jobs and Stimulate Economy (2/5/2009)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

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

[r29] Unemployment Rising, Even in Hamilton County (1/30/2009)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Start Date: 1/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/30/2009Hamilton County's unemployment rate sits at 5 percent, according to the most recent numbers from the Department of Workforce Development. Compared with the rest of the state, and the rest of the nation, we look pretty good. Indiana's unemployment rate increased more than 1 percent in one month, reaching 8.2

[r29] A Week of Introductions, Inspiration and Ceremony (1/16/2009)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Start Date: 1/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/16/2009The beginning of session is starting slow considering the amount of work we have to do in this General Assembly. Two weeks into session, only five bills have passed through legislative committee- although over 700 hundreds have been filed. Of those 700 bills, very few will make their way through the entire

[r29] Challenging Times Bring Creative Solutions (1/9/2009)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Start Date: 1/9/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/9/2009Wednesday marked the start of the House of Representatives' 2009 session. The Statehouse was abuzz with the important issues to be debated on the House floor this session. On the first day, most of the real work happens outside the House chamber. New legislators are getting their feet wet, making agency

[r29] Rep. Richardson Invites Students to Experience Lawmaking Firsthand (1/8/2009)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Start Date: 1/8/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/8/2009 The Indiana House of Representatives offers the program, which allows students from across the state to experience the lawmaking process firsthand. Participating Hoosier students are able to observe and join Statehouse activity as a legislative page for the day. "The page program is a fantastic opportunity for

[r29] Rep. Richardson Returns To Statehouse (1/7/2009)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Start Date: 1/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2009(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville), along with her House colleagues, opened the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly today at the Statehouse. Rep. Richardson, who serves as the House Republican Caucus Chairperson, starts the session with a number of goals that aim to

[r29] Interim Update (8/15/2008)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Start Date: 8/15/2008 All DayEnd Date: 8/15/2008As the summer winds down and the kids go back to school, this is the time that the interim study committees at the Statehouse are in full gear. A few weeks ago, I gave you a brief update on interim study committees' process, describing some of the new and controversial summer committees meeting to discuss

[r29] Back to School (8/8/2008)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Start Date: 8/8/2008 All DayEnd Date: 8/8/2008Oh, the August heat! I love Indiana summers, especially this time of year, even though the high heat and humidity can leave you breathless. It's hard to believe that it's already time for our Hamilton County students to head back to the classroom. Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers schools start on Monday, and

[r29] Rep. Richardson Shares Legislative Experiences with Youth from State Fair Leadership Conference (8/7/2008)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Start Date: 8/7/2008 All DayEnd Date: 8/7/2008 The youth were led by Kathleen Koch from the Purdue Extension Office. The group toured the Statehouse, presented mock bills on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives and met with Rep. Richardson for a small group meeting. The Indiana State Fair Youth Leadership Conference is for high-school aged

[r29] State Fair (8/1/2008)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Start Date: 8/1/2008 All DayEnd Date: 8/1/2008If you read my column a couple of weeks ago, you know how important our county 4-H program is and how much fun I have at the fair. For those of you who took my advice and spent some time there, now you have another shot at some great homegrown Indiana fun. Yes, the Indiana State Fair begins this coming

[r29] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/28/2008)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Start Date: 7/28/2008 All DayEnd Date: 7/28/2008 Rep. Richardson will continue to serve on the Census Data Advisory Committee, a committee for which she was the Chairwoman in 2006. This is an essential interim committee that advises and assists the Bureau of the Census in the preparation and organization of decennial census data for use by the General

[r29] Indiana's Natural Wonders (7/25/2008)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Start Date: 7/25/2008 All DayEnd Date: 7/25/2008It's almost August, and I just don't know where the time is going. If you're like me, after the summer is over I often think of all the things I wish I would have had time to do, such as walking the trails, shopping at flea markets and garage sales, canoeing and picnicking. Now, that a back-to-school column

[r29] Interim Update (7/18/2008)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Start Date: 7/18/2008 All DayEnd Date: 7/18/2008Back in May, I promised to keep you updated on issues discussed at the Statehouse that may turn into filed legislation during the upcoming session. Appointments to interim study committees were made available to the public last week. These committees have scheduled meetings in Indianapolis as well as other

[r29] 4-H (7/11/2008)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Start Date: 7/11/2008 All DayEnd Date: 7/11/2008It's my favorite time of the summer in Hamilton County and time for my annual 4-H column. I have been involved with the 4-H fair for many years, and I love everything about it - the great food, the shows, the competitions, the wonderful volunteers and participants.The Hamilton County Extension Service is one

[r29] New Legislation Sets Off July 1 (7/4/2008)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Start Date: 7/4/2008 All DayEnd Date: 7/4/2008I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July celebrating our nation's 232nd anniversary. We're lucky this year, as the holiday fell on a Friday - more time to spend with friends and family boating, camping, grilling and enjoying the fireworks. Even though I like all holidays, I love the Fourth of July and what

[r29] Noblesville's Boudia To Compete in Beijing (6/27/2008)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Start Date: 6/27/2008 All DayEnd Date: 6/27/2008Just as every other kid, every four years at the end of summer we were watching the television, amazed by the feats of athleticism in the Summer Olympics. I always wanted to be able to run fast, do flips like the best gymnastics or swim gracefully. Like Coca-Cola and McDonald's, the Olympic symbols - the five

[r29] The Flood of 2008 (6/20/2008)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Start Date: 6/20/2008 All DayEnd Date: 6/20/2008As I view the pictures and the news stories of devastated homes and farm land in more than 40 Hoosier counties, I realize just how lucky we were to get through the recent rash of violent rain and storms as well as we did. Now, the waters mostly have receded, and our unfortunate southern neighbors are knee

[r29] For Jane (6/13/2008)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Start Date: 6/13/2008 All DayEnd Date: 6/13/2008In the past, I have written a great deal about the power of family, friends and community. Moments of tragedy and sadness can bring into sharp focus how very important these relationships can be.Take, for example, the many Hoosiers affected by flooding in the counties south of Hamilton. This week I drove

[r29] Hamilton County Emergency Management (6/6/2008)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Start Date: 6/6/2008 All DayEnd Date: 6/6/2008This week, we saw more than our fair share of high winds, flooding and ominous clouds. I'm sure many of you heard the weather sirens and saw photos of tornado ravaged homes, bridges and businesses. Gov. Mitch Daniels is traveling the state, witnessing the enormity of the recent damage. Hamilton County came out

[r29] Graduation: A special time and a new beginning (5/30/2008)

Friday, May 30, 2008

Start Date: 5/30/2008 All DayEnd Date: 5/30/2008Am I the only one who can't believe it is time for graduation? Where did this school year go? But here we are. This was a big week for many young people and their parents in our communities. Our local schools are sending hundreds of seniors out into the world to begin the next phase of their lives.These

[r29] Memorial Day (5/24/2008)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Start Date: 5/24/2008 All DayEnd Date: 5/24/2008First celebrated after the Civil War, Memorial Day is our opportunity to commemorate the men and women who have died in military service for our freedom. Across the country, families will gather to remember the blessings of our country and the price paid to protect our land. And, at some time Sunday

[r29] No Spring Break for State Legislators (5/16/2008)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Start Date: 5/16/2008 All DayEnd Date: 5/16/2008Indiana's General Assembly is commonly referred to as a part-time legislature. We meet on a two-year cycle - three months one year and then four months the following year. During long-session years, the primary focus is the state budget. Ordinarily, short sessions are left for tying up loose ends. However, as

[r29] Make it a Special Mother's Day (5/9/2008)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Start Date: 5/9/2008 All DayEnd Date: 5/9/2008Sunday is a very special day and one I hope you will enjoy with your mother or that special woman in your life. I remember elementary school preparations for Mother's Day as a young girl. Usually, this involved some sort of craft, such as a buckeye necklace, a handmade card with a crayon-scribbled message ("I

[r29] Indiana's Economic Forecast: Strong and Promising (5/2/2008)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Start Date: 5/2/2008 All DayEnd Date: 5/2/2008 There are an estimated 3,062,720 people employed in Indiana, and they work in a wide variety of fields: business owners, industrial workers, farmers, teachers and many, many others. These Hoosier workers endeavor every day to provide us the services we need and to improve the quality of life in our communities

[r29] Increased Financial Literacy Benefits All (4/25/2008)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Start Date: 4/25/2008 All DayEnd Date: 4/25/2008It's no secret we have a debt problem in this country. We have acquired a staggering national debt reaching into the trillions of dollars and growing. More than 60 percent of Americans carry non-mortgage debt. Families are not only losing their financial security, they are losing their homes as well.

[r29] Keeping Up Our Community Spirit (4/11/2008)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Start Date: 4/11/2008 All DayEnd Date: 4/11/2008 It's been a heart-wrenching few weeks in Hamilton County, as we've rallied behind some of our own neighbors: Michael Treinen and his family. Just like many of you, I received the e-mail on that Sunday afternoon, and even though I didn't know Michael personally, I certainly have heard of his fight with

[r29] Out on a Limb for Arbor Day (4/11/2008)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Start Date: 4/11/2008 All DayEnd Date: 4/11/2008It's hard to imagine when you look around you today, but once upon a time, most of Indiana was covered by forest. Where today we have suburbs, malls, farms and urban centers, there used to be trees - lots and lots of trees. Sometimes, especially in the autumn, I think about that fact while traveling along I-69

[r29] Making Sense of the Federal Economic Stimulus Package (4/4/2008)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Start Date: 4/4/2008 All DayEnd Date: 4/4/2008This week, I thought it would be a good time to talk taxes - and believe it or not, I'm NOT referring to Indiana's property tax. The deadline for filing your state and federal tax returns is April 15, which is a mere ten days away. Many of us will wait until the last minute, while our more expedient friends

[r29] Governor Busy Signing Legislation (3/28/2008)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Start Date: 3/28/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/28/2008While session ended two weeks ago for members of the Indiana General Assembly, we're all keeping our eyes on the governor's actions, as the bills we worked hard to pass make their way to his desk. Governor Daniels has seven days to act on a bill once it reaches his office. He can sign it into law, veto it or

[r29] Post-Session Wrap Up (3/21/2008)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Start Date: 3/21/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/21/2008It's hard to believe this session is over already. What's even harder to believe is that we were able to pass so much in such little time. Just coming up with a property tax plan most of us could agree to is amazing enough, but we managed to pass other important legislation, too. Last week, I was writing this

[r29] Hours Before Sine Die (3/14/2008)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Start Date: 3/14/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/14/2008By the time you read this column, you will know more about what came out of the 2008 legislative session than I do now as I write it. I wish I could provide some conclusive breakdown of what we were able to pass in the way of property taxes and other important issues, but the deadline for this column is noon

[r29] Rush to Pass Legislation (3/7/2008)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Start Date: 3/7/2008 All DayEnd Date: 3/7/2008Here we are. With just one week left in a very fast-paced and important legislative session, things are now moving into hyper speed as the conference committee process gets well under way. Last week, I mentioned the importance of these conference committees. Let me go into a little greater depth about what

[r29] A Week of Tough Decisions (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/28/2008This was a very difficult week for me and many of my colleagues in the Statehouse. There have been very few times in my tenure as a State Representative that I have found it so hard to decide how I would vote on so many important issues. Let me explain.There are often many issues that are able to garner

[r29] Resolution Names Indiana's Lincoln School Years (2/22/2008)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Start Date: 2/22/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/22/2008This week was long and unpredictable in the Indiana Statehouse. We're starting to get into the real nitty-gritty with property taxes and other issues, such as illegal immigration. I'll be able to tell you more about these and other issues next week, after the second- and third-reading deadlines. Right now the

[r29] Resolution Names Indiana's Lincoln School Years (2/22/2008)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Start Date: 2/22/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/22/2008This week was long and unpredictable in the Indiana Statehouse. We're starting to get into the real nitty-gritty with property taxes and other issues, such as illegal immigration. I'll be able to tell you more about these and other issues next week, after the second- and third-reading deadlines. Right now the

[r29] Adults Get Insider View of Statehouse Activity (2/12/2008)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Start Date: 2/12/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/12/2008(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 13, 2008 - Yesterday, three adults braved the icy road conditions to participate in state Rep. Kathy Richardson's Adult Page Day: David Whiteman, Marcia Reasoner and Brian Abel, all from Noblesville.As part of the day's activities, the three were given a tour of the Statehouse, observed the

[r29] Rep. Richardson Honors 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year (2/11/2008)

Monday, February 11, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 11, 2008 - State Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) today honored Anna Shults with a Senate Concurrent Resolution for being named Indiana's 2007 Teacher of the Year. Shults is a third-grade teacher at Fall Creek Elementary School in Fishers. She was joined on the House floor by Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed, Hamilton

[r29] Work Release Pilot Program Passes House (2/11/2008)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Start Date: 2/11/2008 All Day End Date: 2/11/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 11, 2008 -A pilot program that would allow convicts to serve their work release in the county they were convicted today passed out the House upon third reading. The program was added as an amendment by Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) to Senate Bill 139, a

[r29] Saying Goodbye to Rep. Mangus (2/8/2008)

Friday, February 8, 2008

Start Date: 2/8/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/8/2008This session has been hectic but also tragic. As you may have noticed in my recent columns and in the news, many Indiana lawmakers have been absent due to serious illness. This week, we were hit hard by news that our friend and colleague, retired Rep. Richard Mangus (R-Lakeville), died Monday night at the age of

[r29] Hard to Believe ... The Midway Point (2/1/2008)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Start Date: 2/1/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/1/2008The completion of this week's legislative action marked the end of the first half of the 2008 short session. It was another week of late-night sessions as we worked to hear all bills by the second- and third-reading deadlines on Tuesday and Wednesday. When the pressure is on like this, we bring in food for

[r29] Week Three: HB 1001 Advances (1/25/2008)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Start Date: 1/25/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/25/2008This was a week of late nights and lots of legislative action. Not surprisingly, property taxes refused to share much of the spotlight with other issues. Tuesday we heard second reading amendments on HB 1001, the bill containing all of the property tax reform and relief proposals. By Thursday, HB 1001 had

[r29] Representing You (1/18/2008)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Start Date: 1/18/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/18/2008After a slow start the first week, activity in the Statehouse moved into high gear this week: There was the governor's State of the State address, the State of the Judiciary address, committee meetings, and four days of session, all on top of the regular activities, such as talking to constituents and working

[r29] Rep. Richardson Responds to State of the State (1/15/2008)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Start Date: 1/15/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/15/2008State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson offered the following statement in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels' State of the State address:"Tonight's State of the State address was exactly the type of no-nonsense, commonsense talk we're used to hearing from the governor. His property tax plan is

[r29] Rep. Richardson invites adults to experience legislature (1/14/2008)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Start Date: 1/14/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/14/2008(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 16, 2008 - Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) would like to invite interested citizens to take part in the Adult Page Day on Tuesday, February 12. The Adult Page Day involves seeing the law making process first-hand and spending the day with Rep. Richardson. "For anyone who is

[r29] Week One: Setting the Agenda (1/11/2008)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Start Date: 1/11/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2008We're one week into the legislative session, and, so far, things are going pretty much as expected. Property taxes are dominating the discussions in and out of the House chamber. Hoosier citizens concerned about property taxes crowded the hallways; legislators worried about the property tax crisis in their

[r29] Rep. Richardson Seeks Students to Experience Statehouse Activity (1/10/2008)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Start Date: 1/10/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/10/2008 The Indiana House of Representatives offers a page program, which 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. "I encourage students to be a page at

[r29] Legislative Preview (1/4/2008)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Start Date: 1/4/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/4/2008The countdown begins: There are just three days until the start of the 2008 legislative session. Every session has it owns flavor, and this one, I believe, will be like none other. In my time at the Statehouse, I have seen a lot of issues come and go and some issues that come back year after year. There is

[r29] Reflection Leads to Resolution (12/28/2007)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Start Date: 12/28/2007 All DayEnd Date: 12/28/2007You always hear that the older you get, the faster the years seem to pass you by. I can tell you, this year has just flown! (So, what does that tell you about how many I've seen pass?) It seems like I was just writing my 2006 resolution column and here we are: Another Christmas has come and gone, another

[r29] Kathy's Christmas List (12/21/2007)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Start Date: 12/21/2007 All DayEnd Date: 12/21/2007Only three days left until Christmas Day, and that means we are either rushing to buy last-minute gifts for loved ones or we are the lucky ones sitting back and enjoying the wonder of the season. (Of course, I am one of those running around crazy trying to get everything done!) In my opinion, we have enough

[r29] Invest in a Child's Future this Holiday Season (12/14/2007)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Start Date: 12/14/2007 All DayEnd Date: 12/14/2007As you are probably well aware, prime-time television is full of holiday specials and advertisements this time of year. However, if you were watching closely, you may have noticed some ads regarding Indiana's new college savings plan - the CollegeChoice 529 Investment Plan. We're all running out of time to

[r29] New Plan to Provide Health Care for Uninsured Hoosiers (12/7/2007)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Start Date: 12/7/2007 All DayEnd Date: 12/7/2007Currently, there are an estimated 365,000 uninsured Indiana residents. Due to the rising costs of health care, too many working people in our state simply cannot afford to get sick. This should never be the case. Beginning in January 2008, a new program will begin that was designed to provide quality health

[r29] Helping Out this Holiday Season (11/30/2007)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Start Date: 11/30/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/30/2007A spirit of giving is the greatest tradition of the American holiday season. As today is the first day of December, now is the time for us to start thinking about all the ways we can help others. It is a time to consider the true meaning of the season, a time to either continue family traditions of helping

[r29] An Unusual Organization Day (11/23/2007)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Start Date: 11/23/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/23/2007However, this time was a little different. Homeowners throughout many parts of the state have made it clear to their state senators and representatives that reducing Indiana's dependence on property taxes must be priority No.1. This is the short session for the Indiana General Assembly, and if legislators

[r29] Take a Moment to Give Thanks (11/16/2007)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Start Date: 11/16/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/16/2007As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I believe this is the perfect time to reflect on the things I am most thankful for - not only in my professional life but also my personal life. I hope it will encourage you to take a moment or two to do the same.I am thankful for all of my family and friends who

[r29] Veterans Day (11/9/2007)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Start Date: 11/9/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/9/2007In 1926, the United States Congress, in a concurrent resolution to officially recognize the end of World War I, called it "the most destructive, sanguinary and far reaching" war in human history. It was regarded as The Great War, the war to end all wars. The modern Veterans Day came out of World War I. It

[r29] A Perfect Match (11/2/2007)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Start Date: 11/2/2007 All DayEnd Date: 11/2/2007On one side, baby boomers are closing in on retirement age, which means Indiana will soon have a lot of talented people with free time to spare. Some of those retirees are former teachers, skilled men and women who spent their entire careers dedicated to helping, educating and caring for young people. The

[r29] The Governor's Tax Plan (10/26/2007)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Start Date: 10/26/2007 All DayEnd Date: 10/26/2007Last week, I wrote about my visit to Mrs. Fuqua's 4th grade class. Even the kids wanted to know about property taxes. The issue was huge all summer long and isn't letting up a bit as we move into fall. Without a doubt, the property tax issue has been at the forefront of our Governor's mind, as well, and

[r29] Richardson Responds to Governor's Property Tax Plan (10/24/2007)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Start Date: 10/24/2007 All DayEnd Date: 10/24/2007"This plan demonstrates that Governor Daniels is approaching the property tax situation with sincerity and an open-mind. I am glad to see the dollar-for-dollar replacement of property taxes, as well as the constitutionally protected 1% cap on residential property taxes. "No one should lose their home

[r29] A Tasty Lesson in Lawmaking (10/19/2007)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Start Date: 10/19/2007 All DayEnd Date: 10/19/2007This week I had the chance to do one of my favorite things as a State Representative: visiting schools. I spent the afternoon with Mrs. Cathy Fuqua's 4th grade class at Harrison Park Elementary in Fishers. The National Conference of State Legislators supports and encourages legislators across the country

[r29] ISTEP+ Moves (10/12/2007)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Start Date: 10/12/2007 All DayEnd Date: 10/12/2007As most of you probably know, Governor Daniels announced this week that ISTEP+ will move from fall to spring. This issue has certainly received a lot of attention in the past few years. I have received many comments from teachers, parents and students on the whole ISTEP process. The announcement was the

[r29] Monument a Wall of Remembrance (10/5/2007)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Start Date: 10/5/2007 All DayEnd Date: 10/5/2007This Friday morning, I had the great honor of providing the opening address at the opening of the Vietnam Veteran Traveling Wall at the National Guard Armory. As I prepared for this event and I stood looking out on all the veterans, servicemen and women, and their families, I struggled to find words worthy

[r29] Walking the Technology Tightrope (9/28/2007)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Start Date: 9/28/2007 All DayEnd Date: 9/28/2007A few weeks ago, when I read Ron Browning's column about the woes of being slightly technologically impaired, I could certainly sympathize. I, too, often have found myself the victim of technology. However, when I think about how much I have managed to learn about computers over the years, I am truly amazed.

[r29] Lots of Fun to Fall Into (9/21/2007)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Start Date: 9/21/2007 All DayEnd Date: 9/21/2007After an extremely hot and dry summer, I know many of us are ready for some cooler days. As fall begins this week and we look forward to the early autumn days, I do have to say it is one of my favorite parts of the year. The cool mornings and evenings, warm afternoons, mums and pumpkins. The first leaves

[r29] Committee Helps Us Come to Our Census (9/14/2007)

Friday, September 14, 2007

It's time for another interim committee update.  As the summer winds down and autumn gears up, these study committees kick in to overdrive. Most committees must make their reports by November 1, which is remarkably closer than any of us can believe. One of the committees that I serve on is the Census Data Advisory Committee, which includes eight legislators. 

[r29] We Will Never Forget (9/7/2007)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Start Date: 9/7/2007 All DayEnd Date: 9/7/2007This Tuesday marks six years since the date forever engraved into our memories and hearts as Americans. The mere mention of that date has become synonymous with the horrific act of terrorism that took the lives of nearly 3,000 workers and rescuers and shattered our illusions that acts of mass violence by

[r29] Labor Day (8/31/2007)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Start Date: 8/31/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/31/2007Even though the word "labor" is in the name of the holiday, these days, few people associate Labor Day with issues related to employment or unions. Instead, the holiday is celebrated as the last long weekend of summer. Many of us make the most of the three-day weekend by taking a mini-vacation, relaxing at

[r29] A Tribute to Teachers (8/24/2007)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Start Date: 8/24/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/24/2007As a kid, the beginning of school was always a favorite time of mine: a new year, a new beginning, a chance to learn, a time to be with friends, and of course, there was that back to school wardrobe! In addition to the friends I still have from my school days, there are many teachers that have had a lasting

[r29] Constituent Contact Keeps Representatives In Touch With Local Issues (8/17/2007)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Start Date: 8/17/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/17/2007As I've said before, just because the Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature doesn't mean we are not busy in the off season. Like any good teacher will tell you, all that "summer break" time ends up spent in preparation for the next year. The same is true for hard-working legislators. For

[r29] Back to School (8/10/2007)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Start Date: 8/10/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/10/2007The song "The Heat is On" certainly comes to mind at this time of year when the temperatures have been in the 90s for so many days. With relentless, searing temperatures, it's hard to believe it is time to start thinking about summer's end. School starts next week, Wednesday, August 15, for Noblesville and

[r29] State Fair (8/3/2007)

Friday, August 3, 2007

Start Date: 8/3/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/3/2007August is upon us with hot, muggy temperatures. I am always amazed how quickly our Indiana summers seem to fly by and how much fun we are able to pack into such a short period of time. It seems like after the Fourth of July, the whole summer is gone in the blink of an eye. Just when we get those fireworks

[r29] Interim Update (7/27/2007)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Start Date: 7/27/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/27/2007Early last month, I wrote about interim study committees and their function in the Indiana General Assembly. As promised, this week I want to give an update and let you know what's going on with these groups. If you missed that column, here's a brief rundown of interim study committees: State Senators and

[r29] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/20/2007 Representative Richardson will continue to serve on the Census Data Advisory Committee, a committee for which she was the Chairwoman in 2006. This is an essential interim committee that advises and assists the Bureau of the Census in the preparation and organization of decennial census date for use by the

[r29] Taxpayers Angry (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/20/2007I will have to admit I wasn't sure I wanted to write about property taxes this week in my column, even though the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of property tax rallies, announcements, and press from Marion County. The property tax issue has become a struggle between angry taxpayers, state legislators,

[r29] Finding Extension and the 4-H Program (7/13/2007)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Start Date: 7/13/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2007One of the many blessings in this county is the numerous organizations run by volunteers and the countless hours of service they provide to our citizens. One of those organizations is the Hamilton County Extension Service. I bet if I stopped many of you and asked, "What is the Purdue University Cooperative

[r29] Unsung Heroes (7/6/2007)

Friday, July 6, 2007

Start Date: 7/6/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/6/2007This week we celebrated the 4th of July by not only celebrating our freedom but also by honoring Our Unsung Heroes. The Grand Marshall of the Noblesville parade, my good friend Eddie Mode, is a perfect example of people who serve in our communities and, in his case, throughout the world. They serve not for

[r29] New Legislation Sets Off Just In Time For Independence Day (6/29/2007)

Friday, June 29, 2007

Start Date: 6/29/2007 All DayEnd Date: 6/29/2007 Anyone who knows me knows I love the 4th of July and Fireworks. That is one of the reason I have served on the Fireworks Festival since its beginning. When I was a kid, and many of you who grew up in Noblesville will remember this, watching fireworks at Forest Park from "the hill" was the best way ever to

[r29] Summer Fun in Indiana (6/22/2007)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Start Date: 6/22/2007 All DayEnd Date: 6/22/2007 Families addicted to sports can plan an entire vacation around sporting attractions. Visit the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis to view collegiate sports photographs and memorabilia. While you're in the area, check out the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, the most highly visible

[r29] Rep. Richardson Proud to Announce More BMV Services Available in Fishers (6/21/2007)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Start Date: 6/21/2007 All DayEnd Date: 6/21/2007Governor Mitch Daniels and Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Commissioner Ron Stiver to partner the state with Don Hinds Ford of Fishers. The partnership is part of an eight-week pilot program designed to increase BMV efficiency throughout the state by allowing the dealership to offer titling and registration

[r29] Property Taxes on the Way (6/16/2007)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Start Date: 6/16/2007 All DayEnd Date: 6/16/2007This week, Hamilton County property tax bills were mailed. I wish to thank the local officials who have spent countless hours getting the bills prepared. They worked very hard in a difficult situation to provide professional and efficient service to all of us in Hamilton County. The bills took extra time to

[r29] Complex Issues Call for Continued Study (6/8/2007)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Start Date: 6/8/2007 All DayEnd Date: 6/8/2007People are always asking me, "what do you do in your 'down time' when the session is over?" Actually, there is no such time! If you have read this column before, you probably know that the Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature. We meet on a two-year cycle, four months one year and then three months

[r29] The Dog Days of Summer (6/1/2007)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Start Date: 6/1/2007 All DayEnd Date: 6/1/2007As temperatures increase across the Midwest, I am frequently running into dog owners that are walking their canines through the neighborhood. I love dogs even though I don't have one at this time (the legislature's schedule would make it tough). When I talk to animal lovers, many have questions about the laws

[r29] Memories of Our Fallen Heroes (5/26/2007)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Start Date: 5/26/2007 All DayEnd Date: 5/26/2007While the eyes of the country turn to Indianapolis tomorrow, the gaze of our great Republic will turn to a much more important occasion on Monday. On Memorial Day, our nation will take a moment to remember the bravery of all the men and women who died in military service. Originally called "Decoration Day,"

[r29] Hoosier Economy Installs an Upgrade (5/19/2007)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Start Date: 5/19/2007 All DayEnd Date: 5/19/2007Little doubt exists that Indiana's economy is rooted in the manufacturing sector. Like in many other Midwestern states, a majority of our families' pocketbooks have been historically attached to either the agriculture or manufacturing jobs market. These markets were once highly productive segments of our

[r29] Governors Pen Makes or Breaks Passed Bills (5/12/2007)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Start Date: 5/12/2007 All DayEnd Date: 5/12/2007While the 2007 legislative session has completed, legislators are keeping an eye on the official postscript, the last step in the process, which is the action that Governor Mitch Daniels will take on the bills. After a bill winds through the complex and often aggravating process, the Governor has seven days to

[r29] The Home Stretch: Bills Status (3/24/2007)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Another week of the Indiana General Assembly's 2007 legislative session has gone by, and the process in the House of Representatives is still moving a bit slow for my liking. Very few bills were passed this week, and everything is getting bunched up in the process. I'm hopeful we can quicken the pace, because we still have several major issues that need to be addressed 

[r29] Energy Assistance for Hoosiers in Need (2/10/2007)

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Over the years, I have often mentioned the different staff roles and the hardworking individuals it takes to make the General Assembly successful. For example, the intern program is a great place for those who wish to have a role in public service. This year, I am excited about two interns to the Indiana House of Representatives, Jessica Wiseman and Lauren

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