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McNamara’s proposal for additional county magistrates passes Senate

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – The Indiana Senate voted in favor of legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) to improve efficiency in Vanderburgh County courts.

Goodrich: Supporting at-risk youth

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The juvenile system is not always equipped to handle all the needs of troubled young people and help them become upstanding citizens. Juvenile offenders are more likely to have suffered abuse, and often face higher risks of mental health concerns, educational problems, occupational difficulties, and public health and safety issues. We should not stand by and let these children slip through the cracks. I am sponsoring legislation to establish a preventative program for at-risk youth to help address these issues early on, before they become life-long problems.

Cook: New tools for schools

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Indiana is home to thousands of talented educators who are passionate about seeing our children succeed. As a former superintendent and member of the House Committee on Education, I want to find innovative solutions to some of the challenges our schools face so that teachers feel appreciated and students thrive. This session, I am sponsoring a legislative proposal providing schools more flexibility when it comes to compensating teachers, and another helping schools meet the needs of their students facing speech sound delays and disorders.

Zent’s legislation to prevent drug addicts, dealers from turning to veterinarians heads to governor’s desk

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill preventing illegal drug users and dealers from turning to veterinarians for prescription painkillers could soon become law.

Wesco: Bill establishing election audits heads to the governor’s desk

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) allowing counties to voluntarily petition the secretary of state to audit an election could soon become law.

Senate committee advances Kirchhofer’s bill addressing Indiana’s infant mortality rate

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee voted in support of State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer’s (R-Beech Grove) legislation helping expectant mothers and newborns. 

Eberhart honors Morristown champions

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) (front row, podium) recognizes members of the Morristown High School boys’ basketball team Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Statehouse. The team was presented a resolution from the General Assembly honoring their 2018 Indiana High School Athletic Association Class A state championship win. The Yellow Jackets defeated Southwood High School 89-60, and set 10 Class A finals records on the way to their first state championship.

Schaibley: Resources for Hoosiers with disabilities

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March is Disability Awareness Month, and a great opportunity to highlight programs assisting those in need. In Indiana, adults and children with disabilities represent nearly 20 percent of the state’s population. Through ABLE accounts, AccessABILITY and Ability Indiana, these Hoosiers can save money while keeping essential benefits, receive support in their communities and find meaningful employment.

Bosma statement on Senate passage of bill moving up appointment date of state’s school superintendent

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2019) – “Indiana’s students, parents and schools deserve consistency in the coordination and the administration of education policy, and having an appointed secretary of education is a critical step toward this goal. I am pleased lawmakers of both chambers supported moving up the start date of this position given the current superintendent’s decision to not seek a second term.”

Gutwein: ‘Bryce’s Bill’ could soon become law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2019) — The House of Representatives voted unanimously Tuesday in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) that could save the lives of Hoosier babies by adding new tests to Indiana’s newborn screening panel. Gutwein’s proposal would require Krabbe, along with Pompe disease and

May welcomes Bedford students to the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) meets with Parkview Intermediate School students Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. May welcomed these students to the House floor and spoke on his role as a state representative and the legislative process. -30- State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which

McNamara honors Highland baseball champions

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, March 18, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 18, 2019) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) today welcomed the Highland Baseball Challenger Little League team to the Statehouse to recognize their Little League World Series win.

Cherry: Keeping Our Kids Safe at School and Online

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, March 18, 2019

The 2019 legislative session crossed the halfway point, with 201 House bills and 218 Senate bills passing out of their original chambers. The House is considering Senate proposals, and the Senate is considering House proposals. Among those moving through the legislative process are two bills I support to help keep our kids safe.

Bacon: Protecting medical practitioners’ religious freedoms

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, March 15, 2019

As a legislator, I am a strong proponent of pro-life policies and believe that all lives should be protected. If a medical professional holds a similar moral or religious belief, I do not think they should be required by their employer to take part in abortion procedures they object to. Legislation I sponsored would give Hoosier health care providers an exemption from performing or assisting in abortion procedures based on ethical, moral or religious grounds.

Bartels: Protecting children from internet offenders

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, March 15, 2019

Improving public safety is always one of my top priorities, and I am sponsoring legislation focused on increasing law enforcement’s access to resources to ensure the safety of Hoosier children. In one year alone, nationwide there were over 9,000 individuals arrested for committing crimes against children over the internet. This proposal would establish the Internet Crimes Against Children Fund for law enforcement to use toward investigating cases in which children have fallen victim to internet criminals.

Burton: Helping hungry children

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, March 15, 2019

Child hunger continues to be an issue that many families face. Research shows that 1 in 5 children across the state will experience limited or uncertain access to food. Young Hoosiers should not have to worry about where their next meal will come from. 

Frye: Closing the gap for Hoosier children with food insecurities

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, March 15, 2019

Many households face food insecurity. Research shows that 1 in 5 Hoosier children have limited or uncertain access to food. While child hunger is a continuing problem, organizations like The Salvation Army work to combat the issue and help children who often do not know where their next meal will come from. The Indiana House of Representatives proudly

Pressel: Committee advances school bus safety legislation

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, March 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2019) —The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee voted in support of legislation co-sponsored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) that would strengthen the penalties for individuals who fail to stop when a school bus stop arm is extended. When school buses stop to pick up or drop off children, their stop arms extend

Manning Memo: Protecting School Bus Riders

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, March 15, 2019

In response to the terrible accident in Fulton County last year that claimed the lives of three schoolchildren, lawmakers are proposing a new measure to help keep school bus riders. It is simply unacceptable for motorists to put Hoosier kids in danger, and legislation I sponsored would hold drivers more accountable and help prevent another tragedy. When a

Strengthening Indiana’s workforce

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, March 15, 2019

Indiana is ranked among the top 10 states in the country for its business climate and pro-growth policies. As more businesses come to Indiana, it is critical we ensure Hoosier workers have the skills and experience necessary to fill these new job positions. To build and strengthen our state’s workforce, House lawmakers have crafted legislation to help

Committee advances VanNatter’s bill supporting police and firefighter pensions

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, March 14, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2019) – The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee voted in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) to increase the police officers and firefighters pension benefits from the 1977 Fund.

Nisly: Putting the state books in order

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Thursday, March 14, 2019

Recently, lawmakers finished the first half of the 2019 legislative session. Hundreds of bills were submitted in the Indiana House for consideration, but only a small number of those advanced to the Senate. Of all of the bills discussed in the House, the one I want to focus on is the state budget.

Frye: Bill to support victims of sexual assault passes committee

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2019) — The House Veteran’s Affairs and Public Safety Committee recently supported a bill sponsored by State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) providing transparency throughout the forensic process for sexual assault survivors.

Rep. Nisly: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2019) — A Warsaw Community High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Rep. Abbott: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2019) — An East Noble High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

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