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Cherry: Bryce’s legacy will save other Hoosier babies

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, April 29, 2019

The first law enacted by the Indiana General Assembly this legislative session will help save the lives of Hoosier babies. Senate Enrolled Act 41, which I co-sponsored, will expand the number of newborn screenings to identify more genetic diseases and conditions earlier, so that babies can have a better chance of survival.

Pressel welcomes local students to the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) recently met with local students who served as pages at the Statehouse. “It is always nice to hear from the young people in our community,” Pressel said. “Paging is a great opportunity for students to learn about their state government and interact with

Zent’s bill removing obstacle for military families needing medical services now law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – Military families who have children with disabilities will have one less obstacle to face in order to receive medical care, thanks to a new law authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).

Student pages join State Rep. Alan Morrison at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these participants toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They also helped staff with daily duties and joined Morrison on the House floor during the legislative

Student pages join State Rep. Chris May at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these participants toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They helped staff with daily duties and joined May on the House floor during the legislative

Soliday requests study to help NW Indiana’s seriously ill babies, children

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 29, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of the Northwest Indiana delegation’s request for the state to study how Medicaid payments are made for Hoosier children who are treated out of state: STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – “Hoosier parents with children in need of

Bosma responds to passing of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Sunday, April 28, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2019) – “Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was a consummate statesman and respected leader of our city, state and nation. His legacy of bipartisan coalition building and ultimately international arms control will live on for generations. We are beyond grateful for his lifetime of service, and will continue to keep his family in our prayers.”

Bartels: Applying Maslow’s hierarchy to lawmaking

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, April 26, 2019

In psychology, there is a motivational theory called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is represented in a pyramid with five levels. The needs on the bottom must be satisfied before moving up the pyramid. Starting at the bottom of the hierarchy and moving upwards, the needs include physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization. As a lawmaker, I often reflect on Maslow’s hierarchy to gauge how a law can ultimately help Indiana and Hoosiers progress to reach higher levels of growth.

Bacon: It’s a wrap on the 2019 legislative session

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, April 26, 2019

The 2019 legislative session recently came to an end, and lawmakers passed bills creating new policies for Indiana. This session, I authored legislation to address various aspects of health care and strengthen our state’s public health sector.

Behning: Grants will provide mentorship, additional pay opportunities for educators

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – Hoosier schools can now tap new grant money in order to compensate experienced educators who mentor new teachers after legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) was signed into law. 

Bolstering our fight against the opioid epidemic

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, April 26, 2019

Session has come to a close, and lawmakers have worked hard this year on important legislation impacting Hoosiers across the state. In particular, we supported a number of bills to continue our fight against Indiana’s opioid epidemic and help Hoosiers suffering from addiction get the treatment they need. Opioids, typically administered to treat

Cook receives legislator award from Humane Society

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, April 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) received the Humane Legislator Award from the Humane Society of the United States for his work promoting animal safety.

Cook was recognized for authoring a 2017 law providing some protections for people who use force to enter a vehicle to save a distressed pet.

McNamara’s proposal strengthening school safety could soon be law

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, April 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) to strengthen school safety is now headed to the governor.

Behning’s bill expanding pre-K statewide could soon be law

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, April 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Hoosier four-year-olds statewide could soon have access to pre-K, thanks to legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).

Soliday: Bill expanding rural broadband access heads to governor

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, April 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) to extend broadband to rural regions of the state could soon become law. “Reliable internet has become critical for success in the classroom as well as in the business world,” said Soliday, chair of the House Utilities, Energy and

Bosma: House Republicans take session priorities over the finish line

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

House Republican lawmakers declared victory on their top 10 priority bills today as they wrapped up the 2019 legislative session.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said the passage of a $34 billion balanced two-year state budget topped the list with a record increase in new K-12 education funding.

Huston, Mishler: General Assembly passes balanced state budget prioritizing school funding

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2019) – Indiana lawmakers successfully passed Indiana’s next two-year state budget, which includes a historic investment in K-12 public education, according to State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and State Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen).

Karickhoff’s bill improving local government efficiency moves to governor’s desk

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s (R-Kokomo) legislation improving local government efficiency could soon become law.

Karickhoff worked with Accelerate Indiana Municipalities to modernize several local government processes. AIM advocates on behalf of towns throughout the state on important issues.

Schaibley’s bill protecting student athletes advances to governor

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2019) — State Rep. Donna Schaibley’s (R-Carmel) legislation that would provide additional measures to prevent licensed coaches with a history of misconduct with children from working with students may soon become law.

Bosma says state budget proposal responsibly funds key priorities, boosts investments in K-12

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2019) – “The state budget proposal represents our strong commitment to funding the state’s priorities while holding the line on spending and maintaining reserves. We responsibly boosted investments in public K-12 education, school safety and proven workforce programs. Republican leaders in the House and Senate along with Gov. Eric Holcomb worked hard to meet the state’s needs and maintain a structurally balanced budget.”

Huston, Mishler present state budget proposal for final passage

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“This structurally balanced budget is a reflection of collaboration and extensive work on all sides, and we are confident it covers the state’s most pressing needs while safeguarding vital reserves. Our proposal strengthens our commitment to students and teachers with record increases to education, fully funds the Department of Child Services, and makes critical investments into workforce development. We are ready to get this fiscally sound budget over the finish line on behalf of all Hoosiers.”

DeVon’s bill helping homeless youth could soon be law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2019) — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) allowing certain adults to help homeless youth obtain identification documents could soon become law.

Mahan: Expanding protections for our most vulnerable

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, April 22, 2019

Improving outcomes for foster children is a priority for lawmakers this legislative session. I am sponsoring Senate Bill 1 to strengthen the Indiana Department of Child Services by prioritizing the best interests of vulnerable children, making changes to adoption consent and implementing foster parent intervention.

Davisson: Providing mental health resources to Hoosier students

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Monday, April 22, 2019

With session coming to a close shortly, lawmakers are working to fine-tune legislation. One of my priorities this session has been strengthening mental health resources in our schools. Providing students with the appropriate mental health treatment options is an important part of encouraging success both in school and at home. According to the Department

Gutwein’s bill to overhaul Kankakee, Yellow rivers heads to governor

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) to better address flooding and drainage in the Kankakee and Yellow river basins could soon be signed into law by the governor. “The flooding last year caused severe damage to local homes and farms, and took far too long to address,” Gutwein

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