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Lehe: Working together to protect our students

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, August 2, 2019

August is here and summer is coming to a close, which means kids will be heading back to school very soon. To better provide a safe learning environment for our children, Hoosier lawmakers worked diligently on policies to improve school bus safety, as well as response times in the event of an emergency. Last year, our state was shaken by the deaths of

Frye: Addressing safety in new school year

Friday, August 2, 2019

It is always exciting when the bell rings for the first time in a new school year. Students flock back to classrooms and hallways with their young minds ready to face new challenges and new assignments while reconnecting with friends.  Chapter one of this school year begins with new laws to better protect students and staff.

Bacon: American Legion celebrates 100th anniversary

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, August 2, 2019

This year, the American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary as the nation’s premier veteran organization focused on serving veterans, active service members and local communities. This anniversary is a good reminder that we are called to help, serve and care for the service members who protect our freedom.

Sullivan: Why 2020 is a historic year for women

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, August 2, 2019

It is easy to take for granted the rights and liberties we possess as Americans. A right many often overlook is the ability to choose our local, state and national leaders. The coming year marks the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which secured right to vote for women. This historic occasion is an opportunity for us to reflect on the legacy of women’s suffrage and continue the fight for more equal representation in our government and in our society.

Davisson: 50th anniversary of moon landing still inspiring

Friday, July 26, 2019

It was a Sunday night and we were all gathered around the black and white television. I was only 11 years old, but it was something I knew I couldn’t miss. American astronauts were going to land and walk on the moon. Even after 50 years, I still remember Apollo 11, the three astronauts’ names, even Michael Collins who made the 240,000-mile trip to the moon but never stepped foot on it.

Outside counsel to represent Indiana House and Senate in lawsuit

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, July 22, 2019

Note to the Press: House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) announced today that the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate engaged outside counsel to intervene in a federal lawsuit that is currently pending involving Indiana’s attorney general and the state.

Cook: New law helps older Hoosiers, those with disabilities remain independent

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, July 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 19, 2019) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed legislation into law co-sponsored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) helping adults with disabilities and older Hoosiers maintain their independence.

Frye: Indiana top state in the nation for infrastructure

Friday, July 19, 2019

While many states are dealing with big financial headaches to address their infrastructure needs, Indiana had the foresight to invest in our roads and bridges. In fact, CNBC America’s Top States for Business recently ranked Indiana No. 1 in the nation for infrastructure.

Local lawmakers: New law to spur regional job growth

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, July 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 15, 2019) – A new law could spur more economic development and jobs in the local area, according to lawmakers.

Karickhoff: New law provides additional financial tool for local governments

Monday, July 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 15, 2019) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed a bill into law co-authored by State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) helping save Hoosier taxpayer dollars.

Davisson: Maintaining Hoosiers’ access to health care

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, July 12, 2019

This legislative session, lawmakers considered a variety of bills to help keep Indiana healthy. I remain committed to working with the medical community and my colleagues at the Statehouse to ensure Hoosiers continue to have access to the care and medication that meets their needs. I authored a new law eliminating some burdens placed on medical professionals and allowing for emergency prescription refills so more Hoosiers will get the care they need to live healthier lives.

Bacon: New resources to help Hoosiers with mental illness

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, July 12, 2019

Many Hoosiers suffer from depression and other mental health conditions, and there are critical steps we can take to ensure they have the support, counseling and care they need.

Bosma statement on Indiana receiving CNBC’s top ranking for infrastructure

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, July 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 11, 2019) – “Indiana is once again in the spotlight as a national leader for making strong investments in roads and bridges. Our road funding plan is based on conservative principles where those who use the roads help pay for them, and we don’t pass on debt to future generations. Our responsible, comprehensive and sustainable plan has propelled us to the top and most important, Hoosier drivers and employers are seeing the positive results in their local communities.”

House GOP fiscal leaders respond to surge in state revenues, governor’s recommendations

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, July 11, 2019

“Indiana’s surge in revenue is proof that our low tax, pro-business environment and strong record of fiscal responsibility continues to pay dividends for Hoosier taxpayers. I strongly support the governor’s prudent recommendation to use this one-time money to pay cash for much-needed capital projects, which would otherwise require debt financing. This proposal could save over $100 million in interest payments over the next 20 years and free up those funds for important priorities like education and child protection. We look forward to working with Governor Holcomb in the coming months as we finalize plans for the 2020 session.”

Pressel presents governor’s award to local heart screening advocate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, July 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 11, 2019) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) recently presented the Circle of Corydon award to Julie West-Schroeder for her advocacy work with the Play for Jake Foundation. The foundation is named after Schroeder’s son, Jake West, who died suddenly during football practice from an undetected heart condition in 2013.

Sullivan statement on Indiana receiving CNBC’s top ranking for infrastructure

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Thursday, July 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 11, 2019) – “As the Crossroads of America, Indiana’s infrastructure is crucial to keeping our state running smoothly and connecting the country. Our long-term investment and commitment to roads and bridges has cemented Indiana as the top state in the nation for infrastructure. While others neglected to tackle this important issue, we moved forward with a responsible road funding plan ensuring Indiana will continue to have solid infrastructure for years to come.”

Soliday statement on Indiana’s top infrastructure ranking from CNBC

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, July 11, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), author of Indiana’s historic road funding plan, in your coverage of CNBC ranking Indiana No. 1 in the country for infrastructure: STATEHOUSE (July 11, 2019) – “Hoosier lawmakers worked diligently to support and improve our state’s

Clere: New law hits the sweet spot for Indiana beekeepers

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 10, 2019) – Legislation aimed at protecting and growing Indiana’s honey bee population was recently signed into law by the governor.

Engleman: New law hits the sweet spot for Indiana beekeepers

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 10, 2019) – Legislation aimed at protecting and growing Indiana’s honey bee population was recently signed into law by the governor. 

Bacon’s bill prohibiting discrimination against Hoosiers with disabilities ceremonially signed into law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Photo Caption: A new law sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) (front left) prohibiting discrimination against transplant recipients on the basis of disability is ceremonially signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb Monday, July 8, 2019, at the governor’s residence in Indianapolis. Under the new law, a patient could file a civil lawsuit if they are denied a transplant because of their disability.

McNamara’s bill supporting individuals with disabilities ceremonially signed into law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Photo Caption: A new law sponsored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) (seated, second from right) helping Hoosiers with disabilities is ceremonially signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) Monday, July 8, 2019, at the governor’s residence in Indianapolis. The law recognizes Supported Decision-Making Agreements as a valid way for individuals to choose supporters to assist them in making decisions. The supporters provide assistance but the person retains final decision-making authority. It can be used as an alternative to guardianship to help promote the person’s self-determination and independence.

Hendricks County House members named to summer study committees, commissions

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 10, 2019) – State Reps. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) and Jeffrey Thompson (R-Lizton) recently received their summer study committee assignments.

Zent’s veterans’ bills ceremonially signed into law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, July 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (July 8, 2019) – A pair of bills authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) providing more support to military veterans and their families were recently ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

One new law reduces medical obstacles for military families who have children with disabilities.

“The average military family will move six to nine times,” said Zent, a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. “For families who have a child with disabilities, this can create a serious challenge trying to get the necessary medical care.”

Frye: Dedicating their lives to our freedom

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, July 5, 2019

As the dust settles from the glorious fireworks displays celebrating the birth of our nation, thousands of brave American men and women remain deployed, protecting our country. While Independence Day has concluded, we can all work each day to honor the sacrifices made by our veterans and military members who dedicate their lives so that we may be free.

Lehe: Be aware of road construction projects

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, July 5, 2019

With warmer weather comes increased road construction. Though it can be frustrating at times, our roads require constant maintenance to keep Hoosier motorists safe. It is important to be patient, remain calm and follow helpful safety tips while traveling on Indiana’s roadways this summer. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, 4

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