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Bacon: Improving access to primary care

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, January 14, 2019

With the shortage of primary health care professionals in Indiana, especially in rural areas, I am working to increase Hoosiers’ access to primary care by eliminating regulatory burdens for advanced practice registered nurses.

Lauer works to hold public servants more accountable

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, January 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2019) — State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) recently filed legislation to impose tougher penalties on government officials or employees who are convicted of stealing public funds.

Sullivan named POWER Caucus president

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, January 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2019) – State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) was recently re-elected president of POWER, which is the Indiana women’s caucus.

Behning: Hoosier educators deserve more support, higher pay

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, January 11, 2019

Educators are a vital part of student lives and our local schools. They are the nation builders of our country and the foundation of our communities. To elevate the teaching profession and provide more dollars to educators, I collaborated with the Indiana State Teachers Association, Teach Plus and Stand for Children on several pieces of legislation to attract and keep highly qualified professionals teaching kids. 

Davisson: Putting the safety of Hoosier students and educators first

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, January 11, 2019

Students and teachers deserve a safe place to learn and work. Enhancing these efforts became clear after Indiana experienced two school shootings in 2018. This session, we are prioritizing school safety and strengthen our commitment to Hoosier students and teachers. Since 2013, Indiana appropriated $53 million in School Safety Matching Grants to hire

Mayfield presents flag to Morgan County Sheriff

Posted by: Brenda L. Holmes  | Thursday, January 10, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) (center) presents Morgan County Jail Commander Maj. David Rogers (left) and Morgan County Sheriff Richard W. Myers (right) with an Indiana state flag, which was flown over the Indiana Statehouse. Myers said he intends to fly the flag over the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. -30- State Rep.

Huston responds to Governor Holcombís budget proposal

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, January 10, 2019

“Governor Holcomb’s proposed two-year state budget is responsibly balanced based upon the revenue forecast and reflects many of our shared priorities, including increasing funding for Hoosier schools. The state’s latest fiscal outlook confirms Indiana’s economy is running strong, and we will continue working with Governor Holcomb and our counterparts in the Senate to keep the momentum going.”

Manning Memo: Manning the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, January 10, 2019

We wrapped up the first full week of the 2019 legislative session, which is my first session in office. I have been learning new things, meeting new people, talking about many different issues and working on bills I filed. It has been a rewarding experience up to this point, and I am grateful to the people of House District 23 for allowing me to have the opportunity to serve our community and the state of Indiana in this way.

Soliday files legislation to improve Porter County elections

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, January 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 9, 2019) – State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) recently filed legislation that would improve efficiency and accountability in Porter County elections. If passed, the number of officials on the Porter County Election Board would increase from three to five, all absentee and early voting ballots would have to be counted at a central

House ed committee to hear Behningís bill elevating teacher profession

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, January 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2019) – The House Education Committee on Wednesday will consider State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) bill that would provide more career opportunities for educators.

Key committee to consider DeVonís bills increasing teacher pay, retention

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, January 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2019) – The House Education Committee on Wednesday is set to hear State Rep. Dale DeVon’s (R-Granger) legislation that could raise teacher pay and provide critical support to new educators.

Bartels: Considering hate crime legislation

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, January 7, 2019

Lawmakers recently returned to the Statehouse for the start of the 2019 legislative session. An ongoing discussion taking place in the General Assembly is whether or not a statewide hate crime statute should be enacted, and if so, in what form.

Bacon: Submit comments, feedback on 2019 legislative survey

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, January 7, 2019

The 2019 legislative session recently began, and House lawmakers are eager to start working on solutions to issues impacting Indiana residents. This session, we will work to implement a balanced state budget, increase protections for our young Hoosiers, strengthen our commitment to teachers and students, and promote workforce initiatives. As I vote on these topics on behalf of our area, feedback from the community is incredibly important.

Balanced budget, school safety & teacher pay among top House Republican priorities

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, January 7, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 7, 2019) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) joined several House Republican members today to release their top legislative priorities for 2019, including passing a balanced state budget, strengthening school safety and increasing teacher pay.

“Passing an honestly balanced two-year state budget will take center stage, but we are also focused on passing our aggressive legislative agenda aimed at moving Indiana forward in many key areas, including school safety, teacher pay and our workforce,” Bosma said. “We are hitting the ground running to ensure a productive legislative session, and we look forward to working with our colleagues in the House and Senate, and Gov. Eric Holcomb.”

Frye: Share your thoughts on state issues

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, January 4, 2019

The 2019 legislative session recently began and lawmakers are working to address issues like the opioid epidemic, school safety and education funding. Your feedback helps guide my decisions when voting for potential new laws. Please consider completing my 2019 legislative survey at www.in.gov/h67 or return the hard copy which was recently mailed to

House lawmakers, Salvation Army join forces to help hungry kids

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 3, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 3, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army are teaming up this legislative session to increase awareness about child hunger.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) joined officials from The Salvation Army today at the Statehouse to launch a food and backpack donation drive.

Bacon: Keeping Hoosier riders safe on UTVs

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, December 21, 2018

Many Hoosiers in our area and across the state enjoy driving and exploring on all-terrain vehicles like four wheelers, dirt bikes and UTVs. While using these vehicles can be fun, it is important to take safety precautions. For the upcoming legislative session, I plan to author a bill to help keep Indiana residents safe while using UTVs.

Bartels: Industrial hemp provides many agricultural, economic opportunities

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, December 21, 2018

U.S. Congress recently passed a new farm bill. Farm bills are passed roughly every five years and include legislation impacting many aspects of agriculture, like best farming practices, access to healthy foods and funding for a variety programs. The most recent farm bill legalized the production of industrial hemp. I believe removing this product from the banned substances list will be beneficial to Indiana from an agricultural and economic development standpoint.

Bartholomew County lawmakers invite students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, December 21, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2018) – State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

Rep. Smaltz invites students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, December 21, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2018) – State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) encourages students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

Rep. Leonard invites students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, December 21, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2018) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

Lehe joins President Trump, Vice President Pence for farm bill signing

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, December 21, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2018) – State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House this week for the signing of the federal farm bill. According to Lehe, omnibus farm bills are passed roughly every five years and include legislation impacting farmers across the country. The bill signed this

Frye: Giving back this Christmas

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, December 21, 2018

The holiday season is a great time to give thanks, reflect on the blessings in our lives and give back to others. While spending time with family and enjoying holiday activities, please consider ways to help our neighbors, like donating time and food to local food pantries. Hunters and farmers in our area can help combat hunger by participating in the Meat

Cherry invites students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, December 20, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 20, 2018) – State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) encourages students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

Area legislators invite students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, December 20, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 20, 2018) – Local Lawmakers encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

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