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Negele’s bill cracking down on organized ‘shoplifting’ advances

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, February 20, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2019) – State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation enhancing penalties for organized “shoplifting” recently advanced out of the House of Representatives. Organized retail theft occurs when retail goods are stolen with the intention of reselling them. Negele said thieves used to primarily resell stolen

Ellington laces up sneakers to raise awareness

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, February 20, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) pairs sneakers with his suit to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the

Baird laces up sneakers to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, February 20, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) pairs sneakers with his suit to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the

Zent works to help children with disabilities, military families

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2019) – The House of Representatives supported State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) legislation that would provide essential care to children with disabilities from military families.

Morrison laces up sneakers to raise awareness

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, February 20, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) pairs sneakers with his suit to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the

Karickhoff and Manning lace up sneakers to raise cancer awareness

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

State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Ethan Manning (R-Denver) pair sneakers with their suits to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, cancer claims 37 Hoosier lives every day, but avoiding tobacco products, eating a healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of the disease.

Schaibley: House advances legislation providing tax credit to support individuals with disabilities

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) that would provide a tax credit for contributions to savings accounts for Hoosiers with special needs.

House supports Lucas’ bill offering handgun training to teachers who carry

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) — The House of Representatives Monday voted in support of State Rep. Jim Lucas’ (R-Seymour) bill that would offer handgun training to teachers who are allowed by their school boards to carry on school grounds.

Behning's statewide pre-K bill advances to Senate

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – The House of Representatives Monday voted in favor of State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation expanding Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program statewide.

House supports Engleman’s bill working to combat child trafficking

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – The House of Representatives Monday supported State Rep. Karen Engleman’s (R-Georgetown) legislation calling for a review of how the state’s child welfare system can better assist victims of child trafficking.

House supports Steuerwald’s proposal to compensate innocent Hoosiers who are wrongfully convicted

Posted by: courtney.heiden@iga.in.gov  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – Based off a proposal authored by State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) that House members unanimously supported today, innocent Hoosiers who are wrongfully convicted could soon be compensated for their time spent behind bars. Steuerwald, an attorney and member of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, said his bill

House GOP budget prioritizes Hoosier students, school safety & DCS

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) — State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) unveiled the Indiana House Republicans’ two-year state budget proposal, which includes substantive funding increases for education, school safety and the Department of Child Services.  

House supports Baird’s bill to help control invasive weeds

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of State Rep. Beau Baird’s (R-Greencastle) bill helping Hoosiers fight harmful and invasive weeds. Farmers are battling herbicide resistant, super weeds that require extremely expensive specialized treatment plans to eradicate. Baird said ensuring

Ellington works to help community corrections programs

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – The House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of State Rep. Jeff Ellington’s (R-Bloomington) proposal to help local community corrections programs pay for much-needed equipment. According to Ellington, local governments have access to established cumulative capital improvement funds, or CCI, which can

Nisly: Working for you

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Recently, I highlighted several of what some may consider important bills moving through the legislature, including those on protecting life at conception and establishing hate crimes. While these are the issues that garner the most attention, I also authored bills on four issues that I would like you to know about.

House supports Ziemke’s efforts to improve township government

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – The House of Representatives Monday supported State Rep. Cindy Ziemke’s (R-Batesville) legislation holding township governments accountable for large tax dollar reserves.

Schaibley: House advances legislation providing tax credit to support individuals with disabilities

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) that would provide a tax credit for contributions to savings accounts for Hoosiers with special needs.

Burton: Get the facts

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, February 18, 2019

Misinformation is a common problem in the modern era. Thanks to the internet and social media, it is easy for information about a variety of issues, including legislation, to be shared quickly and become distorted or inaccurate. It is like a game of telephone. A message can change many times before reaching you. The easiest way to ensure you have correct information is getting it from the original source.

Cherry: Keeping Our Schools Safe

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

Ensuring students have a safe place to learn and grow is vital. While Indiana is a national leader in school safety, there is more that can be done to protect Hoosier students, teachers and staff. This legislative session, I am supporting proposals for new laws further strengthening school safety.

Gutwein works to add rare, deadly disease to newborn screening panel

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, February 18, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2019) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) is working to save the lives of Hoosier babies through legislation adding a rare neurological disorder to Indiana’s newborn screening panel. Krabbe is a rare genetic disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and throughout the nervous system, and it affects 1 in

House advances Goodrich’s bill creating a senior-youth mentor pilot program

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, February 18, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2019) – The House of Representatives voted in support of legislation authored by State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) that would connect students and senior citizens in local schools through a pilot mentorship program.

Goodrich said he was inspired to author the legislation following conversations with local residents who wanted to help after last year’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. Through the program, volunteers aged 55 and over would work with students in three school corporations, one urban, one suburban and one rural.

Goodrich: Connecting Hoosiers, young and old

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, February 18, 2019

After last year’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School shook our community, many senior citizens expressed to me their desire to help our youth. This inspired me to author House Bill 1224, which would create a pilot mentorship program for older Hoosiers to work with students.

House supports Lauer’s bill targeting identity theft

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation helping Hoosiers protect themselves against synthetic identity theft.

Bartels: You can make a difference

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

Recently, the American Red Cross hosted the annual blood drive competition at the Statehouse. I was able to make a donation and speak with representatives about how Hoosiers in our area can support their goals and services. Volunteers and donors are always called to help the organization fulfill its mission of providing for our communities, armed services and those in need.

House to consider Saunders’ absentee ballot legislation

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday will consider State Rep. Tom Saunders’ (R-Lewisville) legislation extending the time for citizens to send in absentee ballots.

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