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Burton’s bill adding civics test to high school government classes could soon be law

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, April 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2019) – With support from the Indiana Senate and the House of Representatives, State Rep. Woody Burton’s (R-Whiteland) legislation that would make the U.S. citizenship test a part of high school government classes could soon become law.  

Gutwein’s bill helping veterans could soon be law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, April 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2019) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation notifying Hoosier veterans of important resources could soon be signed into law. Under Gutwein’s legislation, questions regarding the status of veterans and surviving spouses would be included on applications for driver’s licenses and permits, and

Rep. Smaltz: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Tuesday, April 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2019) – A DeKalb High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Local business recognized for over 50 years of operation

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, April 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2019) —Northwestern Indiana Telephone Company in Hebron recently received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award for being in operation since 1939, according to State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron). “Owning and maintaining a business is no easy task,” Aylesworth said. “To do so successfully for 80

Kokomo lawmakers honor Northwestern High School basketball champions

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, April 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2019) – State Reps. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) and Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) honored the Northwestern High School girls basketball team Tuesday at the Statehouse for winning the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A state championship.

Bosma statement on House Ethics Committee’s unanimous, bipartisan decision to dismiss complaint

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, April 8, 2019

Note to the Press: Attached is the letter House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) received today from the House Ethics Committee. Please include the following statement from Bosma on the committee’s unanimous and bipartisan decision to dismiss the complaint against him:

Rep. Young welcomes Franklin High School show choirs to the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 8, 2019

CAPTION: State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) (right) honors members of the Franklin Community High School show choirs with a resolution for their achievements Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Statehouse. Several of the choirs, all led by Head Choir and Musical Theater Director Michael Hummel (third from the right), have earned championship titles over the last few years. The students showcased their talents with a performance in the House Chamber.  

Rep. Lauer: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) — A Columbus East High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Mahan: Saving young Hoosiers with ‘Bryce’s Bill’

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, April 8, 2019

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

Student pages join State Rep. Burton at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.

Student pages join State Rep. Frizzell at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.

Student pages join State Rep. Kirchhofer at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.

Indianapolis student pages join State Rep. Speedy at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.

Davisson: Protecting rural property owners

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Monday, April 8, 2019

In Indiana, local government entities often impose regulations and restrictions on property owners who reside outside of their jurisdiction. This imposition would be similar to letting Kentucky have some regulatory control over nearby Indiana property owners. There is growing concern among rural property owners that city or town governments could continue

Negele’s bill commemorating women’s suffrage could soon be law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2019) – The Indiana Senate recently supported State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation to help commemorate 100 years of women’s right to vote. Negele’s bill would create the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to organize and promote activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the

Heine encourages Allen County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for Allen County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).

Leonard encourages Allen County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for Allen County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).

Torr: Supporting equal representation for Hoosiers

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

After each national census every 10 years, the Indiana Constitution reapportionment of legislative districts to accurately reflect the updated population data. During the redistricting process, new borders are drawn for State House and Senate districts. Changing the way Indiana creates the legislative districts to a nonpartisan system would add transparency to our electoral maps and prevent potential gerrymandering in the future.

Behning: Placing added value on classroom experience

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

Outside of parents, quality teachers are the single most important factor in student success. To keep skilled educators in the classroom, I am sponsoring legislation to provide local schools more flexibility to increase salaries across the board and ensure veteran educators are not undercompensated compared to their newer peers. As professionals gain experience, a salary that grows to match their skills is one of the key influences to staying in their career. 

Bacon: Helping young Hoosiers make connections, succeed

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, April 5, 2019

According to Youth Mentor, a worldwide program helping families in need, 1 in 3 children under the age of 18 lack adult role models, leaving them alone during impressionable times in life. I am supporting legislation to establish a mentorship pilot program that would connect students and senior citizens in local schools, as well as a pilot program to help Hoosier children who are at risk of becoming juvenile offenders.

Frye’s school safety legislation could soon be law

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, April 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2019) — The Indiana House recently voted in support of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would bolster school safety by equipping schools with emergency response kits. Under this legislation, public schools could place “Stop the Bleed” kits on walls to ensure school staff members are better

Manning Memo: Finalizing legislation

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, April 5, 2019

With just three weeks remaining in this legislative session, we have begun to finalize bills. Once a bill has passed the House of Representatives or Senate, it goes to the opposite chamber for further consideration. If it makes it through the committee process and another floor vote with no changes, it is sent to the governor to be considered for a new law. If the other chamber makes amendments, the author of the bill must decide to agree or disagree with the changes. If the author concurs or agrees, and the majority of the bill’s originating chamber supports the amendments, it goes to the governor to either be signed into law or vetoed.

Rep. Frizzell: Indy grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, April 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – A Roncalli High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Elijah Marx, a resident of Indianapolis, is the son of Jeff and Shannon Marx. He attends Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis where he is majoring in criminal justice.

Miller encourages Elkhart County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Thursday, April 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available for Elkhart County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart).

Rep. Baird: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, April 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – Martinsville High School graduate Austin Mayfield is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session. Mayfield, a resident of Martinsville, is the son of Dean and Peggy Mayfield. He is a Northern

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