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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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