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Wolkins pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, January 30, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Northeast Indiana are lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, January 30, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: (from left) State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), Matt Lehman (R-Berne), Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), Denny Zent (R-Angola), Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Abbott (R-Rome City) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Manning Memo: Taking steps forward

Thursday, January 30, 2020

We had a great discussion on a wide range of issues in Logansport last week. Thanks to the Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce for hosting legislators for the Third House Session! One of the biggest topics we discussed was education. We have passed several bills this session that are high priorities for House Republicans and the education community, including holding teachers harmless from low ILEARN test scores and decoupling teacher evaluations from test scores.

House advances Barrett’s bill providing more cancer screening coverage

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2020) — The House of Representatives Tuesday voted in support of State Rep. Brad Barrett’s (R-Richmond) legislation that would ensure insurance companies cover colorectal cancer screenings at an earlier age.

Morris honors Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger cheer team, cross country state champions

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2020) – State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) recently honored the Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger cheerleading team and Saints cross country runner Erin Strzelecki at the Statehouse.

Smaltz’s bill addressing surprise medical billing advances to Senate

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2020) – The House of Representatives Tuesday supported State Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) bill that would protect Hoosiers from surprise medical billing.

Gutwein’s bill saving taxpayers $6M in license plate stickers heads to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2020) – The House of Representatives Tuesday advanced State Rep. Doug Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation that would save taxpayers millions of dollars by eliminating vehicle registration decals. After paying to renew their vehicle registrations each year, Hoosiers receive decals from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Frye welcomes Milan pastor to lead Indiana House in prayer

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) welcomes local pastor Tommy Beatley Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, to the Statehouse. Beatley is the pastor at Delaware United Methodist Church in Osgood, and was invited by Frye to lead the Indiana House of Representatives in prayer before the opening of session.

Goodrich’s bill to remove barriers to opportunities passes out of the House

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives today approved State Rep. Chuck Goodrich’s (R-Noblesville) bill that would break down barriers to career opportunities for students from low-income families.

Schaibley: House approves additional magistrate for Hamilton County

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives today approved allowing Hamilton County to hire an additional magistrate. State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) said the new magistrate would preside over minor offenses and hold preliminary hearings for more serious crimes.

House Committee approves Schaibley’s bill to provide Hoosiers with timely, health care pricing information

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) – The House Public Health Committee Wednesday voted in favor of a bill authored by State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) providing Hoosiers with timely, health care pricing information.

House supports Manning’s bill preventing deaths from low head dams

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2020) – The House of Representatives today approved State Rep. Ethan Manning’s (R-Denver) legislation to prevent deaths from low head dams with a 95-1 vote. 

House advances Hostettler’s bill adding magistrate in Gibson County

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously supported State Rep. Matt Hostettler’s (R-Fort Branch) legislation allowing Gibson County to hire a new magistrate.

Evansville area lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left to right) State Reps. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch), Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. The American Cancer Society recommends a healthy diet and exercise to significantly reduce cancer risks.

Pressel: Bill to combat distracted driving heads to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2020) – The House of Representatives advanced legislation co-authored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) on Wednesday to prohibit holding a hand-held electronic device while driving. Currently, it is illegal for motorists to text while driving. However, Pressel said this law is difficult to enforce and many drivers

Local lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left to right) State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, the use of tobacco products is linked to many types of cancer, and recommends avoiding this product to significantly reduce cancer risks.

Jordan’s bill providing flexibility for schools, streamlining teacher training heads to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2020) – The House of Representatives advanced State Rep. Jack Jordan’s (R-Bremen) legislation on Tuesday supporting local schools by adding flexibility and easing mandates. Jordan said many educators and schools throughout the state have expressed concerns regarding the number of regulations. Under Jordan’s

House advances DeVon’s bill to support child abuse victims

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday voted in support of State Rep. Dale DeVon's (R-Granger) bill that would help new teachers recognize and properly respond to signs of trauma in children.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Maltreatment Report, there were 25,731 child abuse victims in Indiana in 2018. DeVon said young victims of trauma may experience social, emotional and academic setbacks. His legislation would add trauma response and recognition education to the training new educators must receive in order to qualify for their first teaching license.

Morrison authors municipal election bill to increase voter turnout, save towns money

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, January 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2020) – The Elections and Apportionment Committee advanced State Rep. Alan Morrison’s (R-Brazil) bill empowering local legislators to move municipal elections to even-numbered years, which he said could increase voter turnout and save towns money on conducting elections.

Gutwein honored at annual veterans ceremony

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, January 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2020) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) today at the Statehouse was recognized before several Indiana veterans groups for his work supporting Indiana’s bravest men and women. Gutwein, a Vietnam War veteran and member of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, received a “Service Before

House supports DeVon’s bill to reduce wait times for First Steps services

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, January 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) that would help Hoosier children with development delays and disabilities receive timelier care through Indiana’s First Steps program.

Bacon honors Castle High School archery team

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Monday, January 27, 2020

State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) honored members of the Castle High School archery team on Monday at the Statehouse.

Zent works to rename U.S. 20 for Indiana’s Medal of Honor recipients

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky and Jordan Wallace  | Monday, January 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2020) – State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) today at the Statehouse presented a resolution urging the Indiana Department of Transportation to rename a section of U.S. 20 as the Indiana Medal of Honor Memorial Highway.

According to Zent, a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran who serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, designating a national Medal of Honor Memorial Highway is a coordinated effort among the 12 states impacted by U.S. 20.

House supports bill to make interfering with fire scenes a crime

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, January 24, 2020

The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday voted in favor of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) that would make interfering with fire scenes a crime.

Bartels: Let’s make a difference for veterans

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, January 24, 2020

This session, the Indiana House of Representatives is joining forces with the Indiana Legion to collect and distribute hygiene and food items to homeless veterans. Our goal is to assemble 500 care packages for the Indiana Legion to distribute statewide to veterans in need, and there are opportunities for everyone to help in this effort.

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