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House advances Hostettlerís 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.

Jordanís 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 DeVonís 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 DeVonís 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 Indianaís 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: Letís 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.

Bacon: Why we March for Life

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

In Indiana, our nation’s capital and around the country, thousands came together this month to stand for the unborn at March for Life rallies. Abortion is one of the great tragedies of our time, and I’m encouraged to see so many Hoosiers affirm the right to life and protecting the unborn. This year marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States at the federal level, and it is more important than ever for us let the world know why we march for life and how we are going to defend life in 2020.

Pressel welcomes LaPorte County Farm Bureau to Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, January 24, 2020

CAPTION: State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) (far right) welcomes LaPorte County Farm Bureau members Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, to the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The group met with Pressel to discuss health care and agriculture issues as they relate to LaPorte County. Pictured from left to right: Daron Bruder, Jack Missal, Indiana Farm Bureau

Mayfieldís bill restricting firefighting foam with toxic chemicals moves forward

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 24, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2020) – The Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee unanimously approved State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) legislation prohibiting the use of a firefighting foam containing dangerous chemicals from being used for training.

Local legislators honor Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School football team with resolution

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 24, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) — State Sens. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) and Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon), and State Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) honored the Western Boone football team on Jan. 23, 2020, with Senate Concurrent Resolution 10.

Lehe: Protecting Hoosier health consumers

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, January 24, 2020

Session is in full swing, and state lawmakers are taking a good, hard look at issues important to Hoosiers. One area in particular we are focusing on this year is surprise medical billing and driving down health care costs. Surprise billing is when an individual goes to an in-network health care provider for a service, but is seen by an out-of-network

Local legislators support bill to empower next generation of workers

Posted by: Cameron Michaels  | Friday, January 24, 2020

State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) this week voted in support of a bill that aims to break barriers for students from low-income families.

Davisson: Help homeless Hoosier heroes

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

Addiction. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Adjusting to civilian life. These are just a few of the many challenges our brave veterans face after service. For thousands of men and women who served, these new battles are difficult to overcome, sometimes resulting in homelessness. The American Legion is here to help.

Manning Memo: We are picking up the pace

Friday, January 24, 2020

We just wrapped up the third week of the session and legislation is moving quickly as we approach critical deadlines to keep bills alive.

House advances Lauerís bill adding deadly genetic disease to newborn screening panel

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, January 23, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) — The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation that would add a rare genetic disorder to the state’s newborn screening panel.

Bedford student joins State Rep. Chris May at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, January 23, 2020

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) welcomes his daughter, Sydney May, to the Statehouse, where she served as a student page on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Sydney May is a student at Bedford Middle School, and as a page she assisted House legislators and staff, and toured the governor’s office, the Indiana Supreme Court and the House and Senate chambers.

Rep. Heaton urges INDOT to create sign honoring Indiana basketball legend

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Indiana House of Representatives supported Rep. Bob Heaton’s (R-Terre Haute) resolution requesting the Indiana Department of Transportation to erect a commemorative road sign for Indiana basketball legend and Clay County native Angus Jeffers Nicoson.

Abbott honors Fort Wayne native for soy-based drinking straw innovation

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, January 23, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) recently honored Fort Wayne native Morgan Malm and the other winners of Purdue University’s Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition at the Statehouse.

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