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Lauer's bill expanding Safe Haven Law heads to Senate

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously Tuesday in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer's (R-Columbus) legislation that would expand Indiana's Safe Haven Law to allow distressed mothers or parents to call 911 to surrender custody of their infant child.

Morrison's bill amending employee microchipping ban passes House

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

State Rep. Alan Morrison's (R-Brazil) legislation clarifying a state law that bans employers from requiring workers to be microchipped passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives.

Bill supporting local law enforcement heads to Senate

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – After a unanimous vote by the Indiana House of Representatives this week, legislation co-authored by local legislators supporting local law enforcement now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Key committee advances McNamara's bill getting Hoosiers back to work, bad drivers off the road

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee recently voted to support State Rep. Wendy McNamara's (R-Evansville) legislation helping Hoosiers with suspended licenses get back on track.

Sullivan's bill paves way for personal delivery robots passes out of the House

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted 95-0 to advance State Rep. Holli Sullivan's (R-Evansville) legislation that would pave the way for local governments to begin partnering with companies to utilize autonomous delivery robots in communities throughout the state.

Heine's bill supporting Northeast Indiana's growth advances out of House

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Rep. Dave Heine's (R-Fort Wayne) legislation on Tuesday that would establish a Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission to drive local economic growth.

Reps. King, Miller: Bill supporting Indiana's small businesses, hospitality industry heads to Senate

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) —The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that would establish the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program, which would support Indiana's jobs and economy, according to State Reps. Joanna King (R-Middlebury) and Doug Miller (R-Elkhart).

Rep. Teshka: Bill supporting local law enforcement heads to Senate for consideration

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – After a unanimous vote by the Indiana House of Representatives this week, legislation co-authored by State Rep. Jake Teshka (R-South Bend) supporting local law enforcement now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Rep. Wesco works to expand early voting in Indiana

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – State Rep. Tim Wesco's (R-Osceola) bill to expand early voting opportunities for Hoosiers took a step forward Monday after the House Elections and Apportionment Committee unanimously voted in support of it.

Engleman co-authors bill expanding grant for National Guard members to pursue master's degrees

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, February 2, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2021) – Legislation co-authored by State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) would expand a grant to help Indiana National Guard members earn graduate degrees.

Leonard: Hoosiers age 65 and older now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 1, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2021) – Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).

Judy: Hoosiers age 65 and older now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 1, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2021) – Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne).

Smaltz, Zent: Hoosiers age 65 and older now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 1, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2021) – Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Reps. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) and Denny Zent (R-Angola).

Carbaugh, Heine: Hoosiers age 65 and older now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 1, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2021) – Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).

Vermilion's bill to improve public health passes out of key committee

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, February 1, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2021) – The House Public Health Committee voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Ann Vermilion's (R-Marion) legislation establishing a new public health grant program. Vermilion said the program would fund initiatives aimed at addressing the most challenging health disparities in Indiana. According to the United Health

Karickhoff's bill targeting state, local cybersecurity issues passes key committee

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Friday, January 29, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2021) – State Rep. Mike Karickhoff's (R-Kokomo) bill to address cybersecurity incidents among state agencies and local governments took a step forward Thursday after the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee voted to approve it.

Davis: Support, resources available for local businesses

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, January 29, 2021

Small businesses sponsor our local sports teams, host fundraisers for community members, provide jobs and help drive Indiana's economy. Over the last year, many have had to pivot and adapt to challenges brought on by the pandemic, and some need additional support to keep their doors open. At the Statehouse, we are working on legislation that would build on the state's existing efforts to support Hoosier jobs and our employers.

Cook: Investing in young Hoosiers' futures

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Friday, January 29, 2021

As college costs continue to rise, more and more parents are choosing to use Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans to help their child get the skills they need for the workforce while taking on less student loan debt. This long-term savings plan has traditionally been used to pay for college and technical schools, and Hoosier families can now use these savings for qualified apprenticeship programs. This additional flexibility in how Hoosiers can spend their CollegeChoice 529 savings has the potential to reach more students than ever before to ensure they have an opportunity to follow a career path that best suits their talents.

Manning: Bill reestablishing the 21st Century Energy Task Force advances out of committee

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Friday, January 29, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2021) – The House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee voted today in support of a legislative proposal co-authored by State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) that would reestablish the 21st Century Energy Task Force following its expiration in December of last year.

Frye: Supporting our students this year and beyond

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, January 29, 2021

This past year many schools temporarily shifted to a virtual or hybrid learning format, allowing Hoosier students to learn at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Even now, many continue operating under a hybrid model. Indiana law requires students to be in-person for classes to receive full funding. Many traditional public schools shared concerns about potentially losing out on much-needed funding – all because they had to make a shift to virtual for part of the year. That's why we are fast-tracking a bill to address this issue. Along with fully funding our students this year, we will work to find new ways to invest in education through expanding broadband access and creating a grant program to combat learning loss.

Key committee supports McNamara's bill helping students impacted by pandemic

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, January 29, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2021) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara's (R-Evansville) legislation that would establish the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help students experiencing learning loss due to the pandemic advanced out of the House Ways and Means Committee.  

Cherry: Expanding educational options for students, families

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, January 29, 2021

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Bartels: Easy way to invest in your student's education

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, January 29, 2021

Now more than ever, families are investing in an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan to help their child pay for education and training after high school. This savings plan has traditionally been used to pay for college and technical school tuition. Fortunately, Hoosier families can now use these funds for qualified apprenticeship programs. The additional flexibility can provide even more young Hoosiers the opportunity to pursue their passion.

Hostettler: ShopIndianaGrown.org connects Hoosiers to local products

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, January 29, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2021) — Indiana Grown recently launched the Shop Indiana Grown online marketplace connecting Hoosiers directly to local vendors and products, according to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka).

Cherry: Expanding educational options for students, families

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, January 29, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 29, 2021 Expanding educational options for students, families Parents deserve the

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