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DeVon encourages St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).

Mayfield’s bill funding reserve officer training heads to governor

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

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – After unanimous support in the Senate, State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill opening up funding for reserve police officer training could soon become law. The legislation allows law enforcement agencies throughout the state to use the Law Enforcement Continuing Education Fund to cover the training fees

Pressel’s bill creating alternative to paying court fees could soon be law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, April 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) providing offenders the option of performing community service in lieu of paying court fees heads to the governor’s desk and could soon become law. Under current law, a convicted person who does not pay their court fees by a specified date defaults

Smaltz: Bill stopping dismemberment abortions in Indiana heads to governor’s desk

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, April 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – Legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) prohibiting dismemberment abortions in Indiana recently was passed by the Senate and could soon become law.

Bosma responds to governor signing bias crimes, appointed superintendent bills into law

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Wednesday, April 3, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – “Indiana took a historic step forward today as the governor signed the bias crimes bill into law, which strengthens our reputation as a welcoming state for all. Lawmakers worked hard to craft legislation to protect all Hoosiers equally and leave no one out.

Rep. Kirchhofer: Beech Grove grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, April 3, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – A Beech Grove High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) and her fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Evan Smiley, a resident of Beech Grove, is the son of Phil and Christa Smiley. He attends the University of Indianapolis where he is majoring in political science.

Mayfield’s bill stopping dismemberment abortions in Indiana heads to governor’s desk

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, April 3, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – The Indiana Senate recently supported State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill prohibiting dismemberment abortions in Indiana, which could soon become law. The medical term for the procedure is dilation and evacuation, or D&E. The term D&E also applies to what is known as a partial-birth abortion,

Mark Your Calendar: Local Legislative Update Meetings April 13

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Wednesday, April 3, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) and State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) will host two legislative update meetings on Saturday, April 13. The first meeting will be from 8-9 a.m. at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, located at 125 E. Monroe St. A second meeting will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Berne Chamber of

Karickhoff’s bill to improve state tourism moves to governor’s desk

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 3, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – The Indiana State Senate recently supported State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s  (R-Kokomo) legislation to enhance Indiana’s tourism industry and encourage economic growth, which could soon become law.

Nearly 80 million people visited Indiana in 2017, generating $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue. These increased earnings saved Hoosier households an average of $561. Under Karickhoff’s bill, the Indiana Destination Development Corp. would be established as a joint public-private agency, and replace the current Office of Tourism Development.

Governor, legislative leaders say bias crimes bill is all-inclusive, covers every form of hate

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statements from Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) in your coverage of the Senate’s passage of Senate Enrolled Act 198. The bill allows a judge to consider at sentencing whether a crime was committed with bias or because of a victim’s “real or perceived characteristic, trait, belief, association or other attribute,” which Republican leaders said ensures every Hoosier is covered under the law. The measure also defines “bias crimes” as a crime against someone based on their color, creed, disability, national origin, race and sexual orientation. These categories are already listed in Indiana’s nearly 20-year-old bias crimes statute.

Rep. Steuerwald: Nobody is left out of all-inclusive hate crimes bill

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – “The intent of this bill is to cover every form of hate and treat every form of hate the same. This is the most comprehensive bias crimes statute in the country, leaving no one out. With this policy, every Hoosier will receive equal protection under the law, which is a Constitutional right, while reinforcing that bias-motivated crimes in Indiana will not be tolerated.”

Cook responds to Senate’s support for bias crimes legislation

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – “While Senate Bill 198 is not perfect, it is still an inclusive bill that protects all Hoosiers equally. I appreciate the opportunity to work with Rep. Steuerwald on this legislation and support his efforts. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this conversation, and made their voice heard. This is a major, positive step forward for our state.”

Legislators support Rep. Bacon’s bill exempting health care providers from abortion procedures

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

 STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – After passing through the Senate and House, legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) giving health care providers an exemption from performing or assisting in abortion procedures could soon be law.

Bartels: Working to better support students, educators

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Indiana is home to over 1 million students and 70,000 teachers. This session, legislators brought forth various proposals to support educators as they prepare students for success. I am sponsoring legislation that would increase the tax credit teachers use toward classroom materials and provide schools more flexibility when it comes to compensating educators.

Rep. Prescott: Local grads gain experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Local graduates are gaining experience as interns with State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Lauer: Local business recognized for over 100 years of operation

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Cummins Inc. recently received the Governor’s Century Business Award for being in operation since 1919, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

Rep. Cherry: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — A New Palestine High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Student pages join Rep. Barrett at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.

Frye recognizes Indiana Task Force One for outstanding efforts

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

 STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) recently honored Indiana Task Force One at the Statehouse for their services around the country.

Engleman congratulates local basketball team on state championship

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

PHOTO ATTACHED CAPTION: State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) (left, podium) honors the Silver Creek High School boys’ basketball team Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The basketball team won the 2019 Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A state championship against Culver Academy. -30- State Rep. Karen

Negele: House supports bill helping ‘revenge porn’ victims

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – The House of Representatives voted in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) providing justice to Hoosiers whose intimate photos are shared without their consent. Also known as “revenge porn,” nonconsensual pornography is the distribution of intimate images without consent from

Bill to appoint Howard County magistrate heads to governor

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — The Indiana Senate recently supported State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter’s (R-Kokomo) legislation that would permit the Howard County courts to appoint a magistrate to assist with cases.

Cook: Strengthening Indiana’s education system

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

I have devoted most of my life to education, and I continue to do everything I can as a lawmaker to support both students and teachers. I am sponsoring several Senate bills to better serve students after they graduate and streamline teacher training requirements.

When students graduate from high school, they are often unsure of what they want to do next in life. I am sponsoring Senate Bill 158 to develop the Indiana Youth Service Program for recent high school graduates. This program would provide young Hoosiers an opportunity to explore growing career options in Indiana, learn various skills and figure out their next step.

DeVon: South Bend business recognized for 100 years of operation

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Claeys Candy, Inc. in South Bend recently received the Governor’s Century Business Award for operating since 1919, according to State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).

Abbott: Local business recognized for over 50 years of operation

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Lewger Machine & Tool in Kendallville recently received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award for operating since 1951, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).

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