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Burton: Legislative session wraps up

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The 2019 legislative session has come to a close, with many proposals already signed into law by the governor. Lawmakers worked hard this session, putting Hoosiers first and passing sound policies moving Indiana forward. I tackled important issues to protect local property owners, support retired public employees and engage students in civics education.

Local students join State Rep. Jeff Ellington at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2019) – State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) recently welcomed Bloomfield residents to the Statehouse where they served as pages. Several Arrows Baptist Academy students served as House pages, including Danielle, Isaac, Jennifer and Kristen Ceaser. Students toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers,

Student pages join State Rep. Beau Baird at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2019) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these students toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They also helped staff with daily duties and joined Baird on the House floor during the legislative

Rep. Abbott welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.

Student pages join Gutwein at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2019) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these students toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They also helped staff with their daily tasks and met with Gutwein to learn more about the

Student pages join Rep. Steuerwald at the Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2019) – State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these students toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They also helped staff with their daily tasks and met with Steuerwald to learn more about the

Local students join Rep. Brown at the Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2019) – State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these students toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They also helped staff with their daily tasks and met with Brown to learn more about the

Bellmont student joins Rep. Lehman at the Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2019) – Bellmont High School student Gunner Butler recently joined State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) at the Statehouse where he served as a page. Butler, from Decatur, toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. He also helped staff with their daily tasks and met with Lehman

Bosma statement on Gov. Eric Holcomb signing next state budget into law

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – “This responsibly balanced state budget will make a difference for teachers and schools around the state. We are putting dollars directly in the pockets of teachers through a 25% increase in the Teacher Appreciation Grant, bringing the total grant to $37.5 million per year. In addition, local schools should prioritize teacher pay with over $140 million in savings realized through the state’s pay down of teacher pension liabilities and an increase of $539 million in direct state aid. We also invested in creating opportunities for experienced teachers to earn more by taking on additional responsibilities in the classroom. While teacher pay decisions are best left to local schools, our efforts to drive more dollars to the classroom through a record investment in education will be a boon for students and teachers alike.”

Huston comments on Gov. Holcomb signing Indiana’s balanced budget into law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) — “Today’s signing reflects our ongoing commitment to schools, workforce programs, veterans and the safety of Hoosier children. Our $34 billion balanced biennial budget is the culmination of many months of hard work. We funded the state’s priorities, protecting Indiana’s healthy reserves and valuable AAA credit rating without straining our finances or burdening future generations with debt.” 

Cherry: Bryce’s legacy will save other Hoosier babies

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, April 29, 2019

The first law enacted by the Indiana General Assembly this legislative session will help save the lives of Hoosier babies. Senate Enrolled Act 41, which I co-sponsored, will expand the number of newborn screenings to identify more genetic diseases and conditions earlier, so that babies can have a better chance of survival.

Pressel welcomes local students to the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) recently met with local students who served as pages at the Statehouse. “It is always nice to hear from the young people in our community,” Pressel said. “Paging is a great opportunity for students to learn about their state government and interact with

Zent’s bill removing obstacle for military families needing medical services now law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – Military families who have children with disabilities will have one less obstacle to face in order to receive medical care, thanks to a new law authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).

Student pages join State Rep. Alan Morrison at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these participants toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They also helped staff with daily duties and joined Morrison on the House floor during the legislative

Student pages join State Rep. Chris May at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, April 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As House pages, these participants toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They helped staff with daily duties and joined May on the House floor during the legislative

Soliday requests study to help NW Indiana’s seriously ill babies, children

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 29, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of the Northwest Indiana delegation’s request for the state to study how Medicaid payments are made for Hoosier children who are treated out of state: STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – “Hoosier parents with children in need of

Bosma responds to passing of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Sunday, April 28, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2019) – “Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was a consummate statesman and respected leader of our city, state and nation. His legacy of bipartisan coalition building and ultimately international arms control will live on for generations. We are beyond grateful for his lifetime of service, and will continue to keep his family in our prayers.”

Bartels: Applying Maslow’s hierarchy to lawmaking

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, April 26, 2019

In psychology, there is a motivational theory called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is represented in a pyramid with five levels. The needs on the bottom must be satisfied before moving up the pyramid. Starting at the bottom of the hierarchy and moving upwards, the needs include physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization. As a lawmaker, I often reflect on Maslow’s hierarchy to gauge how a law can ultimately help Indiana and Hoosiers progress to reach higher levels of growth.

Bacon: It’s a wrap on the 2019 legislative session

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, April 26, 2019

The 2019 legislative session recently came to an end, and lawmakers passed bills creating new policies for Indiana. This session, I authored legislation to address various aspects of health care and strengthen our state’s public health sector.

Behning: Grants will provide mentorship, additional pay opportunities for educators

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – Hoosier schools can now tap new grant money in order to compensate experienced educators who mentor new teachers after legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) was signed into law. 

Bolstering our fight against the opioid epidemic

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, April 26, 2019

Session has come to a close, and lawmakers have worked hard this year on important legislation impacting Hoosiers across the state. In particular, we supported a number of bills to continue our fight against Indiana’s opioid epidemic and help Hoosiers suffering from addiction get the treatment they need. Opioids, typically administered to treat

Cook receives legislator award from Humane Society

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, April 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) received the Humane Legislator Award from the Humane Society of the United States for his work promoting animal safety.

Cook was recognized for authoring a 2017 law providing some protections for people who use force to enter a vehicle to save a distressed pet.

McNamara’s proposal strengthening school safety could soon be law

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, April 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) to strengthen school safety is now headed to the governor.

Behning’s bill expanding pre-K statewide could soon be law

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, April 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Hoosier four-year-olds statewide could soon have access to pre-K, thanks to legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).

Soliday: Bill expanding rural broadband access heads to governor

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, April 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) to extend broadband to rural regions of the state could soon become law. “Reliable internet has become critical for success in the classroom as well as in the business world,” said Soliday, chair of the House Utilities, Energy and

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