STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2020) – State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) recently at the Statehouse recognized Danville’s Katie Pourcho, who was named Indiana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.
We got off to a running start this week as the second half of session really got going. Right now, I am sponsoring eight Senate bills, and keeping a close watch on my two bills over in the Senate. Six of the Senate bills I am sponsoring have already been heard in committee. Those will now move to the House and Senate floors for further consideration.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2020) – State Reps. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) recently honored the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce for its 100-year anniversary at the Statehouse.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse honored the 2019 state champion Salem High School marching band with a resolution.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2020) — State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation that would add a rare genetic disorder to the state’s newborn screening panel could soon be law.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2020) – State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) recently honored the Concordia Lutheran High School boys cross country team at the Statehouse.
Members of the House of Representatives honored State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) today for his years of public service.
State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently honored the life of Jennings County native Lance Cpl. Jacky Ray Koenig Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corps for his service to his country.
Our heroes currently serving and who have served in the military provide so much to our country. Too often, our veterans are met with challenging times when returning home to civilian life. These brave men and women can encounter addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, joblessness and other contributors that cause homelessness. In 2019, Indiana saw its homeless veteran population increase by 6%. The American Legion, Department of Indiana can help these courageous service men and women in need.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday supported legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) adding Indiana to the EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact, which would allow emergency service providers to cross state lines to save lives.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2020) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) (center) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. In 2019, there was a 6% increase in homelessness among Indiana veterans. To help those who served and raise awareness of this important issue, the Indiana House of Representatives partnered with the American Legion Department of Indiana to collect more than 7,000 hygiene and food items for care packages. These packages will be distributed to homeless Hoosier veterans across the state.
Nearly half of Hoosier employers have unfilled positions due to not having enough qualified applicants. In just two years, it is expected the state will need to fill approximately 1 million jobs. As Indiana continues to skill up its workforce, our efforts at every level must be aligned.
When someone rents a house or an apartment, they assume responsibility for paying their utility bills. In the past, smaller communities enacted ordinances placing the responsibility for tenants’ unpaid utilities on property owners. These local ordinances tied the hands of landlords who have limited options when their renter stops paying. A law I authored last year protects property owners from being held accountable for their tenants’ unpaid utility bills, but additional clarification is needed so the appropriate person is billed.
It seems like just yesterday we started the 2020 legislative session of the General Assembly. I have been hard at work with my colleagues in determining new legislation to consider. All the bills approved by the House of Representatives must now make their way through committee and to the Senate floor and vice versa.
With nearly nine American’s killed each day due to distracted driving, steps need to be taken to make roadways safer. While state law currently prohibits texting while driving, it is difficult to enforce as people use their cell phones for more than just texting. This session, state lawmakers are taking a stand against distracted driving to help keep Hoosiers safe.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Dave Abbott (R-Rome City) (right) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. In 2019, there was a 6% increase in homelessness among Indiana veterans. To help those who served and raise awareness of this important issue, the Indiana House of Representatives partnered with the American Legion Department of Indiana to collect more than 7,000 hygiene and food items for care packages. These packages will be distributed to homeless Hoosier veterans across the state.
This week we began the second half of this year’s legislative session. In the first half, we passed 114 bills out of the House and the Senate advanced 169 bills. One point I always like to make is about the collaborative environment at the Statehouse. Of the bills that passed the House so far, every single one had bipartisan support. Furthermore, 89% of those bills passed with 10 or fewer “nay” votes. I think this is important to note because many people don’t realize that we have a lot of bipartisan and practical legislation.
State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) recently honored Honda Manufacturing of Indiana with a resolution at the Indiana Statehouse for producing its 2 millionth vehicle in Greensburg and its contributions to the community.
State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) (center) hosts administrators and employees of the Knox, Sullivan and Vigo county public libraries for Virtual Library Statehouse Day on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse.
State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) (right) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Our teachers and schools spend countless hours working with young Hoosiers, helping to prepare them for bright futures. As our talented educators take on this vital responsibility, they are also met with copious mandates that can take them away from teaching in the classroom. Because local school districts understand what works best for them, I am co-authoring a bill that gives them more flexibility and streamlines teacher licensing requirements.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) (right) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
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