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Davisson: Protecting rural property owners

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Monday, April 8, 2019

In Indiana, local government entities often impose regulations and restrictions on property owners who reside outside of their jurisdiction. This imposition would be similar to letting Kentucky have some regulatory control over nearby Indiana property owners. There is growing concern among rural property owners that city or town governments could continue

Negele’s bill commemorating women’s suffrage could soon be law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2019) – The Indiana Senate recently supported State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation to help commemorate 100 years of women’s right to vote. Negele’s bill would create the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to organize and promote activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the

Heine encourages Allen County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for Allen County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).

Leonard encourages Allen County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for Allen County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).

Torr: Supporting equal representation for Hoosiers

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, April 8, 2019

After each national census every 10 years, the Indiana Constitution reapportionment of legislative districts to accurately reflect the updated population data. During the redistricting process, new borders are drawn for State House and Senate districts. Changing the way Indiana creates the legislative districts to a nonpartisan system would add transparency to our electoral maps and prevent potential gerrymandering in the future.

Behning: Placing added value on classroom experience

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 5, 2019

Outside of parents, quality teachers are the single most important factor in student success. To keep skilled educators in the classroom, I am sponsoring legislation to provide local schools more flexibility to increase salaries across the board and ensure veteran educators are not undercompensated compared to their newer peers. As professionals gain experience, a salary that grows to match their skills is one of the key influences to staying in their career. 

Bacon: Helping young Hoosiers make connections, succeed

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, April 5, 2019

According to Youth Mentor, a worldwide program helping families in need, 1 in 3 children under the age of 18 lack adult role models, leaving them alone during impressionable times in life. I am supporting legislation to establish a mentorship pilot program that would connect students and senior citizens in local schools, as well as a pilot program to help Hoosier children who are at risk of becoming juvenile offenders.

Frye’s school safety legislation could soon be law

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, April 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2019) — The Indiana House recently voted in support of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would bolster school safety by equipping schools with emergency response kits. Under this legislation, public schools could place “Stop the Bleed” kits on walls to ensure school staff members are better

Manning Memo: Finalizing legislation

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, April 5, 2019

With just three weeks remaining in this legislative session, we have begun to finalize bills. Once a bill has passed the House of Representatives or Senate, it goes to the opposite chamber for further consideration. If it makes it through the committee process and another floor vote with no changes, it is sent to the governor to be considered for a new law. If the other chamber makes amendments, the author of the bill must decide to agree or disagree with the changes. If the author concurs or agrees, and the majority of the bill’s originating chamber supports the amendments, it goes to the governor to either be signed into law or vetoed.

Rep. Frizzell: Indy grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, April 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – A Roncalli High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Elijah Marx, a resident of Indianapolis, is the son of Jeff and Shannon Marx. He attends Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis where he is majoring in criminal justice.

Miller encourages Elkhart 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 Elkhart County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart).

Rep. Baird: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

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

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – Martinsville High School graduate Austin Mayfield is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session. Mayfield, a resident of Martinsville, is the son of Dean and Peggy Mayfield. He is a Northern

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.

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