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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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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