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Lehe: Supporting students, teachers and schools

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, February 6, 2020

The 2020 session crossed the halfway mark this week. Senate bills now make their way to the House for consideration, and House bills head to the Senate. House Republicans made significant progress on our top priorities, including passing legislation to hold teachers and schools harmless from ILEARN results, decouple teacher performance evaluations from

Vermilion: Tackling distracted driving

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Thursday, February 6, 2020

With nearly nine Americans killed and more than 1,000 injured each day as a result of distracted driving, steps must be taken to combat this problem. State law currently prohibits texting when driving. However, Hoosiers use their hand-held devices in various ways, making this law hard to enforce. This session, Indiana House lawmakers are working to combat distracted driving to save lives and prevent injuries.

Student pages visit Rep. Nisly at the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, February 6, 2020

State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse during the 2020 Legislative Session.

Stutzman: Bill honoring fallen service members

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 5, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2020) – The House of Representatives Monday supported legislation co-authored by State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) recognizing fallen service members and their families.

Stutzman said the bill would require each state office building, state cemetery and Indiana’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs cemetery to fly the Honor and Remember Flag each year throughout the month of May.

Lucas: Supporting our educators, schools

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

We all place a high value on the hard work and dedication our educators put in every day as they shape Indiana’s next generation. As a member of the House Education Committee, I continue to hear the valuable input teachers provide to help shape key bills we are working on this session to meet their needs. 

Abbott’s bill honoring fallen service members and their families advances to the Senate

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2020) – The House of Representatives Monday supported State Rep. David Abbott’s (R-Rome City) bill recognizing fallen service members and their families.

Pressel’s bill strengthening rights of professional firefighters heads to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2020) — The House of Representatives Monday advanced State Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) legislation outlining and strengthening the rights of professional firefighters. Pressel said while some professional fire departments across the state have already implemented policies outlining the rights of their employees,

May’s legislation requiring extended background checks on all child care employees moves forward

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation that would require national criminal history background checks of all employees and volunteers at child care facilities.

DeVon’s bill holding teachers, schools harmless from ILEARN scores could soon be law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, February 3, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2020) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) that would ensure school and teacher evaluations are not negatively impacted by ILEARN scores for two years heads to the governor’s desk to be considered for a new law.

Vermilion pairs sneakers with her suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) pairs her sneakers with her suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

House supports Frye’s bill to prevent traumatic brain injuries

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

The House of Representatives voted Monday in support of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would establish a statewide helmet fund for children.

Frye pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, screenings for people between the ages of 55 and 74 who have certain risk factors has shown to reduce mortality from lung cancer.

Floyd County lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Reps. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) and Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer risks can be lowered by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and getting regular cancer screening tests.

Ziemke pairs sneakers with her suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) pairs her sneakers with her suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. The Suits and Sneakers event aims to shed light on ways of reducing cancer, like exercising, eating healthy and following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for recommended cancer screenings.

Lucas pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. As a cancer survivor, Lucas stresses the importance of following the American Cancer Society’s recommended screenings.

Lyness pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and early detection through cancer screenings can improve the chance of survival.

Prescott pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Saunders pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Lauer pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Madison County lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Reps. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) (left) and Tony Cook (R-Cicero) (right) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Wayne County lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Reps. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) (left) and Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) (right) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Cherry pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Wabash Valley lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: (Left to right) State Reps. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil), Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) and Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the most common type and leading cause of cancer deaths in both females and males. Ways to decrease your cancer risk include not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity.

Ziemke’s bill to improve government efficiency advances out of the House

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, January 31, 2020

The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of State Rep. Cindy Ziemke’s (R-Batesville) legislation that would make it easier for Hoosiers to submit important forms to state agencies.

Baird: Indiana should join multistate compact on curing diseases

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2020) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) is asking fellow lawmakers to examine the benefits of Indiana joining a multistate compact to award prizes for curing diseases.

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