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Gutwein: Bill expanding newborn screening panel passes key committee

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2019) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) to help save the lives of Hoosier children recently passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee. Krabbe is a rare genetic disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and throughout the nervous system, often causing extreme pain, unexplained

Committee advances Manningís school bus safety legislation

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2019) —The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee voted in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) that would strengthen the penalties for individuals who fail to stop when a school bus stop arm is extended.

House supports Baconís legislation prohibiting disability-based discrimination

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives today voted in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) that would end disability-based discrimination for those seeking organ transplants.

Davisson welcomes local FFA students to the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2019) – State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) recently welcomed local FFA students to the Statehouse where they served as pages.

Morrison congratulates Staunton Elementary School at Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2019) – State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) honored Staunton Elementary School for being a 2018 Blue Ribbon School Award recipient. According to Morrison, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high

Reps. Burton, Young to host legislative update meetings

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, March 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2019) — State Reps. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) and John Young (R-Franklin) will host a public meeting on March 16, to discuss the progress of the legislative session.

Mahan: Session crosses halfway mark

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, March 11, 2019

The 2019 legislative session crossed the halfway point, with 201 House bills and 218 Senate bills passing out of their original chambers. The House will now consider Senate proposals, and the Senate will consider House proposals. During the first half of session, I worked on key issues to improve the Indiana Department of Child Services, enhance school safety and save lives by implementing new sepsis treatment protocols.

Student pages join State Rep. Randy Lyness at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Monday, March 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2019) – State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.

Student pages join State Rep. Jim Lucas at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Monday, March 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2019) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.

Bacon: Ending disability-based discrimination for those seeking organ transplants

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, March 11, 2019

At this point in the 2019 legislative session, the House is considering Senate bills and the Senate is considering House bills. I am particularly excited to sponsor a Senate bill that would ensure all Hoosiers have fair access to organ transplants. Reports show both children and adults with physical or mental disabilities can face additional challenges when applying for organ transplants, and they may be denied approval due to their disability. This legislation would prohibit health care providers from discriminating against potential transplant recipients solely on the basis of disability.

Rep. Huston releases new school funding estimates

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, March 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2019) — “Based on the corrected data from the Indiana Department of Education, the House proposed school funding formula has been updated and provides a better estimate of tuition support for each school corporation. The reduction in the statewide complexity index aligns with the latest certified data showing fewer Hoosier families are enrolled in public assistance.”

Baird honors Greencastle cross country state champion

Posted by: Brenda L. Holmes  | Monday, March 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2019) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) honored Greencastle High School Senior Emma Wilson for winning the 2018 Indiana High School Athletic Association individual girls cross country state championship. “Emma represented our community well as she earned this state title,” Baird said. “She dominated the

Rep. Mahan presented Guardian of Small Business Award

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, March 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2019) – State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) this week at the Statehouse received the National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business Award.

Saunders welcomes local Farm Bureau members to the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, March 8, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) (center) welcomes Indiana Farm Bureau members (left to right) Casie Roland, Megan Adkins, Morgan Adkins and Marlene Fudge to the Statehouse in Indianapolis Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Saunders met with the members from Rush County to discuss agriculture and how the community can grow with the industry.

Behning: Setting Hoosier students up for success

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, March 8, 2019

As more businesses choose to set up shop in Indiana and offer high-paying jobs, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure Hoosier students graduate with the skills and experience necessary to enter the workforce. By 2021, it is estimated that our state will need to fill 1 million jobs. In order to prepare for these jobs, students must complete their high school education with the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain a job.

Davisson: Tackling opioid addiction during the second half of session

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, March 8, 2019

Opioid addiction is a continuing problem throughout Indiana and the United States. We must work to overcome this serious, long-lasting disease and provide support to those who need it most. This session, I am sponsoring two senate bills to help address the opioid epidemic and improve the health of Hoosiers. In 2015, there were approximately 5.8 million

Negele receives Guardian of Small Business Award

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, March 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2019) – State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) received the National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business Award recently at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. “As a small-business owner, I understand the effort and dedication that is needed to maintain and grow a business,” Negele said.

Mahan presents award to Marion resident for helping kids in need

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, March 7, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2019) – State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) presented the Circle of Corydon award to Marion native Jay Yeakle for his work helping families of sick children.

Rep. VanNatter presented Guardian of Small Business Award

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, March 7, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2019) – State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) received the National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business Award during a presentation ceremony at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

“Thousands of hardworking Hoosier entrepreneurs help drive Indiana’s economy,” said VanNatter, who serves as chair of the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee. “Promoting legislation that supports job creators, small business growth and economic development will continue to be my top priority.”

Jordan receives Award for Conservative Excellence

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, March 7, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2019) – The American Conservative Union Foundation recently recognized State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) for his conservative voting record during the 2018 legislative session. According to the American Conservative Union Foundation, Jordan voted consistently with the ideas articulated in the U.S. Consititution, including limited

House lawmakers pack weekend meals for hungry kids

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Wednesday, March 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army joined forces at the Statehouse Wednesday to fill backpacks with donated food items to help feed hungry kids across Indiana.

In January, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) selected The Salvation Army as their bipartisan philanthropy project for the 2019 legislative session to help raise awareness for childhood hunger. As part of this effort, House lawmakers launched a food and backpack donation drive collecting over 200 backpacks and more than 5,300 healthy snacks and kid-friendly food items.

McNamara welcomes UNITE CubeSat team to the Statehouse

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, March 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2019) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) at the Statehouse honored a group of University of Southern Indiana students with a resolution recognizing their accomplishments in building the UNITE CubeSat, a small research satellite. 

Local lawmakers honor New Palestine champions

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, March 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2019) — Local Lawmakers honored members of the New Palestine High School football team and girls’ softball team at the Statehouse.

Behning, Cook: The tired attack on rewarding success

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

From jumping into the workforce to continuing their schooling, high school graduates have many options as they begin the next chapter of their lives. Throughout school, young Hoosiers must develop strong academic foundations and critical skills in order to achieve their goals. Their success upon graduation is a reflection of the education they received, and schools meeting this goal deserve to be recognized. 

Student pages join Pressel at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 5, 2019) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) 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 Pressel to learn more about the

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