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State Rep. Goodrich honors local heroes for response to Noblesville school shooting

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) today at the Statehouse honored those who protected students and staff at Noblesville West Middle School during last year’s school shooting.

First responders from the Noblesville Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police and Riverview Health, as well as Noblesville teacher Jason Seaman, were presented a resolution recognizing their heroic efforts. During the shooting, Seaman disarmed and subdued the shooter, ignoring his own personal safety for that of his students and taking three bullets in the process.

Carroll County farms recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – Two Carroll County family farms were recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for more than 100 years, according to local legislators.

The Carnell-Brown-Stone Farm, located in Camden and in operation since 1836, received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award. The Childers Farm, located in Delphi and in operation since 1919, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

Vermillion County farms recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – Two family farms in Vermillion County were recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area legislators. The Hughes Farm, located in Perrysville and in operation since 1834, received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award. The Redman Farm, located in Dana and in

Mahan: Teaming up with the Salvation Army to fight hunger

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, March 25, 2019

Each year, the Salvation Army assists more than 25 million Americans. Since 1865, the international organization and its 1.5 million members have helped with providing disaster relief, sheltering the homeless, assisting the unemployed and preventing domestic abuse. With nearly 50 million Americans facing food insecurity each day, the Salvation Army also helps stop hunger by providing nutritious meals to anyone in need.

Bacon: Bryceís life will help save others

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, March 25, 2019

A Hoosier family’s struggle could lead to other lives being saved. Bryce Clausen is a one year old diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, and while it is too late to help him, his parents are working with the General Assembly on a new law benefiting others. Because early detection is key to fighting Krabbe disease, legislation I am sponsoring would add it to the list of tests on the state’s newborn screening panel.

Millerís bill to restore Habitat for Humanityís property tax exemption heads to governorís desk

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Monday, March 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2019) – State Rep. Doug Miller’s (R-Elkhart) legislation to restore property tax exempt status to Habitat for Humanity could soon become law.

Local lawmakers honor fallen Boone County Deputy Pickett

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, March 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2019) – State Reps. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel), Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) and Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) today at the Statehouse honored the life of fallen Boone County Sheriff Deputy Jacob Pickett.

Pickett lost his life in March of last year after succumbing to a gunshot wound while on duty. 

“Dedicated and selfless, Deputy Pickett embodies the definition of hero,” Schaibley said. “Our community lost a tremendous public servant, but his family lost a devoted son, husband and father. His compassion for others will continue on in the lives he touched.”

Gutwein: Gov. Holcomb signs ĎBryceís Billí into law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, March 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2019) – Gov. Eric Holcomb Monday at the Statehouse signed legislation sponsored by State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) into law that could help save the lives of Hoosier babies. The bill adds Krabbe, a rare genetic disease that breaks down the nervous system, to Indiana’s newborn screening panel. According to

Lehe: Local artistís work to be showcased at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, March 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2019) – Artwork by a local artist will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston). Joy Bailey of Monticello was selected to have her artwork decorate the Statehouse as part of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s Hoosier Women Artists initiative. “Joy is an incredible artist and

Student pages join State Rep. Peggy Mayfield at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, March 25, 2019

As a House page, these participants toured the governor’s office, the House and Senate chambers, and the Indiana Supreme Court. They also helped staff with daily duties and joined Mayfield on the House floor during the legislative session: Hayley Buck, from Bloomington, attends Hoosier Hills Career Center; Daphne Coffey, from Camby, attends

Tipton farm recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, March 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2019) – The Newlon Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for more than 150 years, according to State Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) and State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

Located in Tipton and in operation since 1849, the Newlon Farm received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial and Sesquicentennial Awards.

Madison County farm recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, March 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2019) – The Blake Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for more than 150 years, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) and State Sen. Mike Gaskill (R-Pendleton).

Located in Alexandria and in operation since 1866, the Blake Farm received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.

Davisson: Enabling pharmacies to better serve patients

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, March 22, 2019

For many individuals, their quality of life relies heavily on how easily they can access vital medication. I am working on legislation to streamline the prescription process for Hoosiers and equip pharmacies to act more quickly and efficiently when filling prescriptions. Under Indiana law, pharmacies can currently transfer prescriptions to other

Behning: Helping close the child hunger gap

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, March 22, 2019

Across the state and within our community, the Salvation Army works with locals to support those in need. From providing food and shelter to helping those suffering from addiction, this organization has taken many steps to help struggling Hoosiers. Because of their commitment to helping those in need, House lawmakers partnered with the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army to raise awareness for childhood hunger and collect backpacks and kid-friendly food items for students.

Manning Memo: Protections for property and children

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, March 22, 2019

We are just a few weeks away from critical deadlines for bills to receive a hearing, so legislation is moving quickly at the Statehouse. My first bill, House Bill 1056, passed through the Senate unanimously. Currently, county auditors determine someone’s eligibility for real property tax deductions. If a taxpayer is denied, they can appeal the decision, and the notice of appeal is filed with the county or township assessor. This bill streamlines the appeal process of auditor decisions by bypassing the assessor, who is unfamiliar with the case, from the system and sending it straight to the auditor. Due to an amendment in the Senate, the legislation must return to the House to either approve or reject the changes and send the bill to a conference committee to reconcile differences. 

Mayfield: Local artistís work to be showcased at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, March 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – Artwork by a local artist will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville). Jennifer Fox of Martinsville was selected to have her artwork decorate the Statehouse as part of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s Hoosier Women Artists initiative. “Congratulations to

Nisly: Playing Defense

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, March 22, 2019

The game of football is a good analogy for mechanics of our legislative session. The last week of February was “halftime.” Now that we are in the second half of the legislative session, the House is looking at bills that made it through the Senate, while the Senate is working on bills that made it through the House.

Bill to help curb opioid addiction passes out of House

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, March 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) in an effort to improve office-based opioid treatment centers recently passed unanimously out of the House.

Wolkins: Warsaw artistsí work to be showcased at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, March 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – Artwork by local artists will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).  

Wolkins: North Manchester artistsí work to be showcased at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, March 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – Artwork by a local artists will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).  

Region grads gain experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, March 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – Local graduates are gaining experience as interns with area lawmakers and their fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session. According to State Reps. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) and Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), interns play an important role throughout the legislative session.

Student pages join State Rep. VanNatter at the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky and Austin Mayfield  | Friday, March 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) 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 VanNatter to learn more about the legislative process:

Putnam County farm recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, March 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – A Putnam County farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area legislators. The Alcorn Farm, located in Bainbridge and in operation since 1918, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. “Growing up in a farming family, I understand how

Bartelsí legislation increasing North Spencer operations fund heads to governor

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, March 21, 2019

 STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2019) – The Indiana Senate passed State Rep. Stephen Bartels’ (R-Eckerty) legislation to increase the maximum operations fund levy for the North Spencer School Corp.

Speedy honors Hoosiers for going the extra mile for vets

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, March 21, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2019) – State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) presented Sagamore of the Wabash awards to two local Hoosiers for their efforts supporting veterans.  

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