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