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Area lawmakers honor Bishop Dwenger football team at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jacob Thompson  | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 5, 2019) – State Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) and State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) recently honored the Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Saints high school football team at the Statehouse.

Heaton recognizes Owen County’s bicentennial

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 5, 2019) — With Owen County reaching its 200th birthday this year, State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) today at the Statehouse recognized those working hard to make the bicentennial celebration one for the history books. The festivities are being planned and implemented by The Bicentennial Committee, The Bicentennial Ambassadors

Morrison honors Riverton Parke Spell Bowl team

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 5, 2019) – State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) today at the Statehouse honored the Riverton Parke Jr.-Sr. High School Academic Spell Bowl Team for their victory in the Indiana Spell Bowl State Championship. “This group of extremely intelligent students represented our community well as they earned the state title,”

Cherry: Progress made the first half of session

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, March 4, 2019

The Indiana General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2019 legislative session, with 201 House bills and 218 Senate bills passing out of their original chambers. The House will now consider the Senate’s proposals, and the Senate will consider the House’s proposals. House Republicans made headway on key issues to improve school safety, create career ladders for Hoosier teachers and increase tax exemptions for veterans.

Goodrich: Equipping tomorrow’s workforce

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, March 4, 2019

The Indiana legislature continues to focus on expanding Indiana’s labor pipelines and growing our workforce. Lawmakers are addressing workforce issues on all levels, including preparing our students and skilling up underemployed Hoosiers. Creating a modern workforce development program and expanding education opportunities for our youth are issues extremely important to me, and I supported several bills to help meet these goals.

Frye: Focusing on protecting vulnerable Hoosiers for second half of session

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, March 1, 2019

The 2019 legislative session reached its halfway point, with Senate bills moving to the House for consideration and approved House bills crossing over to the Senate. This half, I am sponsoring two pieces of legislation that would work to prevent internet crimes against young Hoosiers and support victims of sexual assault. According to the Indiana State

Area legislators to host legislative update

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, March 1, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2019) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) will host a legislative update in Chrisney on Saturday, March 9.

Manning Memo: Diving into the state budget

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky and Austin Mayfield  | Friday, March 1, 2019

This week the legislature wrapped up the first half of the 2019 session. We passed 201 bills out of the House, and we expect to receive just as many from the Senate to consider during the second half of session. I am sponsoring 12 different Senate bills and look forward to telling you more about those in the coming weeks.

Lehe: Funding our state’s priorities

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, March 1, 2019

The 2019 legislative session reached its halfway point this week. Senate bills now move over to the House for consideration, and House bills crossover to the Senate. House Republicans have made significant headway on our priorities, including passing an honestly balanced budget. The two-year state budget proposal includes significant funding increases for education and school safety.

Cook: Increasing teacher salaries and school safety

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, March 1, 2019

All my life I have been dedicated to the education of young Hoosiers. Today, I continue to look for ways to improve Indiana schools. This session, we are working on several priorities including enhancing school safety to increasing teacher pay.

Bartels: Making progress on session priorities

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, February 28, 2019

The 2019 legislative session reached the midway point, and significant progress was made to pass an honestly balanced budget and address issues facing Hoosiers. Of the 201 House bills moving to the Senate for consideration, 75 percent were passed with bipartisan support. After being supported by House members, two bills I authored to help our community are moving forward.

Bacon: Halfway through the legislative session

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Indiana General Assembly is officially halfway through the 2019 legislative session. House Republicans made great progress finding solutions on important issues facing our state. We passed proposals that would fund vital state services through the next two years, increase school safety, strengthen our workforce and support foster children. After being supported by House members, these bills will be heard by the Senate. My legislation moving to the Senate focuses on public health trainings, developing more efficient methods for Medicaid audits and curbing the opioid epidemic.

Stutzman: Reflecting on the legacy of women’s suffrage

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Thursday, February 28, 2019

One century ago, the first woman legally cast her ballot in an American presidential election. In honor of this important moment in American history, I co-authored legislation recognizing the legacy of women’s suffrage in our country.

Engleman laces up sneakers to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, February 27, 2019

PHOTO ATTACHED RAISING AWARENESS: State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) pairs sneakers with her suit to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event hosted by the American

Bosma: House Republican priorities advance as session hits midpoint

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, February 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2019) – As House lawmakers wrapped up the first half of the legislative session Tuesday, Republicans successfully advanced their legislative priorities to the Senate.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said House Republicans made tremendous progress in the first half, including passing an honestly balanced state budget and their aggressive legislative agenda.

House advances Cook’s bill protecting judges, public safety officers

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of legislation authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) to enhance sentencing for criminals who commit offenses against judges or public safety officers.

Nisly: Keeping government close to the people

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Suppose the Indiana General Assembly closed its doors and disassembled. Suppose Gov. Holcomb turned to Washington, D.C., for approval of state spending. Would you be a happy Hoosier?

Bartels: House supports legislation providing reserve police officer education

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives today voted in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) to allow reserve police officers to continue their law enforcement education while serving their communities.

Reps. Kirchhofer, Speedy to host legislative update

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, February 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) — State Reps. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) and Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) will host a town hall meeting Saturday, March 9, to discuss the legislative session.

Boosting Indiana’s Workforce

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

Indiana is ranked among the top 10 in the nation for its business climate and pro-growth policies, but more needs to be done to build up our workforce and better prepare Hoosiers for careers in high-demand fields. House Bill 1002, which I voted in favor of, would reallocate existing state funds to proven workforce programs so Hoosiers can increase their certifications, earn stackable credentials and secure higher-paying jobs in sought after fields.

NorthWood Middle School students join Wesco at the Statehouse

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) – State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) recently welcomed NorthWood Middle School students to the Statehouse.

Huston responds to House advancing state budget proposal

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) — “The House budget proposal funds Indiana’s vital services and addresses top priorities while remaining fiscally responsible and maintaining healthy reserves. We kept our commitment to educators and Hoosier children by increasing funding for education, school safety and the Department of Child Services. This is a strong start, and I look forward to working on this budget with our Senate colleagues.”

Mayfield works to include reserve officers in training programs

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) – The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in favor of State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill that would increase opportunities for reserve officers to benefit from law enforcement continuing education programs. According to Mayfield, the legislation helps a county, city or town law enforcement

Davisson: Easing tax burdens on our veterans

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

Indiana is home to nearly 500,000 military veterans, and we must continue our commitment to support them. I believe these retirees should receive the full amount of their well-earned military retirement benefits. Legislation is working its way through the legislative process to exempt veterans from getting taxed on their pensions. Currently, 23 states do

Behning: Raising cancer awareness, encouraging healthy habits

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

Each year, more than 35,000 people in Indiana are diagnosed with some form of cancer. In an effort to raise awareness and encourage Hoosiers to take more preventive measures against this disease, I participated in the Suits and Sneakers challenge at the Statehouse. The event is part of a nationwide effort by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to highlight the need to adopt healthy habits to prevent cancer. While we had fun wearing our sneakers with our professional attire, it was an important reminder that too many are impacted by this devastating disease.

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