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Mahan: Better outcomes for our most vulnerable

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

House lawmakers are working to improve the outcomes of children in the welfare system. A six-month assessment of the Department of Child Services found that Indiana has a very high rate of children in out-of-home care, with more than half of the removals related to parental substance abuse. Proposed legislation I support would implement recommendations based off this independent evaluation of DCS by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, and findings from the House Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary.

Behning works to expand pre-K program statewide

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2019) – The House Education Committee Monday voted in support of State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation that would provide high-quality pre-K options to low-income families statewide. 

Nisly: Are some more equal than others?

Posted by: Curt Nisly  | Monday, February 11, 2019

Last week, I started a discussion on a topic that is buzzing around the Statehouse: does Indiana need a hate crimes law? I stated that I opposed this notion, and this week, I will be explaining two House bills and why I am opposed to both of them.

Rep. Smaltz statement on Garrett fire that claimed two lives

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2019) – “My family and I are deeply saddened by the loss of two lives as a result of a fire in Garrett. Our prayers go out to the families who lost a loved one and our thoughts are with them. We also pray for all others that were injured and affected by this tragedy. I want to thank all of the emergency responders for their efforts, without them there could have been further loss of life.”

House advances Soliday’s bill ensuring treatment for NW Indiana’s seriously ill babies, children

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, February 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2019) – The House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) legislation to ensure Medicaid-covered treatment for Northwest Indiana’s premature babies and seriously ill children. According to Soliday, many people in Northwest Indiana depend on the University of Chicago Medical Center

Bacon: Bill would stiffen penalties for attacking utility workers

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, February 8, 2019

Utility workers face inherent dangers on the job and, in rare cases, from customers they serve. This session, I proposed legislation that would increase the penalty for attackers who target on-duty utility workers.

Behning: Expanding pre-K program statewide

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

Students who participate in high-quality early education programs start their academic careers off strong, and are typically more successful later in life. Because pre-K is one of the most effective ways to close achievement gaps children from low-income families often face, I championed laws establishing the On My Way Pre-K pilot program in 20 counties. This year, I am working to expand this program statewide.

House supports Mahan’s bill implementing Sepsis Protocol Task Force

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of State Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-Hartford City) legislation establishing the Sepsis Treatment Protocol Task Force.

Manning Memo: Working together

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, February 8, 2019

The recent announcement that Schneider Electric will be closing its Square D facility in Peru was painful news to hear. My thoughts are with the 306 employees left without a job and their families as they face potentially tough times ahead. State Sen. Randy Head and I are currently in communication with Gov. Eric Holcomb and our state’s federal elected officials to see what can be done to help. We will continue monitoring the situation and will do what we can to assist those affected. As your state legislators, we are always looking to support our neighbors.

Lauer’s bill targeting identity theft moves forward

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 7, 2019) — The House Financial Institutions Committee voted to advance State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation that would help Hoosiers protect themselves against synthetic identity theft.

House passes Steuerwald’s legislation to help keep schools safe

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, February 7, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 7, 2019) – The House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of State Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Avon) proposal providing schools and local sheriff’s departments another tool to protect students. To help schools implement app-based active event response systems, House Bill 1225 would open up funding through the

Lindauer welcomes Barr-Reeve volleyball team to Statehouse

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

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) (center) presents a resolution honoring members of the Barr-Reeve girls volleyball team on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the Statehouse. Lindauer recognized the state champions who secured their 2018 class 1A victory after four matches and finished the season with a record of 35-4.

McNamara: Supporting Rapid Response systems

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) helping schools install rapid response safety systems.

Local legislators bring Culbertson Mansion, State Museum anniversary celebration to the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) — Local lawmakers introduced a resolution celebrating the 150th anniversaries of the Culbertson Mansion and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corporation.   

Soliday’s bill addressing electric bicycle safety advances to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) — State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) legislation addressing electric bicycle safety recently advanced out of the House of Representatives. Electric bicycles are equipped with motors to assist cyclers as they pedal. Since these bicycles and other electric transportation devices have become increasingly popular,

House supports Cook’s bill easing teacher workloads

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday supported a proposal authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) aimed at reducing requirements put on Hoosier teachers.

“Currently, Indiana’s teachers must participate in a number of training and development programs so they are prepared to handle potential challenges in the classroom,” Cook said. “While these additional courses are important, many of them are repetitive or outdated, and could be eliminated.”

Cook’s legislation calls for a study committee to examine these requirements before 2020 and determine ways to eliminate, reduce or streamline them.

House supports Goodrich’s legislation improving virtual schools

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) – The House of Representatives recently advanced legislation co-authored by State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) that would strengthen Indiana’s virtual education programs.

House supports Miller’s bill improving telecoil access for hearing impaired

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently approved legislation authored by State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) that would increase awareness and improve access to beneficial telecoil technology for the hearing impaired.

House supports Behning's legislation improving virtual schools

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2019) – The House of Representatives recently advanced State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation that would strengthen Indiana’s virtual education programs.

Committee supports Lucas’ bill protecting citizens using self-defense

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2019) — The House Judiciary Committee voted in support of State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) bill that would provide legal protections for Hoosiers acting in self-defense.

House supports Frye’s bill to improve firefighter recruitment

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in favor of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would expand recruitment opportunities for Indiana fire departments.

Heaton honors Indiana’s Statewide Cultural Districts Program

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2019) — State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) at the Statehouse honored Indiana’s Statewide Cultural Districts Program with a resolution recognizing its 10-year anniversary. Recently, the program added the Terre Haute Arts and Cultural District to its list of districts it serves across the state. The program is administered

Cherry: Keeping good teachers in the classroom

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

Oftentimes, when an educator leaves the teaching profession within the first five years, it is due to lack of support in the classroom. To reverse this trend, lawmakers are working to provide more resources to students preparing to enter the teaching profession, and pairing new teachers with veteran educators.

Public safety committee to hear Bacon’s telephone CPR legislation

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, February 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday will consider State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation to help save the lives of those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

Baird welcomes local pastor to Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, February 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) welcomed pastor and Greencastle resident, Rev. Bryan Langdoc, to the Statehouse where he led House members in prayer. “Members of the Indiana House seek guidance through prayer before opening session each day,” Baird said. “I was pleased to welcome pastor Langdoc to

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