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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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