Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement Thursday addressing further measures being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19:
Farmers are critical to feeding the world and supporting our state and local economies. Unfortunately, many farmers are leaving the agriculture industry in pursuit of other careers offering health care benefits. Others are choosing to forgo medical treatment and insurance because the costs are too high. As vice chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, I strongly supported legislation allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer affordable health benefits to its members and their families.
STATEHOUSE (March 18, 2020) — “As the coronavirus situation continues to escalate, a Hoosier has now tested positive in Wayne County. The staff at Reid Health in Richmond are taking the proper precautions and continuing to monitor the situation. Their vigilant efforts to properly care for the patient, while also protecting others in the hospital from COVID-19, is greatly appreciated.
State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.
State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.
Approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in Indiana experience sexual violence in their lifetimes. It is a crime that can leave a victim with physical and emotional scars that can take years to heal. Steps are being taken to support survivors as they seek justice through legislation I sponsored that would connect survivors to professional support and guidance through every step of the legal process.
Indiana has more than 750 fire departments, with thousands of firefighters. Whether they are a career firefighter or a volunteer, they all contribute to public safety by guarding us, our homes and our communities. A new law will help protect firefighters by establishing a list of best practices for fire departments to promote safety and create healthier work environments.
Artist Joni Huber (right) of Batesville displays her art at the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. Huber's piece, "Women Bring All Voters into the World," displays a picture of Mrs. Herbert Carpenter holding an American flag made out of newspaper clippings and pictures of women. State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) said Huber's work will hang for one year in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's office.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (left) welcomes Vevay resident Martha Bladen (right) to the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Statehouse. State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) said Bladen's stamps collage, "Ladies for Liberty," will be displayed for one year in Crouch's office.
Artist Rebecca Davies (right) of Dillsboro greets a guest attending the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. Davies' painting, "1953: Four Generations of Voters ... every time.," depicts four female members of her family sitting at their farmhouse. State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) said Davies' piece will hang for one year in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's office.
According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 8 percent of Hoosiers went without health insurance in 2018. Many people get health insurance through their employer or a group plan. Farmers, are often small-business owners without employees and generally have expensive and limited health care options. This session, I supported legislation allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau to provide health benefits to its members and their families.
State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) views artwork by Floyds Knobs resident Kevin Schultz at the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Statehouse. Engleman said Schultz's piece, "The Spirit Lives On," will hang in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's office.
House District 32 embodies major sectors of our state's economy including advanced manufacturing and technology, where employees likely receive health benefits from their employer. However, another industry keeping Indiana's economic engine moving is agriculture. In this field, many farmers are the owners of their operations and may have a couple or no employees. This session, I supported legislation that would create a more affordable health care option for Indiana Farm Bureau members.
STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2020) – “We successfully brought the legislative session to a close after taking our priorities across the finish line, including supporting our educators and schools, and taking important steps to address rising health care costs.
STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott’s (R-Rome City) legislation recognizing fallen service members and their families could soon become law.
State Reps. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) (left) and Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) (right) welcome the Rev. Samuel Bush (center) to the Statehouse Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Indianapolis.
State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) (right) listens to the FIRST LEGO League Heroes #31195 Robotics Team as they explain their solution to low visibility around corners at four-way intersections in farming areas Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The Heroes are ranked second in the state and made up of Elkhart and Mishawaka homeschool students (from left to right) Levi Swihart, Chad Renner, Luke Swihart and Mark Renner. The FIRST LEGO League is an international competition organized for elementary and middle school students to design and program robots to complete tasks and solve real-world problems.
State Rep. Holli Sullivan's (R-Evansville) hands-free driving proposal could soon become law.
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.
State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation requiring national criminal history background checks on all employees and volunteers at licensed child care facilities could soon be law.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.
State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation to allow Indiana's jails to report population data to a new statewide database could soon become a state law.
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