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Davisson, Engleman support bill to improve public health

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted recently in support of legislation establishing a new public health grant program, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown).

House passes Smaltz's bill supporting lawful gun owners

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives advanced legislation authored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) to allow lawful carry in Indiana, which would allow law-abiding Hoosier adults to carry a firearm without having to first obtain a government-issued license.

McNamara's legislation combating human trafficking advances to the Senate

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently supported State Rep. Wendy McNamara's (R-Evansville) legislation, which would help combat human trafficking and expand protections for young Hoosier victims.

State Rep. Vermilion named POWER Caucus president

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2021) – State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) was recently elected president of POWER, the Indiana women’s caucus working to improve the quality of life for all women and citizens of the state. As president of the Political Organization for Women’s Education and Representation known as POWER, Vermilion will help lead

Huston statement on House session reaching halfway point

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Monday, February 22, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2021) – "During the fast pace of the first half, we worked extremely hard to complete the people's business while safely managing through the pandemic. House Republicans successfully passed all of our top legislative priorities, and we look forward to seeing those bills clear the Senate in the second half.

Behning: Supporting our local law enforcement

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, February 22, 2021

Our law enforcement officers work hard every day to ensure Hoosiers are safe. They run toward danger when others flee, and in many cases, they are the first on the scene during emergencies. I know our community is grateful for our local police officers and all they do to protect us. This session, I am co-authoring legislation further supporting our law enforcement, and boosting accountability and transparency in policing.

Ledbetter: Moving into the second half

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Monday, February 22, 2021

My colleagues and I are hard at work discussing legislation that will move Indiana forward. We have now reached the point referred to as "halftime" in our state legislature, where bills voted out of the House and Senate swap chambers for further consideration. During the first half we passed a number of bills supporting our law enforcement officers, helping students combat learning loss and providing more educational options for Hoosier children.

Cook's bill to improve Hoosier civic engagement heads to the Senate

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Monday, February 22, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2021) – State Rep. Tony Cook's (R-Cicero) bill that would incorporate civics education into Hoosier students' middle school curriculum recently passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives.

Davisson, May: House advances bill establishing $50M grant program to improve Hoosier health

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Abrahm Hurt  | Monday, February 22, 2021

The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of legislation that would establish a new $50 million grant program targeting the state's most critical health challenges, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Chris May (R-Bedford).

House passes Baird's legislation to address surprise ambulance service bills

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, February 22, 2021

The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of legislation authored by State Rep. Beau Baird's (R-Greencastle) addressing surprise nonemergency ambulance bills.

Goodrich: Expanding broadband access is a top priority

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Monday, February 22, 2021

Whether you're at home, work or school, Hoosiers expect to be able to connect to the internet from wherever they are. The web has changed how we conduct business, learn, and keep in touch with our friends and loved ones. While it may seem like this technology is readily available to everyone, many are still struggling to find access to reliable broadband. I joined fellow lawmakers this session to work on legislation to address this gap and support additional investments to connect more Hoosiers in rural and underserved areas.

Davisson: Helping home-based vendors reach more Hoosiers

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, February 19, 2021

Indiana is home to thousands of Hoosiers who make their living by selling homegrown, homemade and locally produced goods. Home-based vendors make everything from baked goods to honey, jams and jellies. Right now, they can only sell their products at farmers markets and roadside stands, which limits their customer base and timeframe. To help them expand and succeed, I am authoring legislation this session so home-based vendors can sell their goods in person, remotely or through a third party. 

Lehe: Hoosiers can now use CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans for apprenticeship programs

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, February 19, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2021) – Some apprenticeship programs are now considered qualified expenses for funds saved through the CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan, according to State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston).

Frye: Bill providing license plates to Purple Heart families advances to Senate

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, February 19, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to advance legislation co-authored by State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) granting surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones.

Hostetler: Legislation supporting local law enforcement advances to Senate

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, February 19, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2021) – After a unanimous vote by the Indiana House of Representatives, legislation co-authored by State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) supporting local law enforcement now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Bartels supports legislation improving public health

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, February 19, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of legislation establishing a new $50 million public health grant program, according to State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty).

Jeter: Bill expanding telehealth access passes the House

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted to advance legislation that would make health care more accessible by expanding telehealth options, according to State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers).

Karickhoff's '13th check' for public employees clears Indiana House

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently approved State Rep. Mike Karickhoff's (R-Kokomo) bill, which would provide an additional yearly benefit to retired public employees and teachers along with a $50 increase.

Lindauer's bill expanding telehealth access passes the House

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted to advance State Rep. Shane Lindauer's (R-Jasper) legislation that would make health care more accessible by expanding telehealth options.

Bartels, Davisson support bill to improve public health

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted on Tuesday in support of legislation establishing a new public health grant program, according to State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem).

Lauer: Bill expanding school choice opportunities moves forward

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to advance legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) that would provide more families the freedom and flexibility to send their child to a school that best meets their needs.

Supporting small-business owners who choose to represent themselves in court

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

For some small-business owners who often make trips to small claims court, court costs and attorney fees can add up fast and sometimes outweigh the benefits of the claim itself. I am working on legislation to help remove a roadblock for business owners who may opt to represent themselves to help save money and time.

Cook's bill to increase transparency of school performance heads to the Senate

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 17, 2021) – State Rep. Tony Cook's (R-Cicero) bill to better inform Hoosier parents about school performance now heads to the Senate after the Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of the legislation.

Payne supports bill to improve public health

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 17, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted on Tuesday in support of legislation establishing a new public health grant program, according to State Rep. Zach Payne (R-Charlestown).

Behning's bill expanding school choice opportunities moves forward

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 17, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday supported State Rep. Bob Behning's (R-Indianapolis) legislation that would provide more families the freedom and flexibility to send their child to a school that best meets their needs.

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