The 2019 legislative session has come to a close, with many proposals already signed into law by the governor. Lawmakers worked hard this session, putting Hoosiers first and passing sound policies moving Indiana forward. I tackled important issues to protect local property owners, support retired public employees and engage students in civics education.
STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – “This responsibly balanced state budget will make a difference for teachers and schools around the state. We are putting dollars directly in the pockets of teachers through a 25% increase in the Teacher Appreciation Grant, bringing the total grant to $37.5 million per year. In addition, local schools should prioritize teacher pay with over $140 million in savings realized through the state’s pay down of teacher pension liabilities and an increase of $539 million in direct state aid. We also invested in creating opportunities for experienced teachers to earn more by taking on additional responsibilities in the classroom. While teacher pay decisions are best left to local schools, our efforts to drive more dollars to the classroom through a record investment in education will be a boon for students and teachers alike.”
STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) — “Today’s signing reflects our ongoing commitment to schools, workforce programs, veterans and the safety of Hoosier children. Our $34 billion balanced biennial budget is the culmination of many months of hard work. We funded the state’s priorities, protecting Indiana’s healthy reserves and valuable AAA credit rating without straining our finances or burdening future generations with debt.”
The first law enacted by the Indiana General Assembly this legislative session will help save the lives of Hoosier babies. Senate Enrolled Act 41, which I co-sponsored, will expand the number of newborn screenings to identify more genetic diseases and conditions earlier, so that babies can have a better chance of survival.
STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2019) – Military families who have children with disabilities will have one less obstacle to face in order to receive medical care, thanks to a new law authored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).
STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2019) – “Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was a consummate statesman and respected leader of our city, state and nation. His legacy of bipartisan coalition building and ultimately international arms control will live on for generations. We are beyond grateful for his lifetime of service, and will continue to keep his family in our prayers.”
In psychology, there is a motivational theory called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is represented in a pyramid with five levels. The needs on the bottom must be satisfied before moving up the pyramid. Starting at the bottom of the hierarchy and moving upwards, the needs include physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization. As a lawmaker, I often reflect on Maslow’s hierarchy to gauge how a law can ultimately help Indiana and Hoosiers progress to reach higher levels of growth.
The 2019 legislative session recently came to an end, and lawmakers passed bills creating new policies for Indiana. This session, I authored legislation to address various aspects of health care and strengthen our state’s public health sector.
STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – Hoosier schools can now tap new grant money in order to compensate experienced educators who mentor new teachers after legislation authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) was signed into law.
STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2019) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) received the Humane Legislator Award from the Humane Society of the United States for his work promoting animal safety.
Cook was recognized for authoring a 2017 law providing some protections for people who use force to enter a vehicle to save a distressed pet.
STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) to strengthen school safety is now headed to the governor.
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