STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – Legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) prohibiting dismemberment abortions in Indiana recently was passed by the Senate and could soon become law.
STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – “Indiana took a historic step forward today as the governor signed the bias crimes bill into law, which strengthens our reputation as a welcoming state for all. Lawmakers worked hard to craft legislation to protect all Hoosiers equally and leave no one out.
STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – A Beech Grove High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) and her fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.
Evan Smiley, a resident of Beech Grove, is the son of Phil and Christa Smiley. He attends the University of Indianapolis where he is majoring in political science.
STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2019) – The Indiana State Senate recently supported State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s (R-Kokomo) legislation to enhance Indiana’s tourism industry and encourage economic growth, which could soon become law.
Nearly 80 million people visited Indiana in 2017, generating $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue. These increased earnings saved Hoosier households an average of $561. Under Karickhoff’s bill, the Indiana Destination Development Corp. would be established as a joint public-private agency, and replace the current Office of Tourism Development.
Note to the Press: Please include the following statements from Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) in your coverage of the Senate’s passage of Senate Enrolled Act 198. The bill allows a judge to consider at sentencing whether a crime was committed with bias or because of a victim’s “real or perceived characteristic, trait, belief, association or other attribute,” which Republican leaders said ensures every Hoosier is covered under the law. The measure also defines “bias crimes” as a crime against someone based on their color, creed, disability, national origin, race and sexual orientation. These categories are already listed in Indiana’s nearly 20-year-old bias crimes statute.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – “The intent of this bill is to cover every form of hate and treat every form of hate the same. This is the most comprehensive bias crimes statute in the country, leaving no one out. With this policy, every Hoosier will receive equal protection under the law, which is a Constitutional right, while reinforcing that bias-motivated crimes in Indiana will not be tolerated.”
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – “While Senate Bill 198 is not perfect, it is still an inclusive bill that protects all Hoosiers equally. I appreciate the opportunity to work with Rep. Steuerwald on this legislation and support his efforts. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this conversation, and made their voice heard. This is a major, positive step forward for our state.”
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – After passing through the Senate and House, legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) giving health care providers an exemption from performing or assisting in abortion procedures could soon be law.
Indiana is home to over 1 million students and 70,000 teachers. This session, legislators brought forth various proposals to support educators as they prepare students for success. I am sponsoring legislation that would increase the tax credit teachers use toward classroom materials and provide schools more flexibility when it comes to compensating educators.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Local graduates are gaining experience as interns with State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Cummins Inc. recently received the Governor’s Century Business Award for being in operation since 1919, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — A New Palestine High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) recently honored Indiana Task Force One at the Statehouse for their services around the country.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — The Indiana Senate recently supported State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter’s (R-Kokomo) legislation that would permit the Howard County courts to appoint a magistrate to assist with cases.
I have devoted most of my life to education, and I continue to do everything I can as a lawmaker to support both students and teachers. I am sponsoring several Senate bills to better serve students after they graduate and streamline teacher training requirements.
When students graduate from high school, they are often unsure of what they want to do next in life. I am sponsoring Senate Bill 158 to develop the Indiana Youth Service Program for recent high school graduates. This program would provide young Hoosiers an opportunity to explore growing career options in Indiana, learn various skills and figure out their next step.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Claeys Candy, Inc. in South Bend recently received the Governor’s Century Business Award for operating since 1919, according to State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Lewger Machine & Tool in Kendallville recently received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award for operating since 1951, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) honored the Emmanuel Christian High School boys’ basketball team and girls’ volleyball team at the Statehouse for their state championship wins.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – The House of Representatives and Senate recently approved legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) in an effort to improve office-based opioid treatment centers.
STATEHOUSE (April 1, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available for Marion County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).
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