Addiction. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Adjusting to civilian life. These are just a few of the many challenges our brave veterans face after service. For thousands of men and women who served, these new battles are difficult to overcome, sometimes resulting in homelessness. The American Legion is here to help.
We just wrapped up the third week of the session and legislation is moving quickly as we approach critical deadlines to keep bills alive.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) — The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation that would add a rare genetic disorder to the state’s newborn screening panel.
State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) welcomes his daughter, Sydney May, to the Statehouse, where she served as a student page on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Sydney May is a student at Bedford Middle School, and as a page she assisted House legislators and staff, and toured the governor’s office, the Indiana Supreme Court and the House and Senate chambers.
The Indiana House of Representatives supported Rep. Bob Heaton’s (R-Terre Haute) resolution requesting the Indiana Department of Transportation to erect a commemorative road sign for Indiana basketball legend and Clay County native Angus Jeffers Nicoson.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) recently honored Fort Wayne native Morgan Malm and the other winners of Purdue University’s Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition at the Statehouse.
The National Council of Insurance Legislators recently named State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) as its president for 2020. In the role, he will help lead the national organization comprised of other state legislators who serve on insurance and financial institutions committees in their respective state assemblies.
State Rep. Holli Sullivan’s (R-Evansville) bill that would prohibit holding a hand-held electronic device while driving passed out of the House Roads and Transportation Committee Wednesday.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 22, 2020) –State Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) bill protecting Hoosiers from surprise medical billing passed unanimously out of the House Insurance Committee on Wednesday.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 21, 2020) – State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer’s (R-Beech Grove) bill to decrease Indiana’s smoking and vaping rates advanced out of the House of Representatives Tuesday.
Indiana's fiscal turnaround over the last decade can be attributed to the simple philosophy that state government should manage tax dollars like Hoosier families manage their households: stick to a budget, don't buy anything you can't afford in the long run, avoid debt, plan for a rainy day, and invest extra money wisely.
State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) (center) welcomes Harrison County Superior Court Judge Joseph L. Claypool (right) and veteran James McClure (left) to the 2020 State of the Judiciary, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. McClure is a graduate of the veterans court program in Harrison County, a pre-trial diversion program providing second chances for low-level offenders. During the annual address, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush highlighted pre-trial diversion programs and the role they play in helping communities address jail overcrowding and reduce recidivism.
Local pastor Tom McGilliard leads the Indiana House of Representatives in prayer at the Statehouse Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. McGilliard, hosted by State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown), is the pastor at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Corydon. Representatives invite religious leaders from their communities to offer a prayer before the opening of session each day.
The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in favor of State Rep. Doug Miller’s (R-Elkhart) legislation that would help firefighters protect crime scenes from individuals deliberately tampering with evidence or interfering with an officer’s official duty.
We all know a brave friend, community or family member who has fought for our country. We owe so much to these upstanding, honorable people who chose to risk their lives to keep us safe. Each of our many Hoosier veterans deserve our respect and support for all they have done for us here in Indiana and for our country.
The foundation of our country and the freedoms we enjoy today come at a great price. For hundreds of years, brave men and women rushed to the frontlines to protect us. Unfortunately, too many military men and women face a multitude of challenges when they return home. From physical and emotional scars to unemployment and homelessness, our Hoosier heroes need our support.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 17, 2020) – The Government and Regulatory Reform Committee voted unanimously to approve State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) legislation clarifying what constitutes a majority vote required for the Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs to take official action.
From addressing health care costs to considering important education matters, we are busy at the Statehouse working to serve Hoosiers across Indiana. During the second week of the legislative session, we listened to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State Address, which touted the many economic success stories Indiana has had over the past year.
Many Hoosier homeowners and those who have bought a car have likely gone through the loan process. When it comes to financing, the longer the loan takes to pay back, the more interest is paid over time. When a debt is paid faster, less money goes toward interest and you keep more of your money. The same applies for the state, which can save hundreds of millions of dollars by paying for capital projects in cash, rather than using bonds.
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