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Morris’ legislation to assist aspiring plumbers advances

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 4, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2019) – The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee recently supported State Rep. Bob Morris’ (R-Fort Wayne) legislation to make it easier for those pursuing a career in the plumbing trade.

Judy: Adding another tool to the school safety toolbox

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, February 4, 2019

When parents send their children off to school, they make the conscious decision to entrust others to take care of the most important part of their life. 

Karickhoff honors Red Cross, urges Hoosiers to donate blood

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, February 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) recently recognized the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross and its contributions to health and safety with a resolution at the Statehouse.

“For over 100 years, the Red Cross has provided support and assistance to Hoosiers during moments of need,” Karickhoff said. “From disaster relief efforts to supplying lifesaving blood and medical services, the Red Cross serves people who may have nowhere else to go.”

Rep. Goodrich welcomes local pastor to Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, February 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – (from left to right) State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) welcomes Senior Pastor Timothy Brock of Noblesville to the Indiana Statehouse Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Brock, pastor at White River Christian Church, offered the blessing in the House Chamber prior to the start of the legislative session.

House supports Ellington’s bill helping prosecutors charge robocallers  

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, February 4, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Jeff Ellington’s (R-Bloomington) proposal to stop intrusive and illegal telemarketers. Ellington is working to give local prosecutors more support in order to locate and charge those who violate the state’s Do Not Call law and federal

Bartels: Supporting those who protect our community

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, February 1, 2019

Indiana is home to some of the most hardworking and dedicated military service members and public safety officers. Legislation I’m working on would give those who protect our communities the benefits they deserve and address some of the issues they face while serving Hoosiers.

Frye: Bolstering fire safety in Indiana

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Friday, February 1, 2019

In recent years, there has been a shortage of firefighters in the state. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, the number of volunteer firefighters has fallen by 12 percent nationally over the last three decades. To reverse this trend, I proposed legislation to focus on recruiting and retaining qualified firefighters in Indiana. Across the

Bacon: New identification tool helps coroners, families

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, February 1, 2019

Unfortunately, there are some situations where human remains are difficult to identify using the tools available to coroners. This can present obstacles when trying to solve crimes, provide closure to families and give respect the deceased. Most times, remains can be identified visually. Other times, dental records, fingerprints and DNA testing is used. A proposal for a new law I co-authored would offer an additional tool for accurately and efficiently identifying human remains.

Burton: Protecting property owners

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, February 1, 2019

Typically, after a person signs a lease to rent a house or an apartment, they become responsible for paying the utility bills. However, some communities pass ordinances making the property owner responsible for these payments. While many landlords can adjust rent prices to cover these added costs, sometimes a utility bill could be unexpectedly high, forcing the landlord to eat the cost or charge their tenants more.

Mahan’s bill implementing hospital sepsis protocols moves forward

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 1, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2019) – The House Committee on Public Health voted to advance State Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-Hartford City) legislation that would require hospitals to have sepsis treatment protocols in place.

Negele’s legislation to commemorate women’s suffrage advances

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, February 1, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2019) — State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation to help commemorate 100 years of women’s right to vote advanced out of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Negele said this legislation would create the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to organize and promote activities to celebrate the 100th

Key committee advances Cook’s bill to ease teacher workload

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, February 1, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2019) – The House Education Committee unanimously supported legislation authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) focused on reducing some requirements put on Indiana’s teachers.

Lehe: Supporting agriculture in Indiana

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, February 1, 2019

Session is in full swing, and I am working on legislation to help support farm families and the agriculture industry in our community and around the state. This year, I am carrying a number of bills including efforts to establish guidelines for the growth of industrial hemp in Indiana and to expand agricultural education in our schools. Congress recently

Nisly: Why the outcry for a hate crimes law?

Friday, February 1, 2019

I do not know how many times I have told my kids, “Just because everyone else does it, does not mean you have to.” Sound familiar? This is a common Hoosier parenting principle.

House advances Negele’s bill cracking down on synthetic drug dealers

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, January 31, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2019) – State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation cracking down on synthetic drug dealers and manufacturers advanced out of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Synthetic drugs, like spice or bath salts, have properties and effects similar to other illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. Currently, the

House supports Karickhoff's bill improving local government efficiency

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, January 31, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s (R-Kokomo) legislation focused on improving local government efficiency.

“After working with stakeholders, it became apparent there were several areas in Indiana Code that could be updated to better serve our cities and towns,” Karickhoff said. 

Zent works to prevent drug addicts, dealers from turning to veterinarians

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Thursday, January 31, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan 31, 2019) –The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill preventing illegal drug users and dealers from turning to veterinarians for prescriptions.

Gutwein’s bill creating veteran database advances to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, January 31, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2019) — State Rep. Douglas Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation to help Hoosier veterans advanced out of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Gutwein said his legislation would require questions regarding the status of veterans and surviving spouses to be included on applications for drivers’ licenses and

Manning Memo: Movement in the legislature

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Legislators wrapped up the first month of the 2019 legislative session, which must conclude by April 29. Last Thursday, my bill dealing with property tax deduction appeals unanimously passed out of the House. Bills continue to move through the process. It is a tradition for some of the more veteran members to have a little fun and tease new members as they present their first bill on the House floor. I enjoyed the back and forth with fellow representatives and was grateful my first bill passed to the Senate.

House supports Cherry’s bill increasing tax exemptions for veterans

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of State Rep. Bob Cherry’s (R-Greenfield) legislation that would provide tax relief to many of Indiana’s veterans.

House supports Sullivan’s bill to boost state’s workforce

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Holli Sullivan’s (R-Evansville) legislation to continue strengthening Indiana’s workforce pipeline.

House committee approves Frye’s bill to improve firefighter recruitment

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2019) — The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee Tuesday supported State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that could help Indiana fire departments struggling to fill much-needed positions.

McNamara: House supports bill banning violent criminals from changing their names

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would prohibit violent offenders from legally changing their names.

Burton’s ‘13th check’ legislation advances to the Senate

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2019) – The House of Representatives on Monday supported State Rep. Woody Burton’s (R-Whiteland) bill providing a 13th check for public employee pensions. 

Lindauer: House passes bill creating public safety scholarship

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) that would establish a scholarship for public safety officers.

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