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Bartels: You can make a difference

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, February 15, 2019

Recently, the American Red Cross hosted the annual blood drive competition at the Statehouse. I was able to make a donation and speak with representatives about how Hoosiers in our area can support their goals and services. Volunteers and donors are always called to help the organization fulfill its mission of providing for our communities, armed services and those in need.

House to consider Saunders’ absentee ballot legislation

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday will consider State Rep. Tom Saunders’ (R-Lewisville) legislation extending the time for citizens to send in absentee ballots.

Bacon: Saving lives over the phone

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, February 15, 2019

Each year, nearly 350,000 incidents of cardiac arrest occur outside of a hospital. While almost all of these events result in a 911 call, there are additional actions that can be taken by bystanders to prolong survival until an ambulance arrives. Legislation I authored would require 911 emergency dispatchers to complete training on giving hands-only CPR instructions over the phone.

Frye: Prioritizing the health of our public safety officers

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, February 15, 2019

Working in public safety is a strenuous, and oftentimes, difficult job. The men and women who put themselves in danger to keep our communities safe should not go unnoticed, and their physical and mental health is critical to the jobs they do. I proposed legislation to establish a research fund to further study the effects that mental and physical stress

Rep. Miller works to make interfering with law enforcement a crime

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, February 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation authored by State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) that would make intentionally interfering with law enforcement a crime.

Judy: Students can explore career options with CTE

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, February 15, 2019

February is National Career and Technical Education Month. Also known as CTE month, this is a way to recognize the importance of programs that encourage students to explore career opportunities, and the doors it opens to employment. Northeast Indiana enjoys a rich manufacturing history and this industry currently employs almost 30 percent of our area’s workforce. But like our nation and state, our community faces a shortage of skilled tradespeople. As a lawmaker, I want to maintain northeast Indiana’s momentum by supporting legislation that provides more access to CTE.

Lehe: Protecting Hoosier children

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, February 15, 2019

House lawmakers are working on a number of proposals this session to help protect Hoosier children, including one to reform the Department of Child Services. I supported legislation implementing changes to DCS recommended by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group and the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary. A recent DCS report shows

Cook: Taking a stand against hate

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, February 15, 2019

For the past several years, there has been an increase in the number of bias-motivated crimes reported throughout the country. Because of these growing numbers, a statewide hate crimes statute is in high demand from businesses and religious groups. In an effort to protect all Hoosiers from criminals who may target them for who they are, I authored House Bill 1020 to increase penalties for these crimes.

Kirchhofer works to eliminate addiction treatment barriers

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, February 14, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2019) – The House of Representatives recently advanced State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer’s (R-Beech Grove) legislation that would allow Hoosiers in need of addiction services to be admitted to an inpatient treatment facility, regardless of their sobriety.

Manning Memo: Talking to students and supporting veterans

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, February 14, 2019

This week, I welcomed my first student page, Nicholas Yax from Logansport High School. I have known Nick now for a couple of years, and he is a bright, young man with unlimited potential. It was great to see him in the House Chamber and talk about issues lawmakers are working on this session. The House Page Program is a wonderful opportunity for students ages 13-18 to come see how their state government works. You can learn more and apply online at www.indianahouserepublicans.com/page-program.

House supports Lauer’s bill holding public servants more accountable

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation imposing tougher penalties on government officials and employees who are convicted of stealing public funds.

House supports Bacon’s telephone CPR legislation

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of  State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation requiring 911 operators be trained to coach callers through performing hands-only CPR on a cardiac arrest victim.

House supports Ziemke’s bill expanding addiction, mental health resources for Hoosiers

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – The House of Representatives Tuesday supported State Rep. Cindy Ziemke’s (R-Batesville) legislation allowing more qualified health professionals to treat services to Hoosiers struggling with addiction or mental health.

Engleman: House approves bill offering training to local elected officials

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – The House of Representatives Tuesday supported State Rep. Karen Engleman’s (R-Georgetown) legislation ensuring local elected officials are properly trained before they start their position.

Soliday’s bill helping Hoosier motorists advances to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) legislation providing better services to Bureau of Motor Vehicles customers recently advanced out of the House of Representatives. Under Soliday’s legislation, the BMV would alert vehicle owners of manufacturer-issued safety recalls during the registration or renewal

House advances Gutwein’s bill streamlining licensing, public safety efforts

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation streamlining Indiana licensing boards and safety commissions recently advanced out of the House of Representatives. Gutwein said the organization for boards and commissions currently administered by the Professional Licensing Agency lack consistency. This has

House committee supports Cook’s bill increasing school safety

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee Tuesday voted in favor of legislation authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) that would allow local law enforcement to share student information with schools for security purposes.

Negele: Bill creating traffic amnesty program advances to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The House of Representatives recently voted in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) that would establish a temporary payment program for unpaid traffic fines. Currently, there are approximately 380,000 Hoosiers with suspended licenses due to an inability to pay. Under this legislation,

House supports legislation to appoint Howard County magistrate

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter’s (R-Kokomo) legislation allowing Howard County courts to appoint a magistrate to assist with cases.

May welcomes local pastor to the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) (right) welcomes Rev. Josh Hibbard (left) and his wife, Michelle Landa Hibbard, to the Indiana Statehouse Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, as part of the Pastor of the Day tradition. Hibbard, associate pastor of Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Bedford, offered the blessing in the House Chamber before session

Mayfield works to streamline campaign finance reporting

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill requiring all state legislative candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically. According to Mayfield, all candidates for statewide offices are already required to file their campaign finance reports

House passes Frye’s bill addressing jail overcrowding

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives Monday voted in favor of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation working to alleviate jail overcrowding by giving county jails the option to relocate certain felons. 

House advances Lucas’ bill protecting citizens using self-defense

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2019) — The House of Representatives Monday voted in support of State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) bill that would provide legal protections for Hoosiers acting in self-defense.

Bartels: House supports legislation to enhance Indiana tourism

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) to increase state tourism and its economic impact.

House passes Karickhoff’s bill to enhance tourism in Indiana

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives supported legislation authored by State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) to increase state tourism and its economic impact.

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