STATEHOUSE (Jan. 3, 2020) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 3, 2020) – State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.
A new year is here and with it a new legislative session. School safety remains a priority, including protecting students from Mother Nature. Indiana averages 22 tornadoes a year, which is why I am authoring legislation to further protect our students, teachers and staff during these storms.
As we begin the 2020 legislative session, I will address three issues to support educators this year, including holding educators and schools harmless for ILEARN test results, improving the teacher licensing renewal process, and reducing the number of mandates placed on teachers and schools.
Through the Indiana House Page Program, local students learn firsthand how the state legislature operates, meet Indiana lawmakers and work with Statehouse staff. Students can take part in this unique one-day experience during the upcoming 2020 legislative session to build on classroom lessons while further understanding how laws are made.
Christmas is here and winter is in full swing. We have already seen significant snow and some Hoosiers may be struggling to keep their homes warm during the coldest days of the year. The lower temperatures mean an increase in heating and energy costs, and Indiana offers low-income households financial assistance to keep everyone warm.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 19, 2019) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) recently met with all of the Putnam County school superintendents followed by visits to Putnam County schools to meet with students and educators ahead of the 2020 legislative session.
Investing in infrastructure includes more than just roads and bridges. Improving our infrastructure also means creating and maintaining trails, bike lanes and greenways to increase the quality of life for Hoosiers and visitors. Indiana is taking a number of exciting steps to improve the state’s trails system, which is great for our health, safety, environment and economy.
Volunteer fire departments are struggling. There are more than 20 volunteer fire departments in our area, with many seeing fewer and fewer people give their time to protecting the community. It is a difficult job, as these volunteers make a commitment that takes them away from family and their jobs when emergencies arise.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2019) – “I appreciate Governor Holcomb’s leadership on this critical issue. This legislation would ensure EMS providers who administer treatment are still reimbursed by insurance companies for those services, even if a patient is not transported to a hospital. Our hope is for Hoosiers to continue receiving appropriate emergency medical care, while compensating first responders for the services they provide. This should create a cost savings for local hospitals and free up their critical resources for those in need of emergency services.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2019) – “Governor Holcomb’s Next Level agenda highlights many of our shared legislative priorities, and we will work together to tackle the issues important to Hoosiers. From investing cash reserves in one-time capital projects with the potential to save the state more than $120 million in interest, to addressing rising health care costs, we have a busy session ahead. Legislators are preparing to hit the ground running, and I’m confident we will deliver on our goals and continue the state’s positive momentum.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2019) – “Governor Holcomb laid out a strong vision for the coming year and we look forward to working with him and our Senate colleagues to accomplish our shared goals. We agree with his prudent call to use the state’s reserves to pay cash for several capital projects, which will maximize long-term savings. We will also work together to hold teachers and schools harmless from this year’s ILEARN scores, and provide increased price transparency for health care consumers in addition to addressing surprise billing, among other issues.”
A new law intended to benefit Hoosier students beyond high school is causing some confusion, with many voicing concerns about the law based on a misconception that all educators must complete an externship to renew their licenses.
Note to the Press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Next Level agenda for the legislative session, which begins in January:
Note to the Press –State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) provided the following statement today in response to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s call to address rising health care costs in his Next Level agenda for the legislative session, which begins in January:
Indiana winters bring cold and extreme conditions, making it all the more important to ensure your home is ready. All Hoosiers should check to ensure that their homes are prepared so that everyone has a safe and warm winter.
Many of our local jails are at or over capacity. In recent years, the criminal justice system has seen more repeat offenders, especially those struggling with addition. To further explore this complex issue, I authored a law creating the Jail Overcrowding Task Force to learn more about the root causes. While each community is unique, there are some common themes.
Recently, Warsaw Community Education Association President Terry Sims sent out an email to all school personnel, which started with, “Just as I predicted, it has begun the legislature wasted no time spreading misinformation to the public…Our local Representative Mr. Wolkins is parroting the GOP position as well…Expect more misdirection in the future.” For years, Mr. Sims has claimed the legislature has not provided adequate funds for schools.
Note to the Press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect:
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