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Brown County student joins State Rep. Chris May at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, March 20, 2020

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) (left) welcomes Samuel York of Nashville to the Statehouse, where he served as a student page on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.

Behning says governor’s plan canceling Indiana’s standardized assessments is ‘right move for students and schools’

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, March 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2020) – “Governor Holcomb’s call to suspend statewide standardized testing for this school year is the right move for Indiana students and schools. Now is the time for kids to stay home and finish the year through remote and e-learning where possible. Our schools are doing a tremendous job of communicating with parents, and making sure students have access to resources and meals. These are tough times, but the health and well-being of students, educators and Hoosiers are priority one.”

Student pages visit Rep. Lyness at the Statehouse

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Thursday, March 19, 2020

State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.

Speaker Huston's statement on Gov. Holcomb's latest actions to address coronavirus, protect Hoosiers

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Thursday, March 19, 2020

“Hoosiers across this state are feeling the effects of this unprecedented health event, and Gov. Eric Holcomb is taking bold, decisive action to make sure Indiana is utilizing all available resources to help bridge the gap until the economy recovers. Cutting red tape for unemployed workers, delaying tax payments and penalties for Hoosiers and businesses, giving necessary guidance for schools, and providing flexibility to those who need social services programs are all important steps to providing relief and security."

Rep. Brown supports Gov. Holcomb's actions to protect Hoosiers during public emergency

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, March 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2020) – "The impact of this public health crisis is reverberating throughout our entire state, and Governor Holcomb is taking unprecedented actions to protect all Hoosiers. Wise budgeting gives the state flexibility to deal with the fiscal tolls, and we will continue taking this step by step, and making adjustments to combat this

Karickhoff, VanNatter weigh in on Gov. Eric Holcomb's latest actions to address coronavirus, protect Hoosiers

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Thursday, March 19, 2020

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 Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement Thursday on his latest actions to address coronavirus and protect Hoosiers: 

Rep. Tony Cook weighs in on announcement to cancel state mandated assessments, close schools until May 1

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Thursday, March 19, 2020

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), vice chair of the House Education Committee, in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement Thursday to cancel all state mandated assessments for the 2019-2020 school year and close schools until May 1:

Rep. Schaibley weighs in on Governor Holcomb's latest actions to address coronavirus, protect Hoosiers

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement Thursday addressing further measures being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19:

Bartels: Health benefits for our farmers

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, March 19, 2020

Farmers are critical to feeding the world and supporting our state and local economies. Unfortunately, many farmers are leaving the agriculture industry in pursuit of other careers offering health care benefits. Others are choosing to forgo medical treatment and insurance because the costs are too high.  As vice chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, I strongly supported legislation allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer affordable health benefits to its members and their families.

State Rep. Barrett, M.D. responds to coronavirus in Wayne County

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 18, 2020) — “As the coronavirus situation continues to escalate, a Hoosier has now tested positive in Wayne County. The staff at Reid Health in Richmond are taking the proper precautions and continuing to monitor the situation. Their vigilant efforts to properly care for the patient, while also protecting others in the hospital from COVID-19, is greatly appreciated.

Student pages visit Rep. Mayfield at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, March 16, 2020

State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.

Student pages visit Rep. Baird at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, March 16, 2020

State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.

Jordan's proposal providing flexibility for schools, streamlining teacher training could soon be law

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, March 13, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2020) – State Rep. Jack Jordan's (R-Bremen) legislation to ease mandates for schools and provide flexibility could soon be signed into law by the governor. Under Jordan's bill, schools could identify which education laws and requirements work best for their districts, and apply for a waiver with the State Board of Education to

Schaibley: Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, March 13, 2020

Approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in Indiana experience sexual violence in their lifetimes. It is a crime that can leave a victim with physical and emotional scars that can take years to heal. Steps are being taken to support survivors as they seek justice through legislation I sponsored that would connect survivors to professional support and guidance through every step of the legal process.

Frye: Best practices to promote firefighter health, safety

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, March 13, 2020

Indiana has more than 750 fire departments, with thousands of firefighters. Whether they are a career firefighter or a volunteer, they all contribute to public safety by guarding us, our homes and our communities. A new law will help protect firefighters by establishing a list of best practices for fire departments to promote safety and create healthier work environments.

Ziemke: Batesville artist's painting will be on display at the Statehouse

Posted by: Cameron Michaels  | Friday, March 13, 2020

Artist Joni Huber (right) of Batesville displays her art at the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. Huber's piece, "Women Bring All Voters into the World," displays a picture of Mrs. Herbert Carpenter holding an American flag made out of newspaper clippings and pictures of women. State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) said Huber's work will hang for one year in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's office.

Frye: Vevay artist's collage will be on display at the Statehouse

Posted by: Cameron Michaels  | Friday, March 13, 2020

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (left) welcomes Vevay resident Martha Bladen (right) to the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Statehouse. State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) said Bladen's stamps collage, "Ladies for Liberty," will be displayed for one year in Crouch's office.

Frye: Dillsboro artist's painting will be on display at the Statehouse

Posted by: Cameron Michaels  | Friday, March 13, 2020

Artist Rebecca Davies (right) of Dillsboro greets a guest attending the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. Davies' painting, "1953: Four Generations of Voters ... every time.," depicts four female members of her family sitting at their farmhouse. State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) said Davies' piece will hang for one year in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's office.

Cherry: Providing new health benefit options through Indiana Farm Bureau

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Friday, March 13, 2020

According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 8 percent of Hoosiers went without health insurance in 2018. Many people get health insurance through their employer or a group plan. Farmers, are often small-business owners without employees and generally have expensive and limited health care options. This session, I supported legislation allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau to provide health benefits to its members and their families.

Engleman: Floyds Knobs artist's work will be on display at the Statehouse

Posted by: Cameron Michaels  | Friday, March 13, 2020

State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) views artwork by Floyds Knobs resident Kevin Schultz at the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists awards ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Statehouse. Engleman said Schultz's piece, "The Spirit Lives On," will hang in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's office.

Indiana Farm Bureau could soon offer health benefits

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Thursday, March 12, 2020

House District 32 embodies major sectors of our state's economy including advanced manufacturing and technology, where employees likely receive health benefits from their employer. However, another industry keeping Indiana's economic engine moving is agriculture. In this field, many farmers are the owners of their operations and may have a couple or no employees. This session, I supported legislation that would create a more affordable health care option for Indiana Farm Bureau members.

Pressel: Bill taking aim at distracted driving heads to governor

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, March 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2020) – A hands-free driving proposal, co-authored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie), could soon become law. Pressel said the legislation would prohibit driving while holding a cell phone or other electronic device while driving. He said distracted driving is a danger to others, with nine Americans killed each day

Speaker Huston's statement on close of 2020 legislative session

Thursday, March 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2020) – “We successfully brought the legislative session to a close after taking our priorities across the finish line, including supporting our educators and schools, and taking important steps to address rising health care costs.

Abbott’s bill honoring fallen service members, families could soon become law

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, March 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott’s (R-Rome City) legislation recognizing fallen service members and their families could soon become law.

Lawmakers welcome Jasonville pastor to lead Indiana House in prayer

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, March 11, 2020

State Reps. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) (left) and Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) (right) welcome the Rev. Samuel Bush (center) to the Statehouse Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Indianapolis.

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