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May invites students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 3, 2020

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.

Mayfield invites students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 3, 2020

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.

Frye: New school safety resource for the new year

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, January 3, 2020

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.

Bartels: Changes coming to help students, educators, schools

Friday, January 3, 2020

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.

Davisson: Students: Page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, December 27, 2019

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.

Frye: Help available to stay warm this winter

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, December 20, 2019

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. 

Bacon: Disparity in organ donation process

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, December 20, 2019

Every time a person in Indiana visits the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to renew or acquire a driver’s license, they make a choice that could save numerous lives. With thousands of Americans waiting for life-saving organs and a growing waiting list, Hoosiers should consider signing up to become an organ donor. This session, I will be working on

Baird visits Putnam County school students, officials

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, December 19, 2019

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.

Pressel honors local town councilman for 30 years of service

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, December 18, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) (left) presents a Distinguished Hoosier Award to long-time La Crosse Town Councilman Bob Wheeler on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, at Wheeler’s final town council meeting in La Crosse. Distinguished Hoosier awards are given by the governor to those who possess the qualities and characteristics that

Sullivan: Connecting Indiana, investing in trails

Friday, December 13, 2019

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.

Davisson: Investing in our volunteer firefighters

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, December 13, 2019

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.

Indiana Sheriff’s Association names Steuerwald Legislator of the Year

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, December 12, 2019

Indiana Sheriff’s Association names Steuerwald Legislator of the Year Legislator of the Year: (Left to right) Executive Director of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Steve Luce presents State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) the Legislator of the Year Award on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Plainfield. Steuerwald was recognized based on his

Kirchhofer to author health care legislation on governor’s agenda

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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.”

Huston statement on Governor Holcomb’s Next Level agenda

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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.” 

Bosma responds to Governor Holcomb’s Next Level agenda

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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.”

Preparing Hoosier students for the workforce

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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.

Vigo County lawmakers respond to Governor Holcomb’s Next Level agenda

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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:

Schaibley statement on Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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:

Pressel to tackle legislation on governor’s agenda

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s legislative agenda announcement. Pressel will work on bills that would improve safety efforts in construction zones with technology and prohibit the use of a handheld telecommunications device while

Lehe: Giving back this Christmas

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas is the perfect time of year to count our many blessings and express our gratitude by helping others. This holiday season, please consider giving back to Hoosiers in need by donating time or resources to our local food pantries or other charitable organizations. Perhaps one of the biggest holiday traditions is enjoying Christmas dinner with family

Bartels: Is your home ready for winter?

Friday, December 6, 2019

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.

Frye: Jail overcrowding is complex, costly issue

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, December 6, 2019

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.

Wolkins: State has made strides in funding education

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, December 5, 2019

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.

Jordan congratulates Marshall County on Stellar Communities designation

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, December 5, 2019

Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) in your coverage of Marshall County Crossroads being selected as the 2019 Stellar Communities Designee. STATEHOUSE (Dec. 5, 2019) – “Marshall County and the cities and towns within it have worked hard to make our community a wonderful place

Howard County statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as Speaker-elect

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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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