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House supports Slager's bill improving access to pediatric care closer to home

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives this week advanced State Rep. Hal Slager's (R-Schererville) legislation that would provide access to pediatric hospitals across state lines for Medicaid-covered Indiana children.

VanNatter: Hoosiers can now use CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans for apprenticeship programs

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) — Some apprenticeship programs are now considered qualified expenses for funds saved through the CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan, according to State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).

Gutwein: Bill to expand use of baby boxes advances to Senate

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted unanimously in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) that would make it easier for communities across the state to install Safe Haven Baby Boxes.

Local legislators support bill providing license plates to Purple Heart families

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) —The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted unanimously on legislation granting surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones, according to State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Payne supports bill helping students impacted by pandemic

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently advanced legislation establishing the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help students experiencing learning loss due to the pandemic, according to State Rep. Zach Payne (R-Charlestown).

House passes Negele's bill closing loophole to make rape by impersonation a crime

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives this week advanced legislation authored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) that would close a loophole in Indiana's rape statute to ensure those who commit rape by impersonation are held accountable.

Thompson says education is 'top investment' in House GOP budget proposal

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – "Indiana has a strong reputation for being fiscally responsible while still funding Hoosier priorities, and this year will be no different. Education remains our top investment, as we work to build on our commitment to students and educators with funding increases. Thanks to our thoughtful budgeting over the years, Indiana can continue making sound investments, without taking on unnecessary debt that would burden future generations."

Engleman: Bill helping students combat learning loss advances out of the House

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of legislation State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) co-authored that would establish the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help combat learning loss children may experience as a result of the pandemic.

Ledbetter: Bill supporting opportunities for low-income Hoosier workers advances

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – A key House committee passed legislation co-authored by State Rep. Cindy Ledbetter (R-Newburgh) focused on helping Hoosier workers who may decline a pay bump over fear of quickly losing government benefits.

Judy statement on House Republican budget proposal

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – “Indiana's strong fiscal discipline continues to serve Hoosiers well, and our budget reserves provided the necessary support we needed during the unprecedented pandemic. Crafting a responsible, balanced budget requires difficult choices, but we want to make sure Indiana continues to live within its means while planning for the future. This proposal invests in all Hoosiers, especially our students, law enforcement and small businesses. We also put $250 million toward improving rural broadband, which is critical to increase education and telehealth opportunities."

Sullivan statement on House GOP budget proposal advancing

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – "The proposed budget showcases Indiana's strong financial standing and sends a message to all Hoosiers and neighboring states that we are on the right path toward economic recovery. For the last decade, passing a fiscally responsible budget has been a priority. As a result, we have the opportunity to not just maintain funding for K-12 public education and rural broadband, but substantially increase both. Our proposal also includes funding for small business relief, workforce readiness training and programs to help students whose learning was disrupted by the pandemic."

Heine statement on House Republican budget proposal

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – “Being good stewards of taxpayer dollars is our top priority. This budget makes targeted and responsible investments while maintaining prudent reserves and our coveted AAA credit rating. This budget increases funding to our K-12 public schools, substantially boosts our investment in rural broadband and supports small businesses – all critical to helping Indiana bounce back from this pandemic stronger than before."

Leonard statement on proposed House Republican budget proposal

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – “Crafted with a careful focus on Hoosier priorities, this budget proposal provides a two-year fiscal blueprint of the state's operations. Indiana has stood above a great majority of states in terms of our financial stability in recent years. Our prudent reserves have helped us manage this tough year, and we will maintain those to help protect against any future economic downturns."

May: Bill to fully fund all K-12 public school students this year advances to Senate

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, February 12, 2021

The Indiana House of Representatives recently supported legislation co-authored by State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) to fully fund all K-12 public school students for the 2020-21 school year, regardless of whether students attended classes in-person or virtually due to COVID-19.

McNamara's bill helping students impacted by pandemic advances out of the House

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of legislation State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) authored that would establish the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help combat learning loss children may experience as a result of the pandemic.

Cherry statement on House Republican budget proposal passing out of key committee

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 12, 2021

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) in your coverage of Thursday's passage of House Bill 1001 out of the House Ways and Means Committee, which he serves as vice chair. The bill, supported by Cherry, outlines Indiana's next two-year $36.3 billion budget proposal. House Bill 1001 now moves to the

Prescott statement on House Republicans' state budget proposal passing out of key committee

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 12, 2021

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, in your coverage of the House Republican budget proposal, which advanced out of committee Thursday: STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – "Our House Republican budget proposal keeps our commitment to fiscal

Cherry: Legislation supports local law enforcement, transparency

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 12, 2021

Law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect our communities, and they need tools and resources to continue keeping us safe. This session, I am co-authoring legislation supporting local law enforcement, and boosting accountability and transparency in policing. The proposed legislation would require full employment record sharing between police

Heaton: Bill helping students impacted by pandemic passes House

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Indiana House of Representatives advanced legislation establishing the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help students experiencing learning loss due to the pandemic, according to State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute).

Lyness and Ziemke support bill helping Indiana's small businesses, hospitality industry

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, February 11, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently advanced legislation that would establish the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program to support Indiana's jobs and economy, according to State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

Morrison: Bill supporting Indiana's small businesses, hospitality industry passes House

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Indiana House of Representatives advanced legislation co-authored by State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) to establish the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program, which would support Indiana's jobs and economy.

Ellington: Bill helping students impacted by pandemic passes House

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Indiana House of Representatives advanced legislation establishing the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help students experiencing learning loss due to the pandemic, according to State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington).

House passes Pressel's bill lifting needless regulations on kids' refreshment stands

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Wednesday, February 10, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 10, 2021) — The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Jim Pressel's (R-Rolling Prairie) legislation to remove needless regulations on children's refreshment stands.

Judy's bill supporting surviving spouses of Purple Heart recipients passes House

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, February 10, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives today advanced State Rep. Chris Judy's (R-Fort Wayne) legislation that would grant surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones. The bill passed unanimously, 93-0.

Goodrich's bill supporting opportunities for low-income Hoosier workers advances

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Tuesday, February 9, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 9, 2021) – A key House committee passed State Rep. Chuck Goodrich's (R-Noblesville) bill on Tuesday to help Hoosier workers who may decline a pay bump over fear of quickly losing government benefits. 

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