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May’s legislation requiring extended background checks on all child care employees moves forward

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation that would require national criminal history background checks of all employees and volunteers at child care facilities.

DeVon’s bill holding teachers, schools harmless from ILEARN scores could soon be law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, February 3, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2020) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) that would ensure school and teacher evaluations are not negatively impacted by ILEARN scores for two years heads to the governor’s desk to be considered for a new law.

Vermilion pairs sneakers with her suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) pairs her sneakers with her suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

House supports Frye’s bill to prevent traumatic brain injuries

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

The House of Representatives voted Monday in support of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would establish a statewide helmet fund for children.

Frye pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, screenings for people between the ages of 55 and 74 who have certain risk factors has shown to reduce mortality from lung cancer.

Floyd County lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Reps. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) and Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer risks can be lowered by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and getting regular cancer screening tests.

Ziemke pairs sneakers with her suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) pairs her sneakers with her suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. The Suits and Sneakers event aims to shed light on ways of reducing cancer, like exercising, eating healthy and following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for recommended cancer screenings.

Lucas pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. As a cancer survivor, Lucas stresses the importance of following the American Cancer Society’s recommended screenings.

Lyness pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and early detection through cancer screenings can improve the chance of survival.

Prescott pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Saunders pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Lauer pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Madison County lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Reps. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) (left) and Tony Cook (R-Cicero) (right) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Wayne County lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Reps. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) (left) and Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) (right) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Cherry pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

Wabash Valley lawmakers pair sneakers with suits to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: (Left to right) State Reps. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil), Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) and Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the most common type and leading cause of cancer deaths in both females and males. Ways to decrease your cancer risk include not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity.

Ziemke’s bill to improve government efficiency advances out of the House

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, January 31, 2020

The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of State Rep. Cindy Ziemke’s (R-Batesville) legislation that would make it easier for Hoosiers to submit important forms to state agencies.

Baird: Indiana should join multistate compact on curing diseases

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2020) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) is asking fellow lawmakers to examine the benefits of Indiana joining a multistate compact to award prizes for curing diseases.

Cook: Taking some stress off of military families

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, January 31, 2020

Taping up boxes of personal belongings and loading them on a truck is just one of many tasks that come with moving into a new home. And if that new home is in another state, that adds another level of stress to any family. But for families in the military those moves happen frequently when a parent gets orders to a new base and they may not coincide with a child’s academic calendar. I authored House Bill 1091 to ensure students’ education opportunity is not interrupted when their family is relocated to a new area.

Torr: Protecting child victims from additional trauma

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, January 31, 2020

In the court system, those involved in cases often give depositions, which are out-of-court statements provided under oath. Often, depositions involve a verbal examination followed by cross-examination from the opposing side. While this step helps those involved in court cases prepare for trials, it also causes child victims of sex crimes additional trauma as they tell their stories over and over again. At times this happens with the alleged perpetrator in the room. This session, I am sponsoring a proposal for a new law that would help prevent these children from being subjected to the trauma of discovery depositions, except in certain circumstances.

Mayfield works to rename bridge after deputy killed in line of duty

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, January 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2020) – The Roads and Transportation Committee unanimously supported State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) efforts to rename a Bloomington bridge crossing over Interstate 69 in honor of Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Sarah Irene Haylett-Jones.

Torr: Carmel student gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, January 31, 2020

Photo Caption: State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) (right) welcomes Carmel resident Cooper Grabow (left) to the Statehouse Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Indianapolis.

House supports Manning's bill preventing deaths from low head dams

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, January 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2020) – The House of Representatives today approved State Rep. Ethan Manning’s (R-Denver) legislation to prevent deaths from low head dams with a 95-1 vote. 

Lehman pairs sneakers with his suit for cancer awareness

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Friday, January 31, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) pairs sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of

Gutwein’s bill to help save historic Pulaski County Courthouse advances

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, January 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2020) — The House of Representatives advanced Thursday State Rep. Doug Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation that would provide an option to fund much-needed renovations at the historic Pulaski County Courthouse. According to Gutwein, the 125-year-old courthouse was placed on Indiana Landmarks’ “10 Most

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