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Cook: Key education bill heads to the governor

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 4, 2020) – State Rep. Tony Cook's (R-Cicero) bill giving schools the flexibility to determine the impact student test scores will have on teacher performance evaluations could soon become law.

Gutwein’s legislation to save Pulaski County courthouse heads to governor

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, March 3, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2020) — State Rep. Doug Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) bill providing an option to fund much-needed renovations at the historic Pulaski County courthouse could soon become law. According to Gutwein, Pulaski County has imposed a 0.3% special purposes local income tax since 1998 to fund the construction of the county jail and

Hendricks County natives gain experience at the Statehouse

Monday, March 2, 2020

Hendricks County natives Mariah Dragonette and Lucas Smith are gaining experience as interns with the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Frye recognizes Hoosier volunteer firefighters for 50+ years of service

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, March 2, 2020

State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) recently honored Indiana volunteer firefighters with a resolution at the Indiana Statehouse who have served their communities for 50 years or more.

Mount Vernon students visit Rep. McNamara at the Statehouse

Monday, March 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2020) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session:

Rep. Eberhart: Fairland native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, March 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2020) Triton Central High School graduate Caitlin Way is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Rep. Lauer: Columbus native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, March 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2020) – Columbus East High School graduate Hannah Gregory is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Rep. Prescott: Portland native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, March 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2020) – Jay County High School graduate Alex Clark is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Behning: Removing barriers for students from low-income families

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, February 28, 2020

Many young Hoosiers participate in paid internships, apprenticeships and work-based learning programs to help jumpstart their careers. Unfortunately, some may turn down these valuable experiences because the income they earn could put their families at risk of losing benefits, like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. A proposed new law could help ensure students do not have to pick between potential career opportunities and the needs of their families.

Burton: Standing up for children with dyslexia

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, February 28, 2020

Lawmakers find inspiration for legislation in several ways. In many cases, we learn of an issue and work to find a solution after constituents reach out in need of support. An issue I am passionate about is supporting Hoosiers with dyslexia. My dedication for students and others with dyslexia started because of a community member, Cheryl, and her son, Josh.

Franklin resident gains experience with Rep. Young at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, February 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2020) – Franklin resident Jasmine Noel is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Rep. Mayfield: Martinsville native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, February 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2020) – Martinsville native Erica Szczechowski is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) and fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Rep. Morrison welcomes local FFA students as pages at Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, February 28, 2020

State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) (center) welcomes FFA students from Northview High School in Brazil and South Vermillion High School in Clinton, who served as pages Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse.

House honors Wolkins for 32 years of General Assembly service

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, February 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2020) – Members of the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse honored State. Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) on Tuesday for his 32 years of serving House District 18.

Cherry: Decreasing Indiana’s smoking, vaping rates

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Friday, February 28, 2020

Indiana has the seventh-highest adult smoking rate in the country. Hoosier youth are joining in too, as the popularity of e-cigarette products rises despite potential harmful health risks. This session, I co-authored legislation aiming to decrease Indiana’s smoking and vaping rates.

Dispatchers: Rarely seen, always heard

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, February 28, 2020

When thinking of public safety, loud sirens and flashing lights may come to mind, with images of men and women rushing to save the day. Behind all this action is a group always involved, although rarely seen. Dispatchers play a critical role in keeping Hoosiers safe, and they should be reclassified as first responders.

Rep. Cook: Cicero native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, February 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2020) – Hamilton Heights High School graduate Alec Policka is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session. 

Cook: A proactive approach to mental health in schools

Friday, February 28, 2020

The health of our students reaches far beyond their physical wellness. We know some children struggle with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioral or emotional disorders. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 15% of Indiana students between ages 12 and 17 years old reported having at least one major depressive episode during the 2015-2016 school year, compared to the national average of 13%. If these issues are not addressed, they could have a significant impacts on a child’s education, health and safety. Mental health is the core of a student’s wellbeing, and we must ensure local schools are equipped with the proper resources on behalf of their students.

Rep. Baird welcomes local FFA students as pages to Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, February 27, 2020

State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) (right) welcomes FFA students from South Putnam Middle School/High School to the Statehouse Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Indianapolis.

Rep. Negele: Romney native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, February 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 27, 2020) – McCutcheon High School graduate Tanner Brown is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) and her fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session. Brown, a Romney native, is the son of Brian and Angie Brown. He is a graduate of Purdue University,

Rep. Brown: Southmont grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Southmont Senior High School graduate Erika Belle Adams is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Rep. Gutwein: Rensselaer resident gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, February 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2020) – Rensselaer resident Alex Conrad is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session. Conrad is the son of Phil and Heather Conrad. He is attending Purdue University, and majoring in economics and

Rep. DeVon: Granger resident gains experience at the Statehouse

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Granger resident Jake Carrico is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

House honors Burton for 32 years of service in General Assembly

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, February 26, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2020) – Members of the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse Monday honored State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) for his 32 years of serving House District 58.

Rep. May’s bill supporting rural redevelopment heads to governor

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, February 26, 2020

State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation supporting economic redevelopment in rural areas could soon be law.

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