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Rep. Jordan: New law protects in-person worship during public emergencies

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2021) – Legislation supported by State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) protecting Hoosiers' right to gather for religious worship services during future public emergencies is now law.

King, Miller: New law protects in-person worship during public emergencies

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2021) – Legislation supported by State Reps. Joanna King (R-Middlebury) and Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) protecting Hoosiers' right to gather for religious worship services during future public emergencies is now law.

Governor signs Frye's bill into law helping fire, police departments find talent

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2021) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law State Rep. Randy Frye's (R-Greensburg) legislation making it easier for police and fire departments across the state to hire more Hoosiers.  

Hostettler: New law invests $60M for small business recovery grants

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Legislation supporting jobs, employers and economic recovery by investing $60 million to expand the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program is now law, according to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka).

DeVon's bill encouraging Hoosiers to skill-up heads to governor

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2021) – A bill to break down barriers for young, low-income workers looking to obtain in-demand job skills could soon be law, according to State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).

Goodrich's bill encouraging Hoosiers to skill-up heads to the governor

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Monday, April 26, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2021) – A bill to break down barriers for young, low-income workers looking to obtain in-demand job skills could soon become law, according to State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville).

Eberhart: New law requires middle school students to take a civics education course

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Monday, April 26, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2021) – Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers is now law, according to State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

Frye: Historic investments in K-12 students, education

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Monday, April 26, 2021

Indiana entered 2021 cautiously optimistic, and as more Hoosiers head back to work and are vaccinated, projections indicate our state's economy will continue to get stronger by the day. Thanks to nearly a decade of conservative budgeting and reserves to protect the state during economic downturns, our economy is certainly bouncing back. Indiana's fiscal strength is reflected in the next two-year state budget, which makes historic investments in K-12 education, all while reducing taxpayer-funded debt and providing opportunities for future tax cuts.

Snow, Nisly: Bill supporting local law enforcement crosses finish line

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, April 26, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2021) – With the governor's signature, a bill supported by State Reps. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) and Curt Nisly (R-Milford) supporting law enforcement, and boosting accountability and transparency in policing is now law.

Local lawmakers help raise hunger awareness, volunteer at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, April 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2021) – State Reps. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) and Hal Slager (R-Schererville) recently volunteered at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to help distribute food items to local families in need.

Gutwein: New law requires middle school students to take a civics education course

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, April 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2021) – Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers is now law, according to State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville).

Soliday's bill ensuring Indiana residents, businesses receive reliable electric service is now law

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, April 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2021) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed State Rep. Ed Soliday's (R-Valparaiso) legislation into law ensuring Indiana residents and businesses receive reliable electric service.

Hendricks County lawmakers respond to new state budget, 'historic' K-12 investments

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2021) – "Relying on fiscal responsibility, our state weathered the past year better than expected. While other states are looking at tough budget cuts, Indiana has the opportunity to make strong investments in Hoosier priorities. With half our budget already dedicated to K-12 education, we are increasing education funding by an additional $1.9 billion over the next two years. With this investment, Indiana is meeting and exceeding the recommendations for increasing teacher salaries that were proposed by the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission. Local school boards must prioritize this funding to make sure it supports raising teacher pay," said State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton), chair of the House Ways and Means K-12 Subcommittee.

McNamara's new law helps Hoosier motorists get back on track

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, April 23, 2021

State Rep. Wendy McNamara's (R-Evansville) legislation helping Hoosiers with suspended licenses get back to work is now law.

Bill sponsored by Lindauer expanding telehealth is now law

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, April 23, 2021

Legislation expanding telehealth services for Hoosiers and cutting red tape for health care providers is now law, according to State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).

Ledbetter: Closing the broadband gap

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, April 23, 2021

In order for students to connect to their classes, employees to work from home and small businesses to serve their clients, Hoosiers are in need of more reliable broadband. The pandemic has highlighted the gaps in broadband availability this past year. That's why I've joined other lawmakers this session to invest in and expand broadband, especially for our rural communities.

Cherry: Supporting Hoosier businesses, boosting the economy

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, April 23, 2021

Our communities are home to many small businesses, which provide jobs, services, goods and support to our economy. These employers are critical to Indiana's economic recovery, growth and vitality. While facing a global pandemic, small businesses struggled to survive. While most received some form of assistance to help, many are still facing difficulties. State leaders recognize that small businesses need additional support, and legislators recently passed a law investing $60 million to expand the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant program and another law implementing protections for Hoosier employers.

Teshka, DeVon: Bill supporting local law enforcement crosses finish line

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, April 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2021) – With the governor's signature, a bill co-authored by State Reps. Jake Teshka (R-South Bend) and Dale DeVon (R-Granger) supporting law enforcement and boosting accountability and transparency in policing is now law.

Snow: Bill supporting local law enforcement crosses finish line

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, April 23, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2021) – With the governor's signature, a bill co-authored by State Rep. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) supporting law enforcement and boosting accountability and transparency in policing is now law.

Lyness, Ziemke: Bill supporting small businesses now law

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, April 22, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2021) – Legislation supporting jobs, employers and economic recovery by investing $60 million to expand the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program is now law, according to State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

Ziemke: Bill supporting small businesses now law

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, April 22, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2021) – Legislation supporting jobs, employers and economic recovery by investing $60 million to expand the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program is now law, according to State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

Governor signs bill co-authored by Morrison to support small business recovery

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law co-authored by State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) to support jobs, employers and economic recovery by investing $60 million to expand the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program.

Area lawmakers statements on updated state budget plan, 'historic' K-12 investments

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – "Education funding continues to be a top priority for Hoosiers, with Indiana investing half of its budget in K-12 education. The new two-year state budget increases Indiana's education spending to historic levels, with $1.9 billion in new funds being invested in Hoosier schools. Combined with federal stimulus dollars, the state's 293 school corporations should be on solid financial ground to invest in student learning and increased teacher salaries," said State Rep. Dave Heine, chair of the House Ways and Means Local Government Finance Subcommittee.

"This budget responsibly pays down state pension debt, especially to the pre-1998 teacher pensions, which will provide Indiana with more flexibility and opportunity to make investments in the future. The new budget plan also makes short- and long-term investments in Hoosier priorities, like education and infrastructure, which will continue moving Indiana in the right direction," said State Rep. Dan Leonard, member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

"A little more than a decade of conservative leadership allowed Indiana to manage through the pandemic and set us up to make historic investments in our state's future. This is no small feat, especially as other states are looking to cut budgets or take on debt. We also made it a priority to boost Indiana's reserves over the coming years to ensure we are prepared for any future downturns," said State Rep. Chris Judy, member of the House Ways and Means Committee

Wesco's bill streamlining registration process for lightweight trailers moves to governor

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2021) –  State Rep. Tim Wesco's (R-Osceola) legislation creating a permanent vehicle registration for lightweight trailers could soon be law.

Behning, Speedy: State budget plan makes substantial investments in education, public safety

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – "Indiana consistently puts education at the top of the priority list when it comes to funding, and this year is no exception. Before the most recent revenue forecast, schools across the state were expected to see an increase in funding. Thanks to our strong conservative leadership and our economy rebounding, our state is able to further our commitment to Hoosier students and educators, and increase our investment substantially. Locals should use this additional funding to increase educator salaries to help retain and attract top talent in our classrooms," said State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), chair of the House Education Committee.

"Our commitment to fiscal responsibility is yet again paying off as Indiana is able to strategically invest in Hoosier priorities like public safety. Our law enforcement officers risk their lives each day to keep our communities and state safe. Indiana's next two-year budget allocates funds for local and state police agencies to purchase body cameras, invests in numerous programs to help fight crime and makes training grants available to departments across the state. These investments are in addition to a salary increase for our state police, conservation and excise officers. Providing our public safety officers with support and the tools they need is critical to keeping Hoosiers safe," said State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis). 

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