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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: Pay 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:

Engleman statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as speaker-elect

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

“State Rep. Todd Huston has spent two years serving as our Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore and has filled in for Speaker of the House, proving he has what it takes for this position and will excel as House speaker. As the co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Huston supports an education-focused budget and works to balance our books to keep our state’s AAA credit rating. I thank him for his leadership, and I look forward to continuing the positive direction he will move our state in his new role.”

Indiana House Republicans select State Rep. Todd Huston as next House speaker

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Monday, December 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – Indiana House Republicans met today at the Statehouse in Indianapolis and selected State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) to serve as the next House speaker.

Negele statement on selection of Speaker-elect Huston

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect: STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “Todd has been an incredible leader in the House of Representatives. I have no doubt that he will excel

Soliday statement on selection of Speaker-elect Huston

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect: STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “Todd has a wealth of knowledge, and he’s been an integral part of the leadership team. With

Rep. Lehman statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as speaker-elect

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, December 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “As House Majority Floor Leader, I have enjoyed working under Speaker Bosma’s leadership and learned a lot from his years of experience. I have also witnessed Todd thrive as a state legislator, and now he can put his skills to use in this new and exciting role. Todd is principled, organized and humble, all qualities I value and our caucus values. With Speaker-elect Huston, we will continue to work with civility and bipartisanship as we build on the many policy accomplishments our caucus has achieved.”

Steuerwald statement on House Republicans selecting Huston as speaker-elect

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, December 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 2, 2019) – “As the longest-serving speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian will be leaving some very large shoes to fill. He has strived to make this transition seamless for Speaker-elect Huston and the entire caucus. I have worked closely with Todd and I am confident he will guide our caucus with a steady hand as we continue to work hard on behalf of all Hoosiers.”

Manning supports Speaker-elect Todd Huston

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect:

Hamilton County lawmakers support Speaker-elect Todd Huston

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, December 2, 2019

Note to the press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect:

Rep. Baird seeks public input ahead of meetings with state agencies

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 26, 2019) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) is seeking public input ahead of upcoming roundtable meetings with several state agencies to discuss issues and projects affecting Putnam County and surrounding communities.

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