STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2019) – Indiana lawmakers successfully passed Indiana’s next two-year state budget, which includes a historic investment in K-12 public education, according to State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and State Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen).
STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2019) – “The state budget proposal represents our strong commitment to funding the state’s priorities while holding the line on spending and maintaining reserves. We responsibly boosted investments in public K-12 education, school safety and proven workforce programs. Republican leaders in the House and Senate along with Gov. Eric Holcomb worked hard to meet the state’s needs and maintain a structurally balanced budget.”
“This structurally balanced budget is a reflection of collaboration and extensive work on all sides, and we are confident it covers the state’s most pressing needs while safeguarding vital reserves. Our proposal strengthens our commitment to students and teachers with record increases to education, fully funds the Department of Child Services, and makes critical investments into workforce development. We are ready to get this fiscally sound budget over the finish line on behalf of all Hoosiers.”
STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2019) — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) allowing certain adults to help homeless youth obtain identification documents could soon become law.
Improving outcomes for foster children is a priority for lawmakers this legislative session. I am sponsoring Senate Bill 1 to strengthen the Indiana Department of Child Services by prioritizing the best interests of vulnerable children, making changes to adoption consent and implementing foster parent intervention.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, the death rate due to drug abuse has consistently increased over the past several years. While there are programs providing treatment, there is a significant amount of work to further combat the opioid addiction crisis in our state. To assist Hoosiers in their fight to overcome addiction, I am supporting legislation to help those seeking treatment and offer additional funding for recovery centers.
Across the state, more children are being placed in temporary homes and spending part of their childhood in foster care. The trauma experienced during this chaotic and confusing time impacts young Hoosiers in many ways. As part of ongoing efforts to improve the outcomes for kids in the foster care system, we are looking for ways to help them succeed in school. Thanks to a recent report, we now have a better understanding of the challenges foster care students face, and how we can better meet their needs.
STATEHOUSE (April 18, 2019) – Members of the House of Representatives Thursday at the Statehouse honored State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) for his 27 years representing House District 93. Frizzell will be retiring from his position June 30.
STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2019) — After receiving support in the House and Senate, State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation calling for more oversight for Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund could soon become law.
STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2019) — Local communities recently received more than $1.5 million in state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and a great opportunity to call attention to how we can better protect our kids. By strengthening the penalties for parents who use illegal drugs or are convicted of child molestation or exploitation, we hope to create a safer environment for Hoosier children. I am sponsoring Senate Enrolled Act 323 to build stronger protections for vulnerable children.
STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2019) — Local communities recently received more than $2.4 million in state matching grants, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for DeKalb County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).
This week, House lawmakers finished up regular committee work and we are now shifting focus to sending remaining bills back to the Senate. Several proposals the legislature is working on could have a big impact in our community.
Indiana is in the midst of an ever-growing primary care physician workforce shortage, and has been for many years. According to a recent study, Indiana will need 817 primary care physicians by 2030, a 20% increase from the state’s current population, just to maintain the status quo.
Indiana’s tourism industry has grown tremendously, generating nearly $13 billion from visitor spending in 2018. Legislation I co-authored, now being considered as a new law by the governor, would help Indiana’s robust tourism industry continue to thrive through public-private partnerships.
STATEHOUSE (April 12, 2019) – State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.
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