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Schaibley: Bill supporting small business recovery signed into law

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Thursday, May 13, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 13, 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. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel).

Karickhoff, VanNatter: Bill to combat Indiana's public health disparities now law

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Thursday, May 13, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 13, 2021) – Legislation establishing a state health improvement plan and a $50 million grant program is now law, according to State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).  

Frye's bill to save more newborns now law

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 12, 2021) – More Hoosier communities will be able to install devices to save vulnerable infants thanks to a new law authored by State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg). 

Snow's bill protecting Hoosier grain farmers now law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 12, 2021) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed legislation authored by State Rep. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) to protect Indiana's grain farmers from catastrophic financial losses when licensed grain buyers fail.

The Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund protects Hoosier grain farmers from catastrophic financial losses when state-licensed grain buyers, grain banks or warehouses fail. Snow said grain farmers typically store their harvests in these licensed warehouses and enter deferred pricing agreements with buyers to determine a selling price at a later date. In the event of a warehouse failure, the fund covers 100% of contracted stored grain and 80% of other grain transactions for up to 15 months prior to the date of failure. The fund is supported by farmers who pay a 0.2% premium on the gross value of all grain marketed to licensed grain buyers in Indiana.

St. Joseph County legislators: New law protects in-person worship during public emergencies

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 12, 2021) – Legislation supported by local lawmakers protecting Hoosiers' right to gather for religious worship services during future public emergencies is now law.

Ledbetter: You are not alone

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and now is a good time to check in on our friends and family, as well as our own mental health. Before COVID-19, the National Institute of Mental Health reported nearly 1 in 5 adults were living with a mental illness. Now a year later, new data shows 1 in 3 adults are experiencing mental-health problems after struggling to cope, or manage stress and anxiety during the pandemic. As more Hoosiers need assistance, it is important to have conversations centered around mental health and to promote key resources. In Indiana, we are funding important mental health services in our communities and remain dedicated to giving Hoosiers tools to improve their overall wellness.

Bill supported by Morrison, Negele prioritizing broadband access for rural communities is now law

Posted by: Josh DeFonce and Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, May 11, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 11, 2021) – Legislation supported by State Reps. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica) prioritizing broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics is now law.

Huston statement on veto override of Senate Enrolled Act 5

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Monday, May 10, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 10, 2021) – "Senate Enrolled Act 5 simply requires locals to adhere to the same approach in regards to issuing public health orders as what currently happens on the state level. Our elected governor takes recommendations from appointed state public health officials and ultimately decides the appropriate course via an executive order. Through this new law, the local legislative body must approve any appointed public health official's orders when they are more restrictive than the state's orders. Also, the law creates an appeals process for businesses who are ordered by a health department to pay a fine or shut down. Hoosiers have made it clear that they want an opportunity for their voices to be heard through their elected officials when restrictions can have significant and long-lasting impacts on individuals, businesses and communities. This law brings better balance to the local process while continuing to prioritize public health and safety."

Frye: Supporting law enforcement, public safety

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Monday, May 10, 2021

Our local and state public safety officials risk their lives to protect all Hoosiers and our communities. As chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, I am committed to making sure they receive the state funding they need to do their jobs. This legislative session, I voted in favor of new laws and the state budget supporting our hardworking Hoosier public safety and law enforcement officers.

Jordan: New law supports public safety officers

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, May 10, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 10, 2021) – A bill co-authored by State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) supporting public safety officers and boosting accountability and transparency in policing is now law.

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

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, May 10, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 10, 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. Elizabeth Rowray (R-Yorktown). "While Indiana's economy is well on the way to recovery, there are still many local businesses not

Davis: State budget prioritizes K-12 education with $1.9B in new money

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, May 7, 2021

Educating the next generation of Hoosiers is critical to our state's future. Indiana continues to prioritize our students and schools, with half of our state budget dedicated to K-12 education. In our recently passed state budget, lawmakers invested a historic $1.9 billion in new money for K-12 education over the next two years, which includes $600 million annually to raise teacher salaries.

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

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, May 7, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 7, 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. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).

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

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, May 7, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 7, 2021) – Legislation supported by State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) protecting Hoosiers' right to gather for religious worship services during future public emergencies is now law.

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

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, May 7, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 7, 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 Northwest Indiana lawmakers.

Bill supported by Negele prioritizing broadband access for rural communities is now law

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Friday, May 7, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 7, 2021) – Legislation supported by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) prioritizing broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics is now law.

Payne: Bill encouraging young Hoosiers to skill-up is now law

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, May 7, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 7, 2021) – A bill to break down barriers for young, low-income workers looking to obtain in-demand job skills is now law, according to State Rep. Zach Payne (R-Charlestown).

Bill sponsored by Barrett protecting visitation rights of Hoosiers in health care facilities now law

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, May 7, 2021

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) to help ensure patients at hospitals and health care facilities can receive visitors during a declared public health emergency is now law.

Elkhart County lawmakers: Bill supporting small businesses now law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, May 7, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 7, 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 area lawmakers. "As an owner of a small business, I can relate to the hardships many local employers faced this past year," said State Rep.

Bartels: Making key investments in Hoosier priorities

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, May 7, 2021

Lawmakers have worked on numerous bills to help improve the lives of Hoosiers everywhere, especially in Southern Indiana. One of our main tasks this session included passing an honestly balanced, fiscally responsible budget that wisely invests taxpayer dollars. With increased revenue projections, our two-year budget reduces taxpayer-funded debt by over $1 billion, positions the state to make future tax cuts and reforms, and makes substantial investments in K-12 education and broadband expansion.

State awards over $2.7M to help drive Hamilton County road projects

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Thursday, May 6, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 6, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $2.7 million in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to Hamilton County lawmakers.

Bill supported by State Rep. Borders to prioritize broadband access signed into law

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, May 6, 2021

Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law legislation supported by State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) to prioritize broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics.

Bill supported by Lauer, Lucas prioritizing broadband access signed into law

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, May 6, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 6, 2021) — Legislation supported by State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) prioritizing broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics is now law.

Bill supported by State Rep. Morrison to prioritize broadband access signed into law

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, May 6, 2021

Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law legislation supported by State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) to prioritize broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics.

Southwest Indiana legislators: State awards nearly $450K to help drive local road projects

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, May 6, 2021

Vanderburgh County and the town of Darmstadt were recently awarded a total of $448,628 in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to local lawmakers.

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