As your state representative, it has always been my priority to keep you informed about what is happening at the Statehouse and to listen to what you believe needs to be done for our community. One way I do this is by hosting town halls throughout the year. I recently held two town hall meetings to hear from you and share my legislative priorities. Thank you to all the people who attended. We were able to discuss the current legislative session and address top issues.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2018) — State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) proposed legislation to help Hoosier landowners prevent trespassing by authorizing the use of purple paint to mark private property.
The 2018 legislative session is moving fast, and a great deal of ideas for new laws are being proposed and debated each day. One proposal being considered would consolidate townships with a population less than 1,200. While I believe it is important for our state and local governments to work efficiently, consolidating townships is not the answer.
As a state representative and former educator, I am committed to supporting our schools and students. The legislature will be considering many new laws this session, and I am working on a few bills to help our schools.
The deadline to file a proposal for a new law was Jan. 9, so there will be no more new proposals filed this session. During the short session, House members can file up to a maximum of five bills. This rule is to help manage the time and keep everyone on schedule throughout the 10-week period.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — The House Committee on Local Government today supported Rep. Doug Miller’s (R-Elkhart) proposal that would help counties save on court operating costs.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — The House of Representatives voted today in support of State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill that would protect military college students who are called to active duty during an academic term.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives today voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Holli Sullivan‘s (R-Evansville) legislation to streamline administrative operations for public colleges and universities in Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) recognized Bunker Hill Elementary School at the Statehouse Thursday with a resolution celebrating its centennial anniversary.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — State Rep. Tom Washburne’s (R-Evansville) legislation to remove outdated and vague language from Indiana Code passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives today with a vote of 95-0.
The 2018 legislative session is in full swing, with committee hearings and session meetings taking place at the Statehouse. The General Assembly will dedicate the upcoming weeks working toward a better Indiana. I am grateful for the privilege to serve our community, and will work with fellow lawmakers to strengthen Indiana’s workforce, address funding for K-12 education and tackle the opioid epidemic.
The 2018 legislative session is in full swing, and I am working on behalf of you and your family to move Indiana forward. Falling on an even-numbered year, this 10-week legislative term is considered a “short session” because we won’t be considering a biennial budget. We must complete all business by March 14. This year, House Republicans are focused on addressing K-12 funding, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
The Indiana General Assembly has kicked off the 2018 legislative session, and the House of Representatives is ready to focus on policies that invest in the future of Indiana. In addition to improving Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic, and addressing important education issues, I am working on a few bill proposals to benefit our district.
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