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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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:
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:
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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