Indiana House of Representatives: 2012 - present
House District 52: DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen Counties
Occupation: President and Owner of Taylor Rental
Education: Ball State University
Representative Ben Smaltz was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in November 2012. Prior to serving his community as a state representative, he served on the DeKalb County Council for 10 years - the past seven years as its President. He is also the President of his family business, Taylor Rental Company, which his parents opened in 1977.
On the County Council, Rep. Smaltz has proven that he can make tough decisions; supporting the movement for Centralized Emergency Communications and leading the council to a balanced budget every year. He saved the county taxpayers money when he took the position that the State of Indiana was unfairly charging counties for the care of inmates in state institutions.
In 2011, Rep. Smaltz was able to lead his county council in actually reducing their tax collection levy. He was vocal in his opposition to a new tax called the Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) and the Local Option Highway Users Tax (LOHUT) saving local taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars every year.
Most importantly, Rep. Smaltz is a husband and father. Meeting at Ball State University in 1988, Rep. Smaltz later married his college sweetheart, Shelley, in 1994. They started a family in Auburn, Ind. where he, his wife and their two children - Henry and Megan - continue to live today.
Henry and Megan both graduated from DeKalb Central High School.
House District 52 is composed of all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties in northeast Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — Local family farms were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) – Family farms from Allen County in operation for 100 years or more were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair, according to local legislators.
STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2018) — “I’m truly overwhelmed today with a sense of awe. Throughout this team’s journey, they’ve seized each opportunity and been rewarded with success every step of the way. Their efforts have inspired and strengthened our community.
“Basketball is part of our state’s sports heritage, and it’s fitting an Indiana team won the gold medal. This group has overcome obstacles, shown resiliency and excelled at the highest level of competition. The experience will serve them well moving forward.”
STATEHOUSE (June 13, 2018) — The Indiana Department of Education on Tuesday awarded DeKalb High School for student AP exam success during the 2016-2017 school year, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Elise Witmer from DeKalb County was selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).
STATEHOUSE (April 12, 2018) — Local businesses on Wednesday at the Statehouse received the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards for their contributions to the community, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).
STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed into law on Friday, April 6, 2018, legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) requiring doctors and pharmacists to check Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database before prescribing or dispensing an opioid or benzodiazepine.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2018) – State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2018) — Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) requiring doctors and pharmacists to check Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database before prescribing or dispensing an opioid or benzodiazepine could soon become law.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2018) — “Throughout this process, which included in-depth discussions during multiple meetings of our summer alcohol study committee, we made sure to build a consensus while working with all concerned individuals. We were mindful of striking a fair balance for all Hoosiers by removing the Sunday restriction, but setting a limited noon to 8 p.m. sales parameter.
“Partnering with Sen. Ron Alting to ensure the bill remained virtually free of amendments during the legislative process helped ensure its passage. I said earlier this year I’d try to tuck this football in tight and run it into the end zone. With today’s signing, we will now turn our attention to more pressing state issues.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2018) — A DeKalb High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2018) — The House of Representatives voted today in support of a proposal authored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) that would allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 27, 2017) — Applications are open for students interested in participating in the 2018 Indiana House Page Program during the legislative session, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).
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