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House District 75
Indiana House of Representatives: 2010 - Present
House District 75: Portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties
Address: 200 West Washington Street, Suite 401, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Direct Line: 317-232-9643
Occupation: Respiratory Therapist; Owner, Bacon Properties LLC, Chandler, IN
Graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy
Graduated from Mater Dei High School
State Representative Ron Bacon is an advocate for fiscal integrity, a balanced state budget, meaningful tax reform, increased economic development and family values.
Bacon is highly involved in the community. He served as chairman of the St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital Foundation for six years, and he is a current director of the Warrick County Chamber of Commerce and a member and former president of the Boonville Kiwanis club. Rep. Bacon is a member of the National Rifle Association, Right to Life of Southwestern Indiana, Indiana Right to Life. He attends the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Daylight, IN.
He served as President of the Boonville Jr. League Baseball Softball Program and President of the Boonville Jaycees. Bacon is also former President of the Boonville Country Club.
Bacon and his wife Karen have been married for 52 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. He and Karen reside in Northwest Warrick County.
House District 75 is comprised large portions of Warrick, Spencer and Pike counties in southern Indiana.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) honored members of the Castle High School archery team on Monday at the Statehouse.
In Indiana, our nation’s capital and around the country, thousands came together this month to stand for the unborn at March for Life rallies. Abortion is one of the great tragedies of our time, and I’m encouraged to see so many Hoosiers affirm the right to life and protecting the unborn. This year marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States at the federal level, and it is more important than ever for us let the world know why we march for life and how we are going to defend life in 2020.
The Indiana House of Representatives offers a unique hands-on learning experience through its page program. Hoosier students can learn how laws are made and how to get involved in government and public service. I encourage all interested students from our community to participate.
With more than 500,000 small businesses employing more than 1.2 million Hoosiers they make up a critical part of Indiana’s economy. Small Business Saturday, celebrated on Nov. 30, is an opportunity to support the employers and entrepreneurs in our community.
On Nov. 11, we celebrate our nation's heroes. But going forward, we need to ask, what more can we do to make a difference for those who have risked everything for our freedom? I challenge everyone to respect our veterans and support the organizations giving back to them and their families.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 6, 2019) – Loge Elementary School was among 12 schools honored Monday by the Indiana Department of Education during a ceremony in Indianapolis for receiving a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School Award, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Pike County and the city of Petersburg will receive over $600K in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area legislators.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded over $1.1 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).
The deadline is fast approaching for students and recent graduates to submit applications for paid internships with the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session. Interested students need to apply as soon as possible, with applications due no later than Oct. 31.
Show your support for our community and state this fall by attending one of the many events, fairs and festivals in our area. Not only are these events fun, but they also help raise money for worthwhile causes, like scholarships for students from our community, and support the economy.
“The state is working to bring the remains of aborted Hoosier children back to Indiana to lay them to rest. I will continue to work with the Indiana Department of Health to ensure that all children, born or unborn, are treated with the respect and dignity that all human life deserves. A preliminary investigation is still ongoing, and anyone who may have further information or connections to this matter needs to contact the Attorney General’s office at 317-234-6663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
A new popular trend could be dangerous and even life threatening. Nationwide, U.S. health officials announced they are now investigating more than 450 cases of possible vaping-related illnesses in 33 states, including at least six deaths. Here in Indiana, health officials recently confirmed a patient died from a severe lung injury caused by vaping. Everyone needs to be more aware of the potential risks of vaping and what is being done to combat this new health risk.
We know how wonderful the state of Indiana is, and we want to share it with the rest of the world. Tourism means jobs and opportunity, and in our area, we have events like the Korn Ferry Tour Golf Championship, which benefit our community and stimulate our local economy, helping our businesses and families.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 27, 2019) – State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) invite college students to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement of $22.1 million in funding for broadband expansion projects across the state. This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 4,800 homes and commercial locations in 12 counties, including Spencer, as part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program. Bacon supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:
This year, the American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary as the nation’s premier veteran organization focused on serving veterans, active service members and local communities. This anniversary is a good reminder that we are called to help, serve and care for the service members who protect our freedom.
Many Hoosiers suffer from depression and other mental health conditions, and there are critical steps we can take to ensure they have the support, counseling and care they need.
Photo Caption: A new law sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) (front left) prohibiting discrimination against transplant recipients on the basis of disability is ceremonially signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb Monday, July 8, 2019, at the governor’s residence in Indianapolis. Under the new law, a patient could file a civil lawsuit if they are denied a transplant because of their disability.
STATEHOUSE (July 1, 2019) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) will serve as vice chair of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the founding of our nation, let us lay aside our differences and remember what it means to be an American. Independence Day serves as a reminder that our freedom and prosperity are owed to the brave men and women who lay their lives on the line for our country.
“Indiana’s fetal remains law protects the dignity of human life by requiring the respectful and humane disposal of aborted babies. While I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling blocking our law regarding fetal remains, I am concerned that the court declined to rule on another important part of this law. No life should be terminated on the basis of race, sex or disability such as Down syndrome. Every human being should have every right for a chance at life, and I am confident this issue will be before the courts again.”
Every time they leave for work, law enforcement officials say goodbye to their families not knowing if they will return to their loved ones. Thanks to their bravery and dedication, each of us know that our communities are protected.
During the 2019 legislative session, one of the General Assembly’s biggest priorities was to pass an honestly balanced budget funding state operations for the next two years. By working diligently, lawmakers finished ahead of schedule and under budget while accomplishing our top goals. The new budget includes a record investment in K-12 public education while maintaining the state’s healthy reserves.
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2019) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) will host a legislative update meeting in Chandler on Thursday, May 9.
The 2019 legislative session recently came to an end, and lawmakers passed bills creating new policies for Indiana. This session, I authored legislation to address various aspects of health care and strengthen our state’s public health sector.
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.
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.
According to Youth Mentor, a worldwide program helping families in need, 1 in 3 children under the age of 18 lack adult role models, leaving them alone during impressionable times in life. I am supporting legislation to establish a mentorship pilot program that would connect students and senior citizens in local schools, as well as a pilot program to help Hoosier children who are at risk of becoming juvenile offenders.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) – After passing through the Senate and House, legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) giving health care providers an exemption from performing or assisting in abortion procedures could soon be law.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 50 percent of Indiana’s counties have dangerously high rates of radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive, odorless gas formed by radium decay in soil. Because radon is commonly found in homes and schools, I am sponsoring legislation that would require the Indiana State Department of Health to work with schools and provide important information to help better manage their air quality.
A Hoosier family’s struggle could lead to other lives being saved. Bryce Clausen is a one year old diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, and while it is too late to help him, his parents are working with the General Assembly on a new law benefiting others. Because early detection is key to fighting Krabbe disease, legislation I am sponsoring would add it to the list of tests on the state’s newborn screening panel.
As a legislator, I am a strong proponent of pro-life policies and believe that all lives should be protected. If a medical professional holds a similar moral or religious belief, I do not think they should be required by their employer to take part in abortion procedures they object to. Legislation I sponsored would give Hoosier health care providers an exemption from performing or assisting in abortion procedures based on ethical, moral or religious grounds.
STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives today voted in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) that would end disability-based discrimination for those seeking organ transplants.
At this point in the 2019 legislative session, the House is considering Senate bills and the Senate is considering House bills. I am particularly excited to sponsor a Senate bill that would ensure all Hoosiers have fair access to organ transplants. Reports show both children and adults with physical or mental disabilities can face additional challenges when applying for organ transplants, and they may be denied approval due to their disability. This legislation would prohibit health care providers from discriminating against potential transplant recipients solely on the basis of disability.
STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2019) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) will host a legislative update in Chrisney on Saturday, March 9.
The Indiana General Assembly is officially halfway through the 2019 legislative session. House Republicans made great progress finding solutions on important issues facing our state. We passed proposals that would fund vital state services through the next two years, increase school safety, strengthen our workforce and support foster children. After being supported by House members, these bills will be heard by the Senate. My legislation moving to the Senate focuses on public health trainings, developing more efficient methods for Medicaid audits and curbing the opioid epidemic.
Indiana has the seventh-highest infant mortality rate in the United States. To help ensure a healthy pregnancy and life for Hoosier women and babies, I co-authored legislation that would help improve access to health care before, during and after pregnancies.
Each year, nearly 350,000 incidents of cardiac arrest occur outside of a hospital. While almost all of these events result in a 911 call, there are additional actions that can be taken by bystanders to prolong survival until an ambulance arrives. Legislation I authored would require 911 emergency dispatchers to complete training on giving hands-only CPR instructions over the phone.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation requiring 911 operators be trained to coach callers through performing hands-only CPR on a cardiac arrest victim.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) (far right) and Gov. Eric Holcomb (center) welcome members of the Castle High School archery team to the Statehouse Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Bacon presented a resolution in the House Chamber honoring the team’s outstanding 2018 season. Castle won the National Archery in Schools Program state tournament for the 11th time, placed first at the Eastern National Tournament and rounded out a perfect season with the 2018 NASP World Tournament title.
Utility workers face inherent dangers on the job and, in rare cases, from customers they serve. This session, I proposed legislation that would increase the penalty for attackers who target on-duty utility workers.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday will consider State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation to help save the lives of those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
Unfortunately, there are some situations where human remains are difficult to identify using the tools available to coroners. This can present obstacles when trying to solve crimes, provide closure to families and give respect the deceased. Most times, remains can be identified visually. Other times, dental records, fingerprints and DNA testing is used. A proposal for a new law I co-authored would offer an additional tool for accurately and efficiently identifying human remains.
Renewable energy sources give Hoosier homeowners, businesses, local units of government and others the opportunity to generate their own clean and efficient power. Oftentimes, solar and wind power generators can produce more energy than is needed. Net metering gives consumers the opportunity to sell excess renewable power generated at their homes or businesses back to utility providers. This can help offset the cost of electricity bought from the utility, as well as the cost of purchasing and installing these power sources.
Many townships in Indiana operate efficiently and transparently, but there are changes that can be made to help improve oversight and accountability across the board. Over the summer, I met with township trustees and advisory board members to discuss what steps can be taken to improve the structure and effectiveness of township government.
With the shortage of primary health care professionals in Indiana, especially in rural areas, I am working to increase Hoosiers’ access to primary care by eliminating regulatory burdens for advanced practice registered nurses.
The 2019 legislative session recently began, and House lawmakers are eager to start working on solutions to issues impacting Indiana residents. This session, we will work to implement a balanced state budget, increase protections for our young Hoosiers, strengthen our commitment to teachers and students, and promote workforce initiatives. As I vote on these topics on behalf of our area, feedback from the community is incredibly important.
Many Hoosiers in our area and across the state enjoy driving and exploring on all-terrain vehicles like four wheelers, dirt bikes and UTVs. While using these vehicles can be fun, it is important to take safety precautions. For the upcoming legislative session, I plan to author a bill to help keep Indiana residents safe while using UTVs.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 2, 2019) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) encourages students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 30, 2018) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) was recently appointed to serve as chair of the House Interstate and International Cooperation Committee.
The holiday season is a great time to give thanks, reflect on the blessings in our lives, and show compassion for those less fortunate. While spending time with your family and enjoying holiday activities, consider ways to help others in our community. Giving back can be a rewarding experience, and this time of year, there are many opportunities to get involved in our area.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2018) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) today joined fellow legislators at the Statehouse for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day.
Our government is designed to be one of the people, for and by the people. This means we must be active participants in our government. This Election Day, voter turnout surpassed the turnout in 2014. Thanks to all who exercised their civic duty, supported their beliefs and took advantage of the right to vote – a right that has been fought for by brave men and women throughout our country’s history. This month, with the observance of Veteran’s Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of these individuals who have risked their lives.
When you head to the polls on Nov. 6, there will be an opportunity to support a proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution. If passed, the amendment would require the General Assembly to maintain an honestly balanced state budget to ensure Indiana continues to live within its means.
Studies show quality internship experiences make graduates more marketable to employers, and they are more likely to find jobs after graduation. With many colleges including internship experience as a degree requirement, the House Republican Internship Program is a beneficial opportunity for college students and recent graduates.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 3.8 million sport-related concussions are reported each year throughout the country. Because student athletes’ brains are still developing, concussions can cause serious, long-term damage when not properly treated. As we near the start of the school year and more sport seasons start, it is important to be mindful of student athlete safety.
A new law allows certain products derived from industrial hemp, like CBD oil, to be sold and used in Indiana. Although Hoosiers can now legally use this alternative medical treatment option, some questions remain about CBD and the new law, which I would like to help clear up.
Our area is home to great schools and hardworking, talented student athletes. The Castle High School archery team recently wrapped up a historic season, keeping the winning tradition alive and once again making their school, our community and the state of Indiana proud of their accomplishments.
STATEHOUSE (June 12, 2018) — The Indiana Department of Education on Tuesday awarded Castle High School for student success on AP exams for the 2016-2017 school year, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
Recently, legislators returned to the Statehouse for a one-day special session. The governor called for this meeting of the General Assembly to wrap-up a few critical issues left on the table at the conclusion of the regular session in March. During the efficient and focused special session day, legislators voted on an important bill addressing school safety.
Recently, I attended the Right to Life of Southwest Indiana’s annual banquet. The banquet is one of the largest pro-life events in the country, with more than 2,000 people coming together to celebrate life and stand strong in protecting those without a voice. I believe in defending the unborn and consistently support pro-life proposals as a member of the General Assembly. Like many others across the world, I was heartbroken by the story of young Alfie Evans, which recently went viral.
Citizens are integral members of the legislative process, and your participation is essential to understanding the needs of our community. There are many ways my office can be of help to those in Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties.
After a long, snowy winter, we are finally starting to catch a glimpse of the warmer months ahead. As we start to see signs of spring and head outdoors more often, it is important to take precautions to stay safe, especially when riding on off-road vehicles.
The 2018 legislative session recently concluded, and lawmakers worked to enact new policies strengthening workforce development and allowing Sunday alcohol sales.
STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2018) — A Signature School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session.
Nurses play an important role in the health care industry. They perform vital tasks and services on behalf of patients and other medical professionals. With the aging Baby Boomer population, Indiana is experiencing a statewide shortage of nursing professionals. The opioid and illegal drug epidemic is also resulting in the need for more nurses. A proposal I sponsored this session would align Indiana with industry standards and modernize educational requirements for advanced practice registered nurses to ensure they can enter the field more swiftly while remaining properly equipped to care for Hoosiers.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2018) — The Indiana Senate Tuesday voted in favor of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation to help implement heat exhaustion training for coaches to prevent tragedy among student athletes.
Students go to school to get an education, and they should not have to worry about senseless violence in their classrooms. Hoosier lawmakers, educators and law enforcement officers have worked and will continue working to ensure the children in our schools are safe and protected.
Indiana’s extreme temperature changes are causing some rough road conditions and potholes. With warmer weather, there will be more frequent work zones and road construction addressing these issues. The Indiana Department of Transportation is aiming to make dealing with road construction easier for motorists during this time with the launch of its new customer service center, INDOT4U.
The 2018 legislative session reached the halfway point, and House Republicans made great progress with our top priorities. We passed proposals to address K-12 funding, strengthen Indiana’s workforce, attack the opioid epidemic and increase government efficiency. In addition to these legislative priorities, I am focusing on keeping student athletes safe, preventing the flu in assisted living facilities and reducing government interference in local communities.
The opioid epidemic involving the illegal use of prescription pain killers and heroin is affecting our families and communities throughout Indiana. In 2016, more than 1,500 Hoosiers died from a drug overdose. We must attack this epidemic on all fronts to help save lives and protect Hoosiers.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives today voted unanimously in favor of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) proposal to reduce government interference in local matters.
U.S. News and World Report ranks Indiana as the No. 1 state for government administration. To build on this momentum, Indiana House Republicans this legislative session are focused on supporting policies to further increase government efficiency.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 25, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives today voted unanimously in favor of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation to help student athletes and coaches understand how to prevent and respond to heat exhaustion.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives yesterday passed State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation to make information about influenza and vaccines more readily available to assisted living residents.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the Statehouse presents a governor’s proclamation to Indiana Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists as they celebrate National CRNA week. More than 400 CRNAs are members of the Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which provides Hoosiers with safe and cost-effective anesthesia care.
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.
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.
The Indiana General Assembly recently met for the start of the 2018 legislative session, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. As the 10-week session begins, I look forward to further strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 4, 2018) — Applications are open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
With the holidays comes increased traffic on our roadways and unfortunately, impaired drivers. As we gather with family and friends for Christmas and the New Year, let’s remember to keep each other and ourselves out of harm’s way.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) receives the Star of Life Award from Indiana Right to Life Vice President of Public Affairs Sue Swayze at the annual Indiana Right to Life Christmas Gala Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 7, in Carmel. Bacon was recognized at the event for his continued work to support pro-life issues and protect mothers and the unborn.
Indiana’s agriculture industry helps fuel the state’s economy and touches the life of every Hoosier. A major component of that industry includes the production of beef. Our state has around 870,000 head of cattle, more than 190,000 of which are beef cows. I recently visited a farm in Pike County that raises grass-fed beef, and learned that the number of farmers investing in grass-fed beef production is increasing. Speaking with the farmers on this tour, I learned a lot of new information about the differences between grass-fed and grain-fed cattle that I’d like to share.
I hope everyone in our community had a great Thanksgiving, celebrating the holiday with loved ones. This year, I’m thankful for the time spent with my friends and family, my 50 years of marriage and the opportunity to continue serving our community. The holiday season is a great time to reflect on these blessings, share experiences and make new memories. It is also a time to remember those less fortunate and give back where possible.
Every year on Nov. 11, Americans pay their respect to those who served our country. While members of the armed forces deserve the utmost respect each day of the year, Veterans Day is dedicated to formally honoring American service members who answered the call to protect our nation and freedom.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 25, 2017) — “Strengthening our infrastructure is crucial for Southwest Indiana to continue to attract businesses that help drive the local economy,” Bacon said. “The Evansville Regional Airport is the first impression many visitors have of our region, and these modern renovations will help present a better reflection of what to expect and the great potential to be found in our communities."
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 20, 2017) – Applications to intern with the Indiana House Republicans during the 2018 legislative session are due Oct. 31, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The government closest to the people serves the people best.” As your state representative, I am dedicated to serving those in Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties. To help me best meet the needs of our community, it’s vital for us to stay connected and informed.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 5, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Indiana State Chiropractic Association for his work advocating for chiropractic services to be reimbursed under the Healthy Indiana Plan.
The Brookings Institute recently released a survey with alarming results. A large fraction of college students in the U.S. “. . . believe it is acceptable to act – including resorting to violence – to shut down expression they consider offensive.” According to the United States Constitution, as Americans, we are born with certain rights, one being the freedom of speech. In my role as a public servant, I never want to deny a person this right, but we also need to begin listening, so maybe we can have fewer outbursts of violence and inch closer toward a resolution. We need to reignite and foster a culture of respectful debate and disagreement.
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) – Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
Low-income Hoosiers have an additional option available when it comes to health insurance. The Healthy Indiana Plan, also known as HIP 2.0, continues to see success, while providing more than 400,000 low-income Hoosiers with health insurance. Before HIP 2.0 was established, over half of those Indiana residents were uninsured. As a health-care provider, it is my belief that every Hoosier no matter their income level should have access to health insurance.
Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives offers opportunities to participate in state government and gain hands-on experience through paid internships. College students and recent graduates wanting to be involved in a fast-paced, high-energy environment should apply now to intern with the Indiana House Republicans during the 2018 legislative session.
In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, 28 more states have enacted some form of legislation allowing controlled access to marijuana for health reasons, including Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. As this list of states grows, and more of my colleagues in the General Assembly raise the issue, I want to gather input from my constituency and discuss this hotly debated topic.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 11, 2017) – Area legislators joined Indiana Treasurer Kelly Mitchell at The Arc in Evansville today for the launch of a new health savings option for Hoosiers living with disabilities.
The new school year is upon us, although it seems like yesterday that my grandkids were just getting off of the bus for summer break. While some may feel ready to get their kids back to school, others may think the break was a bit short. The topic of school start dates is one that has and continues to be discussed by policymakers.
I hope you were able to attend one of our local county fairs within the past couple of weeks and check out the farm animals and 4-H projects while getting your fill of fair food. Each year, I look forward to attending the several fairs in our area and seeing what our local youth have been working diligently on. The 4-H organization is a great opportunity for young boys and girls to develop leadership skills and have hands-on experiences that will last them a lifetime.
STATEHOUSE (July 20, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is asking Hoosier employers to help identify duplicative or redundant state reporting requirements using a new online portal.
STATEHOUSE (July 14, 2017) – “Over the next five years Hoosiers are going to see improvements in Indiana’s infrastructure statewide and here at home,” said State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
While I was on my evening walk recently, I encountered 19 bicyclists in the short time it took me to walk two miles. Biking is a wonderful way to have fun outside and get a daily dose of exercise. While communities have started to expand bike lanes and dedicated biking trails, Hoosiers are starting to consider cycling as a statewide topic of discussion. This year, I voted in favor of a new law creating the Indiana Bicycle Trail Task Force.
STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2017) – “Under conservative leadership, Indiana’s abortion rate has continued to drop,” said State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
National Firework Safety Month runs through July 4. As we see more fireworks stores open here in Southern Indiana, let’s keep in mind Indiana’s fireworks laws and how to have safe fun for the upcoming holiday celebrating America’s independence.
Bacon will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. He encourages all members of the community to participate in the discussion.
In Indiana, the tourism industry generates more than $10.7 billion in revenue each year while providing over 144,000 jobs. Hoosiers can further support the local tourism industry by exploring all of the wonderful amenities our state has to offer. A day trip or a weekend “staycation” could be just the ticket in getting to know more about our state while having a good time.
STATEHOUSE (June 6, 2017) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently ceremonially signed into law legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) aiming to reduce fatalities of young Hoosiers riding or operating off-road vehicles.
I recently had the privilege to visit some of our local high schools to educate students on the importance of not drinking. I was joined by other community officials and Charles Brown, the father of Logan Brown who died in a crash involving a drunken driver. There were three topics covered including alcohol safety, not getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and Indiana’s alcohol laws.
STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is reaching out to the governor’s office, asking the executive branch to declare portions of Southwest Indiana a disaster area due to flooding caused by near record rainfall.
This legislative session, lawmakers worked to pass new laws improving Hoosier roads, supporting education and funding state operations for the next two years. Over the past four months, we worked together to find solutions to these important issues and ways to improve our state.
Every year, lawmakers make changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws, and this year was not an exception. A bill being considered as a new law will impact businesses and tourist attractions in our area.
STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As a House page, these participants toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Bacon on the House floor during the legislative session:
STATEHOUSE (April 18, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently recognized the Castle High School archery team at the Statehouse for placing first at the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament.
STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill preventing sex trafficking in massage parlors could soon be law.
As the legislative session begins to wrap up, several bills have been signed into law by the governor. A number of bills I authored are still moving through the process and could soon become law, including a proposal addressing some abortion matters.
STATEHOUSE (April 12, 2017) – The Midwestern Legislative Conference Health and Human Services Committee names State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) as its newest member.
STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill streamlining emergency responses could soon be law.
STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) today honored a locally owned family farm for being in operation for more than 150 years.
Electricity is used every day, when we turn on the lights, control the climate in our homes and cook meals. Society thrives on using energy and the younger generations will never know what it was like to live without all of our modern conveniences.
Bacon will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. He encourages all members of the community to participate in the discussion.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Those individuals account for 15 percent of all crimes in Indiana. To curb domestic violence, I am calling for establishing a team of professionals to study deaths or serious injuries resulting from these situations.
As vice chair of the House Committee on Public Health, we recently set aside a day to hear proposals to combat Indiana’s opioid crisis. There were more than 1,200 drug-related Hoosier deaths in 2015, with heroin and opioids noted as the leading causes.
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) Tuesday at the Statehouse recognized the town of Stedal as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Roughly 30,000 Hoosiers suffer from Crohn’s disease. This chronic inflammatory bowel disease can cause abdominal pain and frequent diarrhea, which is why I’m sponsoring a bill for a new law that would help Crohn’s patients by requiring businesses to open up their bathrooms to those suffering from this disease.
The General Assembly is at the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. The House will now be considering Senate bills, and vice versa. At this point, I am sponsoring three Senate bills, which means I am the one presenting each bill to fellow House members in hopes that the bill will be passed into law.
Each year before the start of the legislative session, surveys are mailed to households throughout our community. Responses help guide me as I vote on important issues facing the state.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 27, 2017) – The House of Representatives today voted 75-19 in support of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill that would help prevent sex trafficking in massage parlors around the state.
A long-debated topic at both state and federal levels that often flies under the radar is how many crew members should be required to operate a train. I authored a piece of legislation that would establish a minimum crew size of two to operate freight trains in Indiana.
Bacon will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. He encourages all members of the community to participate in the discussion. Coffee and donuts will be provided.
As a softball coach for 27 years and a father of children who participated in athletics, I know that safety always comes first. Sports should be fun, but in order to maintain that fun, safety must be put before anything else – including winning. To help prevent athletes in Indiana from experiencing heat exhaustion, strokes or even death, I am authoring legislation that would require all coaching staff members to complete a heat preparedness training course.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) today at the Statehouse honored Deaconess Health System recognizing its dedication to Hoosier health and wellness over the past 125 years
In the morning when you turn on the facet to brush your teeth, do you think of where that water is coming from? Probably not, but it is an important issue, especially for communities along state borders. Recently, the House Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation, which I serve on, heard a proposal for a new law that would create an expert body to study the ownership rights of the groundwater and aquifers around and beneath the Ohio River.
Local lawmakers will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. They encourage all members of the community to participate in the discussion.
Local lawmakers will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. They encourage all members of the community to participate in the discussion.
In 2014, the General Assembly established a pre-K pilot program serving approximately 2,300 low-income 4-year-olds in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties. This is a five-year program, and we are currently in the second year. Research shows that children who have access to high-quality programs like On My Way Pre-K are less likely to be incarcerated, have higher graduation rates and improved wage earning potential. This session, lawmakers are working to expand the pilot program.
As a user of Hoosier roadways, I know our state needs a long-term investment plan to maintain and improve our roads. One of my goals this session is to support a sustainable and comprehensive funding solution that will keep Indiana’s infrastructure functioning for years to come.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) honored local gold medalist, Lilly King, today at the Statehouse.
Cases of students contracting meningococcal disease, also known as meningitis, have been confirmed at multiple universities in Indiana. With two universities in our area, I want to increase awareness about this infectious disease and highlight legislation that I have authored that if passed into law, would require university students in Indiana to get the immunization for meningitis.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 17, 2017) – Indiana State Police statistics indicate a 35 percent decline in statewide methamphetamine lab seizures during 2016, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
Many of our local communities have raised concerns about the lack of mowing along our highways due to how tall the roadside vegetation can get in the warmer months. I have taken this input to heart, and based on the Indiana Department of Transportation’s current mowing policies, have proposed legislation to make Indiana’s highways safer.
Recently in Indiana, six massage parlors were raided by police and 12 women were taken into custody after being victims of a sex trafficking ring. If the criminals who were breaking the law while operating under the guise of a legitimate business had been required to obtain a license, perhaps this situation could have been prevented.
As a legislator, I face some tough decisions when it comes to creating and voting on new laws for our state. I consistently stand strong in protecting the unborn and supporting pro-life proposals brought before lawmakers.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) in your coverage of the Evansville Regional Airport receiving Regional Cities funding to make renovations.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Public Health.
Christmas traditions and celebrating the New Year gives us something to look forward to in the dreary winter months.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 14, 2016) – “Every school in Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties received a C or better after transitioning to a new, more difficult ISTEP test and more rigorous standards,” State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) said. “This goes to show that our teachers and administrators are doing an outstanding job instructing our students.
As vice chair of the House Committee on Public Health, I can use my experience as a healthcare professional to help vet legislation to ensure it benefits our state. While topics may vary in this committee, our main focus is the health and safety of Hoosiers.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2016) – The deadline to apply for the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship, paying $7,500 per year for students pursuing a career in education, is Dec. 31, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
On Tuesday, I met with fellow legislators at the Statehouse in Indianapolis for Organization Day to kick off the 2017 legislative session. Organization Day occurs annually in November. On this day, we gather together to meet Indiana’s newly elected lawmakers and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. I was also sworn into my role as your state representative, as this day marks the first official meeting of the 120th General Assembly. This session, I want to focus on a long-term funding solution for our roads and supporting a balanced state budget. A personal goal of mine, is to work to increase the safety of young ATV users.
Today, we honor all military veterans who have bravely protected our nation. In my book, every day is Veterans Day. My father and two brothers served our country in the armed forces, so I understand the sacrifices and commitment made by our military members and their loved ones. Indiana is home to 500,000 veterans, all who deserve our help and support.
In 2014, Indiana had slightly over 28 percent of its eligible voters cast their ballot. Sadly, the Hoosier state had the lowest voter turnout in the nation. We can change this statistic this year by everyone aged 18 and older exercising their right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. A higher turnout makes our democracy more representative of what we want out of our government.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 20, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) recently joined Brainpower on Legislative Day to focus on shrinking the skills gap.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. The turning of the leaves and cool chill in the air mean that the fall festival season is here. These festivals bring back friends and family to their childhood homes, serving as a homecoming and a way to give back to our local organizations. It’s easy to have fun while giving to a good cause to help keep our communities thriving.
The Indiana House of Representatives offers full-time, paid internships to those looking to gain a hands-on work experience. This internship program is a unique opportunity open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, law-school students and recent college graduates.
After hearing many concerns from local communities about the lack of mowing along our highways, I looked into the Indiana Department of Transportation’s mowing policies and discovered changes that could be made to improve the system. Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America. But at times we look like the backroads of America, which is why we should focus more on keeping our roadsides better maintained.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) – Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
Kicking off a new school year also means the start to the fall sports season. As a softball coach for 27 years and a father of children who participated in athletics, I know that safety always comes first. Sports should be fun, but in order to maintain that fun, safety must be put before anything else, including winning.
Every year, nearly 125,000 dogs and cats are taken in by animal shelters in Indiana, and nearly 40 percent of these homeless animals are euthanized. This alarming number, provided by the Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, can be reduced through sterilization.
Since the 1960s, scientists and doctors have studied the health hazards of smoking and found it causes lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and coronary heart disease. Working as a respiratory therapist for 50 years, I have personally seen the damaging health effects on those who smoke. More people are becoming aware of the dangers of this habit, and are turning to patches, gums and pills to help wean themselves off of highly addictive nicotine. A fairly new alternative to smoking – electronic cigarettes, also called vaping – is growing in popularity. As a respiratory therapist, I do not like e-cigarettes because of their dangerous effects on the body. As a lawmaker, I have to strike a balance between what I know about the health hazards of e-cigarettes with protecting the individual rights of Hoosiers.
Recently a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against parts of an Indiana law before it went into effect at the beginning of this month. The portion of the law in question protected unborn children from abortions based solely on discrimination, such as having been diagnosed with a disability or identified as a certain gender. Another element of the law that was suspended required the remains of aborted or miscarried children at medical facilities be handled with dignity, such as burial or cremation.
No parent is ever prepared for the death of a child. One local mother thinks it is time to take action to make sure loved ones no longer receive dreaded phone calls like the one she answered on July 26, 2015, saying her daughter Kate had been killed in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash. As a father and state representative, I am looking into what more can be done to keep young Hoosiers safe while riding ATVs.
STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) will be serving on the Medicaid Advisory Committee.
Gender identity and the use of school bathrooms and locker rooms is a major topic of discussion across the nation, from newspaper headlines, to debates in school board meetings and mandates from the federal government.
Over the years, 42 million American men and women have served our country in the time of war, according to the Memorial Day Foundation. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of those Americans have sacrificed their lives while protecting our freedoms. Many of our communities held services on Memorial Day in honor of those who paid the ultimate price. I hope that every Hoosier was able to take a moment to remember the true meaning of this holiday: to honor our service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country.
This deer hunting season, Hoosiers will have a wide-variety of rifles they can begin using. Under a new law passed this year, additional cartridges and calibers will be allowed on private land during the firearms season.
Working in the medical industry since 1967 and living in the southwest region of Indiana all my life, I’ve witnessed firsthand the advancements in health-care services and improvements to medical facilities in our area.
As a lawmaker, it is my job and top priority to meet the needs of the communities I serve. The legislative process first starts with conversations with you at places like the grocery store, county fair, town hall meetings, or phone calls and emails made to my office. This process is how one bill recently became a law after some local schools approached policymakers regarding issues with their health care.
STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) today joined Gov. Mike Pence and other local officials at the Signature School’s Robert L. Koch II Science Center in Evansville where Indiana’s new measure providing funding for state and local roads was signed into law.
Unfortunately, Indiana has led the nation in meth lab seizures for three consecutive years, with more than 1,500 incidents in 2015 alone.
As a pro-life supporter and policymaker, this legislative session I co-authored a measure establishing a system for proper disposal of fetal remains by facilities that receive the remains – either from miscarriages or abortions – while also making it illegal to transport aborted fetuses into or out of Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) announced two bridges in Warrick County are set to be repaired in a $3.4 million bridge renovation project through the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).
STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) congratulates the Castle High School band on being chosen to march in the 60th annual Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade.
STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:
This year’s legislative session has come to a close, and one of the most significant pieces of legislation enacted into law will have a major impact on the lives of Hoosiers with disabilities by establishing a state ABLE program.
STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2016) – The Indiana Academy of Nutrition (IAND) presented State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) its Food and Policy Award in recognition of his leadership on nutrition-related issues in the General Assembly.
This session, I co-authored a bill protecting homeowners living outside city or town limits from mandatory sewage tap-ins.
Underground mines have been in use in Indiana since the early 1800s. Communities revolved around these mines, which provided economic opportunities. As technology progressed, and mines were no longer depended upon as heavily as they once were, the mines were left to erode and weaken over time. Because these mines were never surveyed, it is impossible to determine their exact locations, and mine collapses are possible.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2016) – A senate panel approved a bill co-authored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) that would require fetal remains to be cremated, interred, or both.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 24, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) this week at the Statehouse honored the South Spencer High School boys baseball team for securing their fourth Class 2A championship title.
During the fast-paced legislative session, I believe it is important to dedicate time to recognizing our veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our country.
STATEHOUSE (Feb 15, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:
Session is halfway complete, and legislators have been pulling some long nights in order to consider all of the possible ways to improve our Hoosier state. In order to stay alive and advance to the Senate, every one of our bills had to pass the House by the end of the day on Feb. 2. The House moved 116 pieces of legislation to the Senate for consideration.
Working as a coroner for six years and involved in the healthcare system since 1967, I understand the struggle and inconvenience that coroners and healthcare staff face when it comes to current death certificate laws in our state.
Bacon will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2016 legislative session.
Rep. Bacon to host town hall
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) paired his sneakers with his suit today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness.
With the first two weeks of legislative session under my belt, I have a full plate of topics and proposals to discuss with fellow lawmakers. One of the main courses being dished out within the House is road funding.
Christmas is such a blessing. I got to enjoy time with my family and reflected upon accomplishments throughout the past year. This year was even more special, as it was the first holiday I was not on-call. I officially retired from the healthcare business this year. This means I have more time to focus on my grandchildren and the joy they bring to our family.
I am proud to announce the House Page Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 legislative session. This is a unique educational experience, and I would encourage our local students to apply.
The holiday season along with preparations for the upcoming session make for a busy month. Adding to this eventful time, December also marks Indiana’s birthday, known as Statehood Day.
When high school graduation approaches, the question of whether to pursue further education lingers in the minds of many students. Throughout this booklet are addresses, phone numbers and websites which may be very helpful in a student’s search for the right school.Download
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