Ryan Lauer

Ryan Lauer

Representative | District 59

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9657

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h59@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Abrahm Hurt

Phone: 317-234-9024

Email: abrahm.hurt@iga.in.gov

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Dear Neighbor,

It is an honor to serve the people of House District 59, which includes a large portion of Bartholomew County in central Indiana.

Keeping you updated and hearing your thoughts on issues affecting our area is a priority. To best represent you and your family at the Statehouse, it is important for us to stay connected. I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have, or schedule a visit to the Statehouse.  

My website provides information on our district and helpful state resources. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your family.

Sincerely,

Ryan Lauer
State Representative 
House District 59

Indiana House of Representatives: 2018 - present

House District 59: Covering most of Bartholomew County

 Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

 Telephone:

  • Office:     (317) 232-9643
  • Toll Free: (800) 382-9841

 Committees:

  • Veterans Affairs and Public Safety (Vice Chair)
  • Family, Children and Human Affairs
  • Local Government

Occupation: Technical Specialist at Cummins

Hometown: Columbus

Education: Indiana University, B.S. in Biochemistry

Biography:

State Rep. Ryan Lauer graduated from Indiana University with a degree in biochemistry. He is now a technical specialist at Cummins, where he has worked for more than a decade.

He previously served on the Bartholomew County Council, when he was elected in 2010. In 2014, he was named council president. He also served on the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Merit Board and Community Corrections Advisory Board.

Lauer has been involved in the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the National Rifle Association.

He is also a skilled violinist and has performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Indiana University Symphony, the LaPorte Symphony and the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra.

Lauer and his wife, Blair, live in Columbus with their three daughters, Awyn, Lillian and Sidney, and their son, Isaac. He is a member of Grace Lutheran Church and former president of the Grace Lutheran Church Council.

House District 59 consists of a large portion of Bartholomew County in central Indiana. To find your House District, click here.


Lauer's bill protecting vulnerable newborns heads to governor

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, March 25, 2021

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2021) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer's (R-Columbus) legislation expanding Indiana's Safe Haven Law to save more newborns is on its way to the governor's desk.

Local farms recognized with Hoosier Homestead awards

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, March 11, 2021

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2021) – Longstanding Franklin and Rush County farms were recently presented Hoosier Homestead awards for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to local legislators.

Lauer: Bartholomew County farm recognized with Hoosier Homestead award

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2021) – A longstanding Bartholomew County farm was recently presented a Hoosier Homestead award for being in operation for 200 years, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

Lauer: Bill to help expand broadband access to Hoosiers heads to the Senate

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, March 5, 2021

STATEHOUSE (March 5, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of a bill co-authored by State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) to break down barriers for local communities to expand broadband.

Lauer: Bill expanding school choice opportunities moves forward

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to advance legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) that would provide more families the freedom and flexibility to send their child to a school that best meets their needs.

Local legislators support bill providing license plates to Purple Heart families

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Friday, February 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) —The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted unanimously on legislation granting surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones, according to State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Bill co-authored by Lauer and Lucas supporting local law enforcement heads to Senate

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, February 4, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2021) – After a unanimous vote by the Indiana House of Representatives this week, legislation co-authored by State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) supporting local law enforcement now heads to the Senate.

Lauer's bill expanding Safe Haven Law heads to Senate

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously Tuesday in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer's (R-Columbus) legislation that would expand Indiana's Safe Haven Law to allow distressed mothers or parents to call 911 to surrender custody of their infant child.

Committee advances Lauer's bill to expand Safe Haven Law

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2021) – The House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer's (R-Columbus) legislation that would expand Indiana's Safe Haven Law.

Lauer appointed as vice chair of House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Tuesday, January 12, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 12, 2021) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) was recently appointed to serve as vice chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

Bartholomew Co. lawmakers encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, October 15, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 15, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage communities in Bartholomew County to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Bartholomew County lawmakers: Hoosiers can take advantage of voting early in-person through Nov. 2

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, October 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 9, 2020) – Hoosiers can vote absentee-in-person at several locations across Bartholomew County until Nov. 2, according to area lawmakers.

Lauer: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, September 15, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 15, 2020) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) encourages local college students and recent graduates looking to gain valuable work experience to apply online for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Lauer named to Financial Institutions, Insurance summer study committee

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, August 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 21, 2020) – The Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance, on which State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) serves, will meet Aug. 26 to examine medical payment coverage and the effects of COVID-19 based on reports from the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Insurance.

Lauer: Free program helps Hoosier small businesses build online presence

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, August 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2020) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) encourages Hoosier small-business owners and entrepreneurs to apply for a free program that provides direct technical support to help build their online presence.

State recognizes Bartholomew County businesses for operating over 50 years

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 28, 2020) — Bar-Cons Federal Credit Union and Centra Credit Union in Bartholomew County recently received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award recognizing their longstanding service in the community, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

Lauer reminds local residents to complete census

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, July 24, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 24, 2020) – According to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus), 2020 Census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.

Lauer warns of coronavirus-related scams, highlights helpful tips

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, July 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 16, 2020) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) urges Hoosiers to be vigilant in protecting themselves against scams, which are surging during the public health pandemic.

State Rep. Lauer highlights several new laws effective July 1

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, July 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 1, 2020) – With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and farmers.

Lauer: Free COVID-19 testing offered to all Hoosiers

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 24, 2020) – Coronavirus testing is now offered to all Hoosiers at OptumServe sites throughout the state, regardless of whether they are at high risk or symptomatic, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

Lauer, Eberhart: Don't go hungry, turn to Indiana's Operation Food for help

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, June 18, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 18, 2020) – State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) encourage Hoosiers who may be struggling to make ends meet and needing food assistance to turn to the state's recently launched Operation Food program for help.  

Lauer, Eberhart: Help available to farmers who suffered losses due to pandemic

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, June 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 12, 2020) — Local farmers and agricultural producers directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, according to State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

Rep. Lauer: Hoosier jobseekers should consider free job training, skilling-up amid COVID-19

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, June 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 1, 2020) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) encourages Hoosiers whose jobs were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of tuition-free training grants offered through Indiana's Next Level Jobs program.

 

Lauer, Eberhart: Bartholomew County, local communities eligible for pandemic relief funds

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, May 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 28, 2020) – Bartholomew County and local communities are eligible for more than $4.3 million to cover COVID-19-related expenses through the federal stimulus package, according to State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

Lauer: Indiana's online marketplace offers PPE help to small businesses, nonprofits

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, May 22, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

State Rep. Lauer congratulates Columbus student named STEM team winner

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 19, 2020) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently named Columbus North High School student Vivek Hebbar to the 2020 Governor's STEM Team, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

Area lawmakers announce local students receive $7,500 teaching scholarships

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, May 11, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 11, 2020) — Two Bartholomew County students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

Bartholomew County legislators announce over $998K awarded to boost local road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, April 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2020) – Area lawmakers recently announced Bartholomew County received over $998,000 in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

Bartholomew County lawmakers highlight free online learning tools available to Hoosier students, parents

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, April 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2020) – With Indiana school buildings closed for the academic year, Bartholomew County legislators said there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home.

Bartholomew County lawmakers say help available to Hoosier workers, employers impacted by COVID-19

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bartholomew County legislators are encouraging Hoosier workers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access recently expanded state and federal resources for help.

Rep. Lauer: Columbus native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, March 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2020) – Columbus East High School graduate Hannah Gregory is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session.

Lauer’s bill adding ALD to newborn screening panel heads to governor

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2020) — State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation that would add a rare genetic disorder to the state’s newborn screening panel could soon be law.

Lauer pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Amy Cordill  | Monday, February 3, 2020

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.

House advances Lauer’s bill adding deadly genetic disease to newborn screening panel

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, January 23, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2020) — The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation that would add a rare genetic disorder to the state’s newborn screening panel.

Lauer invites students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, January 13, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 13, 2020) – State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.

Lauer: Local hero awarded French Legion of Honor

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Sunday, November 10, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 10, 2019) — Columbus resident and World War II veteran, Marvin R. Sabatino, was awarded the French Legion of Honor Sunday, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

Over $2.5M to fuel Bartholomew County road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, October 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded over $2.5 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area lawmakers.

Area legislators respond to broadband expansion funding for Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, August 9, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Reps. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) 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 Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby, as part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program. Eberhart, Lauer and Lucas supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:

Lauer’s bill holding public servants more accountable now law

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, June 14, 2019

STATEHOUSE (June 14, 2019) — State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation imposing tougher penalties on government officials and employees who are convicted of stealing public funds was ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday at the Statehouse.

Lauer’s bill holding public servants more accountable now law

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, May 16, 2019

STATEHOUSE (May 16, 2019) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) imposing tougher penalties on government officials and employees who are convicted of stealing public funds.

Rep. Lauer: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) — A Columbus East High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Lauer: Local business recognized for over 100 years of operation

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Cummins Inc. recently received the Governor’s Century Business Award for being in operation since 1919, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).

Bartholomew County farms recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – Local family farms were recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area legislators.

Lauer laces up sneakers to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, February 21, 2019

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) pairs sneakers with his suit to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Lauer showed his Bartholomew County pride by wearing Chuck Taylors in Columbus school colors.

House supports Lauer’s bill targeting identity theft

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation helping Hoosiers protect themselves against synthetic identity theft.

House supports Lauer’s bill holding public servants more accountable

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation imposing tougher penalties on government officials and employees who are convicted of stealing public funds.

Lauer’s bill targeting identity theft moves forward

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, February 7, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 7, 2019) — The House Financial Institutions Committee voted to advance State Rep. Ryan Lauer’s (R-Columbus) legislation that would help Hoosiers protect themselves against synthetic identity theft.

Lauer works to hold public servants more accountable

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, January 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2019) — State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) recently filed legislation to impose tougher penalties on government officials or employees who are convicted of stealing public funds.

Bartholomew County lawmakers invite students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, December 21, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2018) – State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

State Rep. Lauer to serve on three House committees

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, December 13, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 13, 2018) — State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) was recently selected to serve on three House committees, including the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

Lauer sworn in as new state representative for House District 59

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, November 20, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2018) – Ryan Lauer of Columbus took the oath of office today to serve as state representative for House District 59.

Bartholomew County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, August 16, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — Family farms in Bartholomew County were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to local lawmakers.

Local volunteer named Golden Hoosier

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, June 25, 2018

STATEHOUSE (June 25, 2018) — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch presented a Golden Hoosier Award to Peggy Wampler of Columbus at the Statehouse Thursday for her service and commitment to the community, according to State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) and State Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus).

Smith honored for his service to the General Assembly

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, March 9, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2018) — Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday at the Statehouse honored retiring State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) for his 12 years representing House District 59. “I want to thank the citizens of Batholomew County for allowing me the privilege of serving as a state representative,” Smith said.

Student pages join Rep. Smith at the Statehouse

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, February 16, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2018) — State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) recently welcomed student pages from ABC Stewart School in Columbus to the Statehouse. As a House page, these participants toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Smith on the House floor during the legislative session: August Brockhaus; Michelle Caldwell;

Smith: New grant money paves way for local road projects

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, September 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) – Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus).

Rep. Smith: Teen’s wrecked car at Statehouse serves as stark warning for distracted drivers

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Tuesday, March 28, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2017) — A Clinton County family parked their 17-year-old daughter’s mangled car at the Statehouse today to warn Hoosiers of the dangers of texting while driving. As April marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month, State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) joined Jill Biddle of Kirklin to call attention to the issue with the goal

Rep. Smith welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Thursday, March 23, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2017) — State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As a House page, these participants toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Smith on the House floor during the legislative session: Zuenal Deniz, from Columbus, attends Columbus Signature Academy, New Tech

Smith recognizes national child advocate organization at the Statehouse

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2017) — State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) this week honored the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association with a resolution for their work in 72 of Indiana’s 92 counties. According to Smith, CASA programs work to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers who advocate for children in legal cases.

Rep. Smith welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2017) — State Rep. Milo Smith (R- Columbus) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As a House page, these participants toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Smith on the House floor as he conducted the people’s business: Axel Adlen, from Columbus, attends ABC Stewart; Zoe Bishop,

Smith: House approves bill working to support volunteer firefighters

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Monday, February 13, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted 92 to 1 in favor of a bill authored by State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) that would require Hoosier volunteer firefighters to undergo the same amount of training as full-time firefighters. Under House Bill 1370, volunteer firefighters would be required to meet the same 64 hours

Smith: House passes bill to help reduce government inefficiencies

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Monday, January 30, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2017) — The House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Milo Smith’s (R-Columbus) legislative proposal that would provide state offices and agencies a more streamlined process for voicing government inefficiencies. “As a member of the House Select Committee on Government Reduction, I am

Smith: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, August 26, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 26, 2016) — Bartholomew County and three local communities received more than $2 million in state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus). This year, Smith supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide

Rep. Smith welcomes student page to the Statehouse

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) — State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:

Rep. Smith welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2016) — State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse...

Smith: House passes bill returning $550M to local communities

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Wednesday, February 3, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2016) — The House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of a plan co-authored by State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) that would return $550 million to local governments. House Bill 1110 would immediately infuse $440 million into local government budgets free of restrictions. If enacted, Bartholomew County would receive

Senate set to hear Smith's charitable donations bill

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Monday, February 1, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2016) – The House of Representatives voted X-X in support of State Rep. Milo Smith’s (R-Columbus) HB 1331 creating greater structure for charitable donations. “This bill offers more responsibility to both the donor and the charitable institutions that they present money to,” Smith said. “I believe that HB

Huston: Key committee passes bill returning $550M to local communities

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, January 28, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 28, 2016) – The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously Wednesday in support of State Rep. Todd Huston’s (R-Fishers) bill returning $550 million to local governments. “We understand that local governments face unique challenges in funding much-needed services, particularly in maintaining and improving

Smith laces up sneakers to fight cancer

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2016) – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) paired his sneakers with his suit today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness. “About two in five people living in Indiana will eventually develop cancer,” Smith said. “This figure serves as an indication of the strong presence cancer has in Hoosier

Smith encourages students to participate in the Page Program

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Monday, January 4, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 4, 2016) – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) is reaching out to Hoosier students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. Students 13 to 18 years old are offered the chance to visit the Statehouse and participate in a full day of legislative activity. In addition to visiting the Statehouse, pages have the opportunity to tour

[r59] Keeping you safe on the road

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Friday, August 21, 2015

Over the last few weeks, I have received numerous inquiries related to road safety, and as another school year begins, I thought I would share some tips to help make our roads safer. Many of us spend a significant amount of time in our cars, so as your State Representative, I want to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information on road safety.

[r59] Legislation increasing public safety signed into law

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) co-authored legislation to increase public safety for Hoosier families. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1216 requires the Superintendent of the Indiana State Police Department to provide a pamphlet that would be distributed to whoever reports a missing child. HEA 1216 was recently signed into law by

[r59] Rep. Smith’s community foundations bill passes House

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Friday, April 17, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) sponsored Senate Bill (SB) 317 which defines an "eligible community foundation" for state income tax purposes. The bill passed out of the House unanimously. The definition requires a community foundation to support a broad range of charitable activities and for it to be independent,

Election reform legislation passes Indiana House

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) authored legislation that makes changes to Indiana’s election law, most notably, straight ticket voting. House Bill (HB) 1008, co-authored by State Reps. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Milo Smith (R-Columbus), passed out of the House with a vote of 59-35.

[r59] Rep. Smith supports Safety P.I.N. grant program bill

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) supports House Bill (HB) 1004, which creates the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. One of the priorities of the House Republicans legislative agenda is to address public safety concerns, including infant mortality. HB 1004

[r59] Rep. Smith joins Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Thursday, January 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus), legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and

[r59] Rep. Smith reappointed as Chair of Elections and Apportionment

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Thursday, December 4, 2014

STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments today for the 119th General Assembly. Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election. “I am honored to be reappointed as the Chairman of Elections and Apportionment, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve in this

[r59] Rep. Smith recognized as a Small Business Champion

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Monday, November 17, 2014

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was honored with the Small Business Champion Award by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for his hard work and dedication to small business advocacy and growth. “I am humbled to receive the Small Business Champion Award,” said Rep. Smith. “Small businesses are the backbone of the

[r59] Rep. Smith pleased with Columbus Blight Elimination Program Award (8/29/2014)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Start Date: 8/29/2014 Start Time: 8:30 AMRep. Smith pleased with Columbus Blight Elimination Program Award EDITOR’S NOTE: Please include the following statement from State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) regarding Columbus receiving $760,000 through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP). STATEHOUSE- “I am so pleased to

[r59] Rep. Smith partook in the National Conference of State Legislatures Early Learning Fellows panel

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Monday, August 25, 2014

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was one of three panelists from the nation to give advice and discuss early learning at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Early Learning Fellows conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I was so humbled to speak at the Early Learning Fellows Conference in

[r59] Representing Indiana at the Early Learning Fellows Conference (5/21/2014)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Start Date: 5/21/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMRepresenting Indiana at the Early Learning Fellows Conference I was humbled when House Speaker Brian Bosma asked me to represent the Indiana House of Representatives at the Early Learning Fellows Conference in Denver. Hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators, the conference is known to strengthen

[r59] State Rep. Milo Smith honored to represent Indiana at the Early Learning Fellows conference (5/1/2014)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Start Date: 5/1/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMState Rep. Milo Smith honored to represent Indiana at the Early Learning Fellows conference STATEHOUSE- State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) has been selected by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) to represent Indiana at the Early Learning Fellows conference in Denver, Colorado. Hosted by the

[r59] Governor signs pension bills into law (4/4/2014)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Start Date: 4/4/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMGovernor signs pension bills into law STATEHOUSE- State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) is the coauthor of HEA 1074 and HEA 1075, both dealing with public pensions. These bills have been signed into law by the governor. HEA 1074 will provide a 13th check for certain members of the Indiana State

[r59] State Rep. Milo Smith sees sponsored bills signed into law (4/3/2014)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Start Date: 4/3/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMState Rep. Milo Smith sees sponsored bills signed into law STATEHOUSE- State Representative Milo Smith (R- Columbus) was the House sponsor for Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 207, which deals with ballot language for school referendums, and SEA 420, which eases the property tax process for local governments. These bills

[r59] Indiana House celebrates FFA page day (2/27/2014)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Start Date: 2/27/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/27/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMIndiana House celebrates FFA page day STATEHOUSE — State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) and fellow state representatives welcomed a group of House pages on Thursday as part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Page Day. Rep. Smith was joined by Bailey Meyer and

[r59] Childcare bill passes out of the House (1/31/2014)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Start Date: 1/31/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/31/2014Childcare bill passes out of the House STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith(R-Columbus) co-authored legislation concerning childcare safety regulations, which passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday with a 71-24 vote. House Bill (HB) 1036 protects young Hoosiers by

[r59] School bus camera bill passes House (1/31/2014)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Start Date: 1/31/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/31/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMSchool bus camera bill passes House STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) authored legislation focusing on school bus traffic safety, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives Thursday with a 72-22 vote. House Bill (HB) 1042 allows schools to place a

[r59] Rep. Smith honors Sunright America, Inc. with EDGE award (1/14/2014)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Start Date: 1/14/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMRep. Smith honors Sunright America, Inc. with EDGE award STATEHOUSE—Sunright America, Inc. was presented with an Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (EDGE) award today, recognizing them as an established business in Indiana. The EDGE awards are hosted by the Indiana Small Business

[r59] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back (11/19/2013)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Start Date: 11/19/2013 All DayEnd Date: 11/19/2013Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), fellow legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana today

[r59] Rep. Smith awarded Public Policy Champion of Philanthropy of the Year (11/18/2013)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Start Date: 11/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMRep. Smith awarded Public Policy Champion of Philanthropy of the Year STATEHOUSE- State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) has been named the 2013 Public Policy Champion of Philanthropy by the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance for his work in authoring a bill dealing with the donation of agricultural products. The

[r59] Rep. Smith congratulates local families on longstanding farms (8/7/2013)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Start Date: 8/7/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMRep. Smith congratulates local families on longstanding farms STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) congratulates the Stockhover family from Bartholomew County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the

[r59] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved (4/26/2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Start Date: 4/26/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Friday evening, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations, by

[r59] Students receive prestigious award at the Statehouse (4/15/2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Start Date: 4/15/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) congratulates Zachary Ruehman of Columbus North High School for receiving the 2013 Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship today. The award recognizes high school seniors for their outstanding leadership skills, high academic performance and participation in

[r59] House Resolution Honors WWII Veteran (4/11/2013)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Start Date: 4/11/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) honored Charles B. (Red) Whittington in a House resolution recognizing his distinguished military service in World War II. The resolution passed the House unanimously Wednesday. Rep. Lehe (R-Brookston) co-authored the resolution. “It is men like Red, who

[r59] Rep. Milo Smith commends first place essay winner (3/7/2013)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Start Date: 3/7/2013 All Day STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Milo Smith (R- Columbus) commends Yijiang Zhao, a 7th grader at Central Middle School in Columbus for taking first place in the 3rd annual Our Food, Our Farmers essay contest for grades 7-9. On Monday, Yijiang and other student winners were recognized at the Statehouse by Governor Pence and Lt. Governor

[r59] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (1/4/2013)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Start Date: 1/4/2013 All DaySTATEHOUSE — State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity. “The opportunity that our page program presents for students to get

[r59] Rep. Smith to chair Elections and Apportionment (12/7/2012)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Start Date: 12/7/2012 All DaySTATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was appointed to three committees including one chairmanship. Committee chairmen and caucus leaders are selected

[r59] Rep. Smith to chair Elections and Apportionment (12/7/2012)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Start Date: 12/7/2012 All DaySTATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was appointed to three committees including one chairmanship. Committee chairmen and caucus leaders are selected

[r59] Rep. Smith to focus on jobs, education (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 All DaySTATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. “Just like a responsible family, we will sit together at our desks on the

[r59] Rep. Smith to focus on jobs, education (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 All Day STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. “Just like a responsible family, we will sit together at our desks on the

[59] Own Your American Dream (10/4/2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 10/4/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMOwn Your American DreamIndiana House Republicans introduce agenda centered on Fiscal Integrity, Jobs, and Education STATEHOUSE- Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the

[59] Rep. Smith: Enforcing the prevention of synthetic drug sales is essential (9/6/2012)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Start Date: 9/6/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 9/6/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMSTATEHOUSE- Yesterday, September 5, a press conference was held by Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to discuss the launch of local and statewide initiatives aimed at getting synthetic drugs like “bath salts” and

[R59] Rep. Milo Smith recognized as champion of addiction and recovery issues (8/31/2012)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Start Date: 8/31/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/31/2012STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was presented with the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition’s (IAIC) 2012 Legislative Advocacy Award on Saturday, August 25. Rep. Smith received this award for authoring House Bill (HB) 1196, banning synthetic drugs such as bath salts.

[r59] Rep. Smith: Edinburgh resident receives Golden Hoosier Award (8/24/2012 - 8/25/2012)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Start Date: 8/24/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/25/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMSTATEHOUSE — Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) congratulates Tom Thomson, an Edinburgh-native, for being recognized with a Golden Hoosier Award on Tuesday, August 14. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman awarded Tom Thompson during the Golden Hoosier Award Ceremony at the Indiana State

[r59] Rep. Smith: Atterbury Job Corps Graduation Ceremony (8/21/2012)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Start Date: 8/21/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/21/2012STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was honored to give the commencement speech at the Atterbury Job Corps graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 18, in Edinburgh Ind. One hundred twenty students graduated with a GED or high school diploma and completion of a vocational trade program.

[r59] Rep. Smith: High Quality Jobs Headed to Columbus (8/17/2012)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Start Date: 8/17/2012 Start Time: 12:00 PMEnd Date: 8/17/2012 End Time: 12:00 PMSTATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) is pleased to announce that Master Power Transmission (Master PT), a producer of industrial gearboxes, released their plans Thursday to expand operations in Columbus, generating up to 48 new high-quality jobs by 2016.

[59] Hoosier Homestead Award (8/9/2012)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Start Date: 8/9/2012 Start Time: 2:00 PMEnd Date: 8/9/2012 End Time: 2:00 PMSTATEHOUSE — Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) is pleased to announce that Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay honored The Beulah Mae Holcomb Mardis Farm at Wednesday’s Hoosier Homestead Award Ceremony at the Indiana State Fair. The Hoosier

[R59] Rep. Smith appointed to the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (7/2/2012)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Start Date: 7/2/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/2/2012Rep. Smith appointed to the Distressed Unit Appeal Board STATEHOUSE– State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was appointed as the only member of the General Assembly to the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (DUAB). The DUAB was statutorily created and is administered by the Department of Local Government Finance

[R59] Rep. Smith appointed to the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (6/28/2012)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Start Date: 6/28/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/28/2012Rep. Smith appointed to the Distressed Unit Appeal Board STATEHOUSE– State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) was appointed as the only member of the General Assembly to the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (DUAB). The DUAB was statutorily created and is administered by the Department of Local Government

[R59] Rep. Smith Memorial Day: Honoring our Veterans (5/28/2012)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Start Date: 5/28/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/28/2012Memorial Day: Honoring our Veterans Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy our freedom. Take time this Memorial Day to honor veterans by attending a local parade or community event. In Washington D.C., Congress enacted a resolution in 2000 declaring a

[R59] Rep. Smith California company coming to Columbus (4/20/2012)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Start Date: 4/20/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/20/2012California company coming to Columbus Each session, our top focus is to make Indiana’s economic climate as attractive as possible to bring jobs to our state. Legislation enacted is working and companies are moving to Indiana. Even better, they are moving to our community, Columbus. Toyota Material

[R59] Indiana Legislators Urge Congress to Pass Federal Ban on Synthetic Drugs (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Date: 4/19/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/19/2012Indiana Legislators Urge Congress to Pass Federal Ban on Synthetic Drugs STATEHOUSE– State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) and Senators Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) on Tuesday wrote to U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) urging him to end his block of legislation banning

[R59] Rep. Smith: "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day" (3/30/2012)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Start Date: 3/30/2012 All Day End Date: 3/30/2012 ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day’ STATEHOUSE–Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) and State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) commend Gov. Mitch Daniels for proclaiming today, March 30, “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day” in honor of Hoosiers who

[R59] Bill to Strengthen Ban on Dangerous Synthetic Drugs, Hold Retailers Accountable Signed Into Law (3/15/2012)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Start Date: 3/15/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/15/2012Bill to Strengthen Ban on Dangerous Synthetic Drugs, Hold Retailers Accountable Signed Into Law STATEHOUSE– State lawmakers commended Gov. Mitch Daniels for signing a bill into law that strengthens the state’s ban on dangerous synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana and

[R59] Rep. Smith to hold Press Conference, On signing of HB 1196- Synthetic Drugs (3/15/2012)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Start Date: 3/15/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/15/2012Rep. Smith to hold Press Conference On signing of HB 1196- Synthetic Drugs STATEHOUSE — Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the enactment of HEA 1196, a bill aimed at curtailing the sale and use of dangerous synthetic drugs. All media

[R 59] Rep. Smith: Sine Die Statement (3/9/2012)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Start Date: 3/9/2012End Date: 3/9/2012 “After a bumpy start to session, we succeeded in coming together and passing legislation that will benefit Hoosiers. We were able to pass bills that will curtail synthetic drug use in Indiana, fund full day kindergarten and create a more favorable economic climate. “Now that session has concluded, I am

[R 59] Rep. Smith makes Indiana's roadways safer (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 Rep. Milo Smith (R- Columbus) authored House Bill 1197, which will improve the safety of roads across the state of Indiana. The bill establishes guidelines and requirements for those who operate mopeds. “This bill is simply about public safety and accountability,” said Rep. Smith House Bill 1197 has

[R 59] Rep. Smith's synthetic drugs control billl advances (1/26/2012)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Start Date: 1/26/2012End Date: 1/26/2012 Rep. Milo Smith (R- Columbus) has authored House Bill 1196, which expands the definition of synthetic drugs to include a range of chemical compounds, including those known as “bath salts.” The bill will help prohibit the rising sales of these hazardous substances. “I met with police and

[59] Rep. Smith works to make roads safer (9/21/2011)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Start Date: 9/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/21/2011Rep. Smith works to make roads safer STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) testified on Tuesday before the Joint Study Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Solutions on the use of motorized bicycles and motor scooters. “This bill is about public safety and making

[r59] Rep. Smith works to make roads safer (9/21/2011)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Start Date: 9/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/21/2011Rep. Smith works to make roads saferSTATEHOUSE - State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) testified on Tuesday before the Joint Study Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Solutions on the use of motorized bicycles and motor scooters. "This bill is about public safety and making Indiana's

[r59] What can the Legislature do? (7/14/2011)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Start Date: 7/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/14/2011What can the Legislature do? An opinion piece on Barnes v. State of Indiana I have received many calls, emails and letters regarding the recent ruling handed down by the Indiana Supreme Court on the case Barnes v. the State of Indiana. The numerous letters have

[r59] Rep. Smith pleased with Cummins' Inc Expansion Plans (6/20/2011)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Start Date: 6/20/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/20/2011Rep. Smith pleased with Cummins' Inc Expansion Plans STATEHOUSE - Rep. Milo Smith (R- Columbus) is encouraged that more jobs will be created in Columbus, Indiana. An estimated 600 new jobs will be created by 2014 at Cummins Inc., the world's largest independent maker of diesel engines. "Their choice to grow

[r59] Job Creation Incentive Bill signed into law (6/2/2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Start Date: 6/2/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/2/2011Job Creation Incentive Bill signed into law HEA 1007 co-authored by Rep. Smith STATEHOUSE - Rep. Milo Smith (R- Columbus) coauthored House Enrolled Act 1007 this legislative session. The bill was one of four key economic development bills signed by the Governor at the Statehouse on Thursday where many

[r59] Rep. Smith represents District 59 with a strong voting record (6/1/2011)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Start Date: 6/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/1/2011Rep. Smith represents District 59 with a strong voting record STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) represented District 59 with a strong voting record this session. His vote record was 99.85% percent for the 2011 Legislative session. There were a total of 647 votes this session. "I know that each

[r59] Governor Signs Rep. Smith's Bill (5/16/2011)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Start Date: 5/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/16/2011House Enrolled Act 1288, Property Taxes, signedSTATEHOUSE - Rep. Milo Smith's (R-Columbus) bill concerning property taxes, House Enrolled Act 1288, was signed by Governor Daniels. "I am pleased to see the Governor sign this bill, because it is needed to help local units of government who have been fiscally

[r59] Rep. Smith Delivers on Promises (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011 Protecting Hoosier Taxpayers House Republicans have repeatedly pledged to enact a responsible state budget which meets our critical needs with no tax increases. They cited in the past that with a fiscally sound budget comes predictability for both Hoosier taxpayers and Hoosier businesses. Since having made

[r59] Rep. Milo Smith's protest beard raises money for fundraiser (4/4/2011)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Start Date: 4/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/4/2011 Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) grew a beard over the past six weeks. He began growing it on February 22nd when the Democrat's began their walkout and called his beard "a protest beard." The Democrats returned to the Statehouse last Monday, but he withheld shaving the beard and decided to let others shave it off

[r59] Rep. Milo Smith's bills pass out of the House over to the Senate (3/29/2011)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Start Date: 3/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/29/2011STATEHOUSE - Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) had two bills pass out of the House once session resumed Monday night. He authored House Bill 1288 and co-authored House Bill 1583. Both of these bills focus on property taxes."I was glad to see work recommence Monday so these bills could be heard on the House floor,"

[r59] Rep. Smith's Legislative Update E-newsletter (3/9/2011)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Start Date: 3/9/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/9/2011 2011 Budget Overview: No Tax Increases Structural balance by Fiscal Year 13 Maintain sufficient reserves to protect taxpayers Protect K-12 education The FY12/13 budget will protect Hoosier taxpayers, preserve vital services, and allow Indiana to maintain the stable and sound fiscal environment necessary to

[r59] Rep. Milo Smith makes our roads safer (2/16/2011)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Start Date: 2/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/16/2011

[r59] Local communities gain additional economic development tools (2/14/2011)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Start Date: 2/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/14/2011 At Thursday's session, House Bill 1007 received bipartisan support and passed unanimously out of the House. The bill will now move to the Senate for discussion. "This bill will help Indiana attract new businesses and encourage economic expansion. Any bill that allows for investments to be made within our

[r59] Additional Economic Development Tools for Locals (1/12/2011)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Start Date: 1/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/12/2011 In September, House Republicans introduced their "Strengthen Indiana Plan," which included the legislative plan to provide communities the tools they need to promote job creation. The bill calls for: allowing individual counties the option to exempt personal property from the property tax, to exempt new

[r59] Rep. Smith: Paging all students to the Statehouse (12/20/2010)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Start Date: 12/20/2010 All DayEnd Date: 12/20/2010

[r59] Rep. Smith Congratulates Greg Lewis, Indiana's 2010 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year (10/8/2010)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Start Date: 10/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 10/8/2010Please insert the following into your coverage of American Studies teacher Greg Lewis, who was named Indiana's 2010 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year at a surprise ceremony at Columbus East High School today. (For the original press release from the Indiana Department of Education, please contact

[r59] Rep. Milo Smith Recognized as a Pro-Business Voter (5/28/2010)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Start Date: 5/28/2010 All DayEnd Date: 5/28/2010th General Assembly. The Chamber report provides scores for 100 members of the Indiana House of Representatives and 50 members of the Indiana Senate. Each piece of legislation used in the report was selected based on its significant impact to the business community. Topics ranged from education to

[r59] Columbus Schools Pumped Up with Healthy Education Awards (5/7/2010)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Start Date: 5/7/2010 All DayEnd Date: 5/7/2010STATEHOUSE-Parkside and Clifty Creek Elementary Schools were honored by the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) as part of their Healthy Hoosier School Awards. Schools were rewarded for placing a high priority on teaching students life-long healthy habits.Parkside Elementary received a Gold Level Award and

[r59] Partnership Grant to Help Students Improve in Math and Science (4/27/2010)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Start Date: 4/27/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/27/2010STATEHOUSE-The Bartholomew County School Corporation (BCSC) was awarded with the Math and Science Partnership grant by the Indiana Department of Education (DOE).BCSC received two of the six grants awarded throughout the state. The Pre-AP/AP mathematics programs will receive $352,988 as well as partnerships

[r59] Grant Money Aides Bartholomew County Schools (4/12/2010)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Start Date: 4/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/12/2010STATEHOUSE- The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) awarded the Bartholomew County School Corporation (BCSC) with over one million dollars in grant money.The first grant is for $800,000 and will be used to expand after school programs such as tutoring through the Beacon Learning Centers. The program offers

[r59] Rep. Smith recognized for 100% voting record (4/8/2010)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Start Date: 4/8/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2010STATEHOUSE-It has been announced that Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) had a 100% voting record for the 2010 legislative session. A total of 270 votes were cast during the session, and Rep. Smith made sure your voice was heard on each and every issue."This is a responsibility I take seriously," Rep. Smith said.

[r59] Hoosiers Receive Sine Die Victory (3/13/2010)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Start Date: 3/13/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/13/2010STATEHOUSE-Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) worked up to the final minute today to pull out a victory for Hoosiers. Before session ended, also known as Sine Die, House members voted in favor of a tax postponement for employers on their unemployment insurance premiums and school funding flexibility. The bills

[r59] Rep. Smith: Education Receives Funding Flexibility (3/1/2010)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Start Date: 3/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/1/2010

[r59] Rexam of Franklin to Add New Jobs (3/1/2010)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Start Date: 3/1/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/1/2010STATEHOUSE- A Franklin company announced today its plans to add up to 46 new jobs by the end of 2010, Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) said. Rexam plans to expand operations to its current manufacturing of plastic packaging for health care, closures and personal care industries, along with aluminum beverage

[r59] Smith Votes to Help Hoosier Taxpayers (1/28/2010)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Start Date: 1/28/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/28/2010

[r59] State of State (1/22/2010)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Start Date: 1/22/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/22/2010

[r59] Constitutional Property Tax Caps Pass House, Advance to Senate (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Start Date: 1/12/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/12/2010

[r59] Property Tax Caps Clear Major Hurdle (1/11/2010)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Start Date: 1/11/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/11/2010

[r59] Hearings Begin on Permanent Property Tax Caps (12/8/2009)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Start Date: 12/8/2009 All DayEnd Date: 12/8/2009

[r59] School Funding Faces Tough Road Ahead (11/26/2009)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Start Date: 11/26/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/26/2009During the past legislative session, school funding was one of the most hotly debated issues. The disagreement between Republican and Democratic views on school spending slowed final passage of the new state budget and prompted the creation of a study committee on the school funding formula. I was appointed

[r59] Rep. Smith Announces The Taxpayer Protection Plan: (11/17/2009)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Start Date: 11/17/2009 All DayEnd Date: 11/17/2009 1. Protecting taxpayers' pocketbooks2. Growing and protecting jobs3. Enacting meaningful government reform The 2010 legislative session is set to begin Jan. 5. "In order to make certain that the property tax reductions realized through the caps are permanent my Republican colleagues and I

[r59] Study Committee Approves Water Nuisance Initiative (10/23/2009)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Start Date: 10/23/2009 All DayEnd Date: 10/23/2009STATEHOUSE - Recommendations by the Water Resources Study Committee should help resolve issues involving many drainage and other water nuisance problems, Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) said today. The recommendations will be presented to the 2010 General Assembly, which begins its work in January. During the

[r59] Rep. Smith Statement on State Budget (4/30/2009)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Start Date: 4/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/30/2009

[r59] A Sad Tax Day for Hoosiers (4/15/2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Start Date: 4/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/15/2009 Today was the deadline for the third reading of bills in the House. House Democrats voted to adjourn until Monday. Unfortunately, Tax Day came and went without Hoosier taxpayers getting their wish for permanent constitutional property tax protection. According to a poll taken earlier this month by Public

[r59] Bill Would Make Voter ID Check at Polls Easier (4/15/2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Start Date: 4/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/15/2009 The Senate passed HB 1326 today by a 40-8 vote. "This bill will make the voting process run more smoothly," said Rep. Smith. "It's important that voting precincts are as quick and productive as possible. I think that this bill is just another step towards efficiency." -30-

[r59] Bill to Simplify Home-Buying Process Clears Senate (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2009 House Bill 1096 was approved by the Senate today by a XX-X vote. The bill, co-authored by Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), streamlines the paperwork by replacing several pages of paperwork with a single piece of paper that would act as a sales disclosure form and an application for the standard property tax

[r59] Rep. Smith Helps Make School Zone Signs More Driver-Friendly (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2009(STATEHOUSE) April 14, 2009 - The Indiana Senate today passed House Bill 1123, co-authored by Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), to ensure speed limit signs are properly displayed in school zones. The bill passed by a vote of 48-2.House Bill 1123 requires a sign to be located where the school zone begins,

[r59] Rep. Smith Honors Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009 In a resolution, the Indiana General Assembly offered gratitude and prayers to the families of the 152 fallen men and women from Indiana. As part of the ceremony, the families were invited into the House chamber for the reading of the resolution. Following this reading, the names of the soldiers were read

[r59] House Passes Rep. Smith's Flood Plain Disclosure Act (2/16/2009)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Start Date: 2/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/16/2009(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 16, 2009 - Under a bill passed unanimously by the Indiana House Monday, tenants would have to be informed if a structure on the property they are renting is located in a 100-year-flood plain. House Bill 1473, authored by Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), covers residential, agricultural and

[r59] Rep. Milo Smith Returns To Statehouse (1/7/2009)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Start Date: 1/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2009(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), along with his House colleagues, opened the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly today at the Statehouse. Rep. Smith starts the session with a number of goals that aim to control government spending and maintain high-quality services to Hoosier

[r59] House Democrats Deny Public Sound Immigration Law (2/22/2008)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Start Date: 2/22/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/22/2008House Republicans were disappointed Thursday because the majority Democrats unreasonably denied them the opportunity to add amendments to Senate Bill 345, which contained measures dealing with incorrect classification of employees. House Democrats, who hold a 51-49 majority, attempted to amend

[r59] Representatives Honor Victory Days (2/20/2008)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Start Date: 2/20/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/20/2008 "The state of Indiana is fortunate to host the annual Victory Days living history museum and event which is designed to honor, preserve and perpetuate the memory and sacrifices made by many Americans during World War II," Frizzell said. "Education is the main focus of the event, and specific programs are

[r59] Rep. Smith moves to improve property tax system (1/23/2008)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Start Date: 1/23/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/23/2008 "The governor put forth a bold plan and challenged the Legislature to build upon the framework," Rep. Smith said. "My amendments, which passed with bipartisan support, answer that challenge and ensure more equitable assessments for all property owners." The amended HB 1001 will ensure homestead credits

[r59] Rep. Smith Promotes Benefits for Veterans (1/23/2008)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Start Date: 1/23/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/23/2008 "The men and women of the armed services have done so much for this country that it only seems right to show them our gratitude by promising employment upon their return," Rep. Smith said. "This bill will help do that by encouraging employers to hire veterans." House Bill 1321, co-authored by Rep. Smith,

[r59] Rep. Smith Serves as Panelist (1/23/2008)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Start Date: 1/23/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/23/2008Indiana Economic Development Association seeks input from legislators (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 22, 2008 - Today, Rep. Milo Smith and Senator Skinner served on a panel for the Indiana Economic Development Association. The IEDA is a group of economic development leaders concerned about legislative issues pending in the

[r59] Reps. Burton, Frizzell & Smith Statements on the State of the State Address (1/18/2008)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Start Date: 1/18/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/18/2008 Rep. Burton: "During this session, there is nothing more important than providing reasonable and effective solutions to Indiana's property tax crisis. As representatives of Indiana, finding a solution to the property tax crisis will be our top priority. I am still hopeful we can totally eliminate property

[r59] Rep. Smith Returns To Statehouse (1/10/2008)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Start Date: 1/10/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/10/2008 "From day one, it has been clear the number one issue is property taxes," said Rep. Smith. "From the time I've spent here this week it has become evident that the second and third issues are property taxes and property taxes. My time and focus will be spent on property taxes throughout the session to ensure

[r59] Rep. Smith Seeks Students to Experience Statehouse Activity (1/10/2008)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Start Date: 1/10/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/10/2008

[r59] House Republicans Propose $200 Million Immediate Property Tax Relief Plan (7/31/2007)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Start Date: 7/31/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/31/2007 "Providing immediate relief for homeowners is the most important goal now," stated Rep. Smith. "We are presenting a number of ideas that we had talked about during session and I believe they are even more relevant now that tax bills have gone out. The property tax rebate program must be changed to a tax

[r59] Rep. Milo Smith Promotes Statehouse Page Program (1/17/2007)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Start Date: 1/17/2007 All DayEnd Date: 1/17/2007Jr. High and High School Students Urged to Attend Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) urges Hoosier students to apply for page positions during this session of the Indiana General Assembly. The 65th gathering of the General Assembly reconvened on January 8, 2007 and ends on April 28, 2007. ¿I would

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