Welcome and thank you for visiting my web page. I hope that you find it helpful and informative. I consider it a great honor to serve the citizens of Washington, Jackson, Orange, Lawrence, Clark and Harrison Counties in the Indiana General Assembly. I always enjoy hearing the comments and concerns of those I represent, so I encourage you to contact me with your views on issues that are important to you.
House District 73
Indiana House of Representatives: 2010-present
Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development
Ways and Means
Representative Davisson and his wife, Michelle, have lived in Salem since 1983. They have five children and six grandchildren and one of his sons serves in the Indiana National Guard. They are members of Salem Church of Nazarene where Rep. Davisson serves as a trustee. He is also a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
House District 73 includes all of Washington County and parts of Orange, Lawrence, Clark, Jackson and Harrison counties in southern Indiana. To find your House District, click here.
The novel coronavirus is top-of-mind for Hoosiers and for Americans everywhere. As a lot of misinformation continues to circulate online, I wanted to pass along factual information from reliable sources as we all do our part to mitigate the effects of this health crisis.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.
Many Hoosiers receive health insurance through their employers or by participating in group plans. Because the majority of local farmers, others in the agriculture industry and small-business owners are sole proprietors or operators with no employees, they need other health care options. A proposal for a new law that I support would allow Indiana Farm Bureau to provide health plans to its members.
In today’s political climate, many headlines focus on the inefficiencies of Washington, D.C. Often, too much arguing and lack of compromise leads to a political stalemate, and Americans are the ones losing. Here in Indiana, that is not the case. State lawmakers come to work with the same priority day after day: putting Hoosiers first and setting aside politics to create good policy.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse honored the 2019 state champion Salem High School marching band with a resolution.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) (left) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. In 2019, there was a 6% increase in homelessness among Indiana veterans. To help those who served and raise awareness of this important issue, the Indiana House of Representatives partnered with the American Legion, Department of Indiana to collect more than 7,000 hygiene and food items for care packages. These packages will be distributed to homeless Hoosier veterans across the state.
More than 30% of Americans say their out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs are rising, with many of them seeing prices actually increase by more than $100 in the past year. By improving transparency and oversight in the negotiations middlemen conduct between insurers, employers and pharmacies, Hoosiers could save money on medications. This could be achieved by requiring these negotiators, known as pharmacy benefit managers, to hold licenses in Indiana.
Addiction. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Adjusting to civilian life. These are just a few of the many challenges our brave veterans face after service. For thousands of men and women who served, these new battles are difficult to overcome, sometimes resulting in homelessness. The American Legion is here to help.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.
Hoosiers spend more on health care annually than the average American. Anecdotal evidence indicates many patients are skipping necessary procedures and prescriptions because they fear they cannot afford them. To help, Indiana House Republicans are prioritizing driving down health care costs this session with two proposals for new laws that can also help empower consumers to make more informed choices regarding their health.
Through the Indiana House Page Program, local students learn firsthand how the state legislature operates, meet Indiana lawmakers and work with Statehouse staff. Students can take part in this unique one-day experience during the upcoming 2020 legislative session to build on classroom lessons while further understanding how laws are made.
Volunteer fire departments are struggling. There are more than 20 volunteer fire departments in our area, with many seeing fewer and fewer people give their time to protecting the community. It is a difficult job, as these volunteers make a commitment that takes them away from family and their jobs when emergencies arise.
This week our local business owners are preparing for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Small Business Saturday is an important time for our neighbors who run, manage and operate their own business. On Saturday, Nov. 30, please visit these stores and show them your support.
The cost of health care continues to rise. Hoosiers and most Americans are paying more than ever for hospital care, physician services and prescription drugs. Members of the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services, on which I serve, took a deep dive into the issue by looking at best practices of other states, and are working on recommendations to increase transparency and lower costs.
Monday, Nov. 11, is one of our country’s most important federal holidays. Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor all the men and women who have defended our country. Please thank these brave Hoosiers and Americans for their time, sacrifices and dedication to protecting our freedoms.
Already this month, two Hoosiers have died from severe lung injuries linked to vaping usage. Sadly, three people in Indiana have died overall since early September from something some people consider an alternative and healthier option to smoking.
Salem recently received $694,059 in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).
Local communities recently received more than $1 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Lawrence County and the town of Oolitic will receive over $1 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Chris May (R-Bedford).
Schools are better preparing students for success in Indiana’s job market through computer science classes. In fact, the Computer Science Teachers Association named Indiana a top five state for providing these important courses. Offering computer science classes at an early age gives students opportunities to gain valuable skills in a growing field.
Mother Nature dealt our agriculture community a big blow this year, with severe rainy weather keeping farmers out of the fields during their best planting days. It is a loss for families who make a living off the land. These farmers are eligible for some financial help through a natural disaster designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, because they experienced significant damages and losses due to rain and flooding.
Jackson County lawmakers invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
The Indiana State Fair marking the grand finale of our Hoosier summer is underway in Indianapolis. Visitors have until Aug. 18 to make everlasting memories at the Fairgrounds and learn about Indiana’s rich agricultural history and honor our heroes.
It was a Sunday night and we were all gathered around the black and white television. I was only 11 years old, but it was something I knew I couldn’t miss. American astronauts were going to land and walk on the moon. Even after 50 years, I still remember Apollo 11, the three astronauts’ names, even Michael Collins who made the 240,000-mile trip to the moon but never stepped foot on it.
This legislative session, lawmakers considered a variety of bills to help keep Indiana healthy. I remain committed to working with the medical community and my colleagues at the Statehouse to ensure Hoosiers continue to have access to the care and medication that meets their needs. I authored a new law eliminating some burdens placed on medical professionals and allowing for emergency prescription refills so more Hoosiers will get the care they need to live healthier lives.
Each summer, state lawmakers use the interim period to prepare for the next legislative session and determine whether or not to pursue new laws based on their findings. These summer study committee are integral to the legislative process and provide opportunities for lawmakers to address a variety of complex issues on behalf of Hoosiers.
Hoosiers spend $16 billion a year buying food, but less than 10 percent of that amount goes toward locally sourced products. With Indiana Grown, consumers can better identify and purchase products grown, raised, produced and processed in our state, while members receive free assistance with marketing their locally made goods.
Many students throughout our community are graduating from high school, and these young adults are now faced with important decisions regarding their next steps. While some have chosen to pursue a degree in higher education, others will immediately enter the workforce. Indiana offers a wide variety of helpful tools to guide those looking to gain skills and obtain a high-paying job.
STATEHOUSE (May 15, 2019) – State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) recently welcomed Addison and Cannon Roop to the Statehouse where they served as pages.
STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2019) – State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) recently welcomed local FFA students to the Statehouse where they served as pages.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2019) — The House of Representatives Tuesday supported State Rep. Steve Davisson’s (R-Salem) legislation allowing patients to receive emergency prescription refills from pharmacists.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2019) — Local lawmakers introduced a resolution celebrating the 150th anniversaries of the Culbertson Mansion and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corporation.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 20, 2018) – State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2018) — State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) was recently appointed to chair the Health and Medicaid subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee.
STATEHOUSE (July 27, 2018) – State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for an internship with the House of Representatives for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.
STATEHOUSE (June 20, 2018) — State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) was recently selected to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services, which examines assigned topics, gathers testimonies and recommends potential legislation.
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Several students in Clark, Jackson and Orange counties planning to pursue a career in education were selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).
STATEHOUSE (April 6, 2018) – Gov. Eric Holcomb today ceremonially signed two new laws supported by State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) combating Indiana’s opioid epidemic.
STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives supported legislation sponsored by State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) today that would require coroners to further investigate overdose deaths.
STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2018) — The Senate Committee on Appropriations today supported legislation with a provision authored by State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) that could help consumers save money on their prescription medications.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2018) — State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2018) — A Mitchell High School graduate and an Orleans High School graduate are gaining experience as interns with State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 22, 2018) — State Reps. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem) recognized the Lanesville High School baseball team at the Statehouse today for their victory in the Class 1A state baseball championship.
Recently, state lawmakers met at the Statehouse for Organization Day, which ceremonially marks the start of the 2018 legislative session. While session doesn’t officially begin until January, legislators used this time to meet with staff and colleagues from the House and the Senate to discuss many of the topics that could be considered in the coming months.
Recently, a symposium focused on prescription drug abuse was held in Indianapolis to examine critical and emerging topics related to this public health and safety crisis. The program was a statewide collaboration of industry professionals and leaders from public, private and nonprofit sectors. This type of cooperation is necessary in order to create impactful solutions to prevent prescription drug abuse. While our nation continues to explore how to most efficiently tackle this epidemic, Indiana leaders are taking this issue very seriously.
Salem is receiving a federal grant that will help bring much-needed repairs to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Salem with a Community Development Block Grant of $550,000 to make improvements to the facility.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 19, 2017) – Applications to intern with the Indiana House Republicans during the 2018 legislative session are due Oct. 31, according to State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).
Indiana is home to more than 57,000 farms, and every year from October to November, Hoosiers farmers are hard at work harvesting their crops. With these farms covering 64 percent of the state’s total land area, there is a good chance that you will see farm equipment on roadways in our community. This harvest season, I want to remind all motorists of some tips to keep you, your family and fellow travelers safe.
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) – Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).
The Indiana House of Representatives is offering internships at the Indiana Statehouse for the spring semester. The House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for young adults to gain valuable professional experience, build their resumes, strengthen their workforce skills and explore networking opportunities that could open the door to a career.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2016) – The Senate voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Steve Davisson’s (R-Salem) proposal which would expand the use of the Indiana’s Board of Pharmacy Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, INSPECT, to certain healthcare professionals.
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