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Governor signs bill co-authored by Morrison to support small business recovery

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law co-authored by State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) to support jobs, employers and economic recovery by investing $60 million to expand the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program.

Area lawmakers statements on updated state budget plan, 'historic' K-12 investments

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – "Education funding continues to be a top priority for Hoosiers, with Indiana investing half of its budget in K-12 education. The new two-year state budget increases Indiana's education spending to historic levels, with $1.9 billion in new funds being invested in Hoosier schools. Combined with federal stimulus dollars, the state's 293 school corporations should be on solid financial ground to invest in student learning and increased teacher salaries," said State Rep. Dave Heine, chair of the House Ways and Means Local Government Finance Subcommittee.

"This budget responsibly pays down state pension debt, especially to the pre-1998 teacher pensions, which will provide Indiana with more flexibility and opportunity to make investments in the future. The new budget plan also makes short- and long-term investments in Hoosier priorities, like education and infrastructure, which will continue moving Indiana in the right direction," said State Rep. Dan Leonard, member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

"A little more than a decade of conservative leadership allowed Indiana to manage through the pandemic and set us up to make historic investments in our state's future. This is no small feat, especially as other states are looking to cut budgets or take on debt. We also made it a priority to boost Indiana's reserves over the coming years to ensure we are prepared for any future downturns," said State Rep. Chris Judy, member of the House Ways and Means Committee

Behning, Speedy: State budget plan makes substantial investments in education, public safety

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – "Indiana consistently puts education at the top of the priority list when it comes to funding, and this year is no exception. Before the most recent revenue forecast, schools across the state were expected to see an increase in funding. Thanks to our strong conservative leadership and our economy rebounding, our state is able to further our commitment to Hoosier students and educators, and increase our investment substantially. Locals should use this additional funding to increase educator salaries to help retain and attract top talent in our classrooms," said State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), chair of the House Education Committee.

"Our commitment to fiscal responsibility is yet again paying off as Indiana is able to strategically invest in Hoosier priorities like public safety. Our law enforcement officers risk their lives each day to keep our communities and state safe. Indiana's next two-year budget allocates funds for local and state police agencies to purchase body cameras, invests in numerous programs to help fight crime and makes training grants available to departments across the state. These investments are in addition to a salary increase for our state police, conservation and excise officers. Providing our public safety officers with support and the tools they need is critical to keeping Hoosiers safe," said State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis). 

Lehe, Negele: New law requires middle school students to take a civics education course

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers is now law, according to State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

Huston statement on updated state budget plan, 'historic' K-12 investments

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – "Our budget holds strong to our conservative principles of limited government while making strategic investments to provide opportunities for future tax cuts and reforms. To keep our commitment to fiscal integrity, we will pay down over $1 billion in taxpayer funded debt, including about $600 million toward pre-1996 teacher pensions. We're restoring mental health funding and appropriating an additional $100 million for mental health grants. This budget also directs federal stimulus toward Indiana's critical infrastructure, including $250 million for broadband expansion and $160 million for water infrastructure grants.

"Our state budget is a historic win for Hoosier students, teachers and families. Spending on Indiana's K-12 schools already represents half of the state's biennial state budget, and we'll send an additional $600 million annually to schools to increase teacher pay. We're also making significant investments to expand school choice to give more Hoosier parents the power to choose what education best meets their child's needs."

Schaibley: Supporting Hoosiers who dedicate their careers to healing others

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Health care providers are by their patients' sides during some of the most difficult and challenging times in their lives. Even after substantial training and education, these health care heroes often experience a roller coaster of emotion along with their patients and their families. Over the last year, the pandemic highlighted the emotional impacts that the incredible stress of the job and long hours can have on our hard-working health care workers. That's why this session I supported legislation to help give Indiana's health care practitioners more resources and support when coping with the emotional ups and downs that come with working in medical field.

Engleman: Bill supporting small business recovery heads to governor

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Monday, April 19, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 19, 2021) –  Legislation supporting jobs, employers and economic recovery by investing $60 million to expand the Hoosier Hospitality Small Business Restart Grant Program could soon be law, according to State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown).

Davisson: Approaching the finish line

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Monday, April 19, 2021

At the Statehouse, lawmakers are entering into the final week of the 2021 session. In total, the Indiana House of Representatives sent 149 bills to the Senate for consideration and 37 of those bills have been signed into law. We are still working on several issues, including finalizing the state's next two-year state budget, and passing bills supporting broadband expansion and improving public health. Several pieces of legislation are heading to conference committees where lawmakers will make changes to the content in order for them to become laws, or the concepts could die.

Bill supported by Morgan County legislators to prioritize broadband access could soon be law

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 19, 2021

Legislation supported by Morgan County lawmakers to prioritize broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics could soon be law.

Bill supported by State Rep. Baird to prioritize broadband access could soon be law

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, April 19, 2021

Legislation supported by State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) to prioritize broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics could soon be law.

Bill supported by Monroe County legislators to prioritize broadband access could soon be law

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, April 19, 2021

Legislation supported by Monroe County lawmakers to prioritize broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics could soon be law.

Local lawmakers help raise hunger awareness volunteer at Community Harvest Food bank

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Saturday, April 17, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2021) – Area legislators recently volunteered at Community Harvest Food Bank to help distribute food items to local families in need. 

Area lawmakers help raise hunger awareness volunteer at Community Harvest Food bank

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Saturday, April 17, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2021) – Area legislators recently volunteered at Community Harvest Food Bank to help distribute food items to local families in need. 

Judy: Area lawmakers help raise hunger awareness volunteer at Community Harvest Food bank

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Saturday, April 17, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2021) – Area legislators recently volunteered at Community Harvest Food Bank to help distribute food items to local families in need. 

Huston statement on mass shooting at FedEx facility in Plainfield

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Friday, April 16, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2021) – "This tragedy is heartbreaking and shocking, and something no family or community wants to ever experience. I offer my heartfelt sympathies and prayers for the victims and their families, who are experiencing an unimaginable loss today. I will also be praying for the Hoosiers who are part of the FedEx family and all the first responders who helped bring calm and aid to the injured."

Behning statement on shooting at FedEx Ground facility in Plainfield

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, April 16, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2021) – "My heart breaks for the families who lost loved ones, and I am praying for those who are injured along all of those who work at FedEx. While our community grapples with this tragedy and waits to learn more, I'm incredibly grateful for the first responders who acted quickly to help overnight and those still on the scene."

Vermilion: Legislation could expand telehealth options for Hoosiers

Posted by: Alexandra Radtke  | Friday, April 16, 2021

The pandemic created a demand for Hoosiers to connect with their doctors virtually. That's why last spring Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order allowing for the expansion of telehealth services during the state of emergency. Due to the continued demand for this convenient option, state lawmakers passed legislation to make these changes permanent.

Bartels: Expanding telehealth access for Hoosiers

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, April 16, 2021

Hoosiers use technology every day to access resources, work, connect with others and even see their doctor. Over the past year, there has been an increase of telehealth services, as individuals stayed home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Indiana cut red tape last spring to allow providers to see patients virtually for certain conditions. In an effort to give our communities access to the health care they need, especially here in rural Indiana, I am supporting legislation that would make some of the temporary changes permanent and include more health care professionals.

Huston responds to Indiana's April revenue forecast

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Thursday, April 15, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2021) – "Just one year ago, the pandemic entered the ring and seemed to deliver a knockout punch to our booming economy. In a short period, our near record low unemployment of 3% skyrocketed to a record-breaking high of 17%. Now, Indiana is not only bouncing back, but winning the fight.

"Today's strong fiscal forecast is fueled by a number of factors, including an increase in job stability and opportunities, higher consumer confidence, a successful vaccine rollout and an influx of federal dollars into the economy. Our state's fiscal health proved to be tremendously resilient over the last year due in large part to the conservative leadership and fiscal responsibility over the last 15 years. We are in a fortunate position as this additional projected revenue provides a wide range of opportunities. We will continue to make smart, strategic investments, and keep our commitment to fiscal prudence and limited government as we conclude the budget process. I look forward to continuing to work with my legislative colleagues and Gov. Eric Holcomb to make sure Hoosiers come out ahead."

Bill sponsored by Olthoff expanding telehealth heads to governor

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Thursday, April 15, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2021) – Legislation expanding telehealth services for Hoosiers and cutting red tape for health care providers could soon be law, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point).

Frye's bill focused on alleviating jail overcrowding signed into law

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Thursday, April 15, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2021) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed State Rep. Randy Frye's (R-Greensburg) legislation into law to help alleviate local jail overcrowding issues in Hoosier communities.

Rep. Eberhart: Local graduate gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Alexandra Radtke  | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2021) – Shelbyville Senior High School graduate Sarah Work is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2021 legislative session. Work, a Shelbyville resident, is the daughter of Nathan and Julie Work. She attends

Rowray: New law requires middle school students to take a civics education course

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2021) – Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers is now law, according to State Rep. Elizabeth Rowray (R-Yorktown). House Enrolled Act 1384, which Rowray supported, requires students to take a semester-long civics education course in grades 6, 7 or 8. Rowray, a former school board member, said young Hoosiers

Prescott: Middle school students will take a civics education course thanks to new law

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2021) – Legislation to improve civic engagement among young Hoosiers is now law, according to State Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City). House Enrolled Act 1384, which Prescott supported, requires students to take a semester-long civics education course in grades 6, 7 or 8. He said young Hoosiers usually take a government class

May: Bill prioritizing students, schools, rural clinics for broadband access could soon be law

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Legislation supported by State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) prioritizing broadband access for students, schools and rural clinics could soon be law.

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