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The 2018 legislative session is underway

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, January 5, 2018

For the next 10 weeks, Hoosier legislators will be at the Statehouse considering proposals for new laws. This year, we will consider a variety of legislation on topics ranging from the sale of alcohol on Sundays to offering veterans education benefits.

As policymakers hold committee hearings and vote on these and other important issues, it’s important for Hoosiers to stay informed and engaged in the process.

To help me better understand the views of our community, please complete my 2018 survey that will be mailed to households, and return it to the Statehouse. You can also go online to complete the survey at www.in.gov/h65.  The results are very helpful when it comes to voting on proposed laws, and I use the input for guidance.

Another way to stay engaged is using the iga.in.gov website to get the timeliest information on the Indiana General Assembly. The website provides a lot of information including a calendar of events, proposed legislation, and live streaming of committee hearings and legislative session. Archives previous sessions can also be accessed.

You can also stay up-to-date by signing up to receive my email newsletter updates at www.in.gov/h65. These e-newsletters highlight what is going on with legislation while spreading the word about various events in our community.

In addition to considering proposals for new laws, each session the Indiana House of Representatives adopts a philanthropic project. This session, we are partnering with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy Institute for Excellence to raise awareness for the growing demand for foster families. In Indiana, nearly twice as many children are in the foster care system than there are available foster homes, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services. More than half of these children have a parent with substance abuse issues – a growing problem due in part to the opioid epidemic.

To learn more, visit www.fosterhopeindiana.org.

Please be on the lookout for the legislative survey in your mailbox, and contact me with your input and ideas. Knowing your thoughts on issues facing Indiana helps me better represent you and your family. If you have input on any topic, please contact me at h65@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9656.

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State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.

A high-resolution photo of May can be downloaded by clicking here.