Local lawmakers return to the Statehouse for Organization Day

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, November 20, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 20, 2018) –House lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day.

State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica) were among those who met for the ceremonial start of the 2019 legislative session.

“We have a full docket for this upcoming session,” Negele said. “In addition to crafting the state’s biennial budget, lawmakers will also focus on continuing the fight against the opioid epidemic, increasing school safety and developing the state’s workforce.”

Members of the House of Representatives are partnering with the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army to increase awareness about childhood hunger. Advocacy groups report nearly half of all food-insecure households in Indiana have children living there, and 33 percent of those being served at Hoosier food banks are under the age of 18. House legislators are collecting non-perishable food items for school children who face a period of hunger between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday.

The 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 3 and by law must conclude by April 29.

“The budget session is always a busy time,” Lehe said. “As we work on laws that affect Hoosiers across the state, it is important for residents in our community to stay connected and make their voices heard.”

Constituents who want to stay informed about the Indiana General Assembly and members of the House of Representatives can sign up to receive legislative email updates at www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com.

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State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, which
includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County,
and portions of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
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CAPTION: State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) (left) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica) (right) discuss legislative priorities at the Statehouse during Organization Day on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Organization Day marks the ceremonial start to the 2019 legislative session.