Manning Memo: Manning the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, January 10, 2019

We wrapped up the first full week of the 2019 legislative session, which is my first session in office. I have been learning new things, meeting new people, talking about many different issues and working on bills I filed. It has been a rewarding experience up to this point, and I am grateful to the people of House District 23 for allowing me to have the opportunity to serve our community and the state of Indiana in this way.

I filed nine bills this session. I’ll talk about each of them in my weekly messages as session progresses, but you can see all of the bills I am involved with by visiting the Indiana General Assembly website at and searching for my name.

House Bill 1069 which would establish the Yellow Dot Emergency Medical Information Program. This voluntary program through the BMV would cost $5 for Hoosiers to participate. Individuals would receive a yellow dot decal sticker to place in the window of a vehicle and a yellow envelope with emergency contact forms, important medical details and other critical instructions that first responders should be aware of during an accident when victims may be unable to communicate. When a first responder sees the decal sticker, they could look in the glove compartment for this information in order to best treat the patient. This program has saved lives in several other states. The response so far has been very positive from first responders and other lawmakers, so I am hopeful that this proposal will move forward.

My second bill would request the Legislative Council to assign a summer study committee to look into the issues of riparian or river rights and lowhead dams, which are prevalent throughout our state. These antiquated dams are dangerous because people try to swim, canoe or go over these dams, but can become trapped in the circular current and could become seriously injured or killed. This is another issue that has been dealt with successfully in other states and I think it’s a worthy item to study to ensure our state takes the best possible approach to handle these situations. The goal is to receive recommendations from a summer study committee that I can turn into legislation for the 2020 session to begin improving safety for those who enjoy our state’s rivers.

That’s all for this week, but there will be more to follow as we begin to see legislation move through the process in the coming weeks. I am here to serve you and welcome your thoughts. Please reach out to me at if you have any questions or comments on legislation or other issues I can help with involving state government. If you are at the Statehouse, please stop in and say hello.

Former State Rep. Bill Friend always closed with a line in his Friend Reports that I thought summed everything up perfectly, so I will continue this tradition in these Manning Memos: “It’s your state government, so participate in it.” Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more.


Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) represents House District 23,

which includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.

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