The recent announcement that Schneider Electric will be closing its Square D facility in Peru was painful news to hear. My thoughts are with the 306 employees left without a job and their families as they face potentially tough times ahead. State Sen. Randy Head and I are currently in communication with Gov. Eric Holcomb and our state’s federal elected officials to see what can be done to help. We will continue monitoring the situation and will do what we can to assist those affected. As your state legislators, we are always looking to support our neighbors.
One way we learn about issues facing our communities is meeting with the “Third House of Indiana,” our constituents. The Logansport Third House session held earlier in February was great. About 25 people came to speak with State Rep. Heath VanNatter, Sen. Head, and myself, and we had a good discussion on current events in the legislature. Something many seem surprised to learn is that the vast majority of laws passed in Indiana have bipartisan support. In fact, one month into this session we have not passed a single bill out of the House that did not have support from both sides of the aisle. Further, almost all of our legislation has both democrat and republican co-authors. The Statehouse is a collaborative environment for all interested groups to work together on legislation, and I believe our public policy is better for it.
A good example of bipartisanship recently occurred when the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1123. This bill would keep our laws in line with new technology automated callers are using, increase fines by up to $25,000 and allow local prosecutors to access state funds to bring offenders here to Indiana for prosecution. I know many, if not all of us, receive annoying robocalls, telemarketer solicitations and scams, which can be disruptive to our daily lives. In October 2018 alone, there were more than 5 billion robocalls made. While it can be difficult to find the people participating in these criminal acts, we want to ensure that when they are caught, they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
If there is an issue affecting you that I may be able to help with, please reach out to me at the Statehouse. As always, it’s your state government, so participate in it!
Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) represents House District 23, which includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.
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