• We need to safeguard the ‘public’ in public office

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist


    For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full.

  • Safeguarding first responders a statewide priority

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Rep. District 74


    Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters are a vital part of every Hoosier community. Currently, there are benefit plans for the families of these first responders killed in the line of duty. There is not, however, a plan set up for these brave public servants who are permanently disabled in the line of duty. I co-authored a bill this session that would address this issue.

  • Political parties elect officers

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County’s two major political parties have elected officers for the year. Dale Groves, who has led Perry County Democrats for several years, has stepped down for health reasons. The new Democrat Party Chairman is Ryan Risse. The Central Committee consists of vice chairwoman Jody French; Don Sherry, secretary, and Mary Lee Smith, treasurer.

    “It’s been a pleasure to serve in the capacity of the leader of the party,” Groves said. He was recently appointed co-chairman of the Democratic 8th Congressional District.

  • Bill targets teacher preparedness in teen suicide prevention

    Mark Messmer

    State Senator


    In Indiana, it is a tragic fact that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in youth ages 15 to 24. Our state also leads the nation with 19 percent of high school students contemplating suicide, and is second in the nation with 11 percent of high school students attempting suicide.  In 2013, 125 Indiana youth between the ages of 10 to 24 were lost to this tragic act.

  • The problem with too much information

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist


    The job of being a citizen – and being a member of Congress – has gotten much harder of late. As sources of information proliferate and “news” not actually grounded in fact grows common on social media, Americans have to work to sort reality from fiction and insight from disinformation.

    This is a challenge for our representative democracy. And we’ve only begun to grapple with it.

  • Session Halftime: DNA collection for felony arrests passes senate

    Erin Houchin

    Senate District 47


    The Indiana General Assembly has reached the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. In the Senate, I have been working on a number of important issues along with my colleagues.

  • Expanding mental health and addiction treatment options

    State Rep. Lloyd

    Arnold District 74


    During the 2017 session, the House of Representatives has worked to find new ways to address mental health and addiction issues.

    Emphasizing the need for commonsense policy aimed at finding solutions for Hoosiers in need is important, and the House recently passed legislation that would broaden mental health and addiction treatment options in Indiana.

  • Hoosier legislation passes allowing CBD oil treatment for epilepsy

    INDIANAPOLIS – Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday, which would allow Hoosiers to use cannibidiol oil to treat epilepsy, according to the bill’s co-author, State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth).

    House Bill 1148 would allow a person to possess CBD oil if they or their child have been diagnosed with severe epilepsy, and they meet certain commonsense safety requirements. Arnold said CBD oil is a compound refined from cannabis that has a wide scope of medical applications, including the control of epilepsy and seizures.

  • Offenses by incarcerated individuals examined at Statehouse

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Keeping criminals off our streets, and continuing to make Indiana a safer place to live, work, and raise our families is a top priority for me in the state Senate.

    This session, I have authored several law enforcement bills which are at various stages in the legislative process.

    One of these bills, Senate Bill 405, deals with individuals who are already incarcerated.

  • Boosting revenue for Indiana counties with state and federal land

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74


    We are fortunate that some of the country’s best state and national parks are right here in Indiana. Every year, Hoosiers and out-of-state visitors enjoy these public parks and lakes in huge numbers. However, to counties where this beautiful land is located, it has been somewhat of a mixed blessing.