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Government

  • Supporting foster parents and children

    Erin Houchin

    District 47 State Senator

     

    As of this March, more than 14,500 children in Indiana were unable to stay in their own homes because of abuse or neglect. Consider the entire United States, and the number grows to almost half a million.

  • Courthouse open Saturday for early voting

    PERRY COUNTY – Early primary election voting at the county courthouse will continue until noon Monday, May 6. Voting is taking place in the commissioners room weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The courthouse will also be open for early voting this Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon.

  • A lesson in good governance from the Hoosier State

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    Although our federal government is plagued by partisan gridlock and grandstanding, that is not always the case at the state level – at least not here in Indiana.

    Indiana has been and continues to be a national leader when it comes to good governance and common-sense solutions, and I am proud to play a small role in affecting positive change as a member of the Indiana State Senate.

  • Expanding state tourism

    Stephen Bartels

    Indiana House District 74

     

    Indiana’s tourism industry has grown tremendously, generating nearly $13 billion from visitor spending in 2018. Legislation I co-authored, now being considered as a new law by the governor, would help Indiana’s robust tourism industry continue to thrive through public-private partnerships.

  • Hate crimes law is all-inclusive

    Curtis Hill

    Indiana Attorney General

     

    Targeting someone for a crime because they are black, Jewish or transgender is wrong. Targeting someone for a crime because they are law enforcement, military or a political activist is wrong. A person who targets any group for criminal conduct motivated by hate or bias is wrong. On this point, we all should agree. The Indiana General Assembly has now codified this important principle.

  • Chamber to host update session with local leaders

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the public to a legislative update that will include local and state elected officials.

    The following elected officials have been invited to participate in this event. Indiana Senator Erin Houchin; Indiana State Representative Stephen Bartels; Tell City Mayor Jim Adams; Cannelton Mayor Mary Snyder; Perry County Council Board President David Etienne; Perry County Commissioner Board President Randy Kleaving.

  • Increasing benefits for senior Hoosiers

    Erin Houchin

    State Senator

    District 47

     

    Across our state, some Hoosier seniors are struggling to make ends meet due, in part, to issues like health problems, decreased mobility and fixed incomes. As your Indiana State Senator, it is my privilege to advocate for all residents of Senate District 47, including our senior friends and neighbors. That’s why I authored Senate Bill 280 this session, which would help ease the financial burden on our seniors via an increased tax deduction.

  • Legalizing hemp production in Indiana

    SEN. MARK MESSMER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Indiana is a state that is largely supported by its agriculture industry. More than 100,000 Hoosiers are employed in this sector, and over 14 million acres are designated as farmland.

    This industry is critical to our strong economy. It’s important Indiana continues to provide farmers with opportunities to thrive.

  • Perry County child support office achieves ‘green’ honors

    TELL CITY – The Child Support Division of the Perry County Prosecutor’s Office has earned the It’s Not Easy Being Green! 2018 Honor Roll Award. This award was only given to a select few counties in that State of Indiana for being above the National and State required averages for five years in a row.

  • Improving our foster care system

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Our state, along with the rest of the country, is fighting a deadly opioid epidemic. One of the many negative side effects of this issue is the skyrocketing number of children in need of services in Indiana. The Department of Child Services is simply unable to keep up with the number of children whose parents are not able to care for them.