• Forensic medical studies

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Over the past few years, Indiana has seen an increase in violent crime and opioid abuse. This has contributed to a large number of suspicious deaths needing examination — a number that exceeds the availability of the forensic pathologists who must perform autopsies in suspicious or potentially criminal deaths.

  • Treating opioid addiction

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    In 2016, there were 488 opioid pain reliever-related deaths in Indiana – more than double the total from 2010. By taking a three-point approach of prevention, treatment and enforcement, my colleagues in the General Assembly and I continue to fight this epidemic for the betterment of our state.

  • New opportunities, benefits to Hoosiers

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels



    The 2019 legislative session is in full swing, and I am working on legislation that addresses issues both statewide and in our community. This year, I am spearheading a number of proposals that include efforts to provide more educational opportunities to students, support Hoosier veterans and provide a tax incentive to public safety volunteers.

    Ensuring Hoosiers have opportunities for quality education is always a top priority, and I will continue to support local students, educators and schools.

  • Committee passes Houchin’s bill regarding juveniles charged with attempted murder

    INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) announced today that her legislation, Senate Bill 279, which would change when a youth could be tried in adult court, unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law.

  • Progess in Yemen requires U.S.




    Yemen’s civil war is an unmitigated humanitarian and national security disaster. Almost 16 million men, women, and children are now on the verge of starvation. That’s almost two and a half times the population of Indiana.

     In addition to this horrible human suffering, Iran and terrorist groups like al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have exploited the war and humanitarian crisis to further expand their influence and threaten the United States, our partners, and our interests.

  • Balanced budgets a guarantee in the state’s future

    Erin Houchin

    State Senator


    In recent years, Indiana has been blessed with fiscal responsibility and honestly balanced budgets. The Indiana General Assembly has worked hard to ensure our state lives within our means, and we do not spend more than we take in.

    We have operated within our budget for more than a decade, and we were recently ranked in the top 10 best states for fiscal stability by U.S. News and World Report. This stability encourages businesses to grow and expand here and benefits employers and employees alike.

  • Bartels named vice chair of House Agriculture Committee

    INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) was recently appointed to serve as vice chair of the HouseAgriculture and Rural Development Committee.

    Bartels was also named to the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, and reappointed to the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

  • Plan commission meets today

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Plan Commission will meet in the council chambers today at City Hall. On the agenda is a request by Vertical Bridge Holdings LLC for a conditional use permit for a communications tower along Brushy Fork Road. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Cannelton officials announce guidelines for use of City Hall

    CANNELTON – In a notice from City Hall in Cannelton, the city’s officials have announced that beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, City Hall and the library building in Cannelton will be used for city and related government business only.

    Other groups should make other arrangements. For more information, call (812) 547-8994.

  • Lassaline elected Association of Indiana Counties treasurer

    INDIANAPOLIS – Perry County Assessor Mendy Lassaline was elected treasurer of the Association of Indiana Counties Board of Directors. She began her term Nov. 1. Board elections were held during the AIC’s 60th Annual Conference recently in Marion County.

    “I look forward to working with the board to achieve AIC’s forward thinking objectives for the taxpayers of Indiana,” said Lassaline.