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Government

  • Promoting foster care

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    In 1988, President Ronald Reagan created National Foster Care Month for the month of May, aimed at bringing attention to the needs of foster children and recognizing those who work in the foster care system.

    As a former Indiana Department of Child Services caseworker, supporting foster children and their families is important to me, not just this month but year-round.

  • Legislative luncheon Monday

    TELL CITY – The Perry County Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative luncheon starting at 11 a.m. Monday, May, 7, in the education room at Perry County Memorial Hospital.

    Featured guests will be state Sen. Erin Houchin and Rep. Steve Bartels, who will provide updates of efforts underway at the Statehouse. Also on hand to answer residents’ concerns will be representatives for U.S. Senators Todd Young’s and Joe Donnely’s offices, along with a representative from Congressman Larry Bucshon’s office.

    Lunch will be provided.

  • DNA law sees early success

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last year, I authored and passed Senate Enrolled Act 322, which requires DNA samples to be taken via cheek swab upon felony arrests – similar to the way fingerprints, photographs and other data are collected upon all arrests.

    This brought Indiana in line with 30 other states with similar legislation, and was aimed at giving law enforcement a valuable tool that can find and bring criminals to justice. This law can also be used to exonerate those wrongfully accused.

  • Erin Houchin’s dyslexia screening bill signed into law

    STATEHOUSE — Senate Enrolled Act 217, authored by State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem), and sponsored by Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland), was ceremonially signed into law this week by Gov. Eric Holcomb. This bill is aimed at identifying students who may be affected with dyslexia, and getting them the resources and accommodations necessary to be successful in school and beyond. Holcomb and Houchin were joined for the signing by students with dyslexia and their parents from around the state.

  • More counties adopting vote centers

    CONNIE LAWSON

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Technological advancements in the digital age have led to increased convenience, cost savings, and accessibility in many fields. In Indiana, this is now true where elections and voting practices are concerned, thanks to the implementation of vote centers.

  • Improving the lives of Hoosier children

    RANDY HEAD

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    While the Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, certain groups meet throughout the year to discuss issues facing the state of Indiana.

    One in particular is our Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health for Children, which reports to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children and is made up of practitioners in mental health, social work, law enforcement, government and substance abuse rehabilitation fields around Indiana.

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  • Expanding access to CBD oil

    Rep. Mark Messmer

    Guest Columnist

     

    This year, the Indiana General Assembly passed several laws aimed at workforce development, education and combating the opioid crisis.

    One bill that was passed this legislative session will allow all Hoosiers to purchase low THC hemp extract or cannabidiol (CBD). In recent years, research has shown that extracts from the hemp plant have a variety of medical benefits in treating people who suffer from epilepsy, depression and even high blood pressure.

  • Registered to vote? Do so by April 9

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Clerk Amanda Mogan reminds voters that Monday, April 9, is the last day to register to vote for the primary election to be held on May 8.

    Registration applications must be received in the office, by mail or in person, by the close of business that day.

    Voter registration forms and instructions for submitting them are available at the Clerk’s Office. Voters may also register at any office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles or online at www.indianavoters.com.

  • Increasing mobile data access

    MARK MESSMER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Mobile data usage has increased by more than 2,000 percent since 2010. As lawmakers, we look to ensure that we enact policies that enable the future enhancements of our network technologies.

    There are certain areas where networks have become congested throughout the state. Service providers will have to upgrade and expand their wireless infrastructure as Indiana looks to increase its mobile-data access.