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  • Houchin attends unveiling of newborn safety incubator

    INDIANAPOLIS  – State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) attended the unveiling of a new Safe Haven newborn safety incubator at Decatur Township Fire Department No. 74.

    Houchin co-authored Senate Enrolled Act 340 during the 2018 legislative session, which expanded Indiana’s Safe Haven Law by allowing fire stations that are staffed 24/7 to have newborn safety incubators. These incubators, also called “baby boxes”, provide a last-resort opportunity for parents to safely surrender their newborn if they aren’t able to care for the infant.

  • Silver and purple helping Hoosiers

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels

    District 74

     

    On July 1, a number of new laws went into effect benefiting Hoosiers across Indiana, and it is important to keep up to date with those new laws impacting our area. Two laws I worked on this year will help locate missing children and equip landowners with a new tool to mark their property.

  • New grants to help expand access to high-speed internet

    Erin Houchin

    State Senator District 47

     

    As your State Senator and a resident of a rural community, I understand the importance of having high-speed internet readily available. While broadband has increased in our state, some areas still lack access, affecting hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers – many of whom live in Senate District 47.

  • Farm Bill includes wins for Hoosiers

    Joe Donnelly

    U.S. Senate

     

    Agriculture is an essential part of the fabric that defines Indiana. Hoosier farmers are growing the food that feeds our families; biofuel producers are making the ethanol and biodiesel that drives our economy; and ag students and researchers are developing the technologies of tomorrow.

  • 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.