Senators

Amanda Banks

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9400
Email: Senator.Banks@iga.in.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Ian Hauer
Phone: 317-232-9808

Amanda Banks

State Senator - District 17

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2015 Legislative Session

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Veteran Affairs & the Military, Chair
Education & Career Development
Homeland Security & Transportation
Pensions & Labor

Education

Indiana University, B.S. in Public Affairs & a business certificate from the Kelley School of Business

Occupation

Vice-president of Allen County Right to Life & co-host of “I Choose Life News and Views”
Communications Manager – American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio, 2008-2010
Policy Analyst – Focus on the Family, 2003-2007

Personal

Married: Jim
Children: Lillian, Elizabeth and Joann

Counties Served

Wabash County and portions of Grant, Huntington and Whitley counties

Amanda Banks

State Senator - District 17

Amanda Banks Sworn in as State Senator for District 17

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 16, 2014) — Standing in the Indiana Senate Chamber, Senator-elect Amanda Banks took the oath of office today, officially becoming the State Senator representing Senate District 17. Banks was elected, in accordance with state law, Dec. 4 by a caucus of precinct committeemen to temporarily fill the Senate seat held by her husband, more»

Sen. Banks Sworn In From Afghanistan; Submits Formal Leave of Absence

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 18, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) took the oath of office today from Afghanistan via Skype, officially becoming the State Senator representing Senate District 17 for the next four years. Following the swearing-in ceremony, Banks – who is on active duty with the U.S. Navy until May 2015 – submitted his more»

Sen. Banks Named Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Monday, November 10, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 7, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) has been named chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military. “One of our greatest callings as Americans is to support those who have fought to protect our country’s freedom,” Banks said. “It is an honor to serve our Hoosier veterans in more»

Walorski Visits Wabash County to Discuss Veterans Issues with State Senator Jim Banks, Local Vets

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Thursday, August 28, 2014

As part of her ‘Hoosier Veterans Tour’, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in downtown Wabash today to discuss collaboration on veterans issues between local, state and federal levels. “Our Hoosier soldiers are amongst the best and brightest men and women in the Armed Forces. They have made our state proud for decades by more»

Sen. Banks Named Legislator of the Year by Disabled American Veterans

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Monday, August 25, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2014) – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recently named State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) its Legislator of the Year. Banks received the award for his efforts in establishing the Indiana Veteran Recovery Program and Fund. During the 2014 session, Banks authored Senate Enrolled Act 180 which directs the Indiana State more»

Sen. Banks Congratulates Wabash’s Designation as 2014 Stellar Community

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Thursday, August 14, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2014) – Today, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann named the City of Wabash as one of Indiana’s 2014 Stellar Communities, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City). Launched in 2011, Stellar Communities is a collaboration between the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and more»

Sen. Banks Announces Deployment to Afghanistan

Posted by: Ashley Ayers  | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

STATEHOUSE (July 8, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced today that he expects to be deployed to Afghanistan later this year as part of his service as a supply corps officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Banks’ orders from the Navy call for him to report for active duty on Sept. 5 and deploy to Afghanistan sometime this fall. He more»

Sen. Banks: Local Veterans Memorial Visits Statehouse

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, June 30, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 30, 2014) — A local veterans organization unveiled its traveling memorial wall at the Indiana Statehouse today, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said. Banks invited Marion’s Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Department of Indiana Chapter 692 to set up its Indiana Purple Heart Traveling Memorial for Iraq and more»

Sen. Banks Applauds INDOT Funding for Grant County

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, June 27, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) made the following statement today regarding INDOT grants to fund projects in Senate District 17: STATEHOUSE (June 27, 2014) – “This funding will help Grant County and the towns of Converse, South Whitley and Sweetser advance critical infrastructure needs. “Improving sidewalks and refurbishing more»

Sen. Banks to Serve on Higher Education, Veterans Affairs Interim Committees

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, June 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2014) — During the summer and fall, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will serve on three study committees focused on higher education and veteran affairs. Through the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, Banks and other committee members will review Indiana’s veteran services and make more»

Sen. Banks Receives Perfect Score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 27, 2014) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently released its 2014 Legislative Vote Analysis, which ranks state lawmakers based on their votes for pro-jobs, pro-economy measures. State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) was one of 10 legislators to receive a perfect score.

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COLUMN: Veterans Were a Top Priority this Legislative Session

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, March 31, 2014

One of our greatest callings as Americans is to support those who have fought to protect our country’s freedom. As lawmakers, my colleagues and I are in a unique position to improve Hoosier veterans’ lives through our work in the General Assembly. It’s a duty that is both inspiring and humbling and one that I take very seriously.

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Sen. Banks Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, March 17, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages:

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Sen. Banks: Pro-Veteran Initiatives Highlight 2014 Session

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, March 14, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) today applauded the pro-veteran initiatives passed by the General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session.

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Sen. Banks’ Bill to Assist Disabled Veterans Moves to Governor’s Desk

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, March 13, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks’ (R-Columbia City) legislation to assist disabled Hoosier veterans cleared its final passage in the General Assembly today. Senate Bill 180 now moves to the governor’s desk where it could be signed into law.

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Sen. Banks: Bill to Support Military Bases in Indiana Moves to Governor’s Desk

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hoosier communities with military bases would receive expanded support under legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City). Senate Bill 260 cleared its final passage in the Senate today and moves to the governor’s desk where it could be signed into law.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Employment Discrimination Against Veterans

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to prevent employment discrimination against military veterans passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Banks: House Approves Bill to Improve Charter School Accountability

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, March 3, 2014

Legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to improve charter school accountability passed the House of Representatives today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Banks: House Approves Bill to Assist Veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, March 3, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks’ (R-Columbia City) legislation to assist Hoosier veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury passed the House of Representatives today by a unanimous vote.

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GUEST COLUMN: Senate Plan Preserves Low-Tax, Small Government Status

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, February 24, 2014

During his term, former governor Mitch Daniels was often quoted as saying, “You’d be amazed how much government you never miss.” In my service with the General Assembly throughout the past four years, I’ve centered my work on that idea by promoting legislation that reduces the size and scope of government, while also cutting taxes.

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Sen. Banks: House Approves Bill to Support Military Bases in Indiana

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, February 24, 2014

Legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to expand support for in-state military bases passed the House of Representatives today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Banks: Local Students Gain Experience at Statehouse

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, February 13, 2014

Two local students, Jacob Emrick and Chelsea Heiney, are serving as interns for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2014 legislative session, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Bill to Assist Veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to assist Hoosier veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Bill to Improve Teacher Education Accountability

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A measure authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to improve accountability in teacher education programs passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Committee Approves Bill to Assist Veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks’ (R-Columbia City) legislation to assist Hoosier veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury passed the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Banks Recognizes South Whitley Library for 100 Years of Service

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) filed a resolution honoring South Whitley Community Public Library for its 100 years of service. The library celebrated its centennial anniversary in August 2013.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Flexibility for IPFW

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today approved legislation by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to provide Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) with more academic and administrative flexibility.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Bill to Support Military Bases in Indiana

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A bill authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to allow local government units to support in-state military bases passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Amendment to Expand College Credit Opportunities for Veterans

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, January 27, 2014

The Indiana Senate today approved an amendment authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to expand college credit opportunities for military veterans.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Bill to Support Local Farms

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

State Sen. Jim Banks’ (R-Columbia City) legislation to support local farmers  passed the Senate today by a vote of 45-1.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Bill to Support Microbreweries

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to support microbreweries passed the Senate today by a vote of 42-6.

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Sen. Banks: Indiana Senate Now Accepting Page Requests

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, December 13, 2013

Students in grades six through 12 can now submit requests to serve as a page during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City).

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Sens. Banks, Kruse Propose Higher Education Reform

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

State Sens. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) held a press conference today announcing an unprecedented meeting of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development focused solely on higher education issues.

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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Amendment to Protect Hoosier Workers

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Indiana Senate today approved a proposal authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to protect Hoosiers’ right to vote by secret ballot.

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Sen. Banks: Legislation to Support Microbreweries Passes the Senate

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Two bills authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to support local microbreweries today passed the Senate. Both passed by a vote of 41-8.

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Sen. Banks Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, February 1, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2013) – State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages: Mykaela Crowell, from Columbia City, attends Indian Springs Middle School. Julia Leo, from Columbia City, attends Eagle Tech Academy. Taylor Lineberry, from Monroeville, attends Canterbury High more»

Sen. Banks Proposes Amendment to Protect Hoosier Workers

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor today approved a proposal authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to protect Hoosiers’ right to vote by secret ballot.

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Sen. Banks Responds to Gov. Pence's State of the State

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) made the following statement regarding Governor Pence’s State of the State Address.

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Sen. Banks Releases College Affordability, Accountability Plan

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 8, 2013

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) today announced he is authoring several bills aimed at improving affordability and accountability in higher education.

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[s17] Sen. Banks: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) gathered with fellow legislators today at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 118th Indiana General Assembly’s budget session.

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GUEST COLUMN: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Budget Session

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, November 19, 2012

Now that election season has wrapped up, Indiana lawmakers have shifted our focus to the upcoming 2013 legislative session.

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[s17] Sen. Banks Congratulates Area Schools For Outstanding Performance

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) made the following statement today praising area schools for earning ‘A’ grades in Indiana’s 2011-2012 school year performance review:

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[s17] Sen. Banks Congratulates Dr. Henry Smith on his Retirement

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, October 9, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) issued the following statement today congratulating Indiana Wesleyan University President Dr. Henry Smith on his retirement:

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[s17] What Does Indiana Mean to You?

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) urges local fourth-grade students to celebrate Indiana’s 196th birthday by entering the annual Statehood Day essay contest and answering the question, “What does Indiana mean to you?” before Oct. 29.

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GUEST COLUMN: Seven Months Later, Is Right to Work Working?

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

By State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) This past legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly debated House Enrolled Act 1001, often referred to as “ensuring workplace freedom” or, more informally, the “Right to Work” bill. While some lawmakers said this measure would create jobs in Indiana, I was hesitant. The government more»

[s17] Sen. Jim Banks Praised for 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, September 28, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today praised State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) for his outstanding 2012 voting attendance record of 100 percent.

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[s17] Sen. Banks Calls for Review of Non-Instructional Spending

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, August 2, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) praised local school corporations today for their dedication to funding classroom instruction, following the Select Commission on Education’s recent discussion of instructional and non-instructional spending.

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[s17] Sen. Banks Responds to “Cost of Government Day” Report

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, July 13, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) today commended the findings of the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation’s (ATRF) 2012 “Cost of Government Day” report released yesterday, saying we must continue to work hard as a state to ease the financial burden taxpayers carry.

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[s17] Sen. Banks Responds to “Cost of Government Day” Report

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, July 13, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) today commended the findings of the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation’s (ATRF) 2012 “Cost of Government Day” report released yesterday, saying we must continue to work hard as a state to ease the financial burden taxpayers carry.

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[s17] Sen. Banks Commends Fiscal Responsibility, $2.15 Billion Surplus

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, July 12, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) applauded State Auditor Tim Berry’s recent announcement reporting  $2.15 billion in state budget reserves for the conclusion of the 2012 Fiscal Year.

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[s17] Sen. Banks to Serve on Five Study Committees

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, July 9, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his interim study committee appointments. State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will serve as a member of the Select Commission on Education, which has already begun meeting this summer.

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[s17] Sen. Banks to Serve on Five Study Committees

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, July 9, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his interim study committee appointments.

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[s13] Banks: Area Teachers Earn Grant Money for Excellence

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, April 19, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) congratulated Marion Community Schools for being awarded the “Excellence in Performance” grant by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).

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[s17] Area Students Serve as Pages for State Sen. Jim Banks

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Tuesday, March 13, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) welcomed area students as Senate pages in February:

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[s17] Statement from State Sen. Jim Banks on the Conclusion of the Legislative Session

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Saturday, March 10, 2012

“We’ve tackled many issues this session from tougher human trafficking laws, a phase out of the inheritance tax, and a simpler process for transferring college credits, just to name a few,” Banks said.

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[s17] Sen. Banks Requests a Historical Marker in Memory of a Hometown Governor

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced today that he started the process to honor former Indiana Gov. Ralph Gates with a historical marker in Whitley County.

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Banks’ Legislation to Offer Students Online Learning Passes House Committee

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks’ (R - Columbia City) education initiative that encourages students to take at least one virtual instruction course during high school passed the House Committee on Education today in an 8-3 vote.

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Sen. Banks’ Bill to Create Common Credit Transfer Policies for State Universities Passes Unanimously Out of House Committee

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Tuesday, February 14, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks’ education bill seeking to streamline academic credit transfer policies between state universities passed the House Committee on Education today with a vote of 10-0.

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Sen. Banks Honors Award-Winning Huntington Teacher for Dedication to Area Students

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) joined lawmakers today in congratulating Indiana’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, Melanie Park. House Resolution 19 honored Park for her excellence and passion in education.

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Area Students Serve as Pages for State Sen. Jim Banks

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Friday, February 3, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) welcomed area students as Senate pages in January:

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[21] Area Students Serve As Pages For State Sen. Buck

Posted by: Jennifer Regazzi  | Thursday, February 2, 2012

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2012) — State Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) recently welcomed Tanner Heady and Laura Mansur to the Indiana Statehouse as legislative pages. Heady, a student at Western Middle School, is son of William and Melinda Heady. Mansur is a student at Taylor High School and daughter of Jennifer Mansur. “Pages receive a unique more»

Sen. Jim Banks: Workers’ Freedom Bill Passes Senate, Moves to Governor for Final Action

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Senate lawmakers today approved a measure to give Hoosier workers the freedom to choose. The bill now heads to the governor for final action, State Sen. Jim Banks (R – Columbia City) said.

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Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation Creating Common Credit Transfer Policies for State Universities

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sen. Jim Banks’ bill to streamline academic credit transfer policies for state universities passed the Senate by a vote of 50-0 today.  Senate Bill 182 moves to the House for further consideration.

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Legislation Aimed at Streamlining Transfer Policy for College Credits Passes Committee

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks’ bill  to allow academic credits transfer more easily between state universities passed out of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today by a 9-1 vote.

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Senate Committee Passes Sen. Banks’ Bill Ensuring Students Are Ready for Technology—Driven Future

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks’ bill ensuring high school students are proficient in online learning before entering college or the workforce passed out of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today with a 9-1 vote.

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Legislation to Clarify Indiana’s Self-Defense Law Approved by Senate Lawmakers

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Monday, January 23, 2012

Senate lawmakers approved legislation co-authored by Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) reaffirming a Hoosier’s right to resist the unlawful entry by law enforcement officers into their homes. Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate by a 45-5 vote and moves to the House for further action.

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Bill to help veterans find jobs passes Senate, moves to House for further action

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Thursday, January 19, 2012

A bill co-authored by Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) helping veterans get credit for skills learned in the military heads to the Indiana House of Representatives after passing the Senate today by a 48-0 vote.

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Northeast lawmakers call for more transparency in school corporation spending

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Thursday, January 19, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and State Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) are working to increase transparency in school corporation spending.

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[21]Senate Committee Approves Resolution to Study Economic Incentives for Midwest Automotive Loop

Posted by: Jennifer Regazzi  | Friday, January 13, 2012

Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Economic Development voted unanimously today in favor of a resolution authored by Sens. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo), Travis Holdman (R-Markle) and Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) for the legislature to study the benefits of creating an industrial zone within the Midwest Automotive Loop.

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Sen. Banks co-authors legislation to help veterans find jobs

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, January 11, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) joined with State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) on legislation to help veterans apply skills learned while serving in the military to jobs back home.

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Sen. Banks' State of the State reaction

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

“Gov. Daniels is a leader who has garnered support from both sides of the aisle on many issues,” Banks said. “Our state is in a great fiscal position, thanks to the Daniels’ administration.

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Human Trafficking Bill Passes Unanimously Out of Committee

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Thursday, January 5, 2012

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced legislation he co-authored, to toughen Indiana’s human trafficking laws, passed out of the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters by a vote of 9-0.

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Banks: Senate committee to consider bill eliminating state inheritance tax Tuesday

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, February 7, 2011

A measure to lift Indiana's burdensome inheritance tax off hard-working Hoosiers will be under careful review by a key Senate committee Tuesday, according to State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City).

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Sen. Banks shepherds his first bill through Senate

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Friday, February 4, 2011

Current Indiana law requires county councils to approve the wording of local ballot referendums before residents can vote for or against raising property taxes to increase school operating budgets.

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Area Students Serve as Pages For State Sen. Jim Banks

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, February 1, 2011

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) recently welcomed the following student to the Statehouse:

  • Abigail Stanford, a daughter of Pat and Tonya Stanford and a student at Churubusco Junior/ Senior High School;
  • Karen Breece, a daughter of Marline Breece and a student at Traders Point Christian Academy;
  • Collin Strack, a son of Tina Strack and a student at Imagine Master Academy;
  • Noah Mains, a son of Deanna Mains and a homeschooled student;
  • Atalie Honaker, a daughter of Tina Houser and a student at Indian Springs Middle School; and
  • Mackenzie Holbrook, a daughter of Stephanie Kessler and a student at Indian Springs Middle School.
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Key Senate committee to consider Banks' legislation lifting Indiana's 'death tax'

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A key committee will consider Tuesday eliminating the state's "death tax", thanks to legislation crafted by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City).

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Sen. Jim Banks: Legislation would strengthen informed consent requirements before abortions

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, January 24, 2011

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) today announced he's introducing legislation requiring women seeking an abortion to be given helpful, written information about the procedure and its risks.

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Sen. Banks encourages high school students to enter 'Focus on Life' art & photo contest

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) encourages area high school students to participate in a contest sponsored by Indiana Right to Life where students can display their vision of life's value through artwork or photography.

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Fort Wayne senators can help Hoosiers obtain state tax forms

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Friday, January 14, 2011

President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said today area senators will assist Hoosiers by mailing state income tax forms to residents unable to obtain the documents online, at public libraries or offices of tax preparers and the Indiana Department of Revenue (IDOR).

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Banks will assist Hoosiers in obtaining state tax forms

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Friday, January 14, 2011

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will assist Hoosiers by mailing state income tax forms to residents unable to obtain the documents online, at public libraries or offices of tax preparers and the Indiana Department of Revenue (IDOR).

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Sen. Banks authors bill to institute 'Loser Pays' legal system in Indiana

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A bill modeled after "loser pays" legal reforms proposed in Texas and other states would improve Indiana's competitive position, said Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City). The legislation mandates that a plaintiff pays legal costs if his or her lawsuit is rejected by a court.

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Senate GOP: We're ready to balance budget, consider Daniels' reforms

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indiana Senate Republicans say their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the state's two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in Tuesday's State of the State Address.

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Senate GOP: We're ready to balance budget, consider Daniels' reforms

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indiana Senate Republicans say their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the state's two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in Tuesday's State of the State Address.

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Senate GOP: We're ready to balance budget, consider Daniels' reforms

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indiana Senate Republicans say their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the state's two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in Tuesday's State of the State Address.

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Sen. Banks: Issues Emerging for the 2011 Session

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Wednesday, January 5, 2011

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said passing a balanced budget and avoiding tax hikes on hardworking Hoosiers should be the top priorities for lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session, which began today at the Statehouse.

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Sen. Banks: Issues Emerging for the 2011 Session

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Wednesday, January 5, 2011

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said passing a balanced budget and avoiding tax hikes on hardworking Hoosiers should be the top priorities for lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session, which began today at the Statehouse.

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Banks: Hoosiers Can Share Views on 2011 Legislative Survey

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hoosiers in Senate District 17 can share their views on various legislative matters by completing a survey from State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City).

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Amanda Banks

State Senator - District 17

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