Senators

Jean Leising

Contact Information

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

Legislative Assistant:
Mark Wasky
Phone: 317-234-9054

Jean Leising

State Senator - District 42

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2008-present; 1988-1996; Senate Assistant Majority Whip, 1994-1996

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Environmental Affairs, R.M.
Education & Career Development
Health & Provider Services (Chair, Provider Services Subcommittee)
Utilities

Education

Sunman High School, 1966 Salutatorian
Good Samaritan School of Nursing, Cincinnati, Ohio - with Honors, 1969

Activities

Indiana Corn Growers Association, Past President, 1986
Indiana Farm Bureau, Member

Honors

Indiana Farm Bureau – Legislator of the Year, 2013

Indiana Manufacturers Association – 100% Award for Legislative Excellence, 2013

Champion of Indiana’s Electric Cooperatives – Unmatched Leadership & Steadfast Support of Indiana’s Electric Cooperation, 2013

Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund – Leadership Enhancing Educational Opportunities, 2013

Developmental Services, Inc. – Paul Roahrig Memorial President’s Award, 2010
New Horizons – New Horizons Partnership Award, 2010
Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association - Legislator of the Year, 2010
American Legion of Indiana - Distinguished Public Service Award, 2009
National Rifle Association - Defenders of Freedom Award, 1996
National Federation of Independent Business - Guardian of Small Business Award, 1996
National Association for Home Care - Legislator of the Year, 1996
Indiana Conservation Offices - Legislator of the Year, 1995
Presenter of the 1994 Contract With America
Indiana Farm Bureau - Woman of the Year, 1984

Occupation

Farm owner, travel agent, and retired nurse

Personal

Married: Frank Thompson; three children and eight grandchildren

Counties Served

Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Ripley, Rush, Shelby

Jean Leising

State Senator - District 42

Sen. Leising: Why Have Farmland Property Taxes Increased?

Posted by: Ashley Ayers  | Monday, August 25, 2014

Farmland owners are paying much higher property taxes. This is not because of any action by your county government. In fact, the state formula used to calculate the assessed value of farmland has doubled farmland taxes from 2007 to 2014. The value of farmland is based on the income it can generate from farming rather than the actual land value. This is a more»

Sen. Leising Urges Local Officials to Apply for Blight Elimination Program

Posted by: Ashley Ayers  | Friday, August 15, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2014) — State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) urges the local officials of Shelby, Henry, Decatur, Ripley, Franklin, Fayette and Rush counties to promptly apply for funding through the Hardest Hit Fund-Blight Elimination Program (BEP), as application deadlines are quickly approaching. Leising said she was notified by Lt. Gov. Sue more»

Sen. Leising to Serve as Vice-Chair of Ag, Natural Resources Interim Committee

Posted by: Ashley Ayers  | Monday, June 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2014) — During the summer and fall, State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will serve as vice-chair of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The committee is expected to discuss the regulation of fenced hunting, potential funding for Indiana’s recreational trails and other key agriculture issues. more»

Sen. Leising Receives Perfect Score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Ashley Ayers  | Thursday, May 29, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 29, 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. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) was one of 10 state legislators to receive a perfect score. According to the Chamber, bills used in the report were more»

Sen. Leising’s Bill Allowing Excused Absences for State Fair Heads to Governor

Posted by: Ashley Ayers  | Thursday, March 6, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2014) – State Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) bill to allow students excused absences from school to participate in the Indiana State Fair has passed the General Assembly and awaits Gov. Mike Pence’s signature to become law. Senate Bill 114 allows a student in good academic standing up to five excused absences if more»

PHOTO: Sen. Leising honored with legislative award

Posted by: Sen. Jean Leising  | Wednesday, January 8, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2014) — Sen. Leising honored with legislative award: State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) is named 2013 Legislator of the Year by members of Indiana Farm Bureau for her hard work and dedication to improving Indiana’s agricultural community. Farm Bureau officials honored Leising for her commitment to Senate Enrolled Act 319, more»

COLUMN: State Sen. Jean Leising

Posted by: Jean Leising  | Friday, December 20, 2013

For many Americans, the federal Affordable Care Act remains a mystery. The new Healthcare.gov website appears to be improving, yet confusion regarding enrollment deadlines and provider options is widespread. Whether or not you like the idea of federal health care, it is important to be equipped with the facts to sufficiently plan for your family’s health care needs.

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Sen. Leising Honors City of Connersville for Bicentennial Birthday

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Today, State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) led the Senate in honoring the City of Connersville for its 200th birthday with Senate Concurrent Resolution 36.

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Sen. Leising’s Soil Productivity Legislation Signed into Law

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gov. Mike Pence showed his support of Indiana agriculture today by signing Senate Enrolled Act 319.

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House Approves Leising’s Bill to Prevent $57 Million Farm Tax Increase

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, February 18, 2013

A bill by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to prevent an estimated $57 million property tax increase on Indiana farmers is headed to the governor’s desk after being approved 97-0 by the Indiana House of Representatives today.

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Sen. Leising’s Bill to Prevent Nearly $60 Million Farm Tax Increase Gets Fast Tracked by General Assembly

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, February 11, 2013

A bill by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to prevent an estimated $57 million property tax increase on Indiana farmers may be the first piece of legislation approved by the full General Assembly during the 2013 session.

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Sen. Jean Leising’s Cursive Writing Bill Passes Senate, Advances to House of Representatives

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The full Senate today approved State Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) legislation to require cursive writing and reading in Indiana elementary school curriculum. Senate Bill 120 passed by a 36-13 vote.

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Senate Approves Sen. Jean Leising’s Bill to Provide ‘Common Sense’ Relief for Rural Residents

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, February 4, 2013

The full Senate today approved State Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) legislation to exempt some Indiana residents from being forced to join regional sewer districts. Senate Bill 204 passed by a 40-9 vote.

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Sen. Leising: Bill Preventing Nearly $60 Million Tax Increase Passes Senate

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The full Senate today approved State Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) legislation to prevent an estimated $57 million property tax increase on Indiana farmers.

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Sen. Jean Leising Recognizes Catholic Schools’ Achievements in Indiana

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) today honored the important role Catholic schools play in Indiana’s education system with a Senate Resolution recognizing National Catholic Schools week.

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Sen. Leising’s Bill to Prevent $57 Million Property Tax Increase on Indiana Farmers Moves to Full Senate for Vote

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, January 24, 2013

State Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) legislation to prevent a $57 million property tax increase on Indiana farmers passed the Senate Committee on Appropriations today with a 12-0 vote.

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Sen. Jean Leising’s Cursive Writing Bill Passes Committee on ‘National Handwriting Day’

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A bill authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to require Indiana elementary schools to include cursive writing and reading in their curriculum passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today — “National Handwriting Day” — with  a vote of 7-4.

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Sen. Jean Leising on Pence State of the State Address

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State Address.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) 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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[s42] Indiana's 2013 Legislative Session: A Look Ahead

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

On Nov. 20, the 118th General Assembly will gather at the Statehouse for “Organization Day,” ceremonially marking the start of the next legislative session.

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[s42] Sen. Leising Congratulates Local Schools on Performance Grades

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) made the following statement today praising Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Ripley, Rush and Shelby county schools for earning ‘A’ grades in Indiana’s 2011-2012 school year performance review:

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[s42] Sen. Leising Urges Local Fourth-Graders to Enter State Essay Contest

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, October 5, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) 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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[s42] Sen. Jean Leising Praised for 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, September 28, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today praised State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) for her outstanding 2012 voting attendance record of 100 percent.

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[s42] Media Advisory: Agriculture Committee to Discuss Drought

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and fellow legislative members of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture will meet tomorrow to examine the recent drought’s impact on Indiana farmers.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: State Officials Discuss DCS, Agriculture, Federal Healthcare & More

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

With the 2013 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly quickly approaching, state senators and representatives are meeting in study committees to discuss what’s next for our great state. Promoting job growth in Indiana remains a top focus.

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[s42] Farm Myths: An Indiana Ag Update by Rural Caucus Co-Chair Jean Leising

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It probably comes as no surprise to Hoosiers that agriculture is a critical part of our state’s economic future.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Mooreland Free Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, August 2, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Monday, Aug. 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the annual Mooreland Free Fair.

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[s42] Back-to-School Tips & Tricks, Column by Sen. Leising

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It’s that time of year again: Summer vacations are ending and parents are preparing to send their kids back to school or off to college.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Fayette County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, July 25, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Sunday, July 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fayette County fairgrounds.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Henry County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, July 16, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Thursday, July 19, at the annual Henry County 4-H Fair.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Ripley County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, July 16, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Sunday, July 22, at the annual Ripley County 4-H Fair.

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[s42] Sen. Leising Applauds Shelbyville Jobs Announcement

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, July 13, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) made the following statement today regarding DrillingWorld’s decision to expand its operations in Shelbyville:

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Decatur County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, July 13, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Sunday, July 15, at the annual Decatur County Fair.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Franklin County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, July 13, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Monday, July 16, at the annual Franklin County Fair.

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[s42] Sen. Leising Applauds Local ISTEP+ Scores

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, July 10, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) made the following statement today congratulating Batesville Community School Corporation and Saint Louis School officials, teachers, parents and students for placing among Indiana’s highest-performing schools:

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[s42] Sen. Leising Appointed Chairwoman of Interim Study Committee on Agriculture

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, July 6, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today appointed State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to serve as chairwoman of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Shelby County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, July 3, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Wednesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 5, at the annual Shelby County Fair.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Shelby County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, July 2, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Wednesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 5, at the annual Shelby County Fair.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Use Caution with Fireworks During Dry Weather

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, June 29, 2012

With 83 of Indiana’s 92 counties currently reporting burn bans, State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) today encourages local residents to use common sense and make safety a top priority when it comes to celebrating this Fourth of July.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Meet Me at Rush County Fair

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, June 22, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) will be available to discuss Indiana’s new laws and other legislative topics Monday, June 25, and Friday, June 29, at the 87th annual Rush County 4-H Fair.

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[s42] Sen. Leising:Local Business Owners, Fraternal Clubs Have Less Than One Month to Prepare for Smoking Ban

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, June 6, 2012

On March 19, Gov. Mitch Daniels signed Indiana’s first statewide smoking ban into law.

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COLUMN: Memorial Day-A Time to Remember & Serve

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, May 25, 2012

May is a month for honoring the brave men and women of the past and present who serve our great country in uniform.

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Have an Opinion on High School Basketball? Meet Me in Connersville Wednesday

Friday, May 11, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) reminds area residents that Connersville will host the next Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) debate on class basketball tournaments:

 

• Who: IHSAA officials and Indiana residents
• What: Basketball class tournament meeting
• When: Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m.
• Where: Connersville High School

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Have an Opinion on High School Basketball? Meet Me in Connersville Wednesday

Thursday, May 10, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) reminds area residents that Connersville will host the next Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) debate on class basketball tournaments:

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[s42] Sen. Leising: Local Basketball Tournament Meetings Coming to Milan, Connersville

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, April 12, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) today reminds area residents that upcoming Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) meetings present them with the opportunity to vote on the state’s basketball class format.

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[s42] Statement from Sen. Jean Leising: Carbon Motors

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, March 7, 2012

“I am very disappointed with the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on the loan denial for the Carbon Motors plant in Connersville."

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[s42] Area Students Page for Sen. Leising in February

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, March 2, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) welcomed the following area students as Senate pages in February:

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[s42] Milan Students Page for Sen. Leising in February

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, March 2, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) welcomed the following area students as Senate pages in February:

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[s42] Sen. Leising’s Bill On Sunday Motorcycle Sales Passes House

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, February 27, 2012

Thanks to State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg), Indiana residents may be able to buy, sell or trade motorcycles on Sundays starting this July.

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[s42] Sen. Leising’s Initiative to Graduate More College Students Passes Senate

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sen. Jean Leising’s legislation ensuring degree completion requirements are fair and reasonable passed the Senate today with a final vote of 39-11. The amended bill returns to the House for further consideration.

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[s42] Leising Initiative Helps Indiana Senior Citizens Make Informed Health-Care Decisions

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to help Indiana senior citizens and their families make informed long-term health-care decisions passed the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services today by a 7-0 vote.

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[s42] Senate Committee Approves Leising’s Proposal to Revitalize Rural Economies in Indiana

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Economic Development approved a bill sponsored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to help revitalize rural economies in Indiana.

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[s42] Area Students Page for Sen. Leising in January

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, February 3, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) welcomed the following area students as Senate pages in January:

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[s42] COLUMN: Teachers, The Backbone of Education by Sen. Leising

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, February 3, 2012

Ask anyone to name the most influential people in their lives, and most often, a teacher makes the list.

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[s42] Full Senate Approves Leising's Education Bills

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Three key education proposals by State Sen. Jean Leising — on cursive writing, school calendars and eighth-grade scholarships — passed the full Senate today and now move to the Indiana House of Representatives for further action.

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[s42]Education Committee Approves Leising's Cursive Writing, School Scholarship Legislation

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lawmakers in the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today approved two key proposals authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to benefit Indiana students.

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[s42]Sen. Leising's Legislation Could Help Give Parents A Voice in School Calendar Decisions

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, January 23, 2012

Legislation authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to help give parents a voice in school balanced calendar debates passed the Senate Committee on Elections today by an 8-1 vote.

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[s42]Sen. Leising: Proposal Would Strengthen Local Economic Development For New Jobs

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, January 20, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising’s proposal to strengthen local economic development by examining best and worst practices of Indiana counties passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Economic Development today by an 8-0 vote.

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[42] Sen. Leising: Statehouse Page Opportunities

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, January 13, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) today invited area middle and high school students to make the Indiana Statehouse their “classroom for a day” by serving as Senate pages during the 2012 Indiana General Assembly.

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Sen. Leising on State of the State Address

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) attended Gov. Mitch Daniels’ State of the State address on Tuesday evening and offered the following statement:

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Senate Approves Two Proposals Authored By Sen. Jean Leising

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two proposals authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) now move to the Indiana House of Representatives after enthusiastic passage by the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.

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Leising Co-Authors Ban Against Pot-Like Drug; Senate Moves "Spice" Bill To House

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, January 20, 2011

Senate lawmakers by a 47-0 vote today approved a bill co-authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) banning pot-like products across Indiana and creating stiff penalties for using and selling the substances.

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Sen. Leising: Graduation Rate Study Bill Moves To Full Senate

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 19, 2011

State Sen. Jean Leising's (R-Oldenburg) proposal to create a study panel aimed at finding ways to improve Indiana high school graduation rates passed committee today by a 9-0 vote.

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Leising Ready To Help Balance Budget

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) said today she stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance Indiana's two-year state budget.

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Leising's Unemployment Benefits Bill Scheduled For Hearing Wednesday

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

State Sen. Jean Leising's bill aimed at keeping unemployment benefit applicants clean of illegal drugs and other controlled substances will be heard in committee on Wednesday.

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Leising will assist taxpayers in obtaining state tax forms

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, January 7, 2011

State  Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) 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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State Sen. Jean Leising Files Bill To Ease Adoption Laws

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, January 6, 2011

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) plans to help give more adoption service options to Indiana families by reversing a law that took effect this past summer.

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Sen. Leising: 2011 Session Topics

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 5, 2011

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) said passing a balanced budget and avoiding tax hikes should be the top priorities for lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session, which began today at the Statehouse.

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