Senators

Vaneta Becker

Contact Information

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

Legislative Assistant:
Amy Foxworthy
Phone: 317-232-9494

Vaneta Becker

State Senator - District 50

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2005 - present

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs
Transportation Subcommittee
Health and Provider Services
Public Health Subcommittee, Chair
Public Policy, Ranking Member

Education

University of Southern Indiana, B.S.
Real Estate & Insurance Broker License

Activities

Indiana House of Representatives, 1981 - 2005
Indiana Commission for Women
Board of Directors, ARK Crisis Prevention Nursery
Leadership Evansville Alumni
Commission for Excellence in Health Care
Advisory Board of the Office of Women's Health, Indiana State Department of Health, Co. Chair

Honors

Legislative Champion Award, Indiana Area Agencies on Aging, 2012 
Oscar McCulloch Social Services Award, Indiana Coalition for Human Services, 2011 
Lamar Public Service Award, Leadership Evansville Celebration of Leadership Winternheimer, 2011
Outstanding State Senator, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, 2011
Lifetime Achievement Award,The Arc, 2011 
Friend of Education Award, Evansville Teachers Association, 2011 
Bacon Award, Albion Fellows, 2010 
Ark Crisis Center Dedication to Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2010 
Bobby Sloan Symbol of Hope Award, Komen Evansville Affiliate, 2009 
Legislator of the Year Indiana, Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 
Legislator of the Year, Indiana Primary Health Care Association, 2008
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Empowerment Award, 2008
Advocate of the Year, Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, 2007
Legislator of the Year, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, 2007
Service Award, Indiana Home Care Task Force, 2001
Lampion Center Advocacy Award, 1999
Outstanding Leadership Award, ALCOA, 1995 
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Southern Indiana, 1995
Legislator of the Year, Indiana Association of Ophthalmologists, 1995 

Occupation

Real Estate Broker, F.C. Tucker/Huber Realtors

Religious Affiliation

United Methodist Church

Personal

Married, Andy Guarino

Counties Served

Portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties

Vaneta Becker

State Senator - District 50

Sen. Becker Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, March 17, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 17, 2014) – State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages: Sydney Beck, from Newburgh, attends Castle South Middle School. Samantha Shoultz, from Evansville, attends Indiana Connections Academy. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic more»

Sen. Beckerís Bill to Study Drug Addiction in Infants Heads to Governorís Desk

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, March 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2014) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill to encourage better reporting of infant health problems caused by drug addiction in mothers gained final legislative approval today. Senate Bill 408now heads to the governor’s desk, where it could be signed into law. Drug-related health problems in newborns, known more»

Sen. Beckerís Bill to Study Drug Abuse Among Pregnant Women Passes House

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 4, 2014) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill to encourage better reporting of infant health problems caused by drug abuse during pregnancy unanimously passed the House of Representatives Monday by a 98-0 vote. Drug-related health problems in newborns, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), can arise when more»

Evansville Student Gains Experience at Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, February 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2014) — Evansville resident, Derek Hugo, is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2014 legislative session, said State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville). Hugo is the son of Ron and Sheila Hugo and Amy and Scott Tenhumberg. He is a graduate of North High School and is currently a sophomore at Ball more»

Sen. Becker Welcomes Local Student to Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, February 10, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 10, 2014) – State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) recently welcomed Kaelin Holm to the Statehouse to serve as a Senate page. Holm, a resident of Evansville, is a seventh grader at Plaza Park International Preparatory Academy and the daughter of Cammie and Clifford Holm. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic more»

Sen. Beckerís Bill Aimed at Reducing Drug Abuse among Pregnant Women Clears Senate

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2014) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill requiring hospitals to diagnose and report neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) unanimously passed the Senate today by a 47-0 vote. NAS occurs in newborns when the mother abused illegal or prescription drugs during pregnancy. It can cause newborns to experience drug more»

State Sen. Vaneta Beckerís Bill to Safeguard Children with Severe Allergies Passes Senate

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2014) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) legislation to help protect children with severe allergies passed the Senate Tuesday by a 49-0 vote. Senate Bill 245 would allow health-care providers to prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine, like EpiPens, to schools and school districts. It would also set guidelines for more»

Sen. Becker: Indiana Senate Accepting Student Page Requests

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, January 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 3, 2014) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) invites students in grades six through 12 to serve as Senate pages during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session. The Indiana Senate Page Program is now accepting applications for student pages, offering an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the General more»

Sen. Becker Honored by League of Women Voters

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana announce State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) as the 2013 recipient of the “Making Democracy Work” award.

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Sens. Tomes, Becker Join Gov. Pence to Create New State-Based Initiatives Office

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

State Sens. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) and Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) joined Gov. Mike Pence in Evansville this week to establish the new Indiana Office of State-Based Initiatives (OSBI).

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Sen. Becker: Gov. Pence Signs Bill Giving Hoosiers More Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R- Evansville) to allow Hoosiers more direct access to needed physical therapy services was signed into law today by Gov. Mike Pence.

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Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Beckerís Bill to Improve Health-Care Access for Hoosiers By Supporting New Technologies

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, May 9, 2013

State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) legislation to improve health-care access for Indiana’s residents by supporting new medical technologies was signed into law today by Gov. Mike Pence.

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Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Beckerís Bill to Expand Vision Testing at Indiana Schools

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, April 25, 2013

State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) legislation expanding vision testing in Indiana schools was signed into law today by Gov. Mike Pence.

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General Assembly Approves Sen. Beckerís Rural Health Bill

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A bill authored by State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) to improve health-care access for Indiana’s rural residents gained final legislative approval today.

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Gov. Pence Signs Beckerís Bill Giving First Responders More Tools to Help Treat Disaster Victims

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) legislation giving first responders more tools to help treat disaster victims was signed into law Monday, April 15, by Gov. Mike Pence.

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Sen. Beckerís Bill to Expand Student Vision Testing Heads to Governorís Desk

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, April 11, 2013

State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill to expand vision testing at Indiana schools passed the General Assembly today and now heads to the governor’s desk for final consideration.

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Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Beckerís Bill Giving Youth Sports Referees More Job Opportunities

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) legislation altering Indiana's labor laws to give young Hoosiers more work opportunities in youth sports was signed into law today by Gov. Mike Pence.

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Sen. Becker: Senate Approves Bill to Help First Responders Treat Disaster Victims

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Today, the full Senate unanimously approved a bill sponsored by State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) to enhance the authority and ability of medical personnel to treat patients in crisis situations, such as a major disaster. House Bill 1111 cleared the Senate by a 49-0 vote.

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House Approves Sen. Beckerís Rural Health Bill

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, March 25, 2013

State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill aimed at improving health-care access for Indiana’s rural residents is one step closer to becoming law after receiving approval today from the Indiana House of Representatives.

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Sen. Becker: House Approves Child Employment Bill Inspired by Local Boy

Monday, March 11, 2013

Today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill to alter Indiana’s child labor laws with a 92-4 vote.

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Becker, Crouch: Young Newburgh Residentís Bill Approved by House Committee

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Today, the House of Representatives Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions unanimously approved a bill inspired by a 13-year-old Newburgh, Ind., resident.

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Sen. Becker Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse in January

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) welcomed the following local students to the Statehouse as Senate pages in January.

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Sen. Becker on Pence State of the State Address

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State Address.

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[s50] Sen. Becker: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) 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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[s50] Sen. Becker Promotes IndianaSkills.com

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, October 29, 2012

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement today. Please click here to hear the audio statement.

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[s50] Sen. Becker Urges Fourth-Graders to Enter State Essay Contest

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) 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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[s50] Sen. Vaneta Becker Praised for Voting Record

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, October 1, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today praised State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) for her outstanding 2012 voting attendance record of 98.1 percent.

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[s50] Sen. Becker Promotes College GO! Week

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, September 19, 2012

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement today.

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[s50] Sen. Becker Commends Local Tuition Freeze

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, August 17, 2012

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement applauding University of Evansville officials for their decision to freeze tuition:

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[s50] Sen. Becker: Turn on Porchlights Tuesday, Support National Night Out

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) encourages local community members to turn on their porch lights for the 29th annual “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO) on Tuesday, August 7.

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[s50] Sen. Becker: How Can I Serve You?

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) will hold local “office hours” with State Rep. Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) next week to gather ideas and concerns from area residents.

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[s50] Sen. Becker: How Can I Serve You?

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) will hold local “office hours” with State Rep. Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) next week to gather ideas and concerns from area residents.

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[s50] Sen. Becker: How Can I Serve You?

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) will hold local “office hours” with State Rep. Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) next week to gather ideas and concerns from area residents.

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[s50] Sen. Becker Appointed to Health, Minority, Infrastructure Panels

Friday, July 6, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his appointment of State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) to serve on three Indiana health panels this interim: the Health Finance Commission; the Interagency State Council on Black and Minority Health; and the Council on Evansville State Hospitals.

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Sens. Becker, Tomes Applaud Evansville Jobs Announcement

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, May 10, 2012

“SealCorp USA’s choice to expand in the Evansville community is a win-win."

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[s50] A Letter from Sen. Becker on the Conclusion of the 2012 Legislative Session

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

Dear friends and neighbors,

 

The 117th Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the final time on March 9.

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[s50] Statement from State Sen. Vaneta Becker on the Conclusion of the Legislative Session

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Saturday, March 10, 2012

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement regarding today’s adjournment of the 2012 legislative session and conclusion of the 117th General Assembly. STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2012) – “The 117th Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the final time today. “Discussion of bills regarding full-day more»

[s50] Sen. Becker Supports Study of Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, March 8, 2012

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) joined the full Senate this week in recommending an interim study of a drug-testing program for Hoosiers who receive financial help from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Indiana’s welfare initiative.

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[s50] Area Students Page for Sen. Becker in February

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) welcomed the following area students to serve as Senate pages in February:

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[s50] Health Committee Unanimously Approves Becker's Initiative to Create More Accountability for Safety of Hoosier Children

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, March 1, 2012

Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services approved a measure co-authored by State Sen. Vaneta Becker to help create more accountability for the safety of Hoosier children.

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[s50] Statement From Sen. Becker: Smoking Ban

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, March 1, 2012

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement regarding passage of House Bill 1149 — the statewide smoking ban — in the Indiana Senate.

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Becker Initiative Helps Indiana Senior Citizens Make Informed Health-Care Decisions

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

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) 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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[s50] Castle South Students Page for Sen. Becker

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2012) – State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) welcomed Castle South Middle School students Ansley Davis and Abby Weber as Senate pages in January. During the 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly, students throughout the state are invited to participate in the page program, making the Statehouse their classroom for the more»

[s50] COLUMN: It's Halftime at the Statehouse by Sen. Becker

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

It’s amazing how quickly each session of the Indiana General Assembly flies by.

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[s50]Sen.Becker: Brain Injury Services Legislation Passes Full Senate

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s bill to bring more brain injury health-care services to Indiana passed the full Senate today by a 49-1 vote and now moves to the House of Representatives.

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[s50] Sen. Becker: Full Senate Approves HIV Testing Legislation

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

A key healthcare proposal authored by State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) passed the full Senate today, moving to the Indiana House of Representatives.

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Sen. Becker on State of the State Address

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement today, in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2012 State of the State Address:

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State Sen. Vaneta Becker Welcomes Castle High Student As Legislative Page

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, January 28, 2011

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) recently welcomed Castle High School student Charlie Suding, a son of Newburgh residents Joseph and Mary Lynn Suding, as a legislative page.

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Becker: Need for expanded brain injury services in Indiana may get official review

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Most Hoosiers who sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) must travel out of state for care. State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) would like to change that.

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Mater Dei's Folz Serves As Page For State Sen. Vaneta Becker

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, January 21, 2011

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) recently welcomed Adam Folz, a son of Evansville residents Larry and Debra Folz and student at Mater Dei High School, as a legislative page.

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Area Students Serve As Pages For State Sen. Vaneta Becker

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, January 13, 2011

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) recently welcomed Ashley and Cassie Flener, daughters of J. Ryan Flener, as legislative pages.

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Becker: Lawmakers ready to balance budget, consider Daniels' reforms

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance Indiana's two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in Tuesday's State of the State Address.

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Sen. Becker: Town Hall Meetings Set For 2011

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, January 10, 2011

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) reminds southwestern Indiana residents of upcoming town hall meetings scheduled to discuss the 2011 Indiana General Assembly.

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Sen. Becker: Issues Emerging for the 2011 Session

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

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) 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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Becker will assist Hoosiers in obtaining state tax forms

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 4, 2011

State  Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) 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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[s50] Sen. Becker: Property tax bills drop across district

Posted by: Todd W. Darroca  | Wednesday, January 6, 2010

State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) said today an updated 2009 Statewide Property Tax Report shows bills went down significantly across the district.

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