Senators

Jim Merritt

Contact Information

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

Legislative Assistant:
Jordan Rose
Phone: 317-232-9533

Jim Merritt

Majority Caucus Chair

State Senator - District 31

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 1990 - Present

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Utilities, Chair
Commerce & Technology, Ranking Member
Homeland Security & Transportation
Joint Rules
Public Policy
Rules & Legislative Procedure
Veterans Affairs & the Military

Education

Indiana University (B.A.) Political Science, 1981

Activities

Indiana Historical Society, Board of Trustees
Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
Member, Association of Indiana Museums
Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Indiana Archives
Member, Indianapolis Museum of Art Government Relations Committee
Author, Passing the Torch: Preserving Indiana's Heritage
Founder, Reaching Parents in Crisis Task Force

Honors

Ranked Most Pro-Job Indiana Senator, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011 
Legislator of the Year, National Republican Legislators Association, 2001 
Youth Advocacy Award, Association of Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, 1996 
Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1994 
Program for Emerging Leaders, Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, 1994 
Highest Award for Achievement, Dale Carnegie Course, 1990 
Lawrence Township Republican of the Year, 1987 

Occupation

Indiana Railroad Company, Vice President of Corporate Affairs

Religious Affiliation

Presbyterian

Personal

Married: Kelley; two daughters, one son

Counties Served

Portions of Hamilton and Marion counties

Jim Merritt

Majority Caucus Chair

State Senator - District 31

Statement from Sen. Jim Merritt

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Monday, November 10, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 10, 2014) – “Indiana’s synthetic drug law is the most effective in the nation, and the recent action by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy has served to strengthen it. I am pleased the board has passed this emergency ban to remain vigilant in the fight against synthetic drug compounds when lawmakers are not in session. more»

Merritt Applauds the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Wednesday, November 5, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 5, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) applauds the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) on receiving the Excellence in Legislative Advocacy Award for taking action against blighted, vacant and abandoned properties. Merritt said many rural and urban communities struggle with blighted homes that more»

Merritt Re-elected as Majority Caucus Chairman

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Wednesday, November 5, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 5, 2014) – The Indiana Senate Majority Caucus met today in Indianapolis to elect its leadership team. State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) was re-elected as Majority Caucus Chairman. Merritt has held his leadership post since 2004, making this the sixth time he has been elected as Majority Caucus Chairman. Eight senators-elect more»

Statement from Sen. Jim Merritt

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Thursday, October 2, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 2, 2014) – “Indiana is second in the nation for suicide attempts among high school students. It will take a team effort to remove our state from this sad ranking. The Community Health Network Foundation’s dedication to preventing suicide attempts and deaths among young adults is a great example of what it is going to take more»

Sen. Merritt Launches Awareness Campaign to Combat Youth Suicide

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Friday, September 26, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 26, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), along with Heartland Intervention founder Scott Watson, today announced a new public awareness campaign highlighting five approaches aimed at preventing teen suicide and saving lives. The new awareness campaign will assist young Hoosiers in recognizing when they need help and more»

Statement from Sen. Jim Merritt

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 23, 2014) – “Senate Enrolled Act 340 was crafted to allow for an evaluation of energy efficiency programs in Indiana. The IURC’s report clarifies that the programs were affordable in the first years, but would recklessly grow in cost during the years of 2015 through 2019. An Indiana energy efficiency program needs to be more»

Current in Fishers: Youth mentoring group kicks off campaign

Posted by: Ann Craig-Cinnamon  | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Sept. 16, the Current in Fishers posted an article highlighting the Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI), which is a local, non-profit mentoring program. State Sen. Jim Merritt attended the YMI kick-off breakfast on Sept. 4. Click here to read the article.

Statement from Sen. Jim Merritt

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 10, 2014) – “Based on his actions and values as mayor, and as a citizen of Indianapolis, Mayor Greg Ballard has been named Citizen of the Year by the International Center in Indianapolis. Mayor Ballard strives to make Indianapolis a welcoming home and has made our capital city a significant contributor to the global economy. I more»

Sen. Merritt Educates Carmel Students About the Lifeline Law

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Monday, September 8, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 8, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) recently spoke about the dangers of underage drinking and benefits of the Indiana Lifeline Law during halftime of the Carmel High School (CHS) men’s varsity soccer game. The Sept. 5 game was promoted as “Pack the House Night” to honor former teammate Brett more»

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

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 26, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) urges the local officials of the remaining eligible counties to promptly apply for funding through the Hardest Hit Fund-Blight Elimination Program, as application deadlines are quickly approaching. Merritt said eliminating dangerous blighted or abandon homes is a top priority. more»

Merritt: New Indiana Lifeline Law Public Awareness Campaign

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Monday, August 25, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today helped launch a new, widespread outreach initiative dedicated to informing students and parents about Indiana’s Lifeline Law through the internet and radio. Students in Indiana accessing the internet through their college or university will now receive information more»

Job Opportunities Available Through G4S

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s no secret that many Americans are having a difficult time finding a steady paycheck to support themselves and their families. Recently, a friend reached out to me looking for Indiana organizations that help minorities and veterans find jobs. The company she works for is a national employer known as G4S that specializes in providing security more»

Statement from Sen. Jim Merritt

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Friday, August 15, 2014

STATEHOUSE (August 15, 2014) – “Today’s announcement by Indianapolis Power and Light Company emphasizes the need to anticipate and plan Indiana’s energy future. It is clear natural gas, clean coal technologies and nuclear power, as well as energy efficiency and emerging technologies, will play large roles in the delivery of reliable, more»

Statement from Sen. Jim Merritt

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE (August 13, 2014) – “Concussions have become a threat for not only football players, but all high school athletes. Just in time for the new school year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) launched a new website giving athletic trainers the ability to report all student concussions while closely monitoring details and more»

Sen. Merritt Joins Zink Beverage Company to Award Military Families

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, August 5, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding Zink Beverage Company’s financial support for Indianapolis military family members, Alicia Turpin and Ashley Lane. STATEHOUSE (Aug. 5, 2014) — “It was humbling to be a part of today’s scholarship presentation. Alicia and Ashely are incredibly more»

Sen. Merritt: Stopping Senseless Gun Crime

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, July 7, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today following the tragic shooting of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Perry Renn over the weekend. STATEHOUSE (July 7, 2014) – “It was a tragic weekend in Indianapolis. A dedicated, life-long IMPD officer was shot to death, and seven Hoosiers were more»

Sen. Merritt to Join Congresswoman Brooks for Heroin Crisis Listening Session

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, June 27, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 27, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will join Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) to host a listening session – “Understanding the Heroin Crisis in Indiana” – at the Noblesville City Hall at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1. The event will bring together local, state and federal law enforcement more»

Sen. Merritt: Fort Wayne, South Bend to Benefit from Blight Elimination Fund

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, June 26, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s announcement that South Bend and Fort Wayne will join the list of Indiana cities set to receive federal funding for the elimination of blighted and abandoned homes. STATEHOUSE (June 26, 2014) – “Today’s announcement is a more»

Sen. Merritt Supports Increased Bonds for Synthetic Drug Dealers

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, June 20, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today expressing his support of northern Indiana courts that raised bonds for synthetic drug dealers in Elkhart County. STATEHOUSE (June 20, 2014) – “The fight against synthetic drugs has to come from all fronts if we hope to make a dent in this growing, deadly drug trend. more»

Sen. Merritt Receives Perfect Score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 28, 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 Merritt (R-Indianapolis) was one of 10 state legislators to receive a perfect score. According to the Chamber, bills used in the report more»

Sen. Merritt: Federal Blight Funds to Help Communities in Lake, Marion Counties

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s announcement that five Indiana cities will receive more than $15 million in federal funds to eliminate blighted and abandoned homes: STATEHOUSE (May 27, 2014) – “These federal dollars will be a game changer for communities in more»

Sen. Merritt: Board of Pharmacy on Track with Emergency Synthetic Drug Ban

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, May 22, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today in response to the Indiana Board of Pharmacy’s emergency ban on four different types of compounds used in synthetic drugs, such as “Spice” and “K2.” STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2014) – “Hoosiers under the impression that designer drugs are safer more»

Sen. Merritt Congratulates Jim Atterholt on Chief of Staff Nod

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 13, 2013) – “As chair of the Senate Utilities Committee, I’ve worked closely with Jim Atterholt in his role as IURC chair and am thrilled to see him take on this new challenge. Jim’s tenure at the IURC has been outstanding, and his experience and talents will serve Governor Mike Pence’s team well. Jim’s more»

Governor Supports Merritt’s Efforts to Help Save Young Lives

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, May 1, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) joined Gov. Mike Pence Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of a bill he authored this year encouraging underage Hoosiers to get help in emergency situations. Senate Enrolled Act 227 provides legal protections to minors under the influence of alcohol if they call to report any medical more»

Merritt: Governor Supports Key Community Growth Initiative

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, May 1, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) joins Gov. Mike Pence for the ceremonial signing of Senate Enrolled Act 422, which streamlines legal procedures to reduce the amount of time abandoned homes remain vacant and deteriorating. Merritt said abandoned homes reduce property values, pose safety risks and are costly for more»

Sen. Merritt Advocates Historic Preservation, Highlights Bicentennial Projects

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, April 10, 2014

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) joined historic preservation leaders from across Indiana today at the Statewide Preservation Conference in New Albany. The annual conference, sponsored by Indiana University and Indiana Landmarks, is a forum to discuss how Indiana history and tradition can be protected for more»

Sen. Merritt: New Law Aims to Reduce Sexual Assault in Indiana

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, April 1, 2014

STATEHOUSE (April 1, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) joined advocates at the Statehouse today to mark the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is observed each April. Jenny Wendt (pictured above), a rape survivor from Hancock County, helped lead the annual event and balloon release sponsored by the Indiana Coalition Against more»

Merritt: Gov. Pence Signs Bill to Deter Violent Crime

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, March 27, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Mike Pence signing Senate Enrolled Act 169 into law: STATEHOUSE (March 27, 2014) – “Indiana is taking a stand against gun violence. One more unnecessary death in Indianapolis is one too many. Allowing courts to significantly extend criminal sentences more»

Sen. Merritt: Pence Signs Landmark Preschool Program Into Law

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, March 27, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 27, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) joined Gov. Mike Pence today as he signed legislation creating Indiana’s first-ever preschool pilot program into law. House Enrolled Act 1004 establishes a pilot program in up to five counties to provide financial assistance for low-income children to attend preschool. more»

Merritt: Gov. Pence Signs Lifeline Law Expansion

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, March 27, 2014

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of Senate Enrolled Act 227: STATEHOUSE (March 27, 2014) – “This year’s expansion of the Lifeline Law will save lives. Young Hoosiers now have more legal protections if they report a crime or help someone suffering from more»

Sen. Merritt, Attorney General Zoeller to Discuss Session Highlights

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

STATEHOUSE (March 17, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will join Attorney General Greg Zoeller and other Indianapolis-area lawmakers at the Statehouse tomorrow to discuss 2014 legislative session highlights. Who: Sen. Merritt, Attorney General Zoeller and local legislators When: Tuesday, March 18 at 11 a.m. Where: Office of the more»

Two Bills Authored By Sen. Merritt Head to Governor’s Desk

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

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2014) – The Indiana General Assembly approved two bills authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), sending the measures to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 422 streamlines procedures to help turn around vacant and abandoned homes more quickly so they don’t negatively affect property values. Senate Bill 349 more»

Merritt: 2014 Session Ends with Key Reforms, Including More Jail Time for Violent Criminals

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

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to increase penalties for violent gun criminals passed the General Assembly today among other key reforms which will be sent to the governor’s desk for approval. Senate Bill 169 would allow for a sentence enhancement of between five and 20 years for violent more»

Sen. Merritt Supports Mayor Ballard’s Crime-Prevention Efforts

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, March 12, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) applauded Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard today for his innovative solutions to addressing the city’s high crime rates. Ballard is advancing the following initiatives to help end violence and encourage young people to make better decisions: Expanding the 2-1-1 call center to more»

General Assembly Approves Merritt’s Bill to Ensure Energy Efficiency Programs Are Working

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

STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to ensure government-mandated, energy efficiency programs are a wise use of ratepayer funds passed the General Assembly today by a 37-8 vote. Since 2009, the Energizing Indiana program has cost ratepayers $500 million, and will cost as much as $1.9 billion more by 2019. more»

House Passes Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Expand Protections for Hoosiers on Do Not Call List

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, March 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to provide more protections to Hoosiers on the state’s Do Not Call list unanimously passed the House of Representatives today by a 96-0 vote. Senate Bill 349 expands the state’s Do Not Call statute to cover companies and individuals who don’t directly more»

Sen. Merritt: Bill to Help Reduce Abandoned Homes Rate in Indiana Clears House

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, March 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to streamline procedures for addressing abandoned homes unanimously passed the House of Representatives today by a 97-0 vote. Senate Bill 422 would reduce the amount of time a purchaser at a tax sale must wait to take possession of a property. For vacant and abandoned more»

Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Raise Penalties for Violent Gun Crimes Clears House

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, February 27, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 27, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill imposing stricter penalties for violent gun crimes unanimously passed the House of Representatives today. Senate Bill 169 would allow for a sentence enhancement of between five and 20 years for violent offenders who use a firearm to harm someone. It would also make it more»

House Approves Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Save Young Lives

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, February 26, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to better protect young Hoosiers in alcohol-related and other emergencies passed the House of Representatives today by a 96-0 vote. Senate Bill 227 would expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law by providing legal protections to minors who are under the influence of alcohol more»

Sen. Merritt: Two Key Proposals Gain House Committee Support

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, February 24, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 24, 2014) – Two key proposals authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) gained support in the House of Representatives at the committee level today. Senate Bill 169, which would increase criminal sentences for violent gun crimes, passed the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code by an 8-1 vote. SB 169 would change the more»

Sen. Merritt: Fishers Students Gain Experience at Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2014) — Two Fishers residents, Jeremy Hoffman and Chelsea Shelburne, are serving as interns for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2014 legislative session, said State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis). Hoffman is the son of Gleda Hoffman. He is a graduate of Noblesville High School and is currently in his second year more»

Sen. Merritt’s Lifeline Law Expansion One Step Closer to Law

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law unanimously passed the House of Representatives Committee on Courts and Criminal Code today by a 12-0 vote. Senate Bill 227 would provide legal protections to minors who are under the influence of alcohol and call to report a more»

Indiana Senate Named Employer of Year

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, February 6, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2014) — The Indiana Senate was named Employer of the Year on Wednesday by Indiana INTERNnet, an internship-matching program run by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), Senate Majority Caucus Chair, accepted the honor at Indiana INTERNnet’s eighth-annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, sponsored by more»

Sen. Merritt Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, February 6, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages: Jacob Bromm, from Fishers, attends Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School. John Coats, from Lawrence, attends Fall Creek Valley Middle School. Henok Cronin, from Fishers, is a home-schooled more»

Sen. Merritt: Should Energy Efficiency Be One-Size-Fits-All?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In the great haze of state government acronyms, perhaps the foggiest is DSM – “Demand Side Management.” Unfortunately, the actual term is little more descriptive than the acronym. Loosely translated, it means programs designed to help consumers reduce their energy consumption and promote efficiency. If you are a customer of an more»

Senate Supports Merritt’s Bill to Deter Violent Crime

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill lengthening criminal sentences for gun crimes passed the Senate today by a 43-5 vote. Senate Bill 169 would change the sentence enhancement for violent offenders who use a firearm to harm someone from five years to between 10 and 20 years. “Too often, violent, more»

Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Help Communities Address Blighted Properties Passes Senate

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

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to streamline processes for addressing abandoned homes passed the Senate today by a 47-1 vote. Senate Bill 422 would shorten the amount of time a purchaser at a tax sale must wait to take possession of a property For vacant and abandoned homes, Merritt’s bill would more»

Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Strengthen Do Not Call List Passes Senate

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, January 30, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2014) – StateSen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to strengthen Indiana’s Do Not Call list unanimously passed the Senate today by a 46-0 vote. Senate Bill 349 expands the state’s Do Not Call statute to cover companies and individuals who don’t directly make prohibited calls but that benefit from them. more»

Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Better Address Abandoned Homes Passes Committee

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

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2014) — A bill authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to help communities address abandoned homes passed the Senate Committee on Local Government today by a 7-1 vote. Currently, complicated legal procedures delay action on abandoned homes, leaving these properties to deteriorate and negatively impact a community more»

Sen. Merritt’s Lifeline Law Expansion Clears Senate

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law unanimously passed the Senate today with a 49-0 vote. Senate Bill 227 would provide legal protections to minors under the influence of alcohol who call to report a medical emergency or a crime. It would also allow first-responders more»

Sen. Merritt: Senate Supports Bill Increasing Penalties for Synthetic Drug Crimes

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2014) – A bill authored by StateSen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to strengthen criminal penalties for synthetic drug possession and dealing passed the Senate today by a 48-1 vote. Senate Bill 305 would add synthetic drugs to Indiana’s list of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances, increasing the penalties for both dealing and more»

Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Better Shield Hoosiers on the Do Not Call List Moves to Senate Floor

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, January 24, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) bill to improve Indiana’s Do Not Call list unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Technology Thursday. Indiana’s Do Not Call list protects Hoosiers from unwanted telemarketing calls. Indiana residents can submit their more»

Sen. Merritt’s Lifeline Law Expansion Unanimously Passes Committee

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 22, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) proposal to expand Indiana’s Lifeline Law and help save more lives unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Judiciary today. Senate Bill 227 would provide legal protections to minors under the influence of alcohol who call for help in any type of emergency, instead of more»

Sen. Merritt, Attorney General Zoeller Team Up With College Students to Discuss Life-Saving Legislation

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 21, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will be joined by Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Indiana college students and other advocates on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to discuss expansion of Indiana’s Lifeline Law and report legislative progress. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear Merritt’s more»

Media Advisory: Sen. Merritt to Co-Host Public Forums on Abandoned Homes

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, January 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 13, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and other state leaders will hold two public forums this week to address vacant and abandoned homes. Shelbyville: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. ET Intelliplex Conference Center, 2154 Intelliplex Dr., Shelbyville, more»

Sen. Merritt Seeks “Mandatory Minimum” Penalty for Violent Offenders

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, December 23, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 23, 2013) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today announced legislation he will introduce in the 2014 session to strengthen Indiana’s sentence enhancement for using a firearm to commit a violent crime. The proposed legislation comes after a string of gruesome home invasions throughout Indianapolis neighborhoods and is in more»

Merritt’s Synthetic Drug ‘Look-alike’ Legislation Leads to Bust in Franklin

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 18, 2013) — Legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to strengthen Indiana’s ban on synthetic drugs helped law enforcement arrest several Franklin business owners today for dealing Spice and similar substances at Phillip’s 66 convenience mart. More than 350 packages of look-alike synthetic drugs more»

Sen. Merritt to Co-Host Public Forums on Abandoned Homes in Southern Indiana

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, December 16, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 16, 2013) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will co-host two public forums in Southern Indiana this week to discuss solutions for addressing abandoned homes. Public forum in Sullivan • Who: Sen. Jim Merritt, Office of Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Sullivan Mayor more»

Hamilton Southeastern Receives $10,000 Grant from Tech Initiative

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, December 5, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 5, 2013) — On Monday, Dec. 9, State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will present Hamilton Southeastern High School with a $10,000 check awarded to the school from Code.org to be used for new computer equipment. Hamilton Southeastern was the only school in Indiana to receive this grant sponsored by Code.org – a technology more»

Sen. Merritt to Co-Host Public Forum on Abandoned Homes in South Bend

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, November 26, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 26, 2013) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will travel to South Bend Wednesday, Dec. 4, to co-host a public forum on abandoned homes. • Who: Sen. Jim Merritt, Office of Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Mayor Peter Buttigieg (D-South Bend), State Sens. John more»

Sen. Merritt, State Leaders to Host Public Forum on Abandoned Homes in Muncie

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 19, 2013) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and other state leaders will hold a public forum in Muncie on Wednesday to address blighted, vacant and abandoned homes. Who: Sen. Jim Merritt, Office of Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, the IHCDA, Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler, more»

Letter to Son or Daughter Explaining Lifeline Law

Posted by: Jim Merritt  | Monday, November 18, 2013

Dear son/daughter, I love you. You are on your own now and I trust your judgment. If you haven’t already, soon you’ll be challenged with alcohol and/or drugs at a party. As we have talked so many times, please be careful and make good decisions. Should a friend drink too much and become non-responsive, immediately call 911. You could possibly be more»

Alcohol-Awareness Event at Indiana State University on Monday to Focus on Lifeline Law

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, November 15, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 15, 2013) — Students are invited to an alcohol-awareness event at Indiana State University that will take place in the Hulman Memorial Student Union at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18. The public event will explain how the Indiana Lifeline Law can protect young people against prosecution for alcohol-related offenses if they call 911 to more»

Sen. Merritt, State Leaders to Host Public Forum on Addressing Abandoned Homes in Gary

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, October 25, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and other state leaders will be holding a public forum in Gary on Monday to address blighted, vacant and abandoned homes.

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Sen. Merritt Proposes Change to Lifeline Law with Goal to Save More Lives

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, October 24, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt is proposing a change to Indiana’s current Lifeline Law, which encourages young Hoosiers to call for help in alcohol-related emergencies. 

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Sen. Merritt, IHCDA to Host Public Forums on Addressing Abandoned Homes in Indiana

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, October 11, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and other state leaders will be holding the first of a series of public forums to address blighted, vacant and abandoned homes in Indiana.

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Sen. Jim Merritt, Big Red Liquors Team Up to Spread Lifeline Law Message

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Indiana State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) is teaming up with Big Red Liquors to spread the word about Indiana’s Lifeline Law, encouraging young people to call for help in alcohol-related emergencies.

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A Reminder to Young Hoosiers: Make the Call, Save a Life

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, August 15, 2013

As a parent, it’s always difficult to say those last goodbyes and send your student off to college for the year. I know the feeling all too well, having experienced it now with each of my three children.

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Sen. Merritt to Help Lead National Conversation on Synthetic Drug Laws

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, July 19, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will help lead a nationwide discussion on efforts to stop the recent scourge of synthetic drugs at a Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference next week.

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Sen. Merritt: New Laws Working to Curb Synthetic Drug Use in Indiana

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, July 16, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) applauds the results of a new Indiana Poison Center report indicating a dramatic decline in synthetic drug abuse among Hoosiers.

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Solving the Abandoned Homes Crisis in Our Communities

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, July 1, 2013

In Marion County, an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 homes lie vacant.

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Sen. Merritt Honors Civil War Hero

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, June 10, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) honored a key figure in Indiana’s Civil War history today with the re-commemoration of a bronze bust honoring Union Colonel Richard Owen.

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Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Merritt’s Bill to Strengthen Indiana’s Synthetic Drug Ban

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, May 13, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation tightening Indiana’s ban on dangerous synthetic drugs was signed into law recently by Gov. Mike Pence.

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Sen. Merritt Honored for Commitment to Reducing Substance Abuse, Protecting Young Hoosiers in Indianapolis Area

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, March 28, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) was honored Wednesday, March 27, with Drug Free Marion County’s Legislative Advocate Award for his work in preventing youth substance abuse.

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Sen. Merritt: Two Key Public Safety Bills Near Governor’s Desk

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two key public safety initiatives carried by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) this legislative session are closer to becoming law with approvals from both the House of Representatives and the Senate today.

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Sens. Merritt, Paul: Battle Flag Preservation Bill Closer to Becoming Law

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

An expanded portion of Indiana’s historic battle flag collection is closer to being preserved thanks to legislation approved by the House of Representatives 97-0 today.

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House Committee Supports Merritt’s Improved Synthetic Drug Ban

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Senate Bill 536, legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to improve Indiana’s synthetic drug ban, was approved 11-0 in the House of Representatives Committee on Courts and Criminal Code today.

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Sen. Merritt: Bill to Increase Outdoor Event Safety in Indiana Approved by Key Senate Committee

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

House Bill 1069, sponsored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to increase outdoor event safety in Indiana, today passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs by a 6-1 vote.

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Sen. Merritt Honored for Work to Combat Underage Drinking, Save Lives

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

The Century Council recently honored State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) with its 2012 Leadership Award for his efforts to combat underage drinking and save young lives in Indiana.

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Sen. Merritt: Full Senate Approves New ‘Look-Alike’ Synthetic Drug Ban

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today, the full Senate approved a bill authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to increase restrictions on synthetic drugs in Indiana.

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Sens. Merritt, Paul: Senate Approves Bill to Preserve Indiana War History

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, February 8, 2013

Legislation authored by State Sens. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and Allen Paul (R-Richmond) to protect and preserve Indiana’s battle flags passed the full Senate on Thursday by a 49-0 vote.

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Sen. Jim Merritt: Senate Approves Bill to Add ‘Reading’ Requirement for Indiana Elementary Schools

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

A bill to require reading in Indiana elementary school curriculum passed the full Senate today with a vote of 36-13 and State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) support.

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Sen. Merritt Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse in January

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) welcomed the following local students to the Statehouse as Senate pages in January.

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Sens. Head, Merritt: Senate Approves Bill to Improve Intoxication Tests

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

With a vote of 48-0, the full Senate today approved legislation authored by State Sens. Randy Head (R-Logansport) and Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to improve Indiana’s tests for intoxication in the event of a drunk driving accident.

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Sen. Merritt's Synthetic Drug Ban Approved by Senate Committee

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

A proposal by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to give law enforcement officers and prosecutors new tools to crack down on dangerous synthetic drugs passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law today with a 6-3 vote.

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Sens. Merritt, Waterman Author Bill to Reinstate Restrictions on Sex Offender Access to Social Media

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, January 28, 2013

State Sens. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and John Waterman (R-Shelburn) are introducing legislation to reinstate restrictions on sex offenders’ access to social media websites in Indiana.

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Sen. Jim Merritt on Pence State of the State Address

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State Address.

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Sen. Merritt Makes Good on Promise to Revise Indiana’s Education Credit Law for Sex Offenders

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 16, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 16, 2013) – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) is carrying a bill during the 2013 legislative session to revise Indiana’s education credit law for sex offenders, making good on a promise he made after learning an inmate from his district gamed the Department of Correction’s early release system last year. Merritt more»

Sen. Merritt Proposes New Approach to Outlaw Synthetic Drugs

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today filed legislation to give law enforcement officers and prosecutors statewide the specific tools they need to target manufacturers and users of dangerous synthetic drugs.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) 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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Indiana Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Team

Posted by: Lindsay Jancek  | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Indiana Senate Majority Caucus met today in Indianapolis to elect their leadership team.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Congratulates Local Schools on Performance Grades

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today praising Hamilton and Marion county schools for earning ‘A’ grades in Indiana’s 2011-2012 school year performance review:

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Praises Synthetic Drug Crackdown

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, October 18, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding the charges filed against a local store owner accused of selling outlawed synthetic drugs:

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Calls Emergency Meeting on Synthetic Drugs

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today called for an emergency meeting of government and law enforcement officials to develop a new aggressive, results-driven approach to eliminate the sale of synthetic drugs in Indiana.

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Sens. Head, Merritt Promote Indiana Business Climate, Encourage Chinese Sister Province to Invest

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

State Sens. Randy Head (R-Logansport) and Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) met with Chinese delegates at the Statehouse today to promote economic-development opportunities with Indiana’s sister province, Zhejiang.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Encourages Fourth-Graders to Enter State Essay Contest

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, October 10, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) urges 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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[s31] Sen. Merritt Applauds New Plan to Enforce Synthetic Drug Ban

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, September 5, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made this statement today in support of new synthetic drug ban initiatives by Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller:

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Remembers 2011 State Fair Tragedy Victims, Families

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, August 13, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding the one-year anniversary of the 2011 State Fair stage collapse:
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[s31] Sen. Merritt: 'Year of Dairy Cows' Opens Friday

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) encourages local residents, as well as Hoosiers statewide, to visit the 2012 Indiana State Fair, scheduled to open Friday, Aug. 3, and run through Sunday, Aug. 19.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Applauds DEA Synthetic Drug Crackdown

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, July 26, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding the results of Operation ‘Log Jam,’ the first-ever nationwide law-enforcement action targeting the synthetic drug industry:

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Commended for Pro-Jobs Voting Record

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) received a 94 percent ranking from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in its annual Legislative Vote Analysis report for his support of pro-jobs, pro-economic development legislation during the 2012 Indiana General Assembly.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Commended for Pro-Jobs Voting Record

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) received a 94 percent ranking from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in its annual Legislative Vote Analysis report for his support of pro-jobs, pro-economic development legislation during the 2012 Indiana General Assembly.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Commended for Pro-Jobs Voting Record

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) received a 94 percent ranking from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in its annual Legislative Vote Analysis report for his support of pro-jobs, pro-economic development legislation during the 2012 Indiana General Assembly.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Applauds Hamilton Southeastern ISTEP+ Scores

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

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today congratulating Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ officials, teachers, parents and students for placing among Indiana’s highest-performing schools:

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Appointed Chairman of State Fair Advisory Committee

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

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today appointed State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to serve as chairman of the State Fair Advisory Committee this interim.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Applauds Roche Diagnostics' Jobs Announcement

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding Roche Diagnostics’ decision to expand in Indianapolis, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2017 and investing $300 million in its Hague Road headquarters:

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[s31] Sen. Merritt Honored by Governor for Indiana Lifeline Law

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, May 4, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) gathered with Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana college students today to celebrate one of the state’s newest safety initiatives for young Hoosiers — the Indiana Lifeline Law.

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[s31] Sen. Merritt's Letter to Oakland City University Provost Regarding Early Release of Chris Wheat

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, April 30, 2012

Below is a copy of the letter Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) sent to Oakland City University Provost Michael J. Atkinson regarding Chris Wheat's scheduled early release from prison.

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[s31] Statement from Sen. Merritt on Scheduled Early Release of Chris Wheat

Monday, April 30, 2012

“Unintended consequences of Indiana’s ‘early release’ law have been prevalent in the Chris Wheat situation.

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Indiana Legislators Urge Congress to Pass Federal Ban on Synthetic Drugs

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Friday, April 20, 2012

Indiana lawmakers Ron Alting (R-Lafayette), Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and Milo Smith (R-Columbus) on Tuesday wrote to U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) urging him to end his block of legislation banning synthetic drugs and allow it to be heard in the U.S. Senate.

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[s31] Statement from Sen. Merritt on State Fair Stage Collapse Reports

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

“First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers remain with the families affected by the 2011 State Fair tragedy.

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Sens. Merritt, Miller to Host "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" Ceremony

Friday, March 30, 2012

State Sens. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and Pat Miller (R-Indianapolis) will host a ceremony this afternoon to celebrate Indiana’s first “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” and thank local service members for their sacrifices:

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[31] Sen. Merritt Urges Governor to Make March 30 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'

Posted by: Alexander White  | Thursday, March 8, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today asked the full Senate to join him in urging Gov. Mitch Daniels to designate March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” in honor of Hoosiers who served in the Vietnam War from 1961-1975.

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Merritt: Second 'Bath Salts' Bill Passes Full Senate, Returns to House

Posted by: Alexander White  | Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) initiative designed to protect Hoosiers from dangerous consequences associated with synthetic drugs like Spice, K2 and “Bath Salts” passed the full Senate today by a vote of 50-0.

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[31] Merritt's Bill Requiring Tougher Regulations for Temporary Stage Equipment Passes House

Posted by: Alexander White  | Monday, February 27, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt’s (R-Indianapolis) initiative to increase safety at events using temporary stage equipment passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 92-5.

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[31] Sen. Merritt Leads Full Senate in Honoring State Fair Emergency Responders

Posted by: Alexander White  | Monday, February 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) led the full Senate today in honoring the Hoosier heroes who “worked quickly and efficiently” to save the lives of many involved in the tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse this past August.

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[31] Area Students Serve As Pages For State Sen. Jim Merritt

Posted by: Alexander White  | Friday, February 3, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) welcomed the following area students as Senate pages in January:

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[31] Sen. Jim Merritt: Workers' Freedom Bill Passes Senate, Moves to Governor for Final Action

Posted by: Alexander White  | 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 Merritt (R-Indianapolis) said.

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[31] Merritt's Legislation Banning Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Passes the Senate

Posted by: Alexander White  | Tuesday, January 31, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt and members of the Indiana Senate took another bold step in the battle against synthetic drugmakers of Spice, K2 and “Bath Salts” today.

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[31] Merritt's Legislation to Close Loopholes in Laws Banning Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Passes Senate Vote

Posted by: Alexander White  | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) is working to end the manufacturing, distributing and use of synthetic drugs in Indiana once and for all.

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[31] Sen. Jim Merritt's Indiana Lifeline Law Passes Out of Senate

Posted by: Alexander White  | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced legislation he co-authored with Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) to allow immunity for certain alcohol offenses has passed out of the Senate by a vote of 50-0.

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[31] Sen. Jim Merritt's Indiana Lifeline Law Passes Committee

Posted by: Alexander White  | Wednesday, January 18, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced legislation he co-authored with Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) to allow immunity for certain alcohol offenses has passed through committee today 10-0.

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Sen. Merritt on State of the State Address

Posted by: Alexander White  | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) released the following statement in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ State of the State Address:

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

Posted by: Jennifer Regazzi  | 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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[s31] Sen. Merritt: Senate Committee to hold hearing on Marion County Consolidation

Posted by: Jennifer Regazzi  | Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Legislation authored by Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) aimed at streamlining local government services in Marion County will be heard tomorrow, Jan. 13, in the Senate Committee on Local Government.

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