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Mark Messmer

State Senator - District 48


Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2014 - Present
Indiana House of Representatives, 2008 - 2014

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Public Policy
Homeland Security and Transportation
Veterans Affairs and The Military

Education

Purdue University, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Activities

Jasper Kiwanis Club member and previous officer
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree member 
Government Affairs Chair for the Evansville Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Condition Engineers

Occupation

Owner, Messmer Mechanical, Inc.

Religious Affiliation

Member and Music Minister, Holy Family Catholic Church

Personal

Wife, Kim
Four children

Counties Served

Crawford, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike and Spencer counties

Mark Messmer

State Senator - District 48

Messmer Report: Preventing adversaries from influencing public colleges

This year I supported House Enrolled Act 1179 to protect public colleges in Indiana from influence by these foreign adversaries, and new ones if they are added to the list by the federal government. more »

Messmer Report: Protecting Hoosier property owners

If a property is in a floodplain or floodway, the owner of that property can be restricted in what they can do with the land. more »

Messmer Report: Lowering Hoosiers' health care costs

In just about any industry, competition helps keep prices low for consumers. more »

Messmer Report: Maintaining responsible taxpayer stewardship

Senate Republicans have worked diligently to maintain fiscal responsibility in Indiana's government for many years. more »

Messmer Report: Protecting Hoosiers' Second Amendment Rights

Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms, and as your state senator, I will continue to fight to protect this right for law abiding Hoosiers. more »

Messmer Report: Updating Indiana's Drainage Laws

Property owners know their land best, and in recent years, they have expressed frustrations to lawmakers about government micromanagement of drainage activities on land they own. more »

Messmer Report: Limiting Statewide Emergency Declarations

Emergency declarations can be an important tool to ensure resources get to communities in need in a timely manner. more »

Messmer Report: Maintaining Indiana's secure elections

When Hoosiers cast their ballots, they have a right to know that the election is secure and others who are voting are legally registered. more »

Messmer Report: Ensuring students are prepared for their future

As the economy changes, it's important for high schools to adapt so graduating seniors are prepared for the future. more »

Messmer Report: Ensuring students are focused in class

Students should be focused on their coursework when they are in the classroom. more »

Messmer Report: Raising standards for dog breeders

This year, I supported a new law that will require pet stores in Indiana to sell dogs from a registered breeder who meets national health and safety standards. more »

Messmer Report: Protecting Hoosier Property

Protecting Hoosiers from adversarial nations has been a top priority of mine in recent years, especially with the increase in Chinese ownership of the American food supply we've seen in recent years. more »

Statement from State Sen. Mark Messmer on Toyota announcement

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) made the following statement regarding Toyota's $1.4 billion investment at its Princeton plant more »

Messmer Report: Enforcing Indiana's ban on sanctuary cities

When local governments disregard current state law by helping to hide illegal immigrants, they put our communities and public safety at risk. more »

Messmer Report: Strengthening Indiana's public retirement system

The Indiana Public Retirement System is one of the strongest retirement systems in the country, and a new law I supported this year will make it even better. more »

Messmer: Communities in Senate District 48 receive more than $9.6 million in road-funding grants

Communities in Senate District 48 will receive more than $9.6 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG), said State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). more »

Messmer Report: Working to create more child care options

For many working parents across Indiana, having access to high quality and affordable child care is a necessity. more »

Messmer Report: Defending Second Amendment privacy

During this year's legislative session, I co-sponsored legislation to defend law-abiding Hoosiers from having their gun purchase information tracked by the government and private entities. more »

Messmer: Local farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

Area legislators are recognizing the latest local recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. more »

Messmer Report: Maintaining fair elections in Indiana

This year, the Indiana General Assembly passed several new laws aimed to further protect our elections, including House Enrolled Act 1133. more »

Messmer Report: Protecting Hoosier children from harm

This year, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law to ensure the safety of Hoosier children by prioritizing permanency plans for children and families. more »

Sen. Messmer welcomes local student to Statehouse

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) welcomed Winslow resident and homeschooled student Logan Willis to serve as a Senate page at the Statehouse in February. more »

Statement from State Sen. Mark Messmer

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) made the following statement regarding the conclusion of the 2024 legislative session. more »

Messmer: Resolution honoring Pike Central teacher passes Senate

A resolution authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that recognizes the Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association's Rural Teacher of the Year passed the Senate Tuesday, March 5. more »

Messmer Report: Helping at-risk veterans

House Enrolled Act 1021 would create the Green Alert Program for missing or at-risk veterans, which would require a public notification to be sent out to Hoosiers with information regarding missing and at-risk veterans. more »

Messmer: Bill to protect child abuse victims passes Senate unanimously

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would protect child abuse victims unanimously passed the Senate Monday, Feb. 26. more »

Messmer Report: Improving communication between child advocacy centers

This past Summer, Tammy Lampert, the director of the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center, informed me of the need to improve communication gaps between the state's child advocacy agencies. more »

State Sen. Messmer welcomes local students to Statehouse

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) welcomed Haubstadt resident and Gibson Southern High School student Luke Snyder as well as Rockport resident and Chrisney Elementary Student Chase Blubaum to serve as Senate pages at the Statehouse in January. more »

Messmer Report: Child Safety Requirements for Off-Road Vehicles

Indiana officials have worked tirelessly to ensure safety requirements regarding minors are dependable and reliable. more »

Gibson Southern High School graduate student gains experience at Indiana Statehouse

Gibson Southern High School graduate student gains experience at Indiana Statehouse

Kennedy Beghtel is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2024 legislative session, said State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). more »

Messmer meets with Spencer County Voice at Statehouse

Messmer meets with Spencer County Voice at Statehouse

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) meets with members of Spencer County Voice on Monday, Feb. 12, at the Statehouse. Spencer County Voice is part of Voice Indiana, a statewide youth initiative that promotes a tobacco-free lifestyle. more »

Messmer Report: Teaching children reading skills

This year, Senate Republicans are continuing to help improve reading skills among the state's students with Senate Bill 1, which aims to identify and help struggling readers as soon as possible. more »

Messmer Report: Expanding child care options for Hoosier families

This session, Senate Republicans introduced new policies to help improve access and affordability of child care in our state. more »

Messmer: Bill requiring automotive training course passes Senate unanimously

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would require a training course that applicants for a used car dealer license must complete to sell used cars in Indiana passed the Senate unanimously today. more »

Messmer Report: Protecting Hoosiers' health

This year, Senate Republicans have prioritized replacing unsafe lead water lines across Indiana to better protect Hoosiers' health. more »

Messmer: Bill establishing construction workforce task force passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would create a task force to study Indiana's construction trends unanimously passed the Senate Thursday, Jan. 25. more »

Messmer Report: Reforming prior authorization in health care

This year, the Senate Republicans are working on legislation that would make the prior authorization system work better for Hoosiers. more »

Messmer Report: Studying construction trends in Indiana

This year, I am authoring Senate Bill 223, which would establish the Building Indiana's Construction Workforce Task Force. more »

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2024 State of the State address

I am pleased to see the governor's plan to emphasize workforce development initiatives in 2024. This year I plan to author and consider legislation to help more Hoosiers succeed professionally. more »

Messmer Report: Senate Republicans to focus on literacy, workforce development

This year, Senate Republicans will focus on literacy and workforce development so more Hoosiers have a chance to succeed. more »

Messmer Report: Ensuring used car dealers understand state law

With the start of the 2024 legislative session quickly approaching, legislators are working to file bills to update Indiana's laws. more »

Messmer Report: Keeping Hoosiers safe from crime

Understanding what crimes are being committed in Indiana and how best to tackle them will help ensure legislators are doing what's best to keep Hoosiers safe. more »

Messmer Report: Merry Christmas

It is that wonderful time of year again, where family and friends come together from throughout our state and beyond to celebrate Christmas. more »

Messmer Report: Supporting Hoosiers' mental health

This year, the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services was tasked with studying the impacts of mental illness in Indiana among Hoosier veterans and first responders, and making recommendations on how best to help. more »

Messmer: Applications open for Indiana Senate Page Program

The Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the 2024 Senate Page Program, said State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). more »

Messmer Report: Assisting Hoosiers in need

Since 2008, Hoosier deer hunters have been able to donate deer meat through the Indiana Hunt for Hunger program, formerly known as the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund, through a partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Dubois County Sportsman's Club, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry and Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry. more »

Messmer Report: Ensuring fiscal responsibility in Indiana

This year, the Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy was asked to look into data related to the increasing cost of higher education. more »

Messmer Report: Indiana Senate to meet for Organizational Day

On Nov. 21, lawmakers from both the state Senate and House of Representatives will meet at the Statehouse for Organizational Day – the ceremonial beginning of the 2024 legislative session. more »

Messmer Report: Ensuring Indiana's economy remains strong

Understanding employment and labor issues throughout the state is an important tool to ensure Indiana's economy and workforce remains strong. more »

Messmer Report: Ensuring stability for public retirees

As all Hoosiers know, rising inflation in recent years has made household budgets tighter, and paying for necessities like groceries, gas and utility bills has become increasingly challenging. more »

Messmer: Communities in Senate District 48 receive nearly $2.8 million in road-funding grants

Communities in Senate District 48 will receive nearly $2.8 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG), said State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). more »

Sen. Messmer Report: Keeping Hoosier children safe

Each year, the Interim Study Committee on Child Services is asked to review reports of child fatalities, abuse and neglect from the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). more »

Messmer Report: Studying Hoosiers' energy needs

One of the committees given a topic to study this year is the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications, which must report on supply, demand and consumer price outlooks. more »

Messmer Report: Working to reduce taxes

In recent years, my Republican colleagues and I in the Indiana General Assembly have worked diligently to reduce taxes. more »

Messmer Report: Making Indiana roadways safer

Maintaining our communities' roads and bridges helps keep Hoosiers safe and Indiana's economy moving. more »

Messmer Report: Studying impacts on the economy

When the Indiana General Assembly is not in session, lawmakers participate in interim study committees to learn more about topics impacting Hoosiers and to prepare for the upcoming session. more »

Messmer Report: Serving constituents during the interim

While a majority of the Indiana General Assembly's service occurs during the legislative session, there is still plenty of work to be done during the interim months. more »

Messmer Report: Celebrating the U.S. Constitution

The United States Constitution protects the rights of our citizens from a variety of encroachments. more »

Messmer Report: Standards for delivery services

House Enrolled Act 1125, which the General Assembly passed during the 2023 legislative session, increases minimum insurance coverage requirements for damaged property caused by someone driving for food delivery services from $25,000 to $50,000 per incident starting on July 1, 2024. more »

Messmer Report: Supporting Hoosier auto dealerships

Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation to help lower some costs for auto dealers so savings can be passed on to Hoosiers. more »

Messmer Report: Making advances in recycling in Indiana

Recycling not only benefits the environment but the Hoosier economy, as businesses can use recycled products for manufacturing purposes. more »

Messmer: Indiana Senate Republicans offering paid internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative, page and policy offices during the 2024 session of the Indiana General Assembly, said State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). more »

Messmer Report: Protecting children from harmful material

When parents send their children to school, they should not be worried about whether students can access inappropriate material without their permission. more »

Messmer Report: Streamlining domestic abuse assistance programs in Indiana

Earlier this year, a bill I sponsored that streamlines domestic abuse assistance programs in Indiana unanimously passed the General Assembly. more »

Messmer: Grant opportunity offered for solar eclipse events

With eight months left before the 2024 total solar eclipse, State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) reminds organizations in communities across southwestern Indiana that they're eligible for a $2,000 grant from the IU Center for Rural Engagement. more »

MESSMER REPORT: Maintaining transparency in state government

House Enrolled Act 1623 provides a significant update to the Indiana Administrative Procedures Act, which controls how state administrative agencies propose new regulations and helps make state government run more efficiently. more »

Messmer Report: Protecting Indiana's students

Making sure Hoosier children are safe at school is important in ensuring they get the best education possible. more »

Messmer Report: Addressing mental health among Indiana first responders

Confronting mental health issues among Hoosiers is a major priority for Senate Republicans, and we passed several bills this year in hopes of tackling the root causes of mental health problems. more »

Messmer Report: Incentivizing Rural Economic Development

For the last decade, Republicans at the Statehouse have worked to make Indiana a business-friendly state. more »

State Sen. Mark Messmer to serve on roads and transportation study committee

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) will serve as a member of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation in preparation for the 2024 legislative session. more »

Messmer Report: Updating Indiana Stalking Laws

On July 1, several new laws went into effect in Indiana. more »

Messmer Report: Celebrating Independence Day

On July 4 every year, Americans celebrate the birth of our country and the freedoms we all hold dear. more »

Messmer Report: Teaching the Science of Reading

The ability to read is an important skill for students to have in order to be successful in school and in life. more »

Messmer Report: Supporting the armed forces

As a member of the Indiana General Assembly, I always work hard to help the men and women who serve our nation. more »

Messmer Report: Ensuring emergency call responses

When Hoosiers call 911 in an emergency, they want to know that someone will answer the phone quickly. more »

Messmer Report: Maximizing Indiana's investments

When the state of Indiana invests public employees' and retirees' hard-earned money through the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS), it should focus on maximizing returns. more »

Messmer Report: Tackling mental health issues in Indiana's jails

During the 2023 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly considered several bills dealing with the mental health of Hoosiers. more »

Messmer: Bill establishing military impact zones signed by governor

Messmer: Bill establishing military impact zones signed by governor

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that will update zoning districts around military properties in Indiana was ceremonially signed into law today by Gov. Eric Holcomb. more »

Messmer Report: Regulating third-party food delivery services

In recent years, third-party food delivery services like Door Dash and Uber Eats have become a popular and convenient way for people to order food from a restaurant, especially when Indiana restaurants were forced to switch from in-person dining to take-out and delivery options. more »

Messmer Report: Recognizing and preventing human trafficking

With the arrival of May, thousands of visitors will be traveling to the state throughout the summer months. more »

Messmer Report: Passing another balanced budget

The Indiana General Assembly recently passed the new two-year budget, which continues the state's track record of fiscally conservative management of Indiana's resources. more »

Messmer Report: Looking back at this year's legislative session

The 2023 legislative session came to a close this week, and I am happy to see a number of important initiatives pass the General Assembly. more »

Messmer Report: Increasing teaching scholarships in Indiana

Hoosier children deserve to have the best teachers leading their classroom as they learn important subjects in school. more »

Sen. Messmer welcomes local students to Statehouse

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) welcomed the following local students to the Statehouse who served as Senate pages in March and April. more »

Messmer Report: Securing Indiana's Elections

Hoosier voters have been required to present a form of government-issued photo ID in order to cast their ballot in elections for nearly 20 years. more »

Messmer: Communities in Senate District 48 receive more than $9 million in road-funding grants

Communities in Senate District 48 will receive more than $9 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG), said State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). more »

Messmer Report: Expediting occupational licensure for military families

Many military families live in Indiana and more are considering the Hoosier state as a place to live. In order to attract these families to Indiana, it is important we make their transition into the workforce a simpler process. more »

Messmer: Bill encouraging consistent standards for solar and wind energy moves to governor's desk

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would encourage consistent standards for solar and wind energy throughout Indiana passed the General Assembly and will now head to the governor's desk. more »

Messmer: Bill establishing military impact zones moves to governor's desk

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would update zoning districts around military properties in Indiana passed the General Assembly and will now head to the governor's desk. more »

Messmer: Bill protecting child victims moves to governor's desk

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would protect child victims passed the General Assembly and will now head to the governor's desk. more »

Messmer Report: Establishing standards for battery energy storage systems

In the event of a grid failure, or higher than expected demand, it is vital to have stored electricity reserves that can be deployed to keep homes and businesses running smoothly. more »

Messmer: Bill streamlining domestic abuse assistance programs passes Senate

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would incorporate the duties of the of the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Council into the Victim Services Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. more »

Charles Wayne & Barbara J. Satkamp farm honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

Area legislators are recognizing the latest local recipient of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. more »

Messmer Report: Protecting Indiana scientific research facilities

Anyone who intentionally damages someone else's property should be held accountable for their actions. more »

Messmer: Bill establishing military impact zones passes House of Representatives

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would establish new zoning districts around military properties in Indiana passed the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously today. more »

Messmer: Bill encouraging consistent standards for solar and wind energy passes House committee

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would encourage consistent standards for solar and wind energy throughout Indiana unanimously passed the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications today. more »

Messmer Report: Expediting Adoption Procedures

In anticipation of an increased number of babies being born, it's important to take a holistic look at adoption procedures in hopes of expediting the process so that children can begin bonding with their adoptive parents as soon as possible. more »

Messmer: Bill protecting child victims passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would protect child victims passed the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously Tuesday. more »

Mesmer Recognizes Jasper High School Marching Band at Statehouse

Mesmer Recognizes Jasper High School Marching Band at Statehouse

Messmer recognizes Jasper High School Marching Band at Statehouse. more »

Messmer Report: Establishing worksite speed control program

While road construction may give a Hoosier motorist headaches during their daily commutes, the work helps make Indiana a more attractive place to live and work. more »

Messmer: Bill protecting child victims passes House committee

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would protect child victims passed the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code unanimously today. more »

Sen. Messmer welcomes local student to Statehouse

Sen. Messmer welcomes local student to Statehouse

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) welcomed Ferdinand resident and Forest Park Junior High School student Miranda Rickelman to the Statehouse where she served as a Senate page in February. more »

Messmer Report: General Assembly marks the halfway point of session

The 2023 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly hit a milestone this week as it arrived at the halfway point. more »

Messmer: Bill encouraging consistent standards for solar and wind energy passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would encourage consistent standards for solar and wind energy throughout Indiana passed the Senate Tuesday, Feb. 28, by a vote of 36-12. more »

Messmer: Bill authorizing food and beverage tax for Jasper passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would authorize the city of Jasper to adopt a 1% food and beverage tax passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 46-3. more »

Messmer Report: Increasing speed limits for commercial trucks

Known as "The Crossroads of America," Indiana benefits from its central location in the United States. more »

Messmer Report: Keeping Hoosier children safe

Schools in Indiana play a major role in caring for our children, so ensuring standards are met when it comes to their health is incredibly important. more »

Messmer Report: Expanding mental health care in Indiana

Each year, Indiana Senate Republicans release our top priorities on topics we want to tackle during a legislative session. more »

Messmer: Bill establishing military impact zones passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would establish new zoning districts around military properties in Indiana passed the Senate unanimously Monday. more »

Messmer: Bill protecting child victims passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would further protect child victims unanimously passed the Senate Monday. more »

Messmer: Bill setting up regulatory framework for advanced recycling businesses passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would set up regulatory framework for advance recycling businesses in Indiana passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 44-5 Monday. more »

Messmer Report: Giving legislators a say on state commissions

It is no secret that state government impacts the daily lives of Hoosiers throughout Indiana. more »

Messmer Report: Increasing Veteran Benefit Awareness

As a member of the Indiana Senate, helping the men and women who served and continue to serve our country is one of my top priorities. more »

Messmer: Bill protecting child victims passes committee

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would protect child victims passed Senate Committee on Judiciary today by a vote of 7-1. more »

Messmer meets with Spencer County Voice: Action Speaks at Statehouse

Messmer meets with Spencer County Voice: Action Speaks at Statehouse

Messmer meets with Spencer County Voice: Action Speaks at Statehouse more »

Messmer Report: Updating Indiana Building Code

With the 123rd Indiana General Assembly now underway, legislators from throughout Indiana are meeting to debate legislation important to Hoosiers. more »

Messmer Report: 2023 Legislative Session Gets Underway

While Organizational Day in November was the ceremonial start of the 123rd Indiana General Assembly, the bulk of work for this legislative session got underway this week. more »

Statement from State Sen. Mark Messmer

Statement from State Sen. Mark Messmer more »

Messmer Report: Expanding broadband in Indiana

Like the expansion of electric services to homes in the early 20th century, increasing the state's broadband footprint is vital to Indiana's growth in the 21st century. more »

Messmer receives Senate committee assignments

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to serve on three committees for the 123rd Indiana General Assembly. more »

Indiana Senate Republicans urge IU to rescind mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy

Members of the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus today sent a letter to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie urging the University to reconsider and rescind the policy mandating all students and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine. more »

Messmer: Creating urban agricultural zones in Indiana 4.9.2021

Agriculture is a fundamental part of Indiana, contributing more than $31 billion dollars to our economy each year. While farming is predominantly practiced in rural areas of our state, we have recently seen an increased interest in urban agriculture, which enables communities to work together to provide fresh produce for Hoosier families. more »

Messmer: Catching Up Hoosier Students 4.1.2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a tremendous challenge for Hoosier students, causing many to fall behind in their studies. more »

Messmer: Balancing the Powers of Indiana Government 3.26.2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I've heard from many Hoosiers in Senate District 48 who are frustrated by the long-term restrictions on their livelihoods and their lack of recourse or voice in the matter. more »

Messmer: Reinstating certain suspended driver's licenses 3.19.2021

Driving on a suspended license is the No. 1 most common misdemeanor in the state of Indiana, and 80% of those license suspensions relate to failure to appear in court, failure to pay or failure to maintain insurance. more »

Messmer: Bill reinstating certain suspended driver's licenses passes Senate committee 3.17.2021

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would permit the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to reinstate certain suspended licenses unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law this week. more »

Messmer: Expanding Indiana's Safe Haven Law 3.12.2021

The idea of abandoning a newborn baby is unimaginable for most people, but the unfortunate reality is that some parents believe it's their only option. more »

Messmer: New grant program to help Hoosier businesses and tourism industry 3.5.2021

Countless Hoosier businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many worried whether they will be able to keep their doors open. more »

Messmer: Session halftime update 2.25.2021

This week, the Indiana General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session – meaning the Senate and House of Representatives have chosen which of their bills to hear, amend and vote on. During the second half of session, each chamber will swap bills – the Senate will hear House bills and vice versa. more »

Messmer: Strengthening laws against rioting 2.19.2021

Over the past year, cities across the U.S. have been the scene of repeated and prolonged riots. more »

Messmer: Protecting Freedom of Religion 2.15.2021

During an emergency, providing for the spiritual needs of a community can be just as essential as other forms of relief. A Gallup poll taken at the end of 2020 found that Americans who attend a weekly religious service are more likely than any other listed demographic group to say their mental health is "excellent." This group is also the only listed demographic where the percent of members with "excellent" mental health went up in 2020. more »

Messmer's bill expanding victims’ rights passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would allow Hoosiers to request the re-opening of a death investigation today passed the Senate unanimously. more »

Messmer: Bill to improve local government accountability passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would improve local government accountability by establishing an appeals process for local health orders issued during a state disaster emergency passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 40-8. more »

Messmer: COVID-19 liability protections passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would provide liability protections to Indiana businesses, organizations and individuals in coronavirus-related lawsuits passed the Senate today by a vote of 40-8. more »

Messmer authors COVID-19 liability protection legislation for Hoosier businesses

Last week, State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) filed Senate Bill 1, which would provide liability protections to Indiana businesses and individuals if they become involved in a COVID-19 lawsuit. more »

Indiana Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Team for 122nd General Assembly

The Indiana Senate Majority Caucus met today in Indianapolis to elect its leadership team for the 122nd General Assembly. more »

Statement from State Sen. Mark Messmer upon the passage of House Bill 1007

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), Majority Floor Leader of the Indiana Senate, made the following statement today upon passage of House Bill 1007: more »

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) made the following statement today regarding State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) being selected as the next Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) made the following statement today regarding State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) being selected as the next Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives: more »

Updating utility services for Hoosiers

In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law allowing utility companies to recover infrastructure improvement costs through the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC) Transmission, Distribution and Storage System Improvement Charge. This tool, commonly referred to as a tracker, helps utility companies invest effectively in their infrastructure’s health. more »

Supporting Indiana’s agriculture industry

Indiana is one of the most successful farming states in the nation, ranking among the top 10 according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). more »

Messmer: Bill to increase protections for abuse victims passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would increase protections for victims of abuse in Indiana recently passed the Indiana House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 92 to 4. more »

Legalizing hemp production in Indiana

Indiana is a state that is largely supported by its agriculture industry. More than 100,000 Hoosiers are employed in this sector, and over 14 million acres are designated as farmland. This industry is critical to our strong economy. It’s important Indiana continues to provide farmers with opportunities to thrive. more »

Messmer: Bill to support Hoosiers with chronic pain passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would help support Hoosiers who experience chronic pain passed the Senate today unanimously. more »

Messmer: Bill to improve broadband services in Indiana passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would increase internet accessibility in Indiana recently passed the Senate unanimously. more »

Messmer: Bill to increase protection for abuse victims passes committee

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would increase protections for victims of abuse in Indiana recently passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law unanimously. more »

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