News Releases

Raatz Roundup: Giving back to military veterans

Indiana has many resources and services available for Hoosier military veterans. However, it can often be difficult to navigate the system and know what is available. For that reason, I co-authored Senate Enrolled Act 15 this session. more »

Leising announces funeral service for Frank Thompson

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) is sharing the following funeral service information for her late husband, Frank Thompson. more »

Zay: Indiana Connectivity Program expanding broadband for more Hoosiers

STATEHOUSE (July 15, 2024) — The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced 708 homes and businesses will be receiving high speed internet access through the Indiana Connectivity Program, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington). more »

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 »

Zay: Recent report highlights need for ongoing PBM monitoring, accountability

STATEHOUSE (July 12, 2024) — State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) is highlighting the importance of monitoring pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) following a recent report showing PBMs are causing higher costs for patients. more »

Zay: Indiana loses more than 345,000 acres in farmland over 12 years

STATEHOUSE (July 9, 2024) — According to a recently completed study by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), Indiana has lost a total of 345,682 acres of farmland between 2010 and 2022, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington). more »

Raatz Roundup: Supporting parent's rights and freedom of religion

In Indiana, we aim to give families as much choice as possible in where and how they educate their children. In recent years, the General Assembly approved a process to give parents the flexibility to allow their children to receive religious instruction during the school day from an external vendor if their children are enrolled in public school. more »

Leising: Indiana must continue monitoring farmland loss

Indiana’s agriculture industry is one of our state’s most important sectors and contributes more than $35 billion to our state’s economy. That’s why in 2023 I sponsored House Enrolled Act 1557, which directed the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to determine how much farmland was lost in Indiana between 2010 and 2022. In their report, they determined the state lost around 345,000 acres of farmland in that period. Such a significant loss makes it clear that, for the sake of our future food security, we need to continue monitoring the situation and ensure we protect our prime farmland. 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 »

RAATZ ROUNDUP: Preparing future educators

For the past eight years, the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship has reduced financial barriers for those who aim to become teachers. However, the program left some barriers in place, and Indiana still has a significant number of open jobs for educators and not enough applicants. more »