News Releases

Ford: Legislation to help nonprofits and preserve history passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would allow Indiana nonprofits and corporations to receive additional grants for historic preservation purposes recently passed the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously. more »

Raatz: Bill to help address teacher shortage in Indiana passes committee

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2019) – A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) that would help address the teacher shortage and improve the teaching profession in Indiana recently passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development unanimously. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jeff Raatz in response to concerns expressed regarding school funding in Indiana

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2019) — “Recently, some concerns have been brought to my attention regarding a potential change in the level of school funding because new data suggests poverty levels in some districts are declining. more »

Statement from State Sen. Rodric Bray

Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) made the following statement today regarding the passing of former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh: more »

Statement from State Sen. Ron Alting

“This morning in the House Committee on Local Government, members of the House of Representatives voted down a last-minute amendment to Senate Bill 142 that included language that would authorize a stone quarry near Americus. 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 »

Buchanan: Bill to help local governments assess large commercial properties passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) that would give local municipalities an additional resource to assess large commercial properties recently passed the Senate by a vote of 42 to 7. more »

Alting: DNR to purchase land to resolve power line dilemma

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced it will purchase 134 acres of land on the southeast side of Prophetstown State Park to resolve a previous discrepancy over the placement of power lines. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt on collaborative meeting

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today in response to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s announcement to host an informational, collaborative meeting: more »

Spartz: Bills with a long-term focus on issues advance in the legislative process

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2019) – A number of bills authored by State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) that would improve issues facing Indiana recently passed the Senate and will now be considered by the House of Representatives. more »