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Alting: Bill to protect pregnant workers passes Senate committee 3.31.2021

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) that would protect pregnant employees from workplace discrimination passed the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor today. more »

Op-ed: Addressing misconceptions about school choice and funding for Indiana schools

In recent weeks, I have fielded concerns from constituents across Senate District 42 who believe the concept of school choice is detrimental to public brick-and-mortar school funding because students are leaving public schools for private schools. I would like to take this opportunity to address those concerns and clarify my position on the topic. more »

Leising: Bill to address agricultural emergency procedures passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (March 23, 2021) – A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) that would address agricultural emergency procedures passed the Indiana Senate with bipartisan support this week. 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 »

Boots: Bill to extend in-state tuition rates to veterans passes House Committee 3.17.2021

A bill authored by State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) that would extend in-state tuition rates to veterans who live in states bordering Indiana unanimously passed the House Committee on Education Wednesday, March 17. more »

Buchanan: Bill to extend in-state tuition rates to veterans passes House committee 3.17.2021

A bill authored by State Sen. Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) that would extend in-state tuition rates to veterans who live in states bordering Indiana unanimously passed the House Committee on Education Wednesday, March 17. more »

Buchanan: Bill to fully fund virtual students in public schools sent to governor's desk 3.16.2021

A bill authored by State Sen. Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) that would fully fund students attending school virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic was concurred on by the Indiana Senate today by a vote of 44-4. 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 »