News Releases

Leising Honors Volunteer Firefighters

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2017) – State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) sponsored a resolution to recognize volunteer firefighters in front of the full Senate this week. more »

Merritt: Bills To Address Indiana’s Drug Epidemic Moving Through The State House

STATE HOUSE (March 3, 2017) – The legislature has reached the halfway point, and Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) has authored many important bills dealing with the drug epidemic in Indiana. The following bills will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration: more »

Koch: Regulatory Relief Bill Passes the Senate

STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2017) – Hoosier small businesses would see regulatory relief under a bill authored by State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) that passed the Indiana Senate recently by a 46 to 3 vote. more »

Sen. Ford: Arts and Cultural District Development Legislation Passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2017) — State Sen. Jon Ford’s (R-Terre Haute) Senate Bill 429 passed the Senate this week by a vote of 49-0. more »

Long: Senate Completes Productive First Half of Session

STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2017) ― Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today marked the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session, noting several important initiatives that have passed the Senate during the last two months. more »

Bassler: Competency-Based Education

As a member of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, one of my goals is to ensure that our education system is up-to-date with modern-day workforce demands. Unfortunately, studies show that currently this is not the case. more »

Alting’s Bill to Help Homeless Hoosier Veterans Passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2017) — Legislation authored by State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) to help homeless Hoosier veterans passed the Senate this week by a vote of 50-0. more »

Head: Bill to Reform E-Liquid Manufacturing Passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2017) – A bill authored by State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) that would reform the regulations for e-liquid manufacturers passed the Senate today by a vote of 49-1. more »

Statement from Sen. Sue Glick

“I have made the decision not to move Senate Bill 439 forward this session. This bill sought to give judges the ability to increase penalties for bias-motivated crimes. However, after discussions with my colleagues, it has become apparent that there is a difference of opinion on various potential amendments to the bill, making it difficult to find consensus on a path forward. ..." more »

Leising: Bill Requiring Joint Payment for Bovine Tuberculosis Testing Passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 24, 2017) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to change who pays for bovine tuberculosis testing passed the full Senate Tuesday, Feb. 21, by a vote of 44-4. more »