News Releases

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 »

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 »