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home : columnists : rep. kathy kreag richardson May 22, 2017

New policies to help Hoosier families
Raising a family presents immense joy, as well as many challenges. Our state offers a variety of resources to support the well-being of families, and this session, new laws were enacted to provide additional help to those who may be facing difficulties.

Some may not be aware of the state's helpline center that can be reached at any time by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.in211.org.

Monday, May 22, 2017
New laws promoting public safety
Fostering safety in our community and throughout the state is very important. This session, the General Assembly enacted legislation to promote public safety by punishing cyber criminals, cracking down on impaired drivers, addressing the illegal drug epidemic and strengthening penalties for pharmacy robberies.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Better roads for our future
On average, Hoosier drivers spend nearly $500 each year on vehicle repairs caused by poor road conditions. With almost 10 percent of the state's major roads in disrepair and 21 percent of bridges considered structurally insecure, it was time for lawmakers to invest in our transportation infrastructure. It was determined an additional $1 billion a year is needed to update and maintain the roads and bridges in our state.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Balanced budget bill signed into law
Gov. Eric Holcomb last week signed into law Indiana's next two-year budget. The plan funding state operations starting in July focuses on education, public safety, veteran's programs, substance abuse prevention and workforce development.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Helping military families, college-bound Hoosiers
The 2017 legislative session came to an end late last week. In addition to passing a balanced biennial state budget and a comprehensive road funding plan, which I look forward to highlighting in future articles, policymakers passed new laws providing assistance to military families and lessoning the burden of paying for college.
Monday, April 24, 2017
New laws fostering a healthier Indiana
Among the new laws enacted this session are policies focusing on the health of Hoosiers. Cervical cancer, strokes and meningitis have caused multiple deaths in our state, so lawmakers took action this session to address these important public health matters.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Final weeks of the 2017 legislative session are here
This month welcomes the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session. At this point, conference committees are meeting to discuss amendments to proposals and working to reach agreements on the final form of proposed new laws. At this point, Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed 23 bills into law, including measures to help our military members, reward our long-serving public safety officials and prevent drug use in our state.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Providing safeguards to victims of domestic violence
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to American women between the ages of 15 and 44. In fact, combining the total number of women who are in car accidents, mugged and raped doesn't outnumber those who are hurt by their partners in domestic violence situations. This is alarming and an important public policy issue that needs to be addressed.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Noblesville Cultural Arts District recognized at Statehouse
Noblesville is fortunate to be home to a thriving art community and one of the seven cultural arts districts in Indiana. Recently at the Statehouse, I had the pleasure of presenting our Noblesville Cultural Arts District and the dedicated members of the Noblesville Arts Council with a resolution honoring their commitment to the arts and recognizing their contributions to our community.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Helping our neighbors
This past week at the Statehouse was dedicated to giving back to our neighbors. With the first-ever Habitat for Humanity home build, Suits and Sneakers event and a Red Cross blood drive, legislators worked to promote philanthropy and express support for the welfare of others.

Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties, including Hamilton County. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages.

Monday, March 13, 2017

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