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home : columnists : rep. kathy kreag richardson April 26, 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
Legislative session reaches the halfway point
The 2017 legislative session reached the halfway point this week, marking a milestone for legislation as Senate bills move to the House for consideration and House bills crossover to the Senate. House Republicans made progress on our agenda priorities, including passing an honestly balanced budget and a long-term road funding plan. We also successfully moved bills improving Indiana's workforce, attacking the state's drug epidemic and increasing public safety through mental health and addiction treatment services.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Hamilton County residents enjoy a day at the Statehouse
Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming 10 of our Noblesville neighbors to the Statehouse for Adult Page Day.

Guests met with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and observed the House of Representatives as legislation was debated and voted on. They then joined me for lunch in my office where we discussed a variety of topics including their concerns about local election regulations, how the road funding plan would affect Hamilton County and their thoughts on the most effective ways to balance the state budget.

Monday, February 27, 2017
House GOP budget funds key services while remaining fiscally conservative
This legislative session, lawmakers are tasked with crafting Indiana's next biennial budget funding state operations. After gathering recommendations from the governor and groups that rely on state resources, members of the House Committee on Ways and Means get to work on crafting a budget bill that then moves through the legislative process. Soon, I will be voting on House Bill 1001, which provides the fiscal blueprint for state operations in 2018 and 2019.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
State seeks summer interns for a variety of positions
Each year, the Governor's Public Service Internship Program connects college students in Indiana with state agencies offering paid summer internships. These are great opportunities for students to gain experience and strengthen their resumes as they prepare for full-time employment after college.

Resumes are currently being accepted for this year's program, which also provides opportunities to work with state agency officials while partaking in an exclusive speaker series featuring various elected officials, state agency directors and other government representatives. Participants also interact with each other in order to learn and connect with their peers.

Not only are these paid positions at a rate of $11.30 per hour, but oftentimes, participants earn college credits for their work. All it takes is a conversation with their school's career or internship office.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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