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home : columnists : rep. kathy kreag richardson May 24, 2016


Honoring those who bravely served our country
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives serving our country. With Memorial Day quickly approaching, we have the opportunity to remember the men and women who sacrificed everything to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Need-based scholarship deadline draws near
We are all aware how fast kids go through school and for students preparing to enter seventh and eighth grades, it is important for them and their families to know about a state program that they can enroll in to help pay for college.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Replacing ISTEP to improve accountability measures
The one issue we have heard loud and clear from teachers, parents and administrators is the concern with the testing of our students. Not that it doesn't need to be done, but the way it is done needs to be changed. My colleagues and I this session voted on a new law that will eliminate the ISTEP+ test by July 1, 2017. This test, which is the state's standardized education assessment taken by every student each year, has been plagued by problems including technical glitches and scoring discrepancies.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Where do our tax dollars go
A recent report placed Indiana among the highest-rated states in the nation for transparency in government spending. In the rankings from the U.S. Public Interest Research Education Fund and Frontier Group, Indiana is among five states receiving an A-plus, and one of four states to score a perfect 100 for transparency.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
What voters need to know on Election Day
Being one week out from elections, I hear many folks talking about the delegate process at the national and state level.

When you vote in this year's primary election, you may be asked to select from a list of delegates on your ballot.

These delegates, which are selected by districts or at large, were established by the Republican and Democrat state parties in December of 2015.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Protecting our most vulnerable
April is Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, which provides a good opportunity to share information on a new law I recently supported in the 2016 session to prevent child abuse.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Employing our veterans, their spouses
A report from the U.S. Labor Department highlighting employment statistics for veterans in all 50 states recently ranked Indiana with the second-lowest veteran unemployment rate in the nation. At 2.4 percent, Indiana's veteran unemployment rate reflects our strong business climate and the pro-veteran attitude many employers have across the state. Hoosier employers recognize the skills, training and value our veterans bring to the workplace.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
New laws for Hoosier motorists
Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will be overhauled under a new provision approved by state policymakers during the 2016 legislative session.

Changes include reducing or eliminating 163 fees, decreasing the number of ways to register a vehicle from 191 to 23, and consolidating vehicle weight classes from 21 to eight. These and other measures under the new law streamlining the BMV will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Policymakers focus on a healthier Indiana
State lawmakers craft and consider various pieces of legislation focusing on a wide range of topics. While important issues like how to best fund our infrastructure needs and support our educators received a lot of attention this session, policymakers also worked on new laws that will help foster a healthier Indiana.

Soon, pregnant Hoosiers will be provided information about voluntary and free cord blood donation. This new law builds on Indiana's Postnatal Donation Initiative, which tasks the Indiana State Department of Health with promoting awareness concerning a pregnant woman's option to donate postnatal fluid - including umbilical cord blood - as well as postnatal tissue like the placenta and tissue extracted from the umbilical cord. The new law goes a step further by requiring the State Department of Health with disseminating information to all entities that assist pregnant women.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
New laws combat drugs through enforcement, treatment, prevention
Now that the 2016 legislative session has come to a close, the governor is reviewing all bills approved by the General Assembly and either signing; vetoing or letting proposals become law without his signature. As Indiana takes a comprehensive approach to combat the state's illegal drug epidemic, four new policies focusing on enforcement, treatment and prevention were signed into law this week by Gov. Mike Pence.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016



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