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home : columnists : rep. kathy kreag richardson February 5, 2016


Curbing meth production in Indiana
Indiana is unfortunately on its way to leading the nation in meth lab seizures for the third-straight year, with nearly 1,500 meth lab incidents in 2014. To curb the production of the illegal drug in our state, lawmakers are considering various proposals working to keep meth-making ingredients out of the hands of meth cooks.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Two new laws for Indiana
Indiana already has two new laws on the books after Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1003 and Senate Bill 200 into law at the Statehouse.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
A busy start to the 2016 legislative session
The 2016 legislative session is off to a fast start, much like all short sessions. The second week of work at the Statehouse was filled with committee meetings where members began the process of researching the bills that had been assigned to them. In the House of Representatives, lawmakers filed 430 bills and the State Senate filed 400 bills to be considered for new laws.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Come visit me at the Statehouse
As your state representative, I always enjoy folks from our community coming to visit the Statehouse. In my mind, the best way to learn about how Indiana's government works is to immerse yourself in the day-to-day activities that occur within our beautiful Capitol building.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
2016 legislative session begins
This week, state lawmakers gathered at the Indiana Statehouse for the start of the 2016 legislative session. Although this is a short session, policymakers will be working hard throughout the next 10 weeks to address issues facing our state.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
New Year, new resolutions
It is so hard to believe another year has come and gone ... 2015 just flew by.

I hate to admit it, but I am one who looks at each New Year as a chance for a new start in some cases and a rededication in others. I like to at least give those New Year resolutions another chance. You know the ones ... eat a more balanced diet, exercise more (or at least start) and my all-time favorite - be more organized. Like many of you, I start with such good intentions.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
My Christmas memories and wishes
Ever since I was a little girl, this time of year has always been so special. My mother, who I miss every day, loved Christmas, and we decorated every space we could with Santas, angels, trees, lights, red bows and holly.

We made a lot of our decorations, but we also had a lot of fun unwrapping the decorations that we purchased the year before at the day after Christmas sales. We baked a lot of cookies and fudge to share with our family and friends. It was a much simpler life, but it was a great one with a lot of great memories.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Focused on improving Indiana
The Indiana General Assembly will be tackling some major issues this session. Road funding and education will be our top legislative priorities, and it is your ideas and opinions which help me best represent our district at the Statehouse. To better understand the goals we have for the upcoming session, we need to look at our past accomplishments in these areas, starting with roads.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Participating in your state government
As the year quickly comes to an end, I am preparing for the 2016 general assembly. This legislative session will be a short session, meaning we won't be crafting and voting on our state's biennial budget. The state Legislature must finish by March 14. Instead of focusing on a budget, we will concentrate on education and road funding.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Participating in your state government
As the year quickly comes to an end, I am preparing for the 2016 general assembly. This legislative session will be a short session, meaning we won't be crafting and voting on our state's biennial budget. The state Legislature must finish by March 14. Instead of focusing on a budget, we will concentrate on education and road funding.

Already, legislators are working on legislation that would attract and retain educators to Hoosier classrooms. We will consider legislation to award college scholarships to top performing high school students who enter the field of education and commit to staying in the classroom for at least five years.

We are committed to keeping our roads in good condition. Last year, we devoted more than $1 billion of our biennial budget to road funding. Unfortunately, an additional estimated $1.5 billion is still needed every year to maintain, modernize and improve our roads and bridges. In order to establish an accurate plan, we need to assess the current state of our transportation infrastructure. From there, we must explore our options and find comprehensive, long-term solutions that adequately fund our roads and bridges in a sustainable manner.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015



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