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home : columnists : rep. kathy kreag richardson April 29, 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
Moving Indiana Forward
Last Thursday evening the 2016 legislative session wrapped up with significant progress on some big issues facing Indiana. Even though it was a short session, we were able to make some important movement on many fronts, including funding Indiana's infrastructure needs.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
2016 legislative session nears the end
Indiana's 2016 legislative session is expected to end this week. As this point, many proposals have been approved by members of the Senate and House of Representatives and could soon become law. Other proposals are being reexamined in conference committees, which are temporary panels composed of House and Senate conferees formed for the purpose of reconciling differences in legislation that has passed both chambers.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Hamilton County residents spend the day at the Statehouse
A group of Hamilton County residents recently spent a day with me at the Statehouse. As adult page participants, Steve and Toni Dickover, Steve and Linda Shaw, Jerry Liston, Brenda Smythe and Sandy Lynch all toured the historic capitol building, met with Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Auditor of State Suzanne Crouch, watched legislative session proceedings and joined me for lunch to discuss issues facing our community.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Empowering families by ending rapists' parental rights
The 2016 legislative session is at the halfway point, with 116 proposals for new laws approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the Indiana Senate for consideration.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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