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  • 2/19/2018 Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Indiana, following heart disease. About 2.4 million Hoosiers, or 2 out of every 5 people now living in Indiana, will eventually develop cancer. To help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by the disease, House lawmakers participated last week in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, hosted annually at the Statehouse by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. February is recognized as National Cancer Prevention Month, which is the opportune time to learn about the steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of cancer and save lives.
  • 2/12/2018 The 2018 legislative session reached its halfway point, with 172 Senate bills moving to the House for consideration and 130 approved House bills crossing over to the Senate. House Republicans advanced our agenda priorities, passing bills addressing K-12 funding, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency. We also supported proposals helping Hoosiers suffering from a range of maladies and assisting children with disabilities. 
    A number of Hoosiers throughout the state suffer from certain forms of epilepsy and other debilitating diseases that are unresponsive to traditional methods of medical treatment. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has shown documented effectiveness in managing the severe symptoms of these and a wide variety of other maladies.
  • 2/5/2018 With the 2018 legislative session reaching its midway point, House bills will move to the Senate for consideration and Senate bills will be examined by House members. Among important bills moving through the process that I am supporting is one that would add two new screenings for newborns and another that would help military college students called to active duty. 
    In Indiana, newborns are tested for 47 conditions shortly after birth. Lawmakers are considering adding screenings for spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, and severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, to the list. 
  • 1/29/2018 Indiana is in good shape with a strong economy, peak employment and low taxes. Our strong fiscal foundation and economic momentum positions us well to handle the challenges we are facing in the 2018 legislative session, including fulfilling our funding commitments to local schools, reforming our workforce system, continuing our attack on the opioid epidemic and cutting government red tape.
  • 1/22/2018 Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday, Jan. 9, delivered his second State of the State address. While escorting him down the aisle of the Indiana House Chamber – an honor I will always cherish – I was reflecting on the 2018 legislative session and the work ahead for state lawmakers.
  • 1/8/2018 With a new year comes a new legislative session. The 120th Indiana General Assembly is already underway, and committee meetings will be starting very soon. This session will be a busy and exciting one, and many of the topics on the House Republican agenda will directly impact members within our community. In order for me to best represent you, we need to communicate with each other and stay engaged.
  • 12/18/2017 

    Each legislative session, hundreds of teenagers participate in the House Page Program to learn about their elected officials and how laws are made. Through this unique educational opportunity, young Hoosiers can develop civic mindedness and a better understanding of state government.

    Pages not only join me on the House floor to observe the legislative session, but they also tour the governor’s office, the Indiana Supreme Court and both the House and Senate chambers. They can also be assigned age-appropriate tasks, like delivering mail and important documents. Students who serve as pages receive an excused absence from school for the day, and are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Statehouse.

  • 12/11/2017 Last week, I officially announced I will not be seeking re-election to the Indiana General Assembly. Although the 2018 legislative session will be my last representing House District 29 at the Statehouse, I hope to continue serving Noblesville as the County Clerk. Since first being elected to the House of Representatives in 1992, I have had the honor of watching our community and state prosper, and I believe this momentum will continue as we further focus on strengthening our workforce and making Indiana a welcoming state for employers.
  • 12/4/2017 

    The Hamilton County Courthouse is beautifully lit, the Christmas tree is up, and Santa made a special appearance for all of the good little boys and girls at this year’s holiday parade. It’s officially Christmas time in our city, where a variety of holiday events will be occurring throughout December, when the air is filled with cheer.

    There’s the Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie, Santa’s House on the Square and Country Christmas at Stonycreek Farm, where you will meet smile after smile. For those who want to go ice skating, the Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza features a temporary ice rink. The Nickel Plate Arts district is hosting its annual holiday exhibit as well as Santa’s Workshops through Dec. 16.

  • 11/27/2017 Indiana’s escalating opioid epidemic is significantly impacting the state’s most vulnerable. Thousands of children, by no fault of their own, are victims of this crisis. As opioid abuse rises, so does the number of kids in the foster care system. According to the Department of Child Services, the number of children in out-of-home care jumped from 13,811 in September 2015, to 17,214 just two years later. With the demand for foster families in Indiana reaching an all-time high, we need to find ways to help these children in need.
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