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  • 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.
  • 11/20/2017 This week, many will be gathering with family and friends to give thanks. As my husband, Perry, and I prepare to come together with those we love, it’s hard not to also think about those we have lost, like our dear friend Don Jellison. Don was very special, and his positive impact on Noblesville will be felt for years to come. As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving, let’s work to honor those we have loved and lost, by helping others in our community who are in need.
  • 11/12/2017 Understanding personal finances is key to making important decisions in adulthood. From applying for financial aid to buying a home, young Hoosiers need to know how to be responsible stewards of their financial futures. Through the Indiana MoneyWise Financial Education Program, high school students throughout the state can take free online courses focused on banking, credit scores, consumer protection, higher education expenses, insurance and taxes, investing, payment types, renting versus owning and savings plans.
  • 11/6/2017 On Saturday, Nov. 11, we have the opportunity to formally honor our veterans. From parades to wreath-laying ceremonies and words of gratitude on social media, let’s come together as a community to thank the thousands who have served and those who are currently serving our nation.
    Noblesville will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Courthouse Square. At noon on Saturday, there will be a Veterans Day Parade at the conclusion of a service held in downtown Indianapolis. More than 80 units will be marching from Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, moving south on Pennsylvania to New York Street, west to Meridian Street, and concluding at North Street.
    In Hamilton County, there are multiple memorials and monuments recognizing and honoring those from our community who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who preserved our freedoms. This includes the Fallen Hoosier Heroes Memorial for Enduring Freedom on Union Street, the POW-MIA monument at the American Legion Post 45 and the Veterans Park memorial.
    Many businesses and local attractions honor our veterans by providing discounts to them and their families. Conner Prairie is designated as a Blue Star Museum and provides free admission to active duty military personnel and up to five immediate family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At all other times, the museum offers free general admission to active duty, retired and veteran military members, and 50 percent off general admission for up to five immediate family members.
    In Indianapolis, there a many other Blue Star Museums offering free admission to active duty military personnel and up to five immediate family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This includes the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana Historical Society/Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indiana Medical History Museum, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art and the NCAA Hall of Champions.
    For the veterans in our community,
  • 10/29/2017 The single most important form for helping students receive money to go to college is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. The FAFSA form is required for students, regardless of family income, to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide.
  • 10/22/2017 Pint-sized ghosts, zombies, princesses and action heroes will soon be invading Noblesville. With Halloween approaching, let's remember to stay safe and follow these tips provided by the Indiana State Police as we have some scary fun.

    When it comes to costumes, remember length is important to prevent trips and falls. Using make-up instead of a mask could help prevent the obstruction of vision. Scraped knees and elbows, especially with the younger children, can really spoil a good time. To help motorists spot trick-or-treaters, consider wearing light colors or reflective tape on costumes.
  • 10/1/2017 Recently, more than 3.8 million Hoosiers were affected by a security breach of Equifax, one the nation's largest consumer credit reporting companies. With more and more of these electronic security breaches occurring, along with the threat of credit card skimmers and email phishing scams, it's very important that Hoosiers take steps to protect their identities from criminals.
  • 9/24/2017 Our state and community is home to many talented young people who are exploring different career options. For those who want to pursue a worthwhile and fulfilling career as a Hoosier educator, the state offers Next Generation Teacher Scholarships, providing future teachers money for college.
  • 9/17/2017 Fall officially begins on Friday, Sept. 22, ushering in a host of fun-filled activities for the entire family. From visiting orchards to attending football games, fall in Indiana is a great time to get out and enjoy events happing throughout our community and state.
  • 9/10/2017 At the start of each year, the Indiana House of Representatives welcomes interns to the Statehouse to assist lawmakers and staff with daily duties for the duration of the legislative session. These are great opportunities to get paid while earning academic credits, building resumes, networking and gaining valuable skills for the workforce.
  • 8/28/2017 Indiana's unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation at 3.1 percent. To continue our positive economic momentum, working-age adults in the state need to be prepared to meet the increased demands of employers that are locating here and expanding operations. With the recently launched Next Level Jobs initiative, Hoosiers now have access to new resources to secure advanced and better-paying jobs, and employers in the state have additional tools to help them fill positions in high-demand fields.
  • 8/18/2017 On Monday, Aug. 21, Hoosiers will have the opportunity to see one of nature's greatest phenomena: a total solar eclipse. During this time, the moon will pass between the sun and earth and completely block the sun from view in parts of North America. While we will be treated to this beautiful and rare spectacle, it is also important that we take appropriate steps to be safe.
  • 8/13/2017 Many Hoosiers are living with a disability, and among the obstacles they face is an increased strain on their finances. Whether paying for visits to the doctor's office, medications or specialized equipment, those living with a disability can encounter costly hurdles. To help individuals with disabilities and their families, Indiana now offers ABLE accounts, which are tax-exempt savings accounts that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.
  • 8/6/2017 Noblesville schools recently welcomed students and teachers back to the classroom, while Hamilton Heights and Hamilton Southeastern schools are gearing up to begin classes this week. And we can't forget about all of the college students starting a new semester. If you follow Facebook, it is always fun to see all of the kids in their back-to-school pictures, ready to learn and start the new school year. The first day of class can be stressful, whether you're going to school for the first time or are preparing for your senior year.
  • 7/30/2017 The Indiana State Fair kicks off this week. From Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday Aug. 20, Hoosiers from all over will come to the state fairgrounds to enjoy and explore Indiana's history and traditions in fun and exciting ways.

    The Indiana State Fair is known for its incredible food so it's only fitting that this year's fair theme is "The Wonderful World of Food." To celebrate Indiana's farms, each day will highlight different foods and spotlight the hardworking farmers who produce it. Visitors can try many of the featured foods and traditional fair favorites at more than 90 food stands throughout the fairgrounds. There is also Our Global Kitchen, which is an exhibit showcasing our interactions with our food, how food has shaped us and the complex system that gets our food from the farm to our tables.

    If you think you've seen all the fair has to offer, there are plenty of new activities this year.
  • 7/23/2017 Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Indiana as the best-run state in America based on fiscal responsibility, streamlined operations and enhanced transparency. We can continue this momentum by further improving government efficiency, which ultimately saves taxpayer dollars and helps grow our economy.

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