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New Study: Indiana’s Tobacco Control Efforts Woefully Underfunded

Comprehensive tobacco control efforts play a powerful role in reducing smoking as well as the health impacts and economic toll of high smoking rates. But Indiana woefully underfunds these initiatives, falling far below federal recommendations and dollars spent in other states, says a new report released by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Indiana devoted just $8.2 million in federal [...]

2018-06-15T13:50:57+00:00 June 15th, 2018|

Critical Vote on Township Merger Bill Monday; Contact Your Representative!

Bill # and Title: HB 1005 – Township Government Consolidation Author: Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Summary: Requires all townships with a population of less than 1,200 (as determined by the 2010 federal decennial census) to merge with other townships, effective not later than January 1, 2023. Requires merging townships to adopt identical resolutions and a merger plan. Requires the Department of Local Government [...]

2018-02-02T13:46:23+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Amended Township Reform Bill Marches on to Ways and Means

Bill # and Title: HB 1005 – Township Government Matters Author: Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Summary: Requires all townships with a population of less than 1,200 to merge with other townships, effective not later than January 1, 2023. Provides that in all township mergers, the township board members of the new township government are elected at-large. Allows a township [...]

2018-01-26T14:43:48+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

Township Merger Bill Starts Journey

Bill # and Title: HB 1005 – Township Government Matters Author: Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Summary: Allows a participating unit in a newly formed fire protection territory to phase in the unit’s property tax levy over a period not exceeding three years. Requires all townships with a population of less than 1,200 to merge with other townships, effective not [...]

2018-01-19T14:03:44+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Short Session Starts With a Flurry of Activity

The Governor and General Assembly have continually heard from Hoosier employers on the need for a skilled workforce – and better aligning state programs with job demand. The good news is bills are being introduced to address those concerns. While only a handful of measures have been released to date, we are seeing legislation related to training tax credits [...]

2018-01-05T13:39:03+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Headline Chamber’s Legislative Dinner

Reince Priebus believes the Republican Party could be in for a rough midterm election if leaders don’t follow through on two key campaign promises. Of health care and tax reform: “If you’re selling something continuously that you’re going to get it done, you’ve got to get it done. You can’t misrepresent,” says the former White House chief of staff. [...]

2017-12-20T12:36:12+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Set to Headline Chamber’s Legislative Dinner Feb. 13

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Reince Priebus believes the Republican Party could be in for a rough midterm election if leaders don’t follow through on two key campaign promises. Of health care and tax reform: “If you’re selling something continuously that you’re going to get it done, you’ve got to get it done. You can’t misrepresent,” says the former White House chief of [...]

2017-12-20T12:35:16+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

Trump Makes Own Moves on Health Care – What They Mean

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday in what was called the first steps in reforming the U.S. health care system. The executive order has three major directives. First, it directs the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding access to association health plans (AHPs). Second, it directs the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services [...]

2017-10-13T11:10:47+00:00 October 13th, 2017|