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April 2016

This Saturday, there will be multiple locations throughout the state where Hoosiers can safely and conveniently dispose of prescription drugs.

It’s important to get rid of unused, expired or unwanted drugs in order to help curb prescription drug abuse. With four out of five new heroin users starting with prescription medications, these take-back programs can make a real difference in saving lives.

Liquid and pill medications can be dropped off anonymously, with no questions asked, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here to find a collection site near you.

To learn about safe disposal and storage methods for prescription drugs that can be put into practice year round, click here.

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Teachers provide our children with the tools and resources they need to be successful. To recognize educators and their vital roles, the country will celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6. This is a great opportunity to make sure our educators know how much we value them and their contributions.

Even the smallest act of kindness can help show your gratitude, like sharing a picture of yourself with an influential teacher, a picture of your child with their teacher or a picture of yourself with a simple thank you message on social media.

House Republicans understand that our educators greatly impact the lives of their students and need support to succeed in the classroom. In the 2015 legislative session, we included a $100 tax credit in the state budget for teachers buying classroom supplies. This year, we created the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, which will provide up to $7,500 a year to cover tuition for top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for at least five years.

Thank you, State Reps. Tony Cook, Wendy McNamara, Rhonda Rhoads and Jeff Thompson. As teachers and public servants, you all work tirelessly to make Indiana a great place for our children.

Regardless of how you and your family participate in National Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s make sure our Hoosier educators know they’re valued.

Rep. Eric Koch receives award from the Tax Foundation

Congratulations to Rep. Eric Koch for receiving the Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform Award from the Tax Foundation! His work has already led to the repeal of two ineffective tax incentives and been recognized as a national model for evidence-based tax reform by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Entrepreneur? Indiana is a great place to start

A financial resource website placed three Indiana cities among the top 100 U.S. cities to start a business. East Chicago in northwest Indiana was placed in the top 15 of the Best Small Cities to Start a Business, and Columbus and Gary followed close behind at 85th and 90th in the list.

The website, WalletHub, analyzed factors such as business environment, access to resources and business costs for nearly 1,300 U.S. cities for the report. Find the full list of cities on WalletHub’s website.

Indiana was also ranked the number one state in the nation for cost of doing business in CNBC’s report, America’s Top States for Business 2015.

Congratulations to these small but strong communities. Small businesses and a talented workforce continue to help Indiana’s economy thrive.

 

Supporting Hoosier Farmers

Indiana’s agricultural industry is a critical part of our economy, generating more than $44 billion annually and providing nearly 190,000 jobs. Supporting our farmers and the industry remains a top priority for House Republicans.

When Hoosier farmers began experiencing steep increases in their property tax bills, the General Assembly needed to act to determine the cause and find a permanent solution to alleviate this burden. In the recently concluded session, policymakers enacted a law modernizing the farmland assessment formula. The legislation is expected to save Hoosier farmers $175 million over the next four years.

The ceremonial signing of this law was an exciting event attended by State Reps. Tim Brown and Bob Cherry, who co-sponsored the bill, as well as other state officials, farming families and employers in the agricultural industry. Three large tractors traveled downtown and parked in front of the Statehouse. While it was quite a paradox seeing heavy equipment typically found in fields in an urban setting, it was also a significant reminder of how much Indiana relies on agriculture.

Katrina Hall, Indiana Farm Bureau’s director of state government relations, said, “Every day of the session, our 73,000 farmer members found their voice in government by meeting with their legislators at the Statehouse and in their district, and also by making thousands of phone and email contacts. Today’s ceremonial signing of SB 308 was the culmination of years of their hard work and dedication.”

Farmers face unique challenges, explained here by State Rep. Bob Cherry. They work hard to put food on our tables, and House Republicans will continue to work hard to support their efforts.

Giving Back to the Community

Not only did we pass legislation to help Hoosiers across the state this past session, we also used our time together at the Statehouse to give back to the community! Watch highlights from our time volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club, our philanthropy of 2016, and raising awareness with the American Cancer Society on Suits & Sneakers Day.

Born To Teach?

Did you know? The pinwheel is the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve, because our children are our future.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. In the 2016 legislative session, the legislature passed ‘Kirk’s Law’ to help protect children from abuse. Starting in July, Indiana will become the first state in the nation to maintain a child abuse registry to track anyone who has been convicted in Indiana of child neglect, or physical or sexual abuse of a child.

The Indiana Department of Child Services has highlighted risk factors that contribute to abuse of children, along with events and services going on around the state. Call 1-800-800-5556 to report child abuse or neglect, and help every child reach their full potential.

Featured Podcast

What are your state legislators doing on your behalf? The Indiana House Republicans host a podcast each week to answer this  question and talk about what’s happening in your state government. The podcast features one-on-one interviews with lawmakers who highlight new laws, events and other issues impacting Hoosiers.

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