Around the House


January 2021

Top Priorities For 2021 Session

House Republicans are hard at work on their legislative priorities for the 2021 session, including passing a responsible state budget, helping small businesses, investing in Hoosier students and supporting law enforcement.

Chief among these priorities is creating a fiscally responsible budget that makes key investments, while maintaining prudent reserves and our state’s AAA credit rating. Targeted investments include expanding rural broadband, so we can help close the digital divide for Hoosier students, workers and employers, and creating a new grant to help find solutions for Indiana’s most critical health challenges.

As businesses continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, providing civil liability protections for them, schools, health care entities and others will be critical to Indiana’s economic recovery. Additionally, enhancing the Small Business Restart Program would provide additional support to small businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry, which has been hit especially hard over the past year.

House Republicans are committed to ensuring all K-12 public school students receive full funding for the 2020-21 school year, whether they attended classes in-person or virtually due to COVID-19. Lawmakers are also calling for a one-time grant to help children combat learning loss they may have experienced as a result of the pandemic. Legislation would also ensure more families can exercise school choice and provide their children the best education.

Proposed legislation would also support law enforcement, and increase transparency and accountability in policing. House Bill 1006 would require full employment record sharing between departments to help law enforcement identify bad actors. The Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board would also be given more flexibility to address significant officer misconduct. De-escalation training for new recruits and current officers would also be required. As part of the state budget, a one-time grant would create a program to help departments pay for body cameras for police officers.

As lawmakers take on these and many other important issues, there are multiple resources to help Hoosiers stay informed on proposals being considered.

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Indiana releases COVID-19 vaccine plan

Indiana recently rolled out a plan to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, and Hoosier first responders, health care workers and those 80 years and older are currently eligible.

Visit to find out if you are eligible, locate a nearby vaccination site and sign up for an appointment. Those who do not have access to a computer can call 211 to register from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily – including weekends.

This vaccine is administered in two doses, 21-28 days apart, and is available at no cost.

Family members can make appointments for loved ones who qualify. Individuals must bring their photo ID to the appointment. At the first appointment, Hoosiers will be required to schedule a time for their second dose.

The Indiana Department of Health will open up vaccinations by age group beginning with people 80 years old and older. Be sure to check frequently for updates.

In addition to wearing masks and social distancing, the coronavirus vaccine provides another level of protection to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Have you already received the vaccine? Make sure you’re on the v-safe after vaccination health checker, a smartphone-based tool that checks in on you after the vaccine.

Local Communities Receive Road Funding

From Churubusco to Evansville and Crown Point to Madison, counties, cities and towns across Indiana recently received more than $101 million for road and bridge projects through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

A result of a 2017 law House Republicans championed, this funding is available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Eligible projects include:

  • Road and bridge preservation;
  • Road construction;
  • Intersection improvements;
  • Guardrail replacements;
  • Signage;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act compliance;
  • Chip sealing expenses; and
  • Crack sealing expenses.

Open to all local governments, the program is highly competitive. Each year there are two rounds of applications to spread out project proposals and allow more communities to apply. Click here for a list of recent recipients.

Cities and towns with a population less than 10,000 must contribute a 25% funding match, while larger communities must provide a 50% match. Half of the available funds must be awarded annually to municipalities with populations less than 50,000.

Applications for the first round of 2021 are now open. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Communities receiving funding will be notified in late winter or early spring. Learn more about Community Crossings on INDOT’s website.

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