Around the House



Statehouse Build

Indiana lawmakers and staff participated in the first ever Habitat for Humanity Statehouse Build!

Over 160 volunteers partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana today to help build a home for a hard-working single mother and her 8-year-old daughter.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), House Democrat Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Senate Democrat Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) joined Habitat for Humanity of Indiana and the home recipient to formally kick off the event.

Participants set a goal of $30,000 for the cost of the construction, and were able to raise $50,500 thanks to numerous donations. Earlier this year, the legislature launched a new and used tool drive, ultimately collecting $3,500 in new and used tools.

Follow all of the action of build day on social media with the hashtag #StatehouseBuild.

Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages. To begin the application process, families must demonstrate their ability to pay a mortgage and manage their finances. Once a family is accepted into the program, they contribute sweat equity hours and attend homebuyer education classes.

Learn how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana here.



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.

Honoring Farm Families

Reps. Tony Cook and Greg Beumer tell us about the Hoosier Homestead Awards Program, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

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