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Protecting Hoosier Students, Schools

Ensuring the safety of Hoosier students, teachers and school staff is always a top priority. Recently, 392 schools throughout the state received more than $19 million from the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program to make safety upgrades.

This program, established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, provides matching grants to Hoosier school corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools and coalitions of school corporations. Funds are used to address and prepare for potential safety threats, like employing school resource officers, conducting threat assessments, and purchasing equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite first responder notification.

Since the program’s launch, Indiana schools – large and small – received more than $110 million in grant funding.

Indiana schools can apply for up to $100,000 in grant funds, but do not have to request the maximum amount. For the next round of funding, applicants need to submit requests to the Indiana Secured School Safety Board by clicking here.

For more information about the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program, click here. Connect to other key resources through the Indiana School Safety Hub at

Enter sweepstakes to win $10K for college

To celebrate September as College Savings Month, Hoosiers can enter a sweepstakes worth $10,000 to help with higher education costs.

Contestants must be at least 18 years old and enter online by midnight on Sept. 30. A winner will receive a $10,000 contribution to a CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan account to use for qualified expenses like tuition, books and computers.

With CollegeChoice 529 plans, students and families can save money for post-secondary or higher education. Accounts can be opened for as little as $10, and family and friends can contribute to the account on behalf of the student. Funds can be used at any eligible university or apprenticeship program, both in and out of state. Account growth is tax-deferred and tax-free, as long as the funds are used for education expenses.

For more information about opening a CollegeChoice 529 plan and to enter the sweepstakes, click here.

Public can weigh-in on proposed district maps

Initial drafts of the Indiana House of Representatives and Congressional district maps will be posted online by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Hoosiers are invited to provide feedback on those maps during 1 of 2 public meetings in the House Chamber of the Indiana Statehouse.

The House Elections and Apportionment Committee will meet from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and again on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. until testimony concludes. Anyone who would like to testify can sign up upon arrival just outside of the House Chamber.

For those who cannot attend the meetings, Hoosiers can watch online at and submit testimony by emailing or by contacting their state legislators. Constituents can find out who their state legislators are and their contact information online at and clicking on “Find Your Legislator.”

Free Job Training For In-Demand Industries

Indiana’s economy continues to grow, and our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the Midwest.

Still, there are over 100,000 job openings across the state ready to be filled by hardworking Hoosiers.

To skill up and prepare to land high-paying, in-demand positions, check out Next Level Jobs. With Next Level Jobs, Hoosiers can receive free training in high-demand fields such as health care, manufacturing and information technology. Grants pay for all tuition and fees, and can be used at any eligible training provider. Hoosiers can earn high-value certificates giving them a competitive edge in the workforce.  

An additional resource is Indiana Career Ready, which helps prepare job seekers for in-demand careers regardless of their work experience. Hoosiers can access customized training and tools, like a job portal and resume builder, based on their background and experience.

To address Indiana’s skills gap, businesses are partnering with the state to help pinpoint areas needing more workers. Indiana Career Ready takes this information and aligns trainings for job seekers, or matches employers with workers skilled in the industry.

For Hoosier job providers, the employer portal can be used to attract talent, improve job descriptions and recruitment efforts, and access key data about Indiana’s labor market. Employers in key industries can apply for training grants offered through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs, which provides $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months after participating in the program.  

Already, more than 23,300 Hoosiers earned certificates using the Workforce Ready Grant, and more than 50,000 are enrolled in qualifying programs. Whether adding new skills to your toolbox or seeking a new career, Next Level Jobs can help.

Savor the Flavors of Indiana

Discover the flavors and cultures of Hoosier communities large and small with the Indiana Culinary Trails Passport. The digital passport can be used on smartphones and when checking into more than 250 local establishments – including old favorites and new hotspots – along 21 culinary trails across the state.

The Indiana Culinary Trails Passport doesn’t just connect users to traditional restaurants, food lovers of all kinds will be introduced to small, family-operated ice cream parlors, bakeries, drive-ins, farms and more.

Those using the Indiana Culinary Trails Passport qualify for seasonal giveaway drawings throughout the year, with all sign-ups and check-ins considered entries. After visiting 30, 60 and 90 locations, participants will receive a custom pie server, a tumbler and a hat.

How it works:

  • Sign up for the digital passport at
  • Check your phone for a text and email. No app download necessary, and be sure to save the passport to your phones home screen for easy access.
  • Head to a participating Indiana Culinary Trail business and check in.
  • Earn rewards.

Whether looking for the perfect sugar cream pie or tenderloin sandwich, or trying something new, there is an Indiana Culinary Trail for you. Get your digital Indiana Culinary Trails Passport today at and start savoring the flavors of Indiana.

Supporting Hoosier Law Enforcement

New tools and investments in training facilities and programs for Hoosier law enforcement will help departments throughout the state better protect and serve our communities. Now ceremonially signed into law, House Enrolled Act 1006 along with the new state budget supports police departments and their efforts to hire the best officers.

With total backing from law enforcement, bipartisan support and not a single “no” vote, this historic legislation authored by State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) (pictured) allows full employment record sharing between police departments to vet potential officers, and provides the state additional flexibility to address significant officer misconduct.

Indiana’s state budget also invests $70 million in additional funding for improved training programs and facilities, including at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy where many House Republicans joined officers in training for the ceremonial signing of HEA 1006. Departments can also apply for grants to purchase body-worn cameras.

House Republicans value Hoosier police officers, and thank them for risking their lives to protect our communities.

Intern With Our Team, Apply Today!

College students and recent graduates seeking valuable hands-on work experience should apply to intern with Indiana House Republicans.

Our paid internships help young professionals build their skills as they network with leaders from across the state. Positions are open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors, including law school students. Students and recent graduates can apply for internships in a variety of departments related to their field of study, including legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy and fiscal policy.

Interns will work at the Statehouse in Indianapolis for the duration of the 2022 legislative session, which kicks off in January and concludes mid-March. The paid, spring-semester positions are full time, Monday through Friday. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, free parking, career and professional development assistance, enrollment access to an Indiana government class, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.

Many former interns joined Indiana House Republicans as full-time staff, while others used the internship as a launching point for meaningful careers in both the public and private sector. Visit for more information and to apply before the Oct. 31 deadline. Don’t miss out on interning with our team, apply today!

Local Redistricting Meetings Start This Week

Hoosiers are invited to attend one or more of a series of public meetings across the state this week on Aug. 6-7 and next week on Aug. 11 to provide feedback on Indiana’s redistricting process.

Indiana is required to redraw its districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana Senate following the nationwide census every 10 years.

Before legislators are expected to return to the Statehouse in mid-to-late September to redraw the district boundaries, public meetings will be held in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts. The meetings are grouped into geographic areas, including north, south and central.

Below is the complete schedule of public meetings:

  • North – Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 at the following Ivy Tech campuses:
    Lafayette | 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 6
    Valparaiso | 3-5 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 6
    Fort Wayne | 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 7
    Elkhart | 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7
  • South – Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 at the following Ivy Tech campuses:
    Anderson | 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 6
    Columbus | 4-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6
    Evansville | 9-11 a.m. CDT Saturday, Aug. 7
    Sellersburg | 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7
  • Central – Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Statehouse
    Indianapolis | 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11 in the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse

Campus meeting room information will be updated as it’s available on the Indiana General Assembly’s website at Meetings will be livestreamed and archived at

Census data is delayed due to the pandemic, but is expected to arrive on Aug. 16. An online portal with mapping software will be launched in late August that will allow the public to draw and submit their own maps for consideration.

Ways To Save At The Indiana State Fair

After being canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana State Fair is back in full swing starting July 30, celebrating the resiliency of the Hoosier Spirit. From deep-fried foods to 4-H projects, and from farm animals to carnival rides, the fair has something for everyone to enjoy.

The fair will run through Aug. 22, and if you’re planning to visit, be sure to check out the following deals and discounts:

  • BMV Discount Day, Wednesday, Aug. 4
    Click here to download a voucher to get $6 gate admission.
  • $3 Thursdays, Aug. 5, 12 & 19
    On Thursdays, fairgoers will pay $3 for gate admission, midway rides and food options at each food stand.
  • Free IndyStar Ticket, Wednesday, Aug. 11
    Buy a copy of the IndyStar on Aug. 9 for free admission on Aug. 11.
  • AAA Day, Wednesday, Aug. 18
    AAA cardholders get free admission with a valid AAA membership card presented at the gate. One valid card per person.
  • Military and First Responders Day, Friday, Aug. 20
    First responders, current and former military members, and their families get free admission with valid ID presented at the gate.

The Free Stage will host a variety of musical acts, including Josh Turner, Noah Cyrus and the Beach Boys. The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand will also feature a number of free and paid admission events, such as a hot air balloon race, and traditional events like the high school band and cheerleading competitions.

This year, the fair will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays weekly, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. all other days. Click here for a complete list of events, exhibits, activities and more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the gate.

For more information about the Indiana State Fair, visit

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