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Indiana General Assembly – Part Two
First Regular Session of the 122nd General Assembly
The First Regular Session of the 122nd General Assembly convened on Monday, January 4th. Hundreds of bills will be filed before the deadline for filing.  See a list of Senate and House bills here.
While this is generally called the “long” session, it will pass rapidly. See the Senate Calendar and the House Calendar here. The major deadlines are:
Monday, February 22 – Last day for 3rd reading of House bills in House
Tuesday, February 23 – Last day for Senate to receive House bills
                                        Last day for 3rd reading of Senate bills in Senate
Monday, April 19 –         Last day for House adoption of Conference
Committee reports
                                        Last day for 3rd reading of Senate bills in the
House
Tuesday, April 20 –       Last day for 3rd reading of House bills in the
Senate
                                      Last day for Senate adoption of Conference
Committee reports
Thursday, April 29 –    Last day for adjournment of both houses
 The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the General Assembly just as it is disrupting our personal lives. This session of the General Assembly has special “Safety Protocols” for committee hearings, floor sessions and general access. Face masks and social distancing are required and access to meeting rooms and offices is restricted.
 The best way to keep up with legislative activity is through the website for the General Assembly, www.iga.in.gov. It provides a wealth of information including:
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   Live streaming of each chamber and committee meetings when a meeting is scheduled and in progress (check the Daily Schedule).
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  Find your Representative or Senator by opening the Information box at the top of the screen.
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  Bills can be searched using the Legislation box at the top of the screen. They may be searched by bill number, keyword, legislator or subject. You may also use the Search tab in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
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 You can search the Indiana Code by using the Search tab at the top right of the screen. Select the Code tab to fill in the Title, Article, Chapter, or Section you wish to search. There is also a keyword search. The Indiana Code can also be searched under the Laws box at the top of the screen.
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Committees are organized in the Committees box. The names of the committees may be viewed by clicking All, or the list of committees may be narrowed by clicking on the type of committee. Using the Search tab in the upper right-hand corner of the screen will also work. If you know the name of a member of the committee, try a legislator search. When you get to the individual legislator’s page, a list of committees will appear at the bottom of the screen.
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The Upcoming Meetings panel displays a list of all committee meetings scheduled for a selected day. Click on a committee name to view more information about the bills being heard that day.

 
 
A Bright Future for America

When you commit to a weekly newsletter, you know there will be times when words don’t come easily. However, it’s frequently those moments when it’s most important to speak out. So while all of us have been experiencing a shared sense of apprehension over this week’s events, I wanted to share with you what I’m thinking.

First, I know that no matter what challenges face America, we live in the best and most free country in the world. We have faced tougher times, and like those in the past, we will survive these times as well.

Second, I’m proud to be from Indiana. This is a state where for a long time we have come together as Hoosiers to find solutions and deliver results. Sure, we find things where we all don’t agree, but on the vast majority of issues, we come together to build on our past success.

I have had the good fortune of working around lot of great leaders in my life…far too many to list. Vice President Mike Pence is one of those leaders. He’s a man who has a strong faith in God and belief in America. And without a doubt he has shown great leadership and courage over the last four years, never more so then over this past week.

Violence and mayhem cannot and must never be used as tools to push an agenda. Whether that’s violence in Indianapolis, small town Indiana, or our nation’s capital, violence isn’t who we are. It’s un-American, and runs counter to our republic’s very foundation.

God bless all of you. Together, we must stay engaged as we work to ensure a bright future for America. And most importantly, please say a prayer for our country tonight.

-Kyle Hupfer

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Governor Holcomb’s Week That Was 
COVID-19 Vaccine: Now Available for Hoosiers 80+
This week, Governor Holcomb provided an update on Indiana’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the next round of Hoosiers who will be available to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a quick update:
  • Starting today, Hoosiers age 80 and older can make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. An appointment can be made online at OurShot.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1.
  • The next priority groups will be Hoosiers over age 70, and then Hoosiers over age 60. These groups will be available to receive their vaccine once an ample supply is available.
  • At least one vaccination clinic will be available in every county – 148 in total.
  • This is in addition to frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents, who are also currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • More than 128,000 Hoosiers have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Remember, until this global pandemic is over – please continue to practice social distancing, practice good hygiene, and wear your mask. For more information, visit coronavirus.in.govor OurShot.in.gov.

To stay up to date on the latest developments, please make sure you’re following Governor Holcomb on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

State lawmakers kick off 2021 legislative session

This week, I joined my fellow state lawmakers at the Capitol to kick off the 2021 legislative session. We remain focused on putting Hoosiers first and managing through the pandemic while tackling important issues facing our state. 

In the coming months, we will be working on passing Indiana’s two-year budget, which funds critical state services like education, and considering legislation focused on accelerating Indiana’s economic recovery, getting Hoosiers back to work and creating jobs. 

You can watch session and committees live online by clicking here.

It’s important you remain involved and informed, and share input on issues that matter most. Please contact me at h64@iga.in.gov or call 317-232-9648.

Visit the Vanderburgh GOP 

page for daily updates.

  Mark Your calendar                CLICK on event for more information
  January 13
Chamber Lunch with Mayor – ONEP – 11:30
Postponed until further notice
GOP Breakfast – C K Newsome Community Center
  Postponed until further notice
Lincoln Day Dinner – Evansville Country Club.
If you have or know about event Please contact me at lonw@elwalters.com

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If you have any questions, contact Mary Jo Kaiser, VCRP Political Director, at

or (812) 425-8207.
for more info. Thank you.
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