Thursday, January 18, 2018

House passes Wesco’s bill aiding military students called to active duty

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — The House of Representatives voted today in support of State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill that would protect military college students who are called to active duty during an academic term.

Wesco said this legislation would ensure military college students who are called to active duty receive a tuition reimbursement or the opportunity to re-enroll in courses. The bill would apply to all military personnel, including members of the Indiana National Guard and reserve branches, and those who are from another state and are attending school in Indiana.

“Military members who are attending college and called to serve should not have their education suffer because they’re protecting our country,” Wesco said. “This bill would establish a streamlined process so Hoosiers don’t have to choose between serving our nation and furthering their education.” 

The legislation would also ensure that any financial benefits the veteran may receive from the federal government isn’t accounted against them in applying for financial aid at the state level.  

Wesco’s bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more about House Bill 1047, visit

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wesco Statement on IDOH Denial of South Bend Abortion Provider application

STATEHOUSE (January 10, 2018) Rep. Tim Wesco applauded the Indiana Department of Health for denying an application of Whole Women’s Health in South Bend under the authority granted it by Indiana law, specifically IC 16-21-2-11.

“Whole Women’s health has clearly demonstrated itself to be a disreputable and irresponsible organization,” said Rep. Wesco. “I support Indiana’s laws that require abortion clinics to be licensed and regulated. Unfortunately, there is currently a bill that would repeal these much needed regulations and I oppose such misguided efforts which would be detrimental to the health of women and the cause of life in Indiana.”  

Late last year, Rep. Wesco joined with other area Legislators in a letter to the Governor urging the denial of the application. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Students invited to page at the Statehouse

Applications are now open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2018 legislative session.

While at the Statehouse, House pages spend the day touring the House and Senate chambers, the Indiana Supreme Court and governor’s office. Each year, I always enjoy spending time with young Hoosiers from our community on the House floor. Pages are also assigned age-appropriate tasks like delivering important messages and sorting files.

To be a page, applicants should be between the ages of 13 and 18. Student pages receive an excused absence from school, and groups can sign up to participate together.

The 2018 legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 3, and must conclude by March 14. Positions fill quickly, so interested students should apply early online at or by calling 800-382-9841.