Political Notebook

  • Fries gets Farm nod
    Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries has received the endorsement of the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT in his primary election race for the District 15 Indiana State Senate seat.
  • Wyss honored by commissioners
    The Allen County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday paid tribute to retiring state Sen. Tom Wyss at its legislative recap breakfast.
  • 3 Democrats to talk taxes
    Democratic candidates for state auditor, a state Senate seat and Wayne Township trustee will have a joint appearance Monday to talk about Earned Income Tax Credit programs and helping low-income Hoosiers file their tax returns.
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Committee assignments abound

Northeast Indiana has gained a committee chairman in the Indiana House.

Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, will head the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. Issues this committee has dealt with in the past include child support, family law and child protection.

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, will be back as chairman of the Insurance Committee and Rep. Dave Wolkins,R-WinonaLake, continues to chair the Environmental Affairs Committee.

Several area House members – including a few newcomers - have been tapped as vice chairmen of committees as well. They are:

  • Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn – Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development.
  • Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne– Environmental Affairs.
  • Rep. Dave Ober, R-Albion – Employment, Labor and Pensions.
  • Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-FortWayne– Insurance.
  • Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-ColumbiaCity– Local Government.
  • Wolkins – Select Committee on Government Reduction.
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