Jean Leising

Maternal Mortality Bill Moves Forward

Feb 16, 2018

A bill to create a maternal mortality review committee passed a House committee this week. It seeks to determine the reason for Indiana's high maternal mortality rate – when a mother dies during pregnancy or in childbirth.

These rates are on the rise in many states, including Indiana. Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) proposed a bill this session to investigate the cause.

"Our death rate for moms having babies in our state is twice that of the national average," says Leising.

Senate Votes To Legalize Cannabidiol

Feb 5, 2018

The Indiana Senate approved legislation Monday to allow anyone in the state to buy or sell cannabidiol, or CBD.

The Senate’s bill is similar to language approved last week by the House – meaning CBD legalization appears to have a clear path forward this session.

A report from the Indiana Department of Education shows the majority of teachers surveyed support mandatory cursive writing in elementary school.

The survey went out to teachers, superintendents, principals and governing board members.

It was prompted by legislation from State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg). The survey asked if the person supports or opposes the mandatory instruction of cursive writing.

Courtesy Indiana Senate Republicans

Today on WBAA's Wake-Up Call, we talk to State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) about her six-year effort to convince Indiana lawmakers to mandate cursive writing be taught in Hoosier schools.

This year, the General Assembly didn't approve Leising's long-sought after mandate.

But it did support her compromise plan requiring the Indiana Department of Education to ask teachers, school administrators and school board members whether they want mandatory instruction of cursive writing.

State Senator Introduces Cursive Writing Bill Again

Feb 19, 2015
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A State Senator is trying at least once more to get cursive handwriting to be part of the state‘s school curriculum.

Several times, Oldenburg Republican Jean Leising has introduced the cursive writing bill.

And several times it has passed the state Senate, but not received a hearing from House Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning, who thinks the bill is a waste of time.

Leising was planning on skipping the bill this session, but says she changed her mind after surveying her constituents at her website.

A statewide smoking ban is headed to the governor’s desk for his approval. This, after weeks of debate and compromise have left many legislators aren’t satisfied with the results.

The final version of the ban exempts bars and taverns, gaming facilities, tobacco shops and private clubs.  And it does not prevent local governments from passing stricter bans.