Donna Schaibley views her main duty as a state representative as being responsive to her constituents.
“Every year since I was elected (in 2014), I have been working hard on legislation, doing extensive constituent outreach, and each election year, going door to door to meet voters,” Schaibley said. “I treat every election seriously because the voters deserve no less. The response I am getting from the people of District 24 is very positive.”
The Carmel Republican is seeking her fourth term for the District 24 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. Her opponent is Democrat Naomi Bechtold. Schaibley defeated Bechtold for the seat in 2018 with more than 55 percent of the vote.
“The vast majority of the legislation I author arises out of concerns people in my district share with me,” Schaibley said. “Controlling and reducing health care costs is an important issue for many of my constituents, and I have authored and sponsored multiple pieces of legislation that have been enacted into law addressing this issue. For example, my health care price transparency legislation requires that providers give patients, upon request, a ‘good faith estimate’ of the price they will be charged for a service.”
Schaibley said she also sponsored legislation establishing the groundwork for an All Payer Claims Database in Indiana.
“APCD will eventually allow Hoosiers to go to a website, enter a medical procedure and compare price and quality among various medical providers, thus allowing them to make more enlightened health care decisions,” she said. “I have also authored and sponsored legislation on dozens of other issues that I successfully helped enact into law. There is much more work to be done, and I would like to continue that work for the people of District 24 in the General Assembly.”
In addition, Schaibley said she has authored and sponsored legislation on many complicated issues, including protecting victims of sexual assault by enacting a victim bill of rights, creating new procedural protections for children who are the victims of sexual assault, helping children by providing access to additional mental health services in schools with parental consent, protecting children by giving schools information that enables them to identify child predators and expanding programs that aid at-risk youth, such as the Youth Assistance Program.
Indiana has maintained a balanced budget for the past 10 years and established healthy reserves under Republican leadership, Schaibley said.
“We are therefore equipped to weather unexpected challenges, such as the pandemic we confront today,” she said. “I think small business is the backbone of the economy and we need to continue to pursue policies that encourage business investment in Indiana. As we reopen, we need to look at providing reasonable liability protections for our businesses.”
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