Donna’s Hoosier Roots and Values
Representative Donna Schaibley was born and raised in Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University with a B.A in education and political science. Donna has worked in the administration of two major universities, was a leader on the Board of Trustees of the Orchard School, and served as a substitute teacher in the Carmel Clay schools and as a volunteer in the community. She and her husband John have two children, and have lived in Carmel for 25 years. Donna believes small businesses are the economy’s driving force and it is the government’s job to create an environment which allows businesses to grow so that they are able to provide good jobs for Hoosiers. She also believes Indiana needs to continue to strengthen and secure our schools, and develop and educate its workforce so that people have the necessary skills for today’s jobs. You can count on Donna to be a responsible steward of the taxpayer’s dollars and to stand for transparent and efficient government.
Donna’s Record of Legislative Accomplishments
Donna has served the people of District 24 as their State Representative since 2015. She has a record of accomplishment in her four sessions in the Indiana General Assembly and she is skilled in using the legislative process to improve the lives of Hoosiers. Donna has authored, co-authored, and sponsored numerous important bills which she successfully helped enact into law, including the following:
- Streamlining the health insurance prior authorization process for patients so they can get the medical care they need in a timely manner, requiring insurers to respond to requests in a timely manner, and ensuring that insurance companies pay for services that they authorize
- Providing equitable and stable funding for community mental health centers, increasing fiscal transparency, and providing localities with additional data which will enable them to more effectively address mental health and drug problems
- Requiring newborn screening for two hereditary diseases (Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease) to enable early treatment
- Reducing duplicative paperwork for businesses
- Giving Hoosiers with treatment resistant epilepsy the option to use CBD oil as an alternative therapy
Increasing penalties for hackers who install ransomware on computers and empowering the Indiana Attorney General to prosecute these cyber criminals
- Providing training for teachers in suicide awareness and prevention
- Permitting families of children with disabilities to establish tax-exempt savings accounts (ABLE accounts) that can be used for maintaining health, quality of life, and peace of mind
- Allowing DNA testing for those arrested for felonies which helps solve crimes and exonerates innocent people
- Returning excess funds from the State Board of Accounts Reserve back to the counties, enabling many local projects to be funded
- Allowing direct primary care medical services as an option for Hoosiers
- Providing teachers with training to recognize dyslexia so children can get early intervention
- Modernizing government by streamlining and updating procedures for state and local government and reducing unnecessary paperwork
- Protecting property owners from excessive taxation of their rural property
- Giving localities greater authority to set lower school speed limits that they determine are appropriate to protect our children’s safety
- Clarifying the law regarding the services that cosmetologists may provide
Donna also successfully advocated for an adjustment to the school funding formula that significantly increased funding for District 24 schools, and she will continue to advocate for more equitable school funding. Addressing the important issue of school safety, Donna will continue to work to ensure that state government provides our local school districts with the tools necessary to help keep our children safe.
Donna also was a part of other accomplishments of the House of Representatives during her four sessions in office, including Indiana’s balanced budget, improving roads and infrastructure, income tax relief, supporting our military and veterans, addressing serious crime, replacing ISTEP, protecting Indiana’s newborns, small business tax relief, giving terminally ill Hoosiers the right to try investigational treatments, doubling funding for domestic violence prevention and treatment programs, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, fully funding K-12 schools, attacking the opioid epidemic, aligning career and technical education programs with current and future employer needs, and increasing government efficiency. Indiana’s effective and responsive government has been nationally praised, including being ranked first in the nation for having the best state government by US News & World Report in 2017.
Donna’s Legislative Priorities for 2019
Donna routinely meets with constituents, community groups, school and business leaders, mayors, city and town council members, and state government officials in her continuing efforts to be informed about the needs and concerns of the people of District 24 and to effectively represent them in the General Assembly and to be their voice with state government agencies. Based upon that input, Donna pledges to continue her work on many issues, including the following priority areas:
- Maintaining a responsible balanced budget for Indiana and keeping our AAA bond rating
- Further increasing funding for K-12 schools in District 24, building on our earlier progress in this area
- Working with our school districts, providing schools with additional mechanisms to enhance their ability to keep our children safe
- Continue developing incentives to keep Indiana one of the best states in the country in which to do business
- Building on our prior work force development legislation, creating additional optional technical and trade pathways for high schools students that focus on the current and anticipated job market through (1) work force ready grants, (2) internships, (3) trade education, (4) partnerships with business, and (5) technical schools.
- Improving mental health and addiction programs and expanding the Youth Assistance Program that intercedes with at risk children and works to provide new incentives for workers to enter the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment