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Feb. 23, 2013

  Each week, the Daily Reporter will recap what local lawmakers are doing at the Statehouse. Here is a list of key bills by legislators who represent Hancock County and what happened to the bills this week. You can also track these proposed laws online by visiting www.in.gov/legislative and clicking on “Legislation by Legislator.” 

    –Compiled by Maribeth Vaughn 

Suspension of local officeholders

Bill number: SB 226

Author: Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange; Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield is second author

Summary: If a local officeholder is charged with certain felonies, the executive body of government may vote to suspend the officeholder. The bill was written by former Sen. Beverly Gard last year; it stemmed from charges and criminal investigations involving officeholders in Hancock County.

Status: Approved by the Senate.

This week: The bill was approved 40-9 Tuesday by the Senate. Next it will be considered by the House.

Sportsmen’s benevolence account

Bill number: SB 364

Author: Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield

Summary: Puts a $150,000 annual appropriation from the state’s general fund into an account with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to encourage citizen participation in feeding the state’s hungry with donations of wild game.

Status: Approved by a Senate committee.

This week: A committee unanimously approved the bill Thursday.  It must be approved by an appropriations committee before being considered by the full Senate.

Wild-animal permits

Bill number: SB 477

Author: Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield

Summary: Commercial animal dealers would be required to get state wild-animal permits. The bill would also allow the Department of Natural Resources to allow one permit for all wild animals contained in a single location, which Crider says will make it easier for the state to determine where wild or exotic animals are kept.

Status: In Senate committee

This week: The bill has essentially died in committee.

Municipal food and beverage tax

Bill number: HB 1071

Author: Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, is a co-author; the bill was originally written by Rep. James Baird.

Summary: A city may impose a food and beverage tax, but it may not exceed 1 percent of the gross retail income.

Status: In House committee

This week: No movement.

Killing a law enforcement animal

Bill number: HB 1093

Author: Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, is a co-author; Rep. Rochelle VanDenburgh is the original author

Summary: A person convicted of striking or hurting a police animal is required to pay for a replacement animal if it is permanently disabled or killed.

Status: Approved by the House.

This week: The bill was approved 97-0 Feb. 12 and will next be considered by the Senate.


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