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Bringing bills back to you
Start Date: 2/14/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 2/14/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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We are now more than halfway through the 2014 legislative session. Senate bills are making their way over to the House for consideration, and many of them are already being heard in committee.  This week, I’d like to focus on a few bills that were heard in that you might find interesting. 

Senate Bill (SB) 186, a bill I sponsored that went through the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, passed out of committee with a vote of 12-1. The bill declares the state’s policy on agriculture and farmers’ rights and explains that Indiana will continue to conserve, protect and encourage the development and improvement of agriculture. 

This applies to the agricultural business sector as well as land serving to produce food, fuel, fiber and other agriculture products. SB 186 would allow Indiana Code to be interpreted by the courts as protecting farmers, allowing them to choose among generally accepted farming and livestock production practices, including the use of future technologies.

I also serve on the Public Health Committee, which heard a bill that I particularly wanted to share with you. SB 180 focuses on studying the possibility of incorporating Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) into veteran treatment programs for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

HBOT has had remarkable results, but isn’t yet an FDA-approved method of treatment for TBI and PTSD. Senator Banks, the author of SB 180, stated in committee that about 20 percent of Indiana veterans meet the criteria to be diagnosed with PTSD and could benefit from HBOT. A vote hasn’t been taken yet on SB 180, but it’s expected to be voted on in the upcoming week. 

The Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard, and passed, with a unanimous vote SB 227 to enhance a current law commonly known as the Indiana Lifeline Law. SB 227 gives immunity from arrest or prosecution to a person for certain alcohol offenses – like being underage - if the person is reporting a medical emergency, a victim of sexual assault or witnessing and reporting what the person believes is a crime.  

SB 227 also permits emergency medical responders, firefighters or law enforcement officers to treat victims with an overdose medication to a person suffering from an overdose. 

The bills that passed out of committee will now move on to the House floor for second reading. I encourage you to continue following the legislative process and make a point to do research on anything you are interested in. We have about four more weeks of session, and I will continue to update you with the great strides forward we are making for Indiana.

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State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee. Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

Contact Information:
Name: Maggie Johnson
Phone: 317-232-9693
Email: maggie.johnson@iga.in.gov
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