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[r23] Friend Report: Honoring a WWII Veteran
Start Date: 2/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Friend Report: Honoring a WWII Veteran

One of the truly enjoyable things about this position is the interesting people I meet along the way.  This past week, the House adopted a resolution to honor Jim Pendleton, a WWII veteran, who had been wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.  This Purple Heart recipient, now 90 years old, told a remarkable account of his part in the battle that began just before Christmas in 1944. 

It was incredibly uplifting to hear his story and be reminded of what others have sacrificed for us to enjoy and live the lives we lead. His heroics, and those of many others, helped turn the tide in favor of the Allies in WWII, ultimately leading to victory. I cannot say enough how appreciative I am of the selfless sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in the Armed Forces; they truly deserve our utmost gratitude.

It was an honor to meet this member of the “greatest generation.”  There were many teary members after the old gentleman spoke to us.  I wish him all the best and thank him for his service.

Following the resolution, the Legislature went through the bill list for the day unanimously passing House Bill 1324, a bill about using compressed natural gas as a motor fuel.  The bill provides a 50 percent income tax credit between December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2017 for placing into service a natural gas powered vehicle that has a gross weight of over 33,000 lbs.  This is to incentivize people to purchase natural gas powered vehicles, which in turn will encourage construction of natural gas fueling stations.  The bill also provides for the collection and remittance of the Special Fuels tax on alternative fuels.  It also allows the imposition of the motor carrier fuel tax and surtax by imposing the existing rates on the gasoline gallon equivalents of alternative fuels sold and consumed. 

The motivation for this bill comes from announcements by large trucking companies that they are converting from diesel engines to natural gas engines.  We currently have no taxing authority over natural gas powered vehicles.  Without that authority, they would pay no road tax, creating an unfair advantage over those of us who pay the tax at the pump.

House Bill 1006 is a long discussed bill that revises the Indiana Criminal Code.  The bill would lessen the penalties for more minor crimes and move them out of the Department of Corrections to community corrections and other programs.  The bill would make penalties harsher for more serious crimes and expand the number of felony counts from four to six.  

Currently, an offender might receive one day’s credit for each day of good behavior served.  In other words, an offender with a 10 year sentence might actually serve five years in the DOC, or 50 percent of the sentence.  Under HB 1006, the serious offender would serve 75 percent of the sentence, so a 10 year sentence would be 7.5 years in the DOC.  The bill is more stringent on the more serious crimes and more lenient on less serious crimes to provide those offenders with the treatment necessary to reduce recidivism.  In no way is it ‘soft” on crime.  The bill just uses a different approach that may help avoid building another prison.

Lastly, House Bill 1080 authorizes a 13th check for retirees from PERF, TRF, excise police, gaming agent, gaming control officer and conservation officers plan.  The bill helps retirees to offset some of the costs of inflation, cost of living and an overall sluggish economy.  Retirees deserve the assistance and the accounts are liquid enough to make the payments.

I could write about many bills, but space is limited.  I will try to be more diverse in my bill selection in the future.

It is half-time at the General Assembly.  Please communicate about the legislation that concerns you.  It is your government, participate!

More later,

Bill Friend

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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