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Young proposals to become law
Start Date: 5/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly has approved legislation this session authored by State Senator Richard D. Young, Jr. (D-Milltown) concerning veteran education services, protections for farmers, and road development. These initiatives are expected to be signed into law by the governor. Most new laws become effective July 1, 2013.

Combat to College
Under Sen. Young’s
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 115, a Combat to College program will be offered to universities with more than 200 enrolled veterans, providing them with centralized locations for admissions, registration and financial services, academic guidance programs, and job search assistance. SEA 115 will require reasonable accommodations at an institution’s fitness facility for disabled veterans and counseling services for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, a Combat to College program coordinator would be responsible for a variety of tasks, such as developing internship opportunities available for veterans and educating them on the availability of state and federal benefits.

Soil productivity factors
Sen. Young has taken steps to slow an upsurge in property taxes on agricultural land through the passage of
SEA 319. The new law requires land surveyors to use the same factors to determine soil productivity that were used in March 2011, when surveying methods changed for the first time since the 1970s. The measure halts a sudden spike in taxes while researchers at Purdue University take time to study the issue and make recommendations to the legislature on appropriate land surveying techniques. SEA 319 was the first bill to be signed into law by the governor this session.

Road development
House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1067
, sponsored by Sen. Young, details Indiana’s participation in a federal program to allow for greater flexibility in local transportation development projects. Projects that use federal funds are held to hefty national construction standards and tend to cost about 30 percent more than state-funded projects. The measure aims to allow cities and towns to use state funds for roads projects, giving local authorities more freedom in road development and financing.

Artisan distiller permits
Co-sponsored by Sen. Young,
HEA 1293 creates a permit for the state’s artisan distillers to blend, bottle, store, transport and sell Indiana spirits to wholesalers. The proposal provides that craft micro-distilleries would be allowed to sell hard liquor on-site to consumers and serve samples of their homemade spirits and eliminates a three year wait period once start-up artisan distillers apply for a permit. Those permit holders however, will face tougher restrictions.

Donations of agricultural products and livestock
Sen. Young sponsored
HEA 1519 to exempt individuals from civil damages if they did not knowingly, intentionally or recklessly donate damaged agricultural products and livestock to a charity or food bank. Hunger prevention agencies would also be protected from damages if they received food donations that were knowingly contaminated. The act provides that immunity would not apply to donors who purposely violate food safety laws when use, condition or quality of the food gifts result in damages. The act provides the same immunity limitations to dairy and poultry.

Sen. Young represents Senate District 47 which encompasses portions of Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Orange, Perry and Washington counties. For more information on Sen. Young, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business, call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s47.

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 NOTE: A photo of Sen. Richard D. Young, Jr., be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Young.jpg

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
Sen. Young
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  • Education & Training
  • Taxes & Finance
  • Tourism & Transportation
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    Senate Democratic Caucus

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