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[r67] Rep. Frye: Session a success
Start Date: 5/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2013
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STATEHOUSE — The 2013 legislative session has concluded. State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) is pleased with the success of three of his bills this session: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1324, HEA 1325 and Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 369.

HEA 1324 provides a three year income tax credit for using a natural gas powered vehicle that weighs over 33,000 pounds. The maximum weight limit for a vehicle that uses natural gas as a motor fuel will be increased by 2,000 pounds.

The bill imposes the motor carrier fuel tax and the state sales tax on the purchase of gallons of natural gas, butane and propane that are used as a motor fuel. Those rates will be equivalent to the tax rates placed on the purchase of gallons of diesel and gasoline.

“Natural gas is very inexpensive and more environmentally-friendly compared to gasoline and diesel,” said Rep. Frye. “Using natural gas could save Hoosiers 40 percent or more at the pump. Not only is it less expensive, but it is also a domestic product, so the money stays in the United States. Using domestic sources of fuel helps decrease our dependency on foreign oil.”

HEA 1325 allows that the State Disaster Relief Fund may now be used to pay first responders. The legislation also provides funds for local departments to bring in backup firefighters to replace those who responded to a disaster.

“Using the State Disaster Relief Fund as a mechanism to pay first responders and backup firefighters will help us avoid situations like the Henryville disaster when those costs fell on local departments,” said Rep. Frye. “With those costs taken care of by the state, local departments can respond to disasters and help their fellow Hoosiers without any hesitation.”

SEA 369 allows law enforcement agencies to withhold the disclosure of certain criminal intelligence records. If the disclosure of those records poses a threat to public safety, law enforcement agencies may opt not to release the information.

“The release of sensitive material could compromise police work,” said Rep. Frye. “If certain information was made public, criminals could be alerted that the police were conducting an investigation.”

There were 147 House bills and 147 Senate bills passed this session and sent to the governor for his signature to become law. The session concluded early in the morning April 27.

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Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties

Contact Information:
Name: Jay Wood
Phone: 317-232-9705
Email: jwood@iga.in.gov
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