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Young initiatives effective July 1
Start Date: 7/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/10/2013
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Senator authored, sponsored major agricultural and veterans measures

INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator Richard D. Young Jr. (D-Milltown) authored and sponsored a number of new laws that were approved this past legislative session and that became effective July 1, 2013. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 115, co-authored by Sen. Young, establishes the Combat to College Program for returning veterans wishing to complete their college education. The 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 the 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 will 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.

Sen. Young co-authored SEA 319, an act that aims to slow an upsurge in property taxes on agricultural land in Indiana. The act 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 Purdue University researchers study the issue and recommend appropriate land surveying techniques. This was the first piece of legislation from this past legislative session that was signed into law.

Other new laws that Sen. Young guided through the legislative process include: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1519 exempts individuals from civil damages if they did not knowingly, intentionally or recklessly donate damaged agricultural products and livestock to a charity or food bank; HEA 1067 details Indiana’s participation in a federal program to allow for greater flexibility in local transportation development projects; and HEA 1293 creating an artisan distiller’s permit to manufacture liquor in Indiana for wholesale.

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


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Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
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