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Bill Watch 2013
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Mass Transit Funding
Factory Farm, Right to Harm
Conservation Funding
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Webinars:
Join HEC for our next lunch-hour webinar to learn more about agri-business-friendly legislation...and what you can do to become an advocate for safe, sustainable farming!

Date:  March 29, noon Topic: Factory Farms

HEC and our partners have managed to stop some of the most damaging bills introduced this session, but two proposed policies remain that would significantly weaken state regulations and oversight for polluting factory farms: SJR 7 and SB 373.

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Crunch Time at the Statehouse
     
Bills that survived the first two months of the 2013 Legislative Session are now being scheduled for committee hearings.  Within a few weeks, they will need to make it out of committees and be scheduled for a full House/Senate vote to stay alive this year.  Help HEC keep transit and conservation funding on the table...and help us stop dangerous special-interest bills from becoming law! 
Mass Transit Funding: HB 1011
 
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Transit strengthens the economy, provides access to jobs, and supports a better quality of life.  Yet Indiana transit systems are woefully underfunded.  House Bill (HB) 1011 would improve and expand public transit in central Indiana by allowing, upon the approval of local voters in a referendum:

  • Establishment of a metropolitan transit district in Indianapolis and nine surrounding counties; and,  
  • Adoption by the participating counties of a local income tax of .3% dedicated to funding the new regional transit system, known as Indy Connect.  

Where is it now?

HB 1011 has passed out of the Indiana House with bipartisan support, and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Local Government committee on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:30 PM!

 

 

ACT NOW!

Call your State Senator (prior to the committee hearing if possible) and urge him/her to support HB 1011! To find your State Senator, please click here.

"Factory Farm, Right to Harm": SJR 7



Though it is touted as a "Right to Hunt and Fish," Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 7 will create a fundamental right for corporate agri-business to engage in the commercial production of meat, poultry and dairy products
- a right that will limit state and local lawmakers from protecting Hoosiers from factory farm pollution

 

Where is it now?

SJR 7 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee - and while it has not been scheduled for a hearing yet, it could come up as early as Monday.  

 

 

ACT NOW!

Tell your State Representative that corporate meat-producers should not have constitutional protections to engage in practices known to harm our environment, people, and animals.  Visit our Action Center today!   

Conservation Funding: HB 1001

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The biennial budget will determine funding levels for all government programs and agencies for the next two years.  Conservation funding - particularly for public transportation, Hoosier rail, the Indiana Heritage Trust, the Bicentennial Nature Trust, and Clean Water Indiana - should be increased so that Indiana will have the funds needed to protect our precious natural areas and waterways.

 

Where is it now?

The budget bill, HB 1001, has passed out of the House by a vote of 68-28.  HB 1001 is now pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee for discussion and a vote.    

 

ACT NOW!

Call or email your legislators and urge them to support reasonable funding for these programs:

  • $2 million/year for the Indiana Heritage Trust;
  • $2.5 million/year for the Bicentennial Nature Trust; and
  • $1.3 million/year for Clean Water Indiana and the Division of Soil Conservation.
Click here to contact your legislators on conservation funding! More information on this funding recommendation and the need for these programs can be found at the Indiana Conservation Alliance

Thank you for taking action on these critical bills!  If you need help reaching your legislator, or want more information on these bills, please write Falon French at ffrench@hecweb.org.

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