General Assembly Bills and Alerts 2016

HB 1082 - "No More Stringent Than" Bill - Vetoed by Gov. Pence

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2016/03/24/pence-vetoes-effort-limit-environmental-regs/82215772/

 "IDEM must have the necessary flexibility to take action to protect Hoosiers. House Enrolled Act 1082 restricts IDEM’s ability to act and imposes unnecessary delay in its rulemaking process," Gov. Pence said. "At a time when we must do all that we can to enhance public trust in the agencies charged with protecting our environment, this bill moves in the wrong direction and will therefore receive my veto."

Environmental groups praised the move, but worried the Republican-controlled legislature could override Pence's veto. That's uncommon but not difficult in Indiana, where the General Assembly can override a veto with a simple majority.

Right To Farm authored by Senator Steele

http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/resolutions/senate/joint/6   

 

The Resolution is not scheduled for Hearing on Monday in the Ag Committee. However, Senator Leising could call a special Committee Hearing this week and hear the Resolution.  Please watch the calendar- http://iga.in.gov   I can not imagine the Committee would not hear the Resolution. I believe the deadline is Feb 4th or 5th that all bills to move forward.  We will also post the Hearing date and time on www.indianacafowatch.com

 

While we do not know when the Hearing will be, it is important that the Senators know your thoughts.   Is your Senator up for reelection this year?  If so, it is even more important that you make your thoughts known. We do not need this resolution. As a 4th generation farm family, I have never felt the need for more rights.  Farmers should be held to the same standards as the rest of the population.  No one has the right to pollute or have different standards as we all depend on water for existence .  The incidents @ Grand Lake, OH, Iowa, Gulf of Mexico dead zone, and the situation in the Western Basin of Lake Erie should be the red flags.   

 

Senate Ag Committee:  Chr. Senator Leising This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Senator Glick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Senator Crider

 

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Please check the newspapers and notices in your area and attend the Legislators' meetings in your area.  

HB 1082 - Would Prohibit Indiana Environmental Rules and Standards From Being More Stringent Than Federal Environmental Standards

Hearing on Jan 20th 10:30 am  Room 156c on House Bill 1082.  The Committee needs to know your thoughts on this bill.

Update 1/20/2016 - A vote was not taken at today's hearing. There is still time to contact your Representative, see contact information listed below.

http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/house/1082     This bill seems out of touch with the current situation of environmental concerns.  Why would we want to lose control to protect our state lakes, reservoirs, and air?  I can only wonder if the supporters of this bill have read the blue green algae reports, the 303 d list of impaired waters, and have looked at the air quality of some areas or realize how many areas of Indiana do not even have air monitors.     It seems this bill would indeed support greed of those who do not care about the environment, health, or quality of life for the citizens of Indiana.

 

House Phone #  800-382-9842 D

 House Phone #  800-382-9841 R   ( If you do not know their political party, just call and ask for the office of the Rep you want to talk with or their Legislative Assistant.  There are several on the Committee, will take a few minutes but worth the time.

 

Members of the Committee are:  

Rep Wolkins Chr  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Rep Beumer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Rep Aylesworth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        Rep Eberhart  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Rep Friend This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Rep Lehe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Rep Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

Rep Schaibley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Rep This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

Rep Errington   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       Rep Bauer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Rep Dvorak This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Rep Pierce This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

 

 

To keep up with the Hearings as they are scheduled, please check http://iga.in.gov  This is a short session so very little time for hearings.  May want to check frequently.

Purdue Study On Local CAFO Ordinances - Report to Senate and House Ag Committees

Purdue Study as dictated by Senate Bill 249 of 2015  was presented at a Joint Meeting of the Senate and House Ag Committees on Monday.  I have included the links to the presentation and to the ordinance documents.  My Comments:  The study was very professionally done and presented.   During the Q&A after the presentation, I found it interesting that Senator Leising kept asking the presenters very leading questions that would support her idea of no local control. Again, they kept with the facts. In my opinion, it was a very informative meeting, I did not see that Senator Leising found the facts she was hoping to find in her push to remove local control. Of course, I am not a politician so there may be quite a spin on the study to support an agenda.

 

https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/cfo/Pages/report.aspx 

https://ag.purdue.edu/Documents/ordinance   

SJR 6 - Right to Farm and Ranch

SJR 6 Right to Farm and Ranch has been filed by Sen. Steele, and assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

A hearing date has not been posted yet.  A hearing could occur as soon as Monday, January 25.  Check back frequently, the latest information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/resolutions/senate/joint/6