Rep. Robert Cherry, R-Greenfield, pursued farm-related bills and got one through that redefines a “farm vehicle” which, in part, helps farmers address rules on overweight vehicles when farming. Some farm vehicles can register as commercial vehicles, which could increase state revenues from registration fees.
Rep. Jack Lutz, a Republican who represents the northern half of Madison County, didn’t author a single bill though he put his name as co-author on a bill to authorize table games at racinos, a concept the legislature is unwilling to consider at the present time and a bill, also co-authored by Austin, to study economic development incentives which has received overwhelming support as struggling cities and towns offer various incentives to lure industry.
Some efforts were noble among our local legislators but the contentious debate over gay marriage -- an issue that could work against government efforts to bring new businesses into the city and county -- dominated legislative discussions. It’s a social debate that should be replaced by discussions about jobs, taxes and education.
— The Herald Bulletin, Anderson
THE ISSUE The recent session of the Indiana General Assembly THEIR VIEW IIt helped with funding pre-school for low-income children, highway expansion and business tax cuts but went off course on the issue of gay marriage.