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Bills that hit close to home
Start Date: 1/17/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 1/17/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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The 2014 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly is in full swing. As your state representative, I do my best to accurately portray the views of all of my constituents during session at the Statehouse and I look forward to doing whatever I can to continue improving the lives of all Hoosiers. 

Some of you may know that not only do I serve on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, but I am also the Chair. This committee touches on many issues directly related to the prosperity of our community, so I thought it would be pertinent to share with you bills assigned to my committee so far in order to provide a better understanding of what I am working on for our state.

If you are the type of person who likes to buy locally, then House Bill (HB) 1039 is for you. This legislation creates the Indiana Grown Initiative, a department that would market and promote Indiana-grown produce and agricultural products. This initiative would make the people of Indiana more aware of the great crops, other produce and hard work our Hoosier farmers provide to the rest of the state. 

One of my personal bills, HB 1199, supports the work of spay and neuter programs. Spay and neuter programs find feral cats, sterilize them, and – with this legislation – could let cats found in motor home communities go in these same areas. Currently, there is a prohibition against permitting domestic animals to run at large in a mobile home community. Exempting feral cats would support animal population control organizations while trying not to hinder their work. 

Another bill assigned to my committee is for the release of animal veterinarian records. HB 1013  requires - in certain circumstances – that an animal’s veterinarian medical records  be released within five business days. This bill offers convenience and courtesy to animal owners who need the records of their livestock or pets.
 
The bills above are just a few that are currently up for discussion in my committee. Many more house bills may be assigned and heard, along with the Senate bills that will come over when bills switch chambers. As the Ag Chair, I do my best to ensure that every bill gets a fair chance to be heard and that all committee members are fully informed in order to make the best decisions possible for Indiana.

As one of the only farmers in the Legislature, I understand the necessity of making sure the agriculture industry is adequately supported. Agriculture is the backbone of our economy, and rural Indiana lifestyles are traditions I value and strive to advocate for. If you have any questions or input you would like to share, I always appreciate hearing from you. I am available by email at h25@in.gov or by phone at (317) 234-2993.

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State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee. Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

Contact Information:
Name: Maggie Johnson
Phone: 317-232-9693
Email: maggie.johnson@iga.in.gov
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