State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) made the following statement regarding today’s adjournment of the 2012 legislative session and conclusion of the 117th General Assembly.
STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2012) – “Today legislators wrapped up the 2012 legislative session — one that passed very quickly but produced significant changes for Indiana.
“Some of the most important pieces of legislation we approved this year will help Hoosier soldiers. I sponsored a bill allowing veterans to receive waivers for training in fields they already have experience in due to military service — making it easier for our soldiers to join the workforce when they return home. Another initiative aimed at giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for us will expand grants from the Military Relief Fund to help soldiers and their families who need monetary assistance for housing, food and other necessary expenses.
“Strengthening Indiana’s human trafficking statutes was another top priority. I’m happy to say both houses unanimously approved Senate Enrolled Act 4 before the Super Bowl to ensure Indiana minors have better protections against sexual exploitation.
“Other initiatives I supported included the phasing out of Indiana’s inheritance tax — currently one of the highest in the country and a bill aimed at shrinking state government by eliminating more than a dozen outdated state boards and committees. I would also be remiss if I didn’t also mention the fact that we responded to Hoosiers’ concerns about the controversial Barnes v. State ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court. Senate Enrolled Act 1 passed both houses, promoting homeowners’ rights to defend their property while balancing police safety.
“Although the 117th General Assembly may be remembered for walk-outs, boycotts and debates, we were reminded on March 2 of this year of the important things in life. The tragic events that took place in the southern parts of our state really put the things we value into perspective. As I head back to my hometown, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with the tornado victims and their families.”
To listen to an audio statement, click here.