STATEHOUSE (Aug. 9, 2012) — Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) President Joe Stahura today named State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) “Legislator of the Year” for his support and commitment to municipal issues during the 2012 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Stahura praised Hershman specifically for the leadership role he took in the Senate to secure more stable funding for Indiana’s Emergency 911 program, as well as for his long-time work in improving municipal government efficiency.
“As you know, Sen. Hershman has been a leader in the General Assembly on e-911 funding and an advocate for local government in the debate. We appreciate Sen. Hershman’s support on this issue and his willingness to sit down and talk about how legislative proposals would impact cities and towns,” Stahura said. “Also during the 2012 legislative session, Sen. Hershman was instrumental in helping pass an IACT initiative to streamline the notice provisions in the rank vegetation statute and in cleaning up the local price preference law that was passed last year. These initiatives would not have happened without the tireless efforts of Sen. Hershman.”
Hershman thanked IACT for the recognition, noting he is honored to serve Hoosiers in this way.
“Good government requires a partnership among elected officials at all levels. Indiana's cities and towns are key partners working with us in the General Assembly to serve the needs of Hoosiers,” Hershman said. “I consider this an important part of my job as an elected official and am very humbled by the IACT award.”
Hershman authored Senate Enrolled Act 345 in 2012, modernizing 911 funding in Indiana by adjusting fees to reflect the declining use of landline phones and increasing popularity of mobile phones. He additionally wrote language approved in House Enrolled Act 1154 to help ensure local governments have a feasible option for making more purchases from local companies and authored a provision in House Enrolled Act 1072 that gives officials a more efficient way to keep their communities clean and safe by enforcing rank vegetation ordinances.