Feb 13, 2007

SB 577- Lottery Privatization

Synopsis: Authorizes the state lottery commission, the Indiana gaming commission, and the Indiana finance authority to enter into a management agreement for the operation of the lottery. Establishes the Hoosier hope scholarship program. Establishes the world class scholar program. Makes an appropriation.

Privatization can be very positive for the taxpayer, if done properly. Given Daniel's track record, don't count on it.

Author: Merritt
Status: Referred to the Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy

HB 1029- Free Textbooks

Synopsis: Provides textbooks to students in public schools at no charge to the student's family.

Nothing is as expensive as what a politician tells you will be "free." Although we can argue the truthfulness of their wording "no charge to the student's family," the fact is textbooks are already subsidized to Hoosiers. This bill would further take the consumer out of the loop and remove any incentives to find less expensive books or more efficient ways to educate our children.

Author: Hoy

SB 106- Alternative Fuel Grants

Synopsis: This bill requires a $10,000,000 yearly appropriation for development and research of alternative fuels.

Most alternative fuels are smoke and mirrors, this is why governments are the only suckers gullible enough to "invest" in them, the private sector won't touch these scams with a ten foot pole. There is probably an answer to our energy questions, but government waste is not it. Profit as a motivation is enough to propel the development of these new technologies, if the government would just get out of the way and allow the free market to make it happen.

Author: Lanane
Status: Referred to the Committee on Appropriations

SB 327- Immunization for school age girls.

Synopsis: Requires a school to: (1) provide information to each parent of a female child entering grade 6 concerning the link between cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and of the availability of an immunization; (2) collect written statements from the parent indicating whether the child received the immunization; and (3) file a written report with the state department of health (state department) stating the number of required female students who have received the immunization and the number of female students who have not received the immunization. Requires the state department to provide a school with the information on cervical cancer and HPV and prescribe the format for the written statement.

Although far better than its earlier incarnation which would have forced medical care on our children, this bill still threatens to require government schools to play family doctor. This bill assumes that the state knows best when it comes to the medical care our children receive by what can only be construed as an attempt to bully parents into injecting their daughters with this unproven, possibly ineffective, and potentially dangerous vaccine. What role could pharmaceutical giant Merck, who stands to make piles of money, play in this legislation?

Author: Becker
Status: Passed the Senate (44 to 5)

Feb 3, 2007

HB 1090 - Sale of handguns

Synopsis: Provides that a gun show vendor is a firearms dealer for purposes of the law concerning the sale of handguns. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a person to purchase more than one handgun during any 30 day period. Provides for certain exceptions.

This bill is not only a infringement on our rights, but is completely unnecessary. One handgun can kill a person dead just as well as a bushel basket of them, it will do nothing but inconvenience law-abiding citizens. A criminal intent on murder and mayhem will be sure to avoid buying two handguns in a one-month period less he tack on a misdemeanor to his consecutive life sentences.

Author: Orentlicher


SB 18 - Handgun Sales

Synopsis: Eliminates the requirement that a handgun dealer, after selling a handgun to a purchaser, forward to the state police department a copy of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 completed and signed by the purchaser.

Most gun dealers are small, locally owned businesses, reducing their paperwork load is a good thing, as is the impact on the privacy aspects.

Author: Steele

Status: Third reading passed (49/0)

SB 10 - Repeal of student scoliosis testing requirement

Synopsis: Repeals a provision that requires each public school student in grade 5, grade 7, and grade 9 to be tested for postural defects.

The forced medical testing of our children is just another sign that our representatives consider parents to be incompetent and unable to provide proper medical care if not for the benevolent hand of the nanny state stepping in to force them. This repeal could mean a real monetary savings that could be turned into tax cuts, and allow the control of a child's medical care to be returned to his or her parents, where it belongs. It will also allow educators to spend more time in the classroom, and less time compiling medical data reports.

Author: Miller
Status: Passed third reading (37/11)


SB 217 - State Insect

Synopsis: Provides that the monarch butterfly is the state insect.

It's good to see all the state's problems have been solved so our legislators can take time to focus on what really matters, what insect should be the state's official.

Author: Kruse


HB 1033- Requires weather radio in mobile homes

Synopsis: Requires that a mobile home that is installed in a mobile home community be equipped with a weather radio.

What's next, making it a felony to forget to change your smoke detector batteries?

Author: Hoy
Status: Referred to the Committee on Technology, Research and Development

HB 1259- Sales tax holiday

Synopsis: Sales tax holiday. Provides a sales tax exemption for clothing, clothing accessories, school instructional material, and school supplies that are purchased during the seven day period from July 25 through July 31.

Real tax relief measures of any sort are rare and sales tax relief can help to spur growth in the local economy and increase tourism, as other tax holiday states are fully aware. Why can't this bill be expanded to cover more than just school supplies?

Author: Crooks

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