New laws benefitting Indiana

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2015 legislative session has come and gone. As always, it was an honor to serve our community and make decisions that will have a lasting, positive impact in our community and every corner of the state.

For me personally, it is always a great feeling to see legislation that you have worked on and invested in being signed into law, especially when it betters the lives of Hoosiers in your district. That is why I would like to take this opportunity to discuss several of the bills I worked on, which were recently signed into law.

I authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1208 which allows the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish a lottery system to allow an individual to purchase a license to hunt more than one antlered deer within a one year period. The lottery permits 100 licenses to be awarded with an entrance fee of $30. This legislation will bring additional revenue to the DNR which will help our parks. I was proud to author this new law which will not only help to control overpopulation, but also provide food for more Hoosier families.

Legislation I coauthored, in part, allows the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) to sell abandoned rail property to an adjacent land owner based on two conditions: the land property value does not exceed $10,000 and it borders the property of an adjacent property owner. This legislation also helps the various divisions of DNR aimed to give the DNR flexibility in order to be more efficient as well as update certain statutes to reflect changes within Indiana’s economy and industry. 

Additionally, I sponsored Senate Enrolled Act 433 in order to protect your Second Amendment rights to bear arms. This new law aligns the Indiana Code with the federal firearms regulations, which permits short barrel shotgun. Additionally, the law also provides for a 10-year sentence enhancement if a person possesses the firearm in violation of federal law while committing certain offenses. Overall, this law protects your constitutional rights and aligns Indiana with the federal law, and I was proud to sponsor it.

Along with these goals, I am also pleased that the budget, which I supported, includes funding for Wyandotte Cave. Through the budget, $1.7 million was appropriated for facility upgrades, and I hope that in the near future, we are able to re-open Indiana’s famous limestone cave to the general public during the summer months.

Now that session is over, I look forward to spending more time in our community and will continue to work for you. As always, I truly value your feedback and appreciate your involvement, so please continue to contact me by calling 317-232-9815 or emailing h74@in.gov.

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Rep. Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties