Senate Enrolled Act 241, which tackles the issue of improving homeland security in Indiana, was signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels today. Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) was a co-sponsor of the bill, which will take effect immediately.
"These measures aimed at improving our state's security response methods are vital as we look to improve Indiana's readiness in the event of a disaster," said Rep. Dermody. "Our communities will be pleased to know that the hard work and materials required for cleaning up a disaster site will be fully compensated by the state."
The bill expands the state disaster relief fund to allow for financial assistance to be utilized by local governments for repairing, replacing or restoring public facilities and residential properties damaged or destroyed by a disaster. Additionally, SEA 241 provides that revenue in the emergency planning fund may be used to maintain equipment purchased for a hazardous materials response team.
If you have any further questions concerning this act or any other issues, Rep. Dermody encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse at 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.