The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed Senate Bill 241, which is intended to improve homeland security in Indiana. Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) was a co-sponsor of SB 241, which passed by a 93 - 0 vote.
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, the bill provides that revenue in the emergency planning fund may be used to maintain equipment purchased for a hazardous materials response team.
"This bill makes some important improvements to our disaster and security response methods here in Indiana," said Rep. Dermody. "Ensuring that our cities and towns are financially reimbursed for their efforts after they clean up a disaster site is only fair, in view of the fact that they are the ones doing the work."
SB 241 was returned to the Senate, which had passed the bill 47-0, with amendments. Differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill will be resolved by a conference committee.
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.