Representative Turner honored at the 9th Annual Kennedy-King Commemoration
STATEHOUSE – State Representative P. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the 9th Annual Kennedy-King Commemoration. The award was given to Rep. Turner to recognize his long-term service as an Indiana state representative and for his efforts toward the initial passage of Indiana’s Second Chance Act for ex-offenders.
“I am honored to receive this award as I continue to work for Hoosiers in a manner that best represents our community and the needs of our state,” said. Rep. Turner. “Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extraordinary man who was able to accomplish great things. In the movement towards equality, he was more than a leader; he was an inspiration.”
The event took place on April 4 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Indianapolis to commemorate U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy’s speech on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tragic death. This year’s theme was Making the Dream a Reality: What Does it Mean to be a Dream Keeper? Peace, Community Service and Redemption.
In addition to Rep. Turner, those who received the Trailblazer Award included:
Rep. Turner’s legislative work has spanned nearly three decades with the ceremony recognizing his work on Indiana’s Second Chance Act for ex-offenders. The Second Chance Act for ex-offenders allows records to be sealed as long as the person is not convicted as a sex offender or violent offender; is not convicted of a misdemeanor or a Class D felony that did not result in injury to a person; or eight years have passed since the person completed their sentence and have satisfied any other obligation imposed on the person as part of the sentence.
Governor Mike Pence and U.S. Rep. John Lewis served as co-keynote speakers for the event.