[r51] Rep. Dodge Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session (3/13/2010)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Start Date: 3/13/2010 All Day
End Date: 3/13/2010

Rep. Dodge Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) claimed victory for the 2010 Legislative Session.

Rep. Dodge assisted passing four bills, with his votes to which will do what is best for his local communities as well as all of Indiana.

Rep. Dodge was able to stop the general assembly from having any new tax increases, living within our means and protecting Hoosiers' pockets.

House Bill 1367

Rep. Dodge voted for House Bill 1367 to allow school funding flexibility.

HB 1367 passed the House by a vote of 97-0.

Also, HB 1367 passed the Senate by a vote of 50-0.

HB 1367 would permit schools to transfer money from specific funds into the school corporation's general fund.

Schools can transfer up to 5 percent from miscellaneous funds into the school corporations' general fund. A school can transfer up to 10 percent from the below funds into the school corporations' general fund if teachers do not receive a general wage or salary increase in the 2010-2011.

"I hope this bill will continue to assist schools so they provide an excellent education without having to drastically cut programs or teachers," said Rep. Dodge. "Allowing school corporations to choose how they would like to transfer funds within their budgets would allow schools to solely decided how to distribute their funds."

Senate Bill 23

Rep. Dodge voted for Senate Bill 23 to support a tax delay on employers in efforts to keep Hoosiers employed.

Thankfully, SB 23 passed the House by a vote of 85-12.

Also, SB 23 passed the Senate by a vote of 50-0.

The delay implemented by SB 23 on unemployment insurance tax premiums will save businesses millions of dollars over the next year. 

"This bill should help small businesses in our community," said Rep. Dodge. "Raising costs on businesses will make it very difficult for job creation and make it harder to operate. My intentions for this bill are to create an atmosphere for job creation and to not scare away businesses from coming to into Indiana."

Senate Bill 382

Earlier this year, Rep. Dodge voted for SB 382 one bill allowing the Illiana Expressway to be built without legislative approval.

House Joint Resolution 1

House Joint Resolution 1, one of the most important accomplishments of the session, was passed early on. It would graft property tax caps into the state constitution after being approved by voters on the November ballot.

Rep. Dodge's vote is giving homeowners, farmers and business owners the chance to cap their own taxes was the most sweeping tax reform Indiana has seen in several decades. The vast majority of Hoosiers want the opportunity to vote on this critical issue.