[r63] Messmer Report: Nearing the light at the end of the tunnel

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, April 29, 2011

The final week of a legislative session is usually a very busy and exciting week as legislators work diligently to finish up all of our work before Sine Die (session adjournment) on Friday. At the beginning of the week however, while many bills are having final details worked out in conference committees, legislators take time to recognize deserving groups and people in Indiana with resolutions to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to our state.

One such resolution that I authored along with Rep. Wendy McNamara of Mount Vernon is recognizing an outstanding high school football coach. Zach Beckman, a senior on the Jasper High School football team born with Down Syndrome, has always wanted to be "a real football player and score a touchdown."

During the final game of the season against Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon's head football coach Paul Maier wanted to help Zach achieve his dream of scoring a touchdown. Coach Maier talked with his team and with Jasper's coaching staff and made an agreement that if the Jasper team gave Zach the ball the Mount Vernon team would allow him to make a touchdown.

After being handed the ball, Zach ran 59 yards to score a touchdown on the final play of the game and received a standing ovation from the Mount Vernon and Jasper fans.

The resolution the Rep. McNamara and I authored recognizes Coach Maier for his dedication to the spirit of athletics and his desire to help those who need it. Because of his actions, Zach Beckman was able to realize his dream on the last football game of his high school career. He is a great representative for Indiana and what athletics are all about. I am honored to recognize him for his outstanding actions.

In the hustle and bustle of dealing with bills it is great that we as legislators can take some time to honor some very deserving people in our state.

Back on the legislative side of things, there are a number of bills that are continuing to move through the process that promote an attractive business climate to bring jobs and businesses to our communities.

One such bill deals with industrial recovery tax credits for businesses using large industrial buildings that are currently vacant. The purpose is to promote the rehabilitation of industrial parks and areas that have been hurt by the economic recession and have experienced a number of their large industrial buildings becoming vacant.

There is also a bill in motion that would help Hoosier entrepreneurs by setting up a one-stop-shop where they can file new businesses with the state and apply for all the necessary permits in one place. It is important that we make it as easy as possible for our bright entrepreneurs to establish their new and existing businesses and hit the ground running to benefit our communities and working Hoosiers.

In addition to promoting economic growth for our state, one of my priorities is to promote government transparency. There is a bill going through the legislative process that would provide Hoosiers with a better look at state government spending in numerous areas of the government. Transparency is critical in maintaining a fiscally responsible government especially in these times of tight budgets.

It is my hope that these bills can make it through the process in a timely fashion before we adjourn and I will be sure to update you on their final details and progress.

Finally, I am proud to report that my bill regarding public depositories that I have been giving you updates on is now on its way to the Governor's desk for his final approval. The bill has received a lot of support from various groups and legislators and I am grateful that the bill has come so far.

We still have much left to do and I look forward to giving you all a final update after session is over. Thanks again for all of the support and feedback you have provided me with throughout this session as it has been invaluable in serving my constituents.

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Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper)